posted on: Sunday, May 17, 2015
I wasn't too sure how to write this final post, and when I googled how to (yes, I did), I only found 'how to start', not 'how to finish'. so here goes.
2015 has brought big changes to our lives, mostly because of our country place up the coast, which we're at a lot, but also because the kids really are getting bigger.
the lady at 3 is delightful. the kiddo at 7 is as entertaining and dear as ever. and the teen, who was just 14 when he took my bump snaps for me, is about to turn 18! (18!).
last month was the 5 year anniversary of baby space.
its been such a different experience than I thought it would be, much more personal.
looking back now I see that one of the most amazing things it's given me has been permission. permission to make the most of my last years as a mother of littles. to focus on every positive and sweet part of what it's meant to me to be a mum in this time and place.
so even though there've been many points when I'd thought I'd better bring this blog to a close; when the lady turned one, when I went back to out-of-home work -- I found I wasn't ready to quit.
people often talk about social media distracting from real life, and for sure sometimes it does, but for me this space sharpened real life for me, especially when the lady was a tiny thing. when I was considering which moments I'd write about or photograph, I became more engaged. more in the moment. and the mama blogging community has been so kind. gratitude is a word that's thrown around a lot these days, but there it is. I'm grateful.
back to now. our place has brought a big and welcome change for me too: I'm able to spend some weekends writing. writing things that will hopefully turn into pieces that will mean a lot to me. besides my loved ones, this is where my heart is.
so between editing at child magazines, the kids not being so little any more, and working on my own writing, it's time for me to wrap up here.
but you'll still be able to find me on instagram (now @bronbates) and my blog about writing and life: expressive compulsive, I hope I see you there. thank you, thank you x
picture: the lady trotting down the drive, in her brother's shoes, at tulgey wood.