Writing is something I deeply miss. It was my outlet through the toughest years of my life. It truly was my voice when I couldn't speak, and an escape when I couldn't face my reality. It was an instant community when I couldn't trust those physically in my presence. It became my platform for helping others through infertility, miscarriage, and infant loss. But, what it hasn't been is a place for me to be me now that I have earthly children. I have never wanted to write about my living children on here. Not to keep them a secret, but out of compassion for those still waiting to become mothers on earth.
Arie, not Ferrari or any other nickname, is my husband. He is my rock, my high school sweetheart, and truly my best friend. When I began blogging, he didn't care to be mentioned and that's when I started referring to him as Ferrari. Funny thing though, people started thinking it was his real name... and there may have even been a time when a newspaper wrote an article about Owl Love You Forever and mentioned how it was founded by Ferrari and Shayla Van Hofwegen, haha, oops!
Arie and I are excited for this new season of life. No more babies, no more thoughts of infertility treatments, no more high risk pregnancies and bed rest; just our crazy crew doing life together. We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary soon, and it's pretty amazing to see where God has brought us and what He has brought us through. In 10 years He has blessed us with 10 kiddos, 6 in Heaven and 4 on earth... and we are definitely beyond blessed!
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20
I am making time for ME this year, time for me to focus on being a better wife and mom. Time to process who I have become these past 10 years, and how I can continue to grow in to the women God has created me to be. Writing is going to play a part in that, and I will find a platform for it, but for now this may be the last post on Wegen Tales.
To all the families that are reading this blog for the first time, please know that I am still just an email away! Please reach out to me if you need anything! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year!
-Shayla Van Hofwegen