Until we meet again

At the end of every council fire at summer camp, we sang this song:

Round the blazing council fire’s light
We have met in comradeship tonight
Round about the whispering trees
Guard our golden memories.
And so before, we close our eyes to sleep
Let us pledge each other that we’ll keep
Camping friendships strong and deep
‘Till we meet again.

With Manic Mommies coming to an end, I find myself thinking of these lyrics. Life is a series of beginnings and endings, some achieved such as graduations, others forced upon us (as when I left summer camp kicking and screaming), and others chosen as with this podcast and blog.

Deciding to retire isn’t easy, but I know it is the right time because as we close the book on Manic Mommies, I have no regrets. Instead, I am filled with gratitude and pride as I look back on the past nine years.

I am grateful for the friendship I have forged with Erin, and by extension, her family. In a very real way Manic Mommies helped us transition from neighbors to friends across state lines.

I am grateful for the friendships I have discovered through Manic Mommies – some online, some in person. It’s hard making friends, and you made it easy.

I am grateful for the listeners and readers who shared our laughter, tears, successes and failures. That you took time out of your lives to listen to our stories still amazes me.

I’m grateful to the Manic Mommies community for sharing their wisdom and lending their support to Erin and I through so many things, and providing us with the validation when this parenting-thing had knocked us down. I’m looking forward to staying connected with each of you through our Facebook Page and other social channels.

I am grateful to the advisors, the supporters, and the sponsors for lending us their counsel, their support (emotionally and monetarily).

I am grateful to the “semi-regular” guests – Dr. Rob, the Meal Makeover Moms – as well as the authors, experts, and others who came on the show to share their wisdom, and answer our questions.

I am grateful to our families for allowing us to take the time for ourselves to, in the words of my husband from our “second” intro – “podcast again.” While I know you didn’t always like us sharing your stories, you understood our need to “talk it out” and “find the funny.”

I am grateful for the places I’ve been able to visit, and the adventures we’ve had because of Manic Mommies – remember when Julia Louis Dreyfus hugged me? Did that really happen?

And, believe it or not, I’m grateful to be able to bow out of Manic Mommies gracefully – she came into the world unexpectedly, but we couldn’t (wouldn’t) let her “fade” into the pod-o-sphere. She deserves that consideration and so do our listeners.

Just because ending the blog and podcast is right, doesn’t mean it’s easy. I am left wondering what life will be like post-Manic Mommies. While I don’t know what will come next, I do know one thing to be sure – we will meet again.

Thank you for listening. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for being part of the Manic Mommies story.

You can stay in touch with the Manic Mommies
Kristin – Twitter @kristinsb | Kristinsb.com
Erin – Twitter @emkprgal

65 thoughts on “Until we meet again

  1. Thank you for your words, written and verbal… now and in the last nine years. Listening to the Goodbye Song one last time was surreal. I heard the words and they made me pretty sad… but they fit so well. Best wishes!

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  2. I am so very sad today. I have been listening to you since my son turned 6 and he turns 15 yrs old in just a few days. You have have been my light and my humor for so many days and I will truly miss you both. I wish you best of luck and until we meet again.

    You will have to do a podcast once a year to update us on your lives

    Linda Roberts

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  3. Oh ladies. This is so bittersweet. It’s sweet because of how much you have meant and mean to me still and how wonderful the community that you have created is. I know that you gave a lot of your time to this and it’s much appreciated. You made me laugh and cry and feel not alone. But I also completely understand where you’re coming from and I empathize. The decision may have been agonizing. It’s bitter because it’s going to be hard to find a podcast to take your place! I will miss you. Thank you for all that you have done for us.

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  4. Thank you for everything you’ve done to help keep us moms sane over the past nine years. And for being so willing to share the good, bad and ugly of parenting. You have both become “friends” and I will miss the weekly check-ins. And though I write this with a lump in my throat, I also am thrilled at whatever new adventure awaits the two of you. Friends forever, okay?

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  5. I’m so sad!! It feels like the moment in Forrest Gump when he stops running abruptly & says he’s going home because he is tired & the hundreds of people who found inspiration from his crops country trek & had decided to follow him devotedly were yelling “What? What do we do now??”. 🙂

    I’m not sure how I’m going to get through my housework without you. I loved all of your intelligence & hysterical everyday moments. Good Luck & Best Wishes!!!

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  6. I will certainly miss you both! What a wonderful time you had over the nine years of sharing your lives, your thoughts, your families and the concerns every mother has about the care – and feeding – of a family while trying to make everything come together in this fast paced world. It isn’t easy for any of us but you brought laughter, humor, compassion and truth to the subject of motherhood that is more realistic. Thank you so much for putting yourself OUT THERE so we all know we are not alone in this wonderfully manic role of Mother. Take care of yourselves and your lovely families. Hugs!

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  7. Thank you for everything! You were a complete game changer for me. I’ve been listening since before Newport and you’ve helped me be a better mom, wife, and a better me. You’ve recommended amazing books (I was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids) that made me feel normal, you’ve inspired me to try something other than running (2 sprint tris), connected me with Another Mother Runner (YAY for BAMRs).
    2014 is going out with a bang….as my husband said “First Colbert….now Manic Mommies too? Sorry baby…..” Ya, I’m sorry too, but you guys have done a lifetime of service and deserve all the best that’s coming your way! I promise when I bump into you at Target or the Natick Mall, I won’t use that ridiculous line “I feel like I’m meeting Brad Pitt” that I said at the TCAN 🙂 Many, Many thanks to you both…..

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  8. Thank you, Kristin and Erin, for sharing your stories and letting all of us know that we are not alone in this Manic Mommy-ness that is raising children. Thank you for the Escapes, thank you for the laughs, thank you for the advice (oh, you didn’t know you were giving advice through your stories? Yes, you were), thank you for continuing the show when it became more difficult to do so, and thank you, most of all, for recording a goodbye show and allowing all of us to have the opportunity to say goodbye as well. You.will.be.missed.

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  9. I’m so sad that it’s over! I started listening to you when my now 6.5 year old daughter was a newborn, and have so enjoyed the show all these years.Thank you for helping me to feel less alone as I was starting my journey into motherhood. I will miss hearing about your lives and the familiarity of your voices each Sunday night. What you did with this show was so great, you made me a better mommy:)

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  10. You will be missed! Who is going to make me laugh while I’m running? I’ve enjoyed every single podcast just like sitting around a table chatting with friends.

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  11. Thanks Mommies for all that you have done! I’ve been listening for so many years. I’ll miss your podcast but never completely grasped HOW ON EARTH you could do it all?! …and then some…AND THEN SOME MORE?! sheesh. your’re superstars ladies. Also, sidenote: I won my first smart phone on your podcast?! how friggin’ monumental is THAT? Thank you…sniff sniff. I’ll miss you. Good luck in all future endeavors!

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  12. Hi ladies,
    I am coming back from a long vacation and was doing my normal Monday downloading of my favorite podcast- and I see you are ending the show! This is so sad!! It’s like a good friend moving away. Thank you so much for the 9 years. I will so miss hearing your voices on my long commute. You’ve made many drives more bearable.
    Kindest Regards
    Kristin

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  13. I am so sad, yet since I and many others feel like you are also a part of our family, you need to do what you need to do. It still think it is bizarre that I started listening when our kids were little and will miss sharing the craziness of middle & high school. Good luck in your other professional adventures, you both will be sorely missed!

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  14. Thank for sharing your lives. You have opened new doors for me and my family. Because of your podcast I learned about Geek Girl Tech Con. I loaded my Mom and daughter up and traveled from Louisiana to Massachusetts. What a wonderful experience! Thank you again.

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  15. Congratulations and thank you. You will be missed! Please consider a yearly reunion podcast (just arranging the two of you, not anyone else)…just so we all know where we can “see” you again.

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  16. I’ll miss you guys tons. You’ve been like friends as I’ve listened from pre-mom life through fertility treatments, pregnancy and as my now two year old has grown and through 3 moves. I always felt like even if I didn’t have friends in a new place I could get a little girl talk from you. I wish you all the best in your futures. I hope you’ll check in now and then, but either way your podcast has been a lifeline for me in some tough times. I love you guys and thanks for being there for so long.

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  17. Thank you ladies! Specifically thanks for talking about the learning challenges your children had. When we began a similar journey with our son your wise words helped hold me up during this very difficult time for our family. Kristin you took the time to respond to my email and offered both practical advice and support for me personally. Your words touched me deeply and I think of them often when things get tough. You’ll be missed!

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  18. And a new time on this amazing journey of parenthood and life begins! Thank you for the years of entertainment and laughs. Your voices followed me from homeschooling my kid to driving the 20 min. to pick her up from school and now the 9 hour drive to boarding school for high school (dang you’ve been doing this a long time!!!). Your voices have entertained me as I cleaned house, hiked, rode on trains thoughout the world and drove many many miles. Thank you for bringing the “girlfriend” when my girlfriends are too busy being Manic Mommies to be there for a gab session! Go with joy and a hell of a lot of laughs! Thanks girls!!!!!

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  19. My 4 best friends are stay at home moms. In your podcast I found the support I needed as a working manic mommy. So while I totally get it why the show must end, I’m still thinking to myself “WHHHHHHHYYYYYYYY!?!?!?!”

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  20. I guess I’ve missed a lot in the last couple of months. I usually listen to you while I walk, and I’ve been so busy I haven’t made it out lately. I will have to catch-up on the podcasts i’ve missed in the new year. So sorry to hear you’re shutting off the mic. I will miss the Manic Mommies podcast. You were with me when I trained and ran my first half-marathon.

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  21. Thank you so much for all the podcasts and Escapes (though I was only able to make it to two of them, I attended vicariously via the podcasts), you really helped me to cope with motherhood and work and everything that comes with them. I totally agree with the once-a-year podcast, that would be lovely.

    You will be missed! ❤

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  22. So very sad, but extremely grateful for all you’ve done–most especially the strong sense of community, that we’re all in this together as we walk the path of motherhood. May the years ahead be amazing for you ladies, and an occasional (yearly?) podcast to update us on the happenings in your lives would be awesome. Best wishes in the new year to all the MM out there, as we continue this long, crooked path of motherhood together!! 🙂

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  23. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. I will admit that I’m sad the show is ending. I’ve listened to all your episodes. Good luck to you…you’re both wonderful women.

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  24. I read the words and was so sad to hear that my fav podcast was ending. I had a tear..ok a few….. Its funny how you can live in a whole other country and still feel like you are part of someones life…and we have never met. Ladies I have truely enjoyed your company on my radio since the beginning and I will miss your stories and updates. I know it must have been super hard to keep up with all your life demands and keep this going as long as you did. Thank you for being a part of my life and good luck with all you do. This Canuck is gonna miss you two.

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  25. Thank you, thank you for all the hours you took to record this podcast! I have been with you from show 10, I think. My boys grew up with your kids and I found so much similiarity in the stories that you shared. It really was like listening to good friends sitting around talking! Good luck as you move forward!

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  26. Thank you Erin and Kristin for all the time, love, and laughter you brought to Manic Mommies! You will be missed!

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  27. This is very sad news! This was my favorite podcast for many years and provided so much perspective to me. To hear your stories each week and your daily struggles and to hear your real emotions really helped me in my life. I can’t tell you how many times I quoted you all with my family. Thank you for everything! You two women have really made a difference in lives of so many women! I wish you and your families the best.

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  28. Awwwwwww! Say it ain’t so!!!

    Thank you ladies! I am at a loss to put into words how grateful I am for all of the podcasts and how very sad I am that it has come to an end. I’ve been listening for 7.5 years now. MM has kept me from feeling like I was the only frazzled Mom on the planet. Just knowing you were going through the exact thing I was helped so much. ( yep. I was madly in search of a specific duo tang color this summer for school too!!!)

    Your fans/listeners will miss you more than you could ever know.

    Take Care because we care.

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  29. I am so sad that you are leaving. I feel that we are friends even though we have never met. I have enjoyed the podcast for many years, and
    will feel the loss deeply. Thank you for the joy you brought into my life – I look forward to seeing what comes next.

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  30. Please tell me it’s not true,….my gosh there will be a huge hole in my family’s heart and drives without your stories and thoughts…..I started listening 6 years ago when my daughter was born and was frantically trying to figure out how to be a new stay-at-home dad. I downloaded a ton of parenting podcasts and yours was the only one I found awesome. I then introduced the whole family to the Manic Mommies and now we all listen together. We will miss you more than you could know. -Jon from central Pennsylvania.

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  31. Dear Erin & Kristin,
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you have done for us mommies!

    I personally discovered you in summer 2007, when my son, Erik, was 2 months old. He will be 8 in May. Two years later I welcomed another boy, Aksel. I am a working mom, so your stories have hit home big time.

    You have no idea how much joy & laughter you have provided to me. You have made my chores a joy – every time there has been a Manic Mommies episode waiting, I have jumped at a chance to make a wash, fold laundry, weed or rake the leaves – to get a break from the boys & to laugh with you. (you’ve also made me look like a crazy person when smiling and laughing out loud in public transportation…)

    You have been a part of my life in the past 7,5 years – and I am so grateful for the validation, hilarious moments and good company you have provided. It feels like losing a personal friend even though we’ve never met. I will miss you!

    Erin & Kristin, I wish you and your families all the best in the future!
    Sanna from Copenhagen, Denmark

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  32. If you have been podcasting for nine years, then I have been listening for eight and a half years. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your lives with us, thank you for ‘keeping it real’, thank you for making it ok to make mistakes when parenting, thank you for the time and effort you put into the podcast each week. You have inspired, you have made me laugh, you are loved. I will miss your voice, I will miss your banter, I will miss your stories about your kids. All the best for what comes next. There is a special place for you in my heart.
    Clare, Brisbane, Australia

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  33. So sorry to see this go. You will be missed by many. But… I get it. Thanks for all the time you put in and allowing us to share a peek into your lives every week. Best of luck going forward.

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  34. I will miss listening to Manic Mommies more than I can say. I’ve been listening for years (and my kids are grown!) You have made my commute to and from work fun for a long time. I have laughed with you, commiserated and learn so much. Thank you for the many years of podcasts and I truly hope we do “meet” again!

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  35. I’m sorry that you’re signing off, but I understand. You two are some seriously busy ladies! I can’t believe how long I’ve been a listener. I discovered the Manic Mommies when I was going back to work after my first maternity leave. That daughter is now a second grader so it’s been a long, great relationship with you and the other Manic Mommies listeners. Your kids are a few years older than mine, and I always felt like listening to your stories was a preview of what was soon to come in my world. We will miss you! Feel free to come and post a random update episode now and then!!

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  36. Thank you so much. I have enjoyed your show every week. While it is hard to think I won’t hear your voices each week I am happy to know you are on to new and exciting things. Enjoy this new adventure and thank you for making me feel that motherhood isn’t perfect and that is okay.
    Enjoy 2015!!

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  37. Thank you ladies for all you have done for all us other moms around the world that found your podcast. You encouraged us, made us feel normal, and provided valuable information and laughs as part of the process. Best wishes for your future and the future of your families! I hope you have some idea how much you have given others.

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  38. I have loved listening to you for all of these years. I found you in year 2 of the show. My children are the same ages of yours and it has been wonderful sharing the journey with you. I never made it to an escape but I hope if you make it to DC you have a meet up promoted on Facebook. I completely understand how at this age it is very difficult to talk about the kids. Good luck and I look forward to following you on Facebook and Twitter.

    Karen in Virginia

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  39. Well, Girls, I am not your typical listener. I’m a grandma who started listening after Lian Dolan mentioned your podcast. I truly enjoyed your humor, your antics, and your kids. It reminded me so of my gaggle of friends who supported me while raising my two kids. I couldn’t have done it without them. I will miss you both. You did terrific work. A Plus!

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  40. First of all _thank you_ for announcing the goodbye. There were times Mondays/Tuesdays where I did not see any new MM podcast and thought – oh no? is it really over? Nice to know, you know?

    I have _loved_ your show. I always felt a particular affinity/empathy with Erin as I have 2 boys – too close in age. I lived in Boston for many years after college and enjoyed the NE references in the show.

    You do really feel like friends to your audience. I was introduced to your program 4 years ago when a friend quoted something from your show as something her friend said and then she was like “wait, that was from this podcast I listen to”. I immediately started going through the archives each night at bedtime. And my kids are currently in K & 2 so it was fun to hear what I could expect “down the pike”.

    Truely, your show being in its final wrap up makes me think of ” The Gift of an Ordinary Day”. Time marches on. Wishing you the best! Thanks for all you provided.

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  41. Erin and Kristin – I sure will miss hearing your voices. It’s amazing how long I’ve been listening and how life has changed since I first heard your voices (when I thought Erin’s voice was Kristin’s and Kristin’s voice was Erin’s). It doesn’t seem like 8 years (I started listening a year in) have passed. I’m so happy to have met you two in person (it was summer of 2009 in Chicago and I was about 7 months pregnant) and I will never forget your graciousness and warmth you had for your listeners. I have to say that I am WAY behind on listening to podcasts because of my crazy school schedule, but I am happy that I get to hang on to you guys a little longer this way! I may really drag out my catching up now that I know there’s a finite number of podcasts waiting for me! Thank you…God bless…Good luck…

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  42. I have listened to you girls since the birth of my first child almost 8 years ago! I had a boy, had no idea what to expect, and so enjoyed laughing & listening while I took walks around my neighborhood trying to get the baby weight off. Like so many others, I thought of you as “my friends in Boston.” Yours is the only podcast I listened to consistently. I will miss our weekly “dates” but wish you the best in whatever lies ahead! Thanks for the memories!

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  43. Thanks to both of you for sharing all these years. I think ending with the goodbye song was poignant as it brings back memories of having little kids. Good luck with the tween/teen years….I know am hoping for some myself! The worries get bigger, don’t they?

    And a special shout out to Kristin for keeping up the blogs!!

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  44. Ladies, just felt I couldn’t let you leave without saying thank you! I’ve listened for maybe only 3 years – I have twins who are 5 1/2 – and when I found your show I felt like I had found my people!!! I went back and listened to your whole archive and wished I found you sooner. You made me laugh and cry, and feel like I am not alone. Wish I could have done an escape and hung out with you and all the Manic Mommies. I will miss your show, but am so grateful for the service you have provided all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and God bless you!

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  45. Thanks, ladies, for all the hard work you undertook that made a lot of women have a true “happy hour” with your podcast. You really were the cure for my empty nest syndrome! I think it’s smart to end the podcast before the children get much older, and I wish you both well!!!

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  46. Bless you & thank you…THANK YOU SO MUCH for for all the hours you gave to Manic Mommies, for sharing so much of you & your families with us…I feel like dear friends are moving away. I am so sad, but I can’t guilt you at all. You are wonderful, wholehearted, real women who deserve only gratitude. Thank you for the very realistic view of motherhood. Thank you for letting us know we’re not alone! Thank you for the mom chat, family/husband stories, laughs, tears, struggles, solutions, home improvement hilarity, party tips, kid tips, interviews…thank you for everything! I give you enormous credit & huge heartfelt thanks. I would so , so love it it you would find it in your hearts & busy schedules to do a show every month, or two or every season or…?!! I wish you, your families, your extended families the very, very best. THANK YOU lovely, brilliant Manic Mommies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  47. Hi ladies,
    I finally listened to the last podcast today. I was saving it to really enjoy. When you said it was 5 years ago that Erin (or Kristen) moved, I couldn’t believe it!! That meant I’ve been listening for at least that. I’m pretty sure I’ve listened to them all. I hope you guys do a yearly recap of what’s going on. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to you. You’re very real, you could be my next door neighbor. I’m sad this is over!! I work from home in San Diego. I’ve worked from home for 19 years. I have a 20 year old and a 15.5 year old. Your podcasts help pass the time when I’m at my desk. Best of luck to both of you and your family’s, it’s been so awesome

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