I am often asked why I don’t share pictures or names of my children. The answer is simple. Their privacy. Being a blogger, speaker, and a ‘public figure’ is actually odd for me. I really appreciate my privacy when it comes to my personal life and family. I’m sure many bloggers struggle with this and I see many openly share their children and their lives with the public. That is okay, but that just has not been my comfort level. I am a mama bear. They are my cubs.
I don’t feel right sharing every detail of my children’s lives for people to do with as they wish. We live in an age of children growing up on social media (and that’s a whole other post). I can’t imagine my parents sharing all my life (publicly) on social media, becoming an adult, and it being there forever and not having a choice in the matter. Maybe I’m looking at the worst in people, but unfortunately I’ve dealt with some people and experiences that have proven me right again and again. So, I choose to keep my blogs, social media, and posts about my work while mostly leaving my children out of it. I’ve done this for over five years now.
It is hard.
When I became pregnant again and it was very public, I of course shared pictures of beardbaby. I have continued to do so the last six months. Every time I try to cut myself off, I can’t. She is too damn cute. This is my struggle. My children are obviously a huge part of my life. They are my light, my hope, my joy. To not share this is incredibly difficult. They are beautiful, funny, an amaze me on a daily basis. Of course I want to share them and their beauty regularly. As a mom though, I want to protect them.
Family and work…
Over the past two years, separating the two has become more and more challenging. With plans to homeschool (this will be new for us) and my family to travel with me more in the year to come (I miss them and want them to travel and have ever lasting experiences and memories), I want to be able to share more of our lives. We are a big, chaotic, loving family and that is something I’m proud of.
So, I would like to introduce you to my favorite humans. My beautiful family. These pictures were taken 10 days postpartum with beardbaby by Leilani Rogers, Photography ©. Our children are now ages 11, 10, 7, 6, 4, and 6 months.
I may start to share them a little on social media as my work and family becomes more intertwined. Always with their permission. Always with love. This is me adjusting and finding a new comfort level. I hope you understand and will appreciate and love my family as much as I do.