Wednesday, August 21, 2013


my firstborn

Greetings, friends!  I can't believe my PPD baby is about to turn six and that I've been writing this blog for five+ years now!  It's been a wonderful journey...
  • The catharsis of both writing and knowing that others were out there reading and walking the journey with me.
  • The ability to utilize this site to get resources to people who need them.
  • Knowing that moms felt less isolated and alone when they read my raw and honest account of the ups and many, many downs of a long recovery process.
  • The joy and reassurance of my readers that I was not alone as I embarked upon a second pregnancy and postpartum experience.
  • The amazing community of "virtual" friends, who feel VERY real, I have gained via social media, all because of those first published posts.
  • The path that God provided me by allowing a blog to turn into so much more...a blog, Twitter, Facebook page and groups, and on and on...which allowed me to shift into a paid position in my church focused on what else...?  Social Media!
There is much to be thankful for.  And while this is not a goodbye at all, I felt I owed you a bit of an apology for being absent so long and so often of late, as well as a warning that I won't be posting here regularly any longer.  I will continue accept and publish appropriate guest posts, as I want to always be a safe place for women to share their stories privately or publicly.  But, I have found that the best way for me to do the work I am called to do is to simply be available.  Being available means that this blog will become more of a resource website now.  The five years of posts are easily searchable through the search box or via the labels related to the subject matter of the posts.  I am confident that those in need can either sift through my posts to find the best fit for their situation or that reach out in other ways.

Here are just a few of the places you can find me:
Beyond Postpartum on Twitter and Facebook
Atlanta Postpartum Support Group
Mental Health America of Georgia's Project Healthy Moms
Email me at atlantamom930 (at)

Arrivederci: From Italian arrivederci, from a (to) with rivederci (we see each other again), from the infinitive rivedersi (to see each other or meet again), from ri- with the infinitive vedersi (to see oneself), from vedere (to see) with si (self). 

From the very bottom of my heart...thank you, thank you, thank each and every one of you.

See you again,


Anita said...

Awww... How bittersweet.

I wrote a post a few weeks ago titled "Time To Move On," which was also cathartic for me; especially when others commented and gave me more to think about.

Reading your post has added to my decisions to move on and do some other things. While mine was simply whether or not to stop my horseback riding lessons (at least the scheduled ones) it is still life altering. My teacher is a dear friend and I will miss seeing her often, along with surrporting her business. I've also accepted a position on a Board of a private school. There will be extra activities this year, too, because of my daughter's upcoming senior activities/graduation and another daughter's graduation from middle school at the same time. I think you get my point. :)

While I was not a PPD mothwe, it was still interesting and informative to stop by your blog now and then. Who knows...I may have to recommend it to someone in the future.

Best wishes in your new position and May God Bless You.

Anita said...

ps. Believe it or not, I'm a fairly good speller and I can spell "supporting." :)

Jennifer said...

Amber, I wanted to thank you for being a safe place for me and so many other women throughout these years. Your voice has been trustworthy and loving; helpful without judgement; and always, unfailingly supportive. You've also been honest, and for that, I am so grateful. I have battled PPD twice and ante-partum depression once and I am convinced that shining lights like yourself not only guide the way for moms like me but you show us what's ahead: to be beacons of hope for moms coming after us. I will follow you elsewhere, of course! Much love to you.