That’s All, Folks

I have been blogging for eight years.  Marriage Confessions began as “Confessions of a Young, Married Couple,” way back when Chris and I were newlyweds.  Chris was in graduate school, and I needed a hobby to fill the time while he was studying.  For a long time, maybe the first two years, just my Grandma and a handful of readers read these silly stories about doing laundry and finding stolen moments during power outages.

I remember I had a conversation with a good friend about the struggles in her marriage, and I realized that her struggles were my struggles, too, and I wondered why no one ever told newlyweds what marriage was really like, why no one ever talked about what a shared life really looked like from the inside.  I came home and talked to Chris and decided that I wanted to start sharing deeper secrets from our marriage, not because we had any answers at all, but precisely because we didn’t.  I wanted to talk about those fights that kept recurring, how we learned to listen to each other, how we learned to trust each other, how we went about the messy, complicated process of building a life together.  But, mostly, I wanted to write about our mistakes.  The little ones and the big ones.  Because, surely, we were not the only married couple making these mistakes, and maybe if someone started talking about them, then all of our marriages could improve.

And so, I did.  And my readership began to grow.

Our family began to grow, too.  When I became pregnant with Bean, my blog began this new journey, too.  Parenting has brought more readers to this small stage than any other topic I write about.  And, God bless you all, you were so supportive.  I look back now at some of the things I wrote as a new parent and I cringe about how sure of myself I was about things I knew nothing about.  But, in all the years I have been blogging and through all the readers I have had, I have felt loved, supported, and encouraged by this community here in my small little corner of the internets.  You have loved my children, laughed with my family, cried during our losses, and celebrated our triumphs.  Our family is stronger because you have been a part of it.

But the time has come, my friends.  For almost a year now, I have toyed with the idea of closing the Marriage Confessions’s door.  For those of you who don’t blog, that might not seem like a big decision to make.  You just stop writing, right?  But this silly little blog has become such a valued part of my life, and to imagine a day when I sit down at the computer with nothing to say seemed unthinkable.  But, that time is upon us, I’m afraid.  I will continue to post snippets of our happenings on Facebook and Instagram, so you can follow along there, if you aren’t already, but this little corner of the internet that I have called home for so many years has run its course for me.

My kids are growing up.  Their schedules are becoming more time-consuming, and these years with them are becoming so very precious.  I don’t want to miss a single minute.  And I don’t want to feel like I’m taking pictures and remembering the funny things that happen in our lives simply so that I can report on them later.  I want to be present for no other reason than because they are my family.  As the kids get older, it also becomes a little harder to find stories to share about them.  I never want my writing to be something they are embarrassed about.  God forbid they should look back on my blog as teenagers or adults and discover I shared something really personal about their lives that they didn’t want me to share.  Goodness knows they’ll probably need years of therapy for the things I’ve already written!

And my marriage is growing up, too.  Chris and I are no longer newlyweds who are trying to figure things out.  We’ve been richer and poorer.  We’ve had sickness and health.  We’ve loved and we’ve cherished.  In a lot of ways, Chris and I have grown up here on this blog.  And through those experiences, I’ve learned about the sanctity of marriage.  I’ve learned that, much like our home, our marriage is a place where we can retreat from the rest of the world.  Sometimes, we need to share funny moments between the two of us without thousands of people laughing about them, too.  Sometimes, we need to work through struggles and fights without an audience of people watching.  We are looking forward to sharing many new adventures together, and are excited for what is to come – whatever that may be.

All good things must come to an end, and the end has come for Marriage Confessions.  I’m a mess of tears as I write this post, but it’s hard not to smile when I think about this crazy, strange, wonderful ride I’ve had here.  Since my very first post, over 750,000 people have shared my journey.  You’ve left over 50,000 comments in the halls of this blog.  For just about every step of my adult life, you have been been by my side.  And I have been and will always be truly humbled and honored by your presence here.

I am a kitchen-table writer.  That is all I have ever been.  Thank you for making me feel like that mattered.

Laugh.  Fight.  Stay Married.  

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153 thoughts on “That’s All, Folks

  1. Wow. Just, wow. I completely understand your reasoning, but I will certainly miss reading your posts. Enjoy your time with your family, and many blessings upon you all. Happy Mother’s Day to you, too!

  2. Julia

    Oh I am so happy for you and so sad for us. Thank you so much for everything! We will miss you!

  3. Ana

    When I saw this post, it took my breath away. I’ve been reading for years, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. You’ve blessed my life, Katie, and have left me in tears many, many times. Usually from laughing. Sometimes both kinds in the same post! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  4. Crystal

    I’m so sad!

  5. Melissa

    I will miss your posts, but I wish only the best to you and your family. God bless!

  6. Cindy

    It makes me sad that you will not be blogging but I SO understand. I have been working full time for 16 years and part time for the last 5 and actually decided two weeks ago to quit. I cried and cried when I told my boss but after I left her office I had so much peace. Your children are only little for so long, enjoy them, and enjoy life.

  7. Cheryl

    I’m in tears reading this! You are so much more than I kitchen table writer- you’ve inspired many with your honest, real life posts. Thank you so much that. I know it just have been a very difficult decision to close the doors on this chapter, but I totally get it. Looking forward to the snippets on IG.

  8. Lisa

    Thank you for being an imaginary friend. I’ve been following since Bean was a baby and it’s the only blog I follow. Thank you for allowing us to still watch your beautiful family grow on social media in the future. Bean & Gracie are possibly the two cutest kids I know. Best wishes to you all!!

  9. Claudia

    I am not going to deny that I am shedding tears as I read this. I have been following since Bean was born and reading you has been part of my routine. Thank you for sharing your lives with us Brown family, I will definitely miss you. All of my all and good fortune your way. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  10. Jessica

    Thank you for sharing snippets of your life with us! It’s been and enjoyable ride!

  11. Jess C

    Wowsers! Firstly thank you for sharing your life with us, I truly feel that we could be friends, and I love seeing what’s going on via Instagram and the blog. Thank you for also introducing me to other bloggers, Kat, and Mindee, more imaginary friends for me!
    I am sad for me, but so so happy for you!

  12. Julie

    I’ve loved your blog for years-probably because I’ve been a step behind you-married a little after you and now I have one kiddo. I’m glad to have been your imaginary friend-I’ll sure miss you! Julia said it best-glad for you, sad for us! Feel free to stop back and say hi anytime! Best of luck!

  13. Meredith

    Oh my imaginary redhead compatriot… you just popped my mothers day bubble! Your reasoning is sound but your readers will miss you! All the best to you and your beautiful family.

  14. Sarah

    You will be missed!! I kinda feel like my imaginary friend is moving away. I wish you nothing but the VERY best in life for you and your family.
    If at some point in the future I recognize you and cautiously approach, it is only because I want to thank you. Thank you for sharing. You felt like a friend, when it didn’t feel like I had any others.

  15. Kelly

    I’m going to miss this so much, especially as a new mom. I’ve been following along quietly for the last 5 years and have learned so much from your experiences. I think your decision is brave and I respect the heck out of you for making it. Thank you for allowing us to share a small part of your life for so long.

  16. Lisa

    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us all of these years. Your posts will truly be missed!!!

  17. Jessica

    i started reading just days before Bean was born and can’t believe it’s over!! I’ve enjoyed all your posts and stories and pics and wish you all the very best! I’m so sad to see it go but completely understand and support all your reasons! Good luck with everything Brown family!

  18. Kristi

    I will very much miss reading your blog! I always read your posts as soon as I saw them. Thank you!

  19. It absolutely matters. I completely respect your reasoning, though. You will be missed on here but I know you will all continue to have a beautiful life. Thank you for sharing your family with us.

  20. Sharon Faye

    Katie. My initial response to your post today was “NNOOOOOO!” I love reading your blog and thinking “wow, Keith and I went through that too.” or… “good to know it’s not just me.” My youngest is now 15, but there were so many things you wrote that I could relate to. Especially the “strong-willed child” examples. If only your blog had been around 15 years earlier! I could have used some of your advice. 🙂

    Due to my husband’s back injury and subsequently losing his job, we’ve had a few set backs. Until he was able to find another job, I’ve had to work two jobs off and on since my kids were little. We tried to schedule as much family time as we could, and we made sure they were involved in whatever sports (or scouts or dance) that they wanted to try, but there were a lot of times when I felt like I was missing out because I was always working. Or my husband was missing out because he was going back to school and always working. We did a lot of “tag-team” parenting.

    So, on that note… NEVER feel guilty about taking that extra time to spend with your kids. We’re going to miss your blog, but we don’t want you to miss out on all the fun you have ahead of you.

    1. Tabs

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  21. Candice

    Wow! I can’t believe it… Well, I can. :o) But you’ll be missed! Best wishes for all the future holds for you and your family!

  22. Cheyenne

    🙁 Katie, I have been reading your blog religiously for 4 years. This sounds weird but I have had dreams (literally) about meeting you, and you are the reason I fell in love with blogs. I have enjoyed so, SO much reading about you and Chris, the kids, your life as a teacher and so on. If I saw you randomly in a store I would approach you as if I knew you! You’re a wonderful person and mother. This post made me cry as soon as I started reading and I am sad to see you “go”. I understand your reasonings though! I wish you the very best in every single way. I will continue to follow you on Instagram and on Facebook.
    Thanks for including me, and all of us, in your life.

    With much love,
    Cheyenne

  23. Ana

    Best of luck Katie! I have read your blog for over 5 years and I have laughed and cried along through your journey. Thanks for sharing and being so genuine.

  24. Mariya

    Thanks for all your stories. I’ll miss you!

  25. jenn

    This makes me so sad, although I do get it. I found your blog back when Bean was around 6 months old and I can’t believe he’s now 5. Best of luck to you guys. Thanks for taking us on this amazing ride with you guys!

  26. Pam

    Katie! You are a gifted writer and have touched so many lives with your heartfelt stories, some sad but mostly hilarious. You have such a beautiful family and I wish you nothing but happiness. Your children are a reflection of the way you and Chris are raising them and you should be very proud. I have 3 beautiful children and loved reading your posts because they were always authentic.
    Happy Mother’s Day!! God bless you and your family❤️

  27. Aileen

    As a long time reader, I’m really sad to hear this! But I totally get it, and I wish you guys all the best. You’ll be sorely missed. Your blog was one of my all-time favorites, and I loved your stories and writing. Love and blessings to you and yours from one of your (many) imaginary Internet buddies.

  28. Nikki

    You were the first blog that I ever read in 2009, and you are still the only blog that I read. I will miss following you and your family, but with a two year old who is growing up way too fast, I can completely understand how you want to cherish every moment. I hope that you continue to post to IG and FB so that I can tell my hubs,”seriously, look how big they are getting!” Which I do every time…and no I’m not tearing up, it’s the dust in the air. : )

  29. LIssa

    I’m just speechless and blown away….Just told my husband that my favorite blogger is stopping her blog. I am so, so, so, so sad 🙁 I do understand your reasons especially as your kids are getting older. But still…your posts on your faith have helped me so much. I will miss you terribly. Best of luck to you.
    So sad 🙁

  30. Jacquie

    I never imagined that reading the news that someone I read on the internet wasn’t going to blog anymore would ever make me cry, but oh it did! As so many have said it’s because I really feel like I’m part of your family. I am oh so honoured to have had you as an imaginary friend and to have been one of yours, I look forward to seeing the updates online but will honestly miss you all so much! Really enjoy your mummy time though, love to you all xxx

  31. katrina

    I’ll miss your posts even though I’ve become more of a sporadic reader as my kids get more time consuming as well. We got married close together, my son jack was born a month after bean and my daughter ellie was born right after Gracie. Reading your posts back then i felt a kinship to you because we had kids with similar personalities and were going through the same stages together! I’ll continue to follow on fb and wish you the best!

  32. Stephabie Saliba

    Wow. I’m teary and very sad. 🙁 Thank goodness for instagram and Facebook. Thank you for sharing and making me a better wife,person,friend and sister. You have been apart of my life with every post. Thank you for allowing us in.

    Love,
    Imaginary Friends

  33. Beanie, Gracie, Tillman & Faith's Nana

    To my Sweet Kitten, you have given so much of yourself and your life to MC, I know how overwhelming it must be to let it go. But just read these comments! You have touched so many with your honesty and your selfless acknowledgement of mistakes and lessons learned. So many are richer for having had MC in their lives. On this Mother’s Day, let me just say, “I’m one proud Mama!”

  34. Sue C

    You will be missed! I’m not even sure how I first stumbled upon your blog, but I’ve been following like many others since Bean was an infant. It’s been so fun to watch you and your relationships and your children grow. I have two growing kids too, so I completely understand the need to close this up. But I will truly be sorry to see this end. Wishing you all the very best!

  35. AndreaC

    I will miss reading your wonderful writing! Thank you for all the time and work you’ve put in and the sense of community you’ve created. Enjoy your kiddos! And happy Mother’s Day.

  36. Best of luck and congratulations for your decision. I will miss your posts. Your blog is one of the few that I have continued to read for years and years. I think I’ve been reading since you were pregnant with Bean (although I rarely comment).

  37. Sarah Hash

    End of an era! I found your blog in the summer of 2008 when I was looking for marriage tips or sort of “what I wish I knew” from older couples. Google sent me to your page, and while it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, because I got married the same year, I loved it and have been an avid follower since! It’s the only blog I read, really. But now with us being able to post up to date pictures and tidbits on IG and FB I understand why the blog is being let go. You are a wonderful writer, and I enjoyed every post you shared with us readers. Thank you Katie and Chris for letting us into your lives! Enjoy those beautiful childten!

  38. Alejandra Landry

    Than you so much for your blog. I stumbled upon it a few months ago when my marriage started getting really rocky. Your posts made me laugh and gave me hope. Enjoy this new season of your life!

  39. Alicia D

    Ohh, I want so desperately for you to continue, but I understand. 😐

    Thank you for all the years and blog posts. I’ve been married 13 years and I still learned so much from you. We just had our first boy 7 months ago, and I’ve been bookmarking some of your old posts – they’ve been such a help already. Will you continue to leave them up?

    I’ll continue to follow your IG and FB. Keep in touch with all your old blogging friends.

    Wishing you, Chris, Bean & Gracie all the best!

  40. Mary

    Thank you for sharing your life with us for so many years. When I discovered your blog I was a newlywed and I went back and read your entries from the beginning, and have been reading ever since. Now that I am a mother I appreciate your insights in all new ways. All the best to you and your family, God Bless!

  41. Pam

    you will be missed!

  42. Gerri

    Katie,

    Thank you for the genuine words, laughs, truths, and stories you have shared here. Your little slice of life here on the Internet has always been one of my favorites to follow. May you be blessed as you close this chapter and enjoy the crazy adventures of life with your sweet family!

  43. Christen

    I have been reading since before Bean was born. We have a lot in common – teaching, children same age distance apart and similar temperaments… Your stories about Gracie being spirited have helped me understand my daughter a little bit more. While I feel a little bit like I am losing a friend, I am grateful for having known you through this blog. Thank you for writing and all the best in your future.

  44. Katie,
    Thank you for sharing your life with all of us for all these years. I feel like I’m part of your family! Wishing you all the best!

  45. Jenny

    I don’t comment much, but I started reading when we were both pregnant with our first (how crazy is it that they are nearly SIX??!!). Have appreciated your honesty and have enjoyed your blog over the years, thank-you! All the best for the future 🙂

  46. Alyssa

    This makes me so sad to read, I have been reading your blog for over 5 years now. You are such a talented writer…your blog was one of the first blogs I ever followed and the only one I went back and read all the previous posts from before I first started reading your blog. Your blog has continued to be my favorite. Thank your for writing and sharing your life with us. I wish you and your family the best in the future!

  47. Suburbanmom2

    I’m going to miss you! My kids are big and I loved reading about your young family. Maybe you’ll get your book published one day! Until then , I’ll enjoy your musing on Instagram.
    Best wishes for you and your family.

  48. Nastasia

    Thanks for all the stories, Katie. They were truly lovely.

  49. Katie, I’ve been reading your blog nearly as long as I’ve been married. We’re celebrating 10 years this June. I have 2 kids, 18 months apart, my oldest is just a couple months older than your Gracie and is every bit as strong-willed and full of joy. 🙂 I have laughed and cried right along with you as I’ve learned how to be married and how to be a parent. I can’t lie, I’ll miss this little corner of the internet. You’ve touched my heart in many ways. I’ll be praying for your family and do hope that you’ll continue to post on Facebook and Instagram so I can still say things like “Oh my friend Katie had this idea…” Thanks for the last 7 years!

  50. Amy

    Wow. I’m speechless at this news, but completely understand! I found you way back when, as I was googling for baby blogs. I’m so glad that I stumbled across your blog because well being a first time mom is so very hard. It was comforting to read that another mom had the same struggles and worries. My favorite post over the years, which made me laugh tears, was the post about Bean staring at you while you were both sleeping. I just giggled a little thinking about it now. Wishing you many more years of success, happiness and fun memories with your family. Thank you for all that you’ve shared!

  51. Heather

    You will be dearly missed, wishing lots of joy to you and your beautiful family

  52. Jill

    Thank you Katie for sharing your lives with people you don’t even know. I’ve been reading you for 6+ years. I was single and longing for a ‘marriage confessions’ world of my own. Now I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful 14mo old little girl. Thank you for giving me a little insight into the ‘real’ stuff. Enjoy those babies… Time goes to fast to miss one second.

  53. kp

    Been reading since even the pre-Bean-pregnancy years. You are one of the most down to earth bloggers out there and have created a space of memory and beauty that thousands have appreciated…and will serve you well as a time capsule of years gone by. Nothing but happy wishes though I will absolutely miss your words. Off to find ya on instagram…. 🙂

  54. Kim B

    Even though we are in completely different stages in life (I am 48 with grown kids and 2 grandbabies) I have been reading your blog since before Bean was born. I will miss you, “imaginary friend”. Best wishes to you and your family as you close this chapter. I will definitely keep following on Instagram and FB.

  55. Lucia

    I’ve been reading since you were pregnant with Gracie, I’ll miss you my imaginary friend 😉 happy Mother’s Day!

  56. Elena

    Ah! Long time reader here saying, I understand completely but I will also miss you dearly. Thanks for sharing your ride so far! Many well wishes for you and your families continued awesomeness into the future!

  57. Sarah

    Oh wow. I’ve silently followed your blog for years now, loving a glimpse into one of the most honest blogs I’d ever read about what faith, marriage and family are like in the real world. I’ll miss it so much. I’ll follow you on instagram just because I feel so attached to people I’ll never know in real life.

    Good luck to you and your lovely family

  58. Maggie

    A million thank yous for the many, many things you have taught me! I started reading years, when my marriage was new and babies far off. Your writing helped me cherish my present and at the same time, so excited for my future. Just the other day, my baby pooped the bathtub and I flashed back to a different me, sitting in my tiny apartment, laughing over a blog post about Bean doing the same. I remembered thinking I couldn’t wait until that was us… and now it is. I have so many of your ideas and lessons tucked away for later use. You’ve really given us all a gift! Thanks for your imaginary friendship! Blessings to your whole family!!

  59. Kitchen table writing is important. I have so enjoyed your blog over the years, but I do understand and you are making the right decision. Enjoy your family while they are still home. Life goes fast. God bless.

  60. Andrea

    I began reading shortly after getting married. I’ve never commented, but i want to thank you – your posts provide me with a different way to look at things. With your kids being older than my daughter, I’ve taken a lot of your advice and filed it away in my mind for later years. I’ll certainly miss reading!

  61. Many bloggers say goodbye and then come back in a totally different form – I’m hoping this for you. If not I must say I really enjoyed the ride. I was introduced to you by the blog Man Wife and Dog – she too hardly blogs anymore but is now the relationships writer at Essence.

    Best of God’s richest to you in your future endeavors.

  62. Leslie

    You will be missed! I found your blog years ago when I was nursing my first son. (He will be six (!) in 2 weeks) I loved that you were a first time mom to a little boy as well. I would read your posts during down time and have been a “lurking” imaginary friend ever since. It helped me feel like I wasn’t completely crazy in those early days of motherhood. Thank you for your stories and for putting your heart into your posts. ♥

  63. Katherine

    Oh Katie, I’m going to miss you. I’ve been coming to your little corner of the Internet since you were pregnant with Bean, despite only being 19 at the time. I’m getting married next year and I know I’ll be coming back here to read your stories and advice again and again to help me in my marriage.

    I feel honoured that you’ve let me into your family, I’m going to miss not just you, Chris, Bean and Gracie but also your mum, Ginny, John Michael, Tillman and Faith.

    You’ve always been so real and honest and even when things have been difficult you manage to work through it with such grace. I completely understand your reasoning behind closing down the blog but in a truly selfish way, I wish you weren’t going because it’s going to be strange without you.

    I’ll be keeping you on Instagram so I can see how my favourite family are doing from time to time, thank you for letting me be your imaginary friend all these years, I’ll miss you.

  64. Chelsea

    I will truly miss your posts! I have so enjoyed your honest and funny blog. God bless you and your family!

  65. Gale

    Thanks for the memories! I’ve been following since Bean was a tiny little newborn. I had moved far away from my own three children (the youngest of whom was only 18 at the time and surely still needed his mother, but he went off to college without a backward glance…). Since then, all three of ours have graduated college, gotten jobs and married, and I am now a grandmother! Thanks for allowing this homesick mama bear to be an imaginary friend to your family when I really needed someone to connect with. I’ll look forward to seeing occasional updates on Facebook. Prayers and best wishes to all of you! (But don’t forget to record some of those funny things that happen just for your own memory shelf.) 🙂

  66. Alex

    Oh Katie, I will miss you and your writing! I’ve been a reader forever – can’t even remember how I found you, but I’ve been reading since Connecticut, before you were pregnant with Bean. He’s about a year older than my oldest and I have identified with so many things you’ve written about your marriage and kids. I love that you write about your faith. I love your honesty. Love to your family and best of luck in your future endeavors!

  67. JustAng

    I had a hunch this day would come but felt better when you said Chris renewed your website a bit ago. Oh good, I thought. She’s not going anywhere. So guess I was wrong there. I have loved your blog over the years. You got married when we did. Both our kids are nearly the same ages. You lost your dad. I shockingly lost my mom shortly after. It was so comforting to read about someone who was living through the same markers. I loved the humility in your posts. You didn’t always have the answers about how to deal with a marriage issue, or a “spirited” child or the triggers of a lost loved one. We tried to figure it out with you. And that was a real privilege. You’ll be missed!!

  68. Annemari

    Thanks for all the good times. It’s been real. Will miss you dearly. Enjoy the time with your little fam. xx

  69. I have been reading from very early on and in a way feel like we’ve grown up together in these last few years! I’ve valued your parenting posts as I’ve had my own children and loved seeing how you have developed in your own family. We will miss you!

    Rachel @ dreamingofthecountry.com

  70. Claire

    Aw man. I’ve been reading your blog since before Bean existed and even though I’ve never commented, I have always enjoyed! I am so sad to see the end of your journey and I’ll really miss reading your lovely posts. I’m sure it’s the right decision for you and the fam but that doesn’t mean you won’t leave a hole in the internet. Best of luck for the future.

  71. Katy

    Nooo! I’ve been reading your blog for years all the way over here in England. Despite the fact our lives are quite different, I’ve loved sharing your journey over the past few years and hugely enjoyed my daily check-in. I also found many of your posts about your dad’s passing very relevant and helpful, as my dad passed away just after yours. I’m now imminently expecting my first baby with my husband and I am sure I’ll be checking your archives for your thoughts on becoming a mum with Bean! Best of luck with everything you do, and thanks for writing so honestly and sharing everything you have over the last few years. I will miss you!

  72. Joke

    Dear Katie,

    I fell for your blog because of your pictures of baby Bean with big Molly. I started following because of your funny stories and stayed for your insights on marriage and children. When I check my blog feed the first thing I do is check if you posted. Recently I started sharing some of your posts with my husband. We are newlyweds and your experiences have been very valuable to me in putting things into perspective.

    Thank you so much for making us laugh and think and letting us into your house and family. I know I won’t be the only one who will miss you all. Enjoy your family to the fullest! I am sure that Bean and Gracie will be thankful for the stories you recorded, and I am sure you get a chance to keep that going in private.

    See you on Instagram 🙂

  73. Lisa W

    Dear Katie, I’ve never commented on your site before but I wanted you to know I’ve been a loyal reader of yours since Bean was just born, and I’ve been following your family/marriage’s journey as my own took me from New York to California to Kenya and now in Ghana! Did you know you have readers in Africa? 🙂 I get excited every time my Feedly shows a new entry from you. Today’s entry though is the one I was hoping would never come…

    I can imagine how difficult this decision was for you, but having been a blogger myself, I know how time and energy consuming it can be to share yourself with all your imaginary friends. I didn’t grow up in a healthy family environment and through reading your stories over the years from my early 20s to my late 20s now, I feel like I’ve learned so much about how to build a strong marriage and family, and weather the storms that come. I’ve even showed my fiance many of your entries in the hopes that some of your wisdom will rub off on us! He thinks it’s hilarious I talk about you and your family as though we’re real friends 😉

    I’ll continue following you on Facebook and secretly hope that you’ll change your mind someday and start blogging again. You are truly a gifted writer who manages to speak to each and every one of us in a special way. Thank you for your honesty and humor. I wish you, Chris, Bean, and Gracie all the best. I will miss you and MC dearly!

  74. Erin

    Katie, I can’t recall for how long I’ve read your blog, but it’s been years – since Bean was a baby, I think. I’ve enjoyed reading so much, seeing your marriage and your children grow, and learning through the experiences you’ve so kindly shared with the world. You have a gift when it comes to writing – you weave humor with real-world situations in a way that entices readers to keep coming back. I will truly miss reading, and frankly, I’m sad that you’re giving up blogging, but I can understand how time consuming it must be, now that I have a family of my own. Thanks for sharing your life with us all this time, and best wishes to you, Bean, Gracie, and Chris.

    Erin

  75. Lynelle

    Goodbye and thank you, invisible friend Katie. I’ve been reading and enjoying your blog for so long I’ve forgotten how I came across your corner of the internet. Your life and mine are SO different (except we both like books and reading, I used to be a teacher, and we’re both married, … and human!) that I’m not sure I can express sensibly why I’ve been a loyal (invisible!) reader — but I have. So as you wrap this up, I want to say thank you for the thousands of hours of effort you’ve put into producing such a pleasant, honest and interesting bit of the interwebs. I’ll miss it! Thanks to Chris also as I’m sure he’s due a large portion of credit. Best of luck and all good wishes for your future!

  76. DKL

    Katie, I’ve never commented before, but just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing your experiences. Our daughters were born a day apart on opposite sides of the world, and as I navigate the world of parenting, I truly don’t think anyone else has been as helpful and thought-provoking as much as you have. You’re an inspirational person and a great writer…. I wish you and your family all the best. Thank you.

  77. I’ll definitely miss reading your stories. So often, they’re so inspiring, but I totally understand. I tried blogging and found that I was just too busy with real life. Congrats to you for moving to be more present in your real life. Thanks for sharing for this long.

  78. Lee Ann

    If I weren’t reading this at my work desk, I’d totally be weeping out loud. You have no idea how reading about your family’s antics, good and challenging, have been my Monday morning go-to reading for so many years. I will miss you and the entire Brown family (grandparents, Ginny, everyone!) more than you can imagine. Thank you for sharing your life with us. (… heading to the bathroom stall to weep uncontrollably …)

  79. Kelsey

    Hi Katie,

    I, like the others, am sad to hear this news but I definitely understand. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been reading your blog (very quietly in the background) for the whole 8 years.

    I came across your blog one day while I was sitting in my freshman dorm. My boyfriend and I had just had a fight, and so I turned to the internet (of course!) and asked if it ever really works out to marry your high school sweetheart. I found your comment on someone else’s blog saying that yes, it can work. I started reading your blog and never stopped.

    Now, eight years later, my high school sweetheart husband and I are finishing our PhDs and are expecting our first child. And as corny as it sounds, I feel like I’ve had your blog to turn to every step of the way to see a preview of what things might be like for us. I want to thank you for that.

    I wish you and your family all the best, and while I’ll miss having somewhere to turn for these “sneak previews” on what life may have in store a year or two down the line, thank you for bringing me this far!

  80. Kristen

    I will miss visiting your little corner of the world and hearing what Bean and Gracie are up to! I’ve followed for 6 or so years and now that I have a one year old I find myself referring to your old posts often. Please keep us in the loop on Facebook!

  81. Kristinia

    Katie – I have loved your blog for the last 2yrs and will miss reading about your family. I have learned so much insight to my own marriage (coming up on 2yrs with my guy). Thank you for your honesty, your love to your family and your willingness to share personal things with many of us you don’t even know.

    Enjoy your time and not feel guilty for it.

  82. Waaahh!! This is so sudden! I feel like I’m losing a friend. And a friend’s family. =( I’m selfishly very sad about this. I have appreciated your stories, advice, family scrapbook, etc so much for years! I have loved the encouragement and laughs and realness that comes from you and your blog. Youu truly have felt like a friend. =) Thank you for sharing your life and family and home with us. I’m secretly hoping you’ll decide to come back and write a few updates every now and then! Please do!!! Praying God’s blessings on you and your family!!

    1. Susie

      This is exactly how I feel, Meggie – like a break up!

      We’ll miss you, Katie.
      (and I really wanted to hear about your fabulous anniversary vacay….is there a possibility you’ll come back to tell us all about it? Some about it? A LITTLE about it?) 🙂

      Blessings,
      Susie in Indiana, who you once gifted with a Thirty-One bag that we STILL USE today! Thank you. 🙂

  83. Teresa W

    I will add my sadness to the comments. I have been following your blog for years and enjoying your young point of view. I am a retired teacher so the teaching moments you shared brought back good and bad memories of my own. I hope that everything goes well for you and you think of your “imaginary” friends every so often.

  84. Jacki

    super sad. I’ve been lurking here for ages…I think it started pre-divorce for me looking for something, but I stuck round for the great writing. I’m a little bit in denial and leaving you in my feed…if you need to do what you need to do that’s cool, but I’ll be here if you change your mind (or ever come to Sydney,)

  85. Suzanne

    As someone else said, I’m so happy for you but sad for us. I enjoy your stories and writing so much because you’re so relatable. Thank you for sharing and letting us have snippets of your life and helping us readers to feel sane since we experience such similar situations. I’ve re-read many of your posts from Bean and Gracie’s early years to see how you handled certain situations that I’m experiencing with Brooke. I’m happy for you that you no longer have to think about how to turn those experiences into a blog post. That does seem like a chore to me. All that being said, please write your book. You’ve mentioned multiple times what a dream it is for you and I’d love to see you live that out. Someone will publish it and we will all buy it. God Bless you and your family Katie.
    Suzanne

  86. Peggy

    Thanks for the laughs and the tears over the years. Good luck to you and all of your wonderful families!

  87. Sad!!!!! But you have to do what is right for you. 😉 It’s been really fun reading the blog and seeing pictures of your adorable family. You’ll be missed!

  88. Meghan

    Reading this post was bitter-sweet: I’m sad you’re “closing up shop” but so happy you are in such a good stage in life.

    I found your blog when I was a relatively newly-wed with my first baby on the way. I binge-read all of your old posts and kept up-to-date with email subscriptions and Facebook after that. 3 kids and several years later, I feel like I’ve grown right along side with you…we may not know each other in person but you had a profound impact on my life. Thank you for that.

    God Bless on your journey and all the best to you and your family!

  89. Becky

    Gonna’ miss you like I would a “real” friend :’)
    Joyful journey to you Katie. <3

  90. Megan Beecroft

    I feel like I am losing a friend and am so sad at this news, however, I 100% undestand the reasons behind your choice. Thank you so much for “telling us like it is” for so long and opening up your lives to us.
    You will truly be missed.

  91. Krisin

    I’ve been a reader since I was engaged, about 5 years ago. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us; it was so nice to read these stories, and hear about your struggles too, as we unfortunately all go through them. Your honesty and humor is truly inspiring and your blog was so fun to read! It will be missed!

  92. Katie,
    What I think the world will miss is the honest, thoughtful look at things all are mulling over. Wish you the best and will keep in touch via Facebook!

  93. Meredith

    Oh my goodness. I’ve been a longtime reader, around 6 years I think and holy crap I’m going to miss your blogging. I wish you and Bean, Gracie and Chris all the best.

  94. Amanda

    I have been reading since the beginning and have enjoyed every post. In the time frame of your blog I’ve had two sweet babies and I’ve gained so much advice and wisdom about marriage and children from you. Thanks for all you have shared. You will be missed Katie! Enjoy this time with your beautiful family.

  95. Lopamudra

    Thank you for sharing the small and big and happy and sad moments of your life. Even though I had never commented before you were somehow like a friend . Reading your blog was part of my daily routine and brought me lots of smiles as well as thoughts to ponder . You are a great writer . will miss you. Wish you a great life ahead.

  96. Desi

    You and your entire family will be missed! You are an excellent writer, Mom & wife! Good Luck!

  97. NS

    I’ll miss you (all) so much! Thank you for all the inspiration and hope you’ve given me.

  98. Tori

    Thanks for sharing so much with us, and your imaginary friends will miss you very much. And that is not imaginary at all! 🙂

  99. You were my gate-way drug – the first real blog I ever read, in what turned out to be a long line of blogs thereafter. While I have read many a blog, you are my first true love, and one I’ve never quite been able to quit (not that I ever wanted to!).

    I have loved watching you grow, and hearing all about your life and your family. More than that, I have learned a lot from you. Your posts have moved me, they’ve made me stop to ponder something a bit more, they’ve made me more convicted of things I already believed, and they’ve entertained me.

    While I am so very sad to see you go, I am very happy for you that you are making the decision that feels right for you and your family. It’s a weird time in the blogosphere, and you are charting a new path. Blogs didn’t exist more than 10 years or so ago (at least not personal ones like this, where people shared the ins and outs of their lives), but now that blogs have been around for some time – and bloggers have spent a solid number of years writing away, and sharing their personal lives – the time is coming where you, along with many bloggers, are needing to reassess. My husband has always remarked with regards to my imaginary blog friends, “It has to end some time. They can’t keep writing forever!” So, it makes sense that that has to end, that you have to move on. It’s sort of like leaving a job (to stay at one job for 8 years is a long time!). Things get stale for you, you grow tiresome of the grind, and you need to start something fresh.

    All this longwinded nonsense is just to say: thank you for sharing so honestly, and thank you for the time that you put in to creating this awesome little corner of the interwebs. It mattered 🙂

    God speed!
    Katie N (who has been reading for nearly 7 of your 8 years!!)

  100. Lee Ann

    Second comment of the day here. (Obviously all day I’ve been lamenting the loss of Marriage Confessions!) But … what about Beanie’s driver’s license post? What about Gracie’s prom post? What about BOTH of their wedding posts?? I feel like I’m losing my adopted children. I’m going to have to make up a life for both of them. Waaaa!

  101. Alex

    Nooooooooooo! I am going to miss you so much!!! Your blog was the one and only place where I always felt so comfortable. You are such a great teacher, wise beyond your years. Thank you so much for all the words, you thought me a lot about being a mom, a wife. I hope you do not close the blog! At least I can go back to re read a post once in a while. Thank you again for everything you gave me. I wish for you and your family health, love, happiness and the means to take care of your family. God bless you.

  102. Rachel

    I am devasted! There have been many period these last couple of years where I talked about you like one of my actual best friends, not just one of the imaginary kinds. My kiddos are two years younger than yours, but I have locked away your thoughts and clever parenting ideas since you had Bean. Where will you be for all those other moments to come?! I completely understand all of your reasons for not continuing the blog, but do know that I will be living through your instagram and facebook! And while I hope I have my dad (and mom!) for many years to come, I will never ever forget your experience you have gone through with losing your dad. Your experience with him telling you he is still there watching everything makes me feel infinitely better about everything, and I am not really a religious person. Thank you so much for sharing everything you have and know that you will always be in my heart!

  103. Danielle

    I also have never commented, but needed to say thank you for sharing your life with us! I started reading your blog in college, and now here I am almost 3 years into marriage with our first child on the way. Thank you for making me laugh, cry, and see that marriage really is about what you make it and how you handle life’s obstacles.

    Good luck to you and your family on your next chapter!

  104. Andrea

    Thank you for sharing all these years! I first heard about your blog from The Pioneer Woman, and discovered it at just the right time. I was a first-time mom having trouble with all of the first-time mom things! I appreciate all of the advice and stories you shared.

  105. Lindsay Campbell

    So sad, but so happy that we are more than “imaginary friends” and I can still keep up with you through facebook and hopefully see you back in Gulf Breeze one of these days. 🙂 Loved your blog!

  106. Meredith J

    Well DANG! First Young House Love, now YOU?
    Ok I forgive. But seriously, you were the very first blog I ever started reading. I have no idea where I found you or why I started reading you, but I’ve been on this journey of life with ya since Bean was a little babe. Which is longer than it feels like it should be… Can’t wait to keep up with those cutie pie kids of yours on Instragram!! Good luck and it’s been super great being imaginary friends Katie! 🙂

    1. JustAng

      Totally. First, YHL, now MC. The blogs I’ve followed the longest have come to an end. Understandable, but still a little sad.

  107. OMG!! I’m going to miss your stories! I totally get it though and it’s why I don’t blog much anymore either. I wish you well and I look forward to still seeing your pics on Instagram!

  108. Oh Katie! You go girl! Thank you for being my imaginary friend… I’ve been with you since right before you found out Gracie was going to be part of your lives (although it feels longer because once our kids came on the horizon, I’ll confess I went back and read a good two years’ worth of posts).

    You’ve been with us through thick and thin, too, Katie, in so many ways that it’s impossible to count. Thank you for making me laugh on days I wanted to just cry, and for sharing the insane moments that we all need to know that they’re not alone on this crazy life journey.

    So thank you, and once again (it won’t be for the last time, because I WILL be following you on FB and IG) – thank you for your honesty. It sounds like it is a wonderful decision to make for you and your family, but please know you will always, ALWAYS be in my thoughts and prayers. And I know I speak for many when I say to please never ever consider yourself “just a kitchen table writer.” You are amazing, and you have a gift. And even though that first book deal didn’t work out, there are great things ahead of you!!! HUGS!

  109. Kelly

    Thank you so much for sharing your life with us! I am a long-time reader that has truly been inspired by your ups and downs, especially being a working mom/blogger/extraordinaire! We will miss you!

  110. Hilary

    What a great blog this has been to follow! I applaud you for your decision as hard as it is. To be honest, as a fellow middle school English teacher with two young children myself, I have no idea how you managed to keep up with it this long. I feel like there’s never a free second to just breathe without answering a parent email, signing a field trip permission slip, or grading a stack of essays followed by a stack of reader response journals. God bless in all your future endeavors!

  111. Emily

    Thank you for all of the years and stories and laughs that you have given us. I found your blog three years ago, when I was newly married, lonely, and living in a new part of the country far from family and friends. Most blogs and other material targeted toward the newlywed crowd talk about love and honeymoon periods and happiness….and made me feel just terrible, like my fragile, difficult, early marriage was destined for failure. I took such comfort in the “realness” of your stories about your marriage and your family. I looked up to you and hoped that our struggle may someday include the love and happiness that radiates through your stories, even in the hard times. And it has! I can’t thank you enough for putting yourself out there with the realness and honesty that gave me such comfort and hope. “Kitchen table” or not, your writing contributed in a very real way to helping me to work towards my own happy marriage.

  112. I too have been reading about your family for years and have been lurking in the shadows and never commenting. Sorry it took you shutting down your blog before I did. I’ve enjoyed reading about your family and I will continue to keep up with your cute kids on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for being my imaginary friend all these years, even though you didn’t know I existed 🙂 All the best to you and your family!

  113. Adrienne

    Thank you for sharing so much! I have been impacted by all that you have shared. Thank your for your faith, your hope, and your love. Many blessing to you, imaginary friend!

  114. Monique

    Oh Katie, I completely understand your reasons for not continuing your blog, but I surely will miss reading about you and your family!
    I wish you all the best, though, and live your life to the fullest!

  115. Melissa

    Thank you for sharing yourself and your family. You are strong, real, and funny. You’ve touched my heart and I truly appreciate it.

  116. Angie Estes

    Oh no! This is the worst news ever! I’ve LOVED your blog. You’re an inspiration and a wonderful writer. But, I know a blog can be time consuming, so I completely understand. I’ll miss reading about you!

  117. Claire S

    I started reading this blog not long after you started writing as a young British girl navigating her way through her very first serious relationship and onwards in to my marriage. I have laughed, cried and nodded in agreement more times with your blog than any other. I can’t even begin to count the times I have started a conversation with “Katie said…” and then realised my husband has no idea who you are! Thank you so very much for baring your life to us for so long and letting us ride along through the good times and the bad, I think it’s obvious how much you will be missed. I hope your family’s future is full of love and sunshine, thank you 🙂 xx

  118. Dina

    Dear Katie,

    I have been following your blog for many years now and, like several of your followers, have never posted anything until now. I happened to come across your blog five years ago during my junior year of university and I found it so uplifting that I just kept coming back! I was then just starting a relationship with my soon-to-be husband and I loved reading about your relationship with Chris and your life as a working mum. Your blog was for me a wholesome and hilarious corner to which to which I could retreat when academics got really stressful, when I was feeling overwhelmed with becoming a proper adult, when my relationship was trying and really just when I wanted to have a good laugh. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for generously sharing your life experiences with me; for showing me what a very human and very loving marriage looks like, for telling me about the hard work and hilarity that comes with being a parent and for demonstrating what it is to be a strong and independent Christian woman. I am so sorry to see you go and I will miss reading your posts. Best of luck with everything! x

  119. Yolanda

    Katie…am going to miss your blog…for all those little things you posted about…those little moments, the no-so perfect things in a marriage…that love mattered the most in a marriage.

    Thanks for blogging about the most realistic things in a marriage and family.

    Wishing you all the very best!

  120. Erin

    I’m so sad to read this!! Your blog has been my absolute favorite. I often laugh out loud and then have to read your posts to my husband. You have made me laugh and cry, reflect, and focus. Thanks for sharing your life with us and for all the work you’ve put into a wonderful blog. I will miss it a ton!

  121. Jenna

    You’re truly my favorite, Katie. I’m selfishly sad about this, but also very happy for you! I’ll look forward to continuing the journey with you on Instagram!! “Thank you” seems small, but I’ll say it anyway: thank you for all you have done and all you have shared to help me be a better wife, mother, and person.

  122. KC

    thank you so much for blogging all these years. I have been reading this blog for a long time, and as a newlywed myself, I truly appreciate your honesty about marriage, faith, and life in general. people do need to realize that every couple struggles with the same issues and that they are going through perfectly normal situations. I will miss reading your blog, seeing the cute pictures of your kids, and reading your funny stories. God bless.

  123. Kathryn

    I usually read your posts all the way through right away, but I could only skim this one at first, knowing it would be the last. I found your blog 2.5 years ago when I was a newlywed, and I appreciate you sharing your struggles and triumphs so newlyweds everywhere would know that the first years of marriage are challenging but very worth it. I will miss your posts. Congratulations on making it past the newlywed stage, and good luck with whatever life throws at you next!

  124. Elle

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I’ve been a reader for several years now and have learned so much from your stories. I wish you all the best!

  125. Maggie

    I’m a younger reader, but I’ve been here for six years, since I was 14! I’m sad to see you go, but you’re certainly justified. Good luck with wherever life takes you! 🙂 xo

  126. girlsmama

    Thank you! You have been like chatting with a good friend all these years. Best of luck Katie! God speed!

  127. Natalie

    Thank you for being so transparent about marriage. It certainly helped my husband and I as we struggled through our first few months as newlyweds. It was comforting to know that we weren’t the only ones having issues, and it gave us faith that we could push through to a happier place (and we did!). Thank you for your beautiful words!

  128. Tara

    I am so sad to hear this. I love reading about your family. My husband always asks what’s going on with Bean and his family. Best wishes to you!

  129. Emily

    I was deeply saddened when I saw this post. I am a college student struggling through life, and I feel like reading your blog gave me something to look forward too when I become a real adult. I really will miss reading about you and your family, and I wish you the best!

  130. Rachel

    I have been following you since just after Bean was born. I live in the UK, was single when I began reading (though not now), have no children, am now in my mid 20’s, not religious in the slightest…. Really, the exact opposite of you! But something has always drawn me to your blog, I have smiled at your successes and cried for your sadnesses. Thank you for sharing a small part of your lives with us, I look forward to continuing to see snippets on Instagram x

  131. Sarah L C

    I’ve been reading this blog since just before you announced Bean was on the way. So I’m super sad that it’s over but I’m so happy for you. Thanks so much for sharing your journey. I don’t have kids yet but if I ever do I’ll be a much better parent and wife for having read your bl

  132. julie

    Hi, I am sorry to see you go, very happy to have enjoyed your stories , your writing, thank you so much.Best wishes to you and all your families. Thanks again, Julie

  133. longtime reader

    Thank you for everything! I’ve truly enjoyed reading your posts and feeling a part of your wonderful family. Enjoy the rest of your life!

  134. Michele

    Thank you for sharing your life and writing with us. You will be missed!

  135. Andrea

    Thank you for sharing your story and journey. Over the years, I felt we were living parallel lives. I started reading your blog early in my marriage, though a major move, 2 babies (now 2 and 4 years old), marriage struggles, financial struggles, and the hardest losing my Dad less than a year after you lost yours. Thank you for sharing your life and helping me through some of the struggles of my own. Wish we could be friends in real life! Best wishes for the future!

  136. Laura

    Aw, from one of your many imaginary friends, I completely understand where your heart is on this one. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be let in to the tiniest corner of your life via your blog, and to hear your thoughts on marriage, pregnancy and the chaos of life. You absolutely achieved the goal you set out to. Many things you have written pop into my head and have stayed with me (bloom where you’re planted).

    Don’t underestimate yourself as a writer – you are a great, unpretentious person and I’m really happy that those of us in cyberspace were able to read what you wrote. But you’re right…you don’t owe us anything, you need to do the right thing for your family and yourself. All things have a natural end, and I really applaud you on what I’m sure was a hard decision. 🙂 Thanks again and all the best to you and yours for what comes next.

  137. Rachel

    Thank you for all you’ve written! I’ve followed a LOT of blogs over the years, and rarely force my husband to read any of them, but your posts are frequently enjoyed by us both. Despite our families being very different, your words are always so honest and ring true for me in so many ways. Thank you for all the smiles and laughs and maybe a few tears along the way. Best wishes to you and yours!!

  138. Tan

    You and your writing are powerful and gracious and insightful. Like so many others, this was my first and really last blog to follow…and what a treat! Always a break from my own reality and a way to bolster myself for my own happenings which were somewhat parallel to yours. I hope you find a way to keep writing – in new forms with new subjects perhaps – you are just so good with words. Best wishes to you and the family!

  139. Heather Miles

    Best wishes and blessings to you and your family. I will miss reading the snippets of your life. You are a talented writer who I truly hope finds other avenues to continue to express your talent.

    I will miss reading your blog but so happy for you and your family.

  140. Marci

    Sweet Katie, as a ‘mature’ woman, I have so enjoyed reading your posts, watching you-and your children – growing up, and sharing in your joys, your sorrows and all the amazing things you all have accomplished! I am sad to say good bye but thankful you have shared your journey in such an honest way, a humble way, and a God-filled way and pray that you will continue to honor and serve Him as you journey on, without all of us – your imaginary friends! Blessings to your sweet family!

  141. I know this was not a decision you made lightly. Like so many others have said, I’ll miss hearing your voice online, but I wish you many blessings as you continue enjoying this wonderfully unique journey of motherhood!

  142. I’m just checking because I haven’t been over in a bit and I am sad for us and happy for you that there is a kind of new stage of your life happening. Thank you for sharing your stories and for being encouragement to me to write my own stories–on my own blogs and elsewhere. Thank you for your honesty, your humor, and your faith. Thank you for helping give my start on motherhood a happy place to come to!

  143. April

    Your writing is entertaining, touching, funny – and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your stories!

  144. Aash

    Awww…hello from India. Will miss reading your posts. Its been awesome so far! Wish you love, luck and happiness.

  145. Natalie

    I will definitely miss your posts! Best of luck to you and your family. Your children are precious!

  146. Oh wow! I’ve been an occasional reader/lurker for years now and obviously I’m way late. But I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog–you’re a wonderful writer! Thank you for sharing with us all these years. Best of luck to you and your family!!

  147. Reader from India

    Dear Katie and family, you will be missed! you have shared the sweetest stories many of which have been very inspirational and I keep coming back to listen to a familiar voice in this blog. Thanks for sharing your life with your readers …. I will be coming back again and again to dip into the archives…

  148. Carmen

    Katie,

    I’m so sad to see you go, and I know it has to be hard for you too. Your reasons are very admirable though. You’re a good mom. The only other time I’ve commented was when your dad passed away, but I think about your family a lot! Some of the lessons you have shared stay with me. I’ll miss seeing pictures of your cute kids and following your family! I hope the archives will still be available!

    Carmen

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