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As the world welcomes in a new decade, I, too, am closing out a personal decade in my life and welcoming in a new one.
The new one is going to be quite different for me and will undoubtedly involve lots of dirty diapers, sleepless nights and pureed sweet potatoes, but I couldn’t be more excited about it.
By the time you read this my husband, one-year-old daughter and I might have already welcomed our newest little family member ee" Noah Bilger ee" into the world. His official due date is tomorrow, but newborns tend not to follow exact dates and times.
After several months of prayerful consideration following the discovery of my second pregnancy, I decided the next step in my life needed to be away from my career as a journalist and toward my responsibilities as a wife and mother.
It wasn’t an easy decision since I have been involved in some type of newspaper or journalism work since I was just 15 years old. Journalism has always been a passionate calling for me, and as strongly as I felt God leading me into the profession those 10 years ago, I have felt Him calling me just as strongly into a different type of office ee" a home office, of sorts ee" the kind where my responsibilities as a mother and a wife must supercede those of a career woman.
I truly salute all those working moms out there, especially the single ones that work out of necessity. It is a struggle balancing time at home and time at work.
Thankfully, I was blessed with a flexible schedule, a gracious, helpful husband, supportive family and an understanding boss. I pray the same thing for all the other working moms out there.
So for the last several weeks I’ve been trying to clean out my desks (the one in Shepherdsville and the one in Mount Washington), tie up my loose ends and finish writing those final couple of articles.
But I’m not really looking at this as a goodbye to journalism. I plan to continue some freelance work for The Pioneer News and want to stay on top of the business’ developments, as I feel that one day when my children are in school, I might want to return to the profession.
After all, I’ll be barely 30 when my two kids enter kindergarten. That is plenty of years left to work.
For me, my job has been all about getting reliable information out to people who want to be informed about their communities.
Sure, it might not always be pleasant, and the story might not always end the way we wanted it to, but that’s what I love about true print journalism.
It’s supposed to be real. And the really great thing? Sometimes the end of the story is a good one, and those are some of the most rewarding stories that I’ve ever written.
I understand that if and when I return from my hiatus the newspaper industry might look very different. It is currently changing almost daily. The younger generations are highly reliant upon electronic news, which, of course, are why The Pioneer News offers daily Web updates and e-mail news blasts.
But I do hope that the printed copy never goes completely extinct, as I believe the printed copy provides some permanence that that electronic copy just cannot recreate.
As for other changes, I can’t even imagine what the future will hold. But I will certainly be staying tuned. I don’t want my pen (or my laptop) to become too rusty or my English to become too much like baby talk.
I am a print and online news junkie so I doubt I will fall too far out of the Bullitt County news loop.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the readers and story subjects that have given me the opportunity to serve The Pioneer News’ readership. It has been so interesting and enjoyable. As I leave this establishment to start a new story in the newspaper of my life, I will look back on my experience with nothing but positive memories.
Who knows. Some day I might be back! And if I return, I feel sure I will still find my trusty editor, Thomas J. Barr, sitting in the same seat he was in when I left.
What can I say?
Some people are meant to be in this for life.
Noah Bilger was born Thursday, Jan. 14, at 1:53 a.m. He is 8 pounds,.6 ounces and 21.5 inches.
Baby and mother are both doing well.