Day 3500 – My Very Last Blog Post

Well, we have arrived at my last blogging day. I always thought this day would happen on the day that Bret died, but that was not the case (super duper thankfully!) If you haven’t read why, you can read about that here.

Thus ends my journey which began on April 16, 2011.
2,856 blog posts (give or take).
Roughly 1,428,000 words.
Two books published.

I am beyond words thankful for my journey with this blog and for all of you who have read over the years.

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie

I really don’t have plans to be a major content creator down the road, but I do still plan on writing books and occasionally posting to Medium.

“In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight.” Truman

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Day 3499 – Posts I’m Proud Of – Why You Shouldn’t Ask “When Are You Having Kids?” – or – Things I’ve Learned From Not Having Kids

This was a post I was nervous about sharing because it’s something that makes me feel very different from others. But what I found was it was such an encouragement to others, especially the call to NOT ask a woman when she’s having kids because you have NO idea what’s going on in that department.

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Originally posted 3/30/17
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If you’ve read this blog any amount of time, you know Bret and I are not normal in a lot of ways. From sleeping on the floor, to having no real furniture, we are just weirdos. People don’t understand us sometimes, but that’s fine, we’re happy with our life.

Here’s another “not normal” thing to add to the long list of “Jen and Bret are weird” – We aren’t planning on having kids.

It’s something we didn’t expect. Both of us came from big families and figured we’d have a big family too. As we grew in our marriage, God made it clear kids probably weren’t in our future. When we meditate on our life, kids just aren’t in the picture. It is something we have prayed about, thought a lot about, and talked a lot about. Most of the time, when people ask or comment about us having kids, we laugh it off. “Ha ha, oh we’ll see!” It’s a minor thing to us when people bring it up. Something we shrug off like reactions to us sleeping on the floor. Even if we tell them we aren’t planning on having kids, and they follow up with, “Oh you’ll change your mind.” It isn’t a big deal to us.

But then we thought about things in a different light – what if we DID want kids and we couldn’t or were having a hard time getting pregnant? What if we had lost children?

This is when the desire to share this became about others.

We have a lot of people in our world that have struggled to have kids and desperately want kids.

I am writing this for them.

Please take a few minutes to look at someone’s situation from another angle before you ask “When are you having kids?!” Pause and ask yourself if it’s an appropriate question and time to ask. It may have been easy for you and your spouse to get pregnant. You may have several kids. You may not know that the person you’re asking has been trying, desperately, for years to get pregnant. You may not know of the tears, the heartache, the miscarriages.

Think about asking instead “Do you want kids?” or maybe, just maybe, don’t ask about their plans on having kids or not. If you don’t know if they can have kids or not, it’s for a reason. I understand, it’s a natural question. But it’s a really personal one. Trust me, I understand where the questions come from. In our society, there’s a “natural” timeline of steps.

Out of my deep love for those in my life that struggle with this – please stop asking them when they’re going to have kids. Please stop joking that you’re pregnant on April 1st. Please take a minute to think before you speak. And if you still want to ask someone questions like this, go ahead and just ask me.

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Day 3492 – The Things That Surprised Me About Blogging Every Day

When I started this blog all the way back on April 11, 2011, I had no idea the path it would take. My original goal was to give potential and current clients an inside look into our marriage. We strove to be friends with our clients and this seemed a good way to do that…and to keep us at the top of everyone’s minds.

For five years, that’s what this blog was, it also included sharing about our travels, which lead to a book about road trip travel. Since stopping photography, it has become a hodgepodge of topics, but a few things surprised me during the time and as I look back.

After reading, Dream Big, Think Small: Living an Extraordinary Life One Day at a Time, I was struck by the power of showing up each day. It was at that point that I did rough math and figured I had written, likely, over half a million words.

I realized that blogging every day stretched my writing muscles in lots of great ways.

I never expected people to respond like they did about my alcoholism and sobriety.

I don’t think I expected folks to read it so much and pay attention so much.

So thank you all for the surprising things. 🙂

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Day 3486 – Spouse’s Day

Ahhh, spouse’s day, another fun day to fill my remaining blog posts. 😀

I sure do love this guy and I’m so thankful to call him my spouse, best friend, and husband pants.

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Day 3476 – Countdown To The End Of This Blog

For many reasons, I made a decision yesterday – I will stop posting on this blog on Day 3500, February 9th. I always thought I would stop posting when either myself or Bret died. When it hit me yesterday, I thought, well, I’m almost to Day 3500, and that is a nice round number.

I’ve posted daily since April 16th, 2011, which is almost 8 years of creating content every day. Friends, I’m tired, maybe a little burnt out, and ready to let this go. I do have to say, when I started this post and added the tag “end of an era” I got a little choked up. This blog has been a wonderful experience and I’m so thankful for everything that has come out of it.

I hope in the free time I’m giving myself, I can actually start writing books again. My poor alcoholism memoir has been sitting on a shelf for far too long. I can’t say where you can follow along with me because I’m not really planning on posting anywhere (which is a really big relief).

It’s been a great ride and I’ll miss connecting with y’all. If you have any questions or requests for posts in the next few weeks, let me know.

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