Happy 12th Birthday, TNH!
Twelve years ago, I was still in my 30s, I had only one child, and that child was 18 months old. I went looking for a website for homemakers that didn't push a particular religious agenda, that didn't participate in pushing the work-outside and stay-at-home moms into an unnecessary rivalry, and that didn't assume that all stay-at-home moms are right-wingers.
I couldn't find one. So I made one.
And here we are, twelve years later. Josie is thirteen (going on thirty). Louisa, who was born in 2001, is not quite ten. John and I have been married over fifteen years now. I've survived several heart attacks and a cardiac arrest, and deal with fibromyalgia. All in that twelve years.
TNH has evolved over the years to be less of a community and more of a resource, which is to be expected; so much has changed on the internet since its founding in 1999, and there are so many ways to connect to others that weren't available then.
But for those of you who've been along for the ride--and I know there are those of you who've been here the entire twelve years and watched my second pregnancy and my children growing up and me deal with both chronic and critical illnesses--thank you. This site has always meant a great deal to me and will continue to be close to my heart even with my forays into other kinds of writing.
Happy birthday, TNH!