Kerri Walsh’s Blog: So Long and Farewell

09/14/2010 at 08:00 AM ET

Kerri Walsh has taken home two Olympic gold medals in beach volleyball with partner Misty May-Treanor.

But she has two even bigger accomplishments to her name: Sons Joseph Michael, 15 months, and Sundance Thomas, 3 months, with fellow volleyball star Casey Jennings.

In her final blog, Walsh, 32, wraps up her experience writing for you here at PEOPLE Moms & Babies — and leaves you with a few of her favorite quotes about motherhood.

Joseph and Sundance – Courtesy Kerri Walsh

This is my last blog, ladies and gents. I want to thank you for checking in with me from week to week. I want to thank you for your kindness, your support and for your criticism. It all serves a purpose.

I’ve certainly wanted to come through the computer and roll my eyes at some of you, just as I’ve wanted to reach through the computer and hug lots of you … It’s been a fun experience and so many of you have inspired me to work harder, be better, and gave me strength in my tough moments as a mommy. Thank you for this.

Joey – Courtesy Kerri Walsh

My journey as a mommy has just begun and I know without a doubt that I’m in for the biggest challenge and most profound adventure that a woman can encounter. I’m pumped, I’m scared, I’m motivated, I’m in love and I’m grateful; motherhood is the most amazing gift.

As I say goodbye to you guys (hopefully not for long! Come to the beach and say hello. Go to my Facebook or my Web site and follow our journey to London), I want to leave you with some quotes that made me smile and made me so proud to be a mommy. God bless you all and your wonderful families.

Sundance – Courtesy Kerri Walsh

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” — Sophia Loren

“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” — Marion C. Garretty

“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” — Elizabeth Stone

I wish you all nothing but the best and I hope that your hearts may always be kept safe and happy.


— Kerri Walsh

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Krissa on

Thanks for the many good reads – I’ll look forward to reading more about your sweet babies in the future.
All the best on the road to London – we’ll be watching and cheering from Canada!!

Ellea on

You’re awesome Kerri! Good luck in ’12!

Mrs. R on

Thank you for your articulate, wise, and wonderful blog posts Kerri! I wish you ALL the best and your family too!

hhenderson14 on

Kerri! Good Luck in 12′ Your an inspiration to me!

Jillian on

I’ve enjoyed your blog and seeing your beautiful boys. I wish you and your lovely family the very best, Kerri!

lorinda on

Thanks, Kerri!
And how amazing that you quoted elizabeth stone, my college professor, mentor and friend. She still says that ALL the time!
Good luck.

iz on

how embarrassing for the mean people that ms walsh read all your negative posts. i commend you kerri! you’re an inspiration to me and i’m not even a mother. thank you for your posts!!

jessicad on

That Elizabeth Stone quote is my favorite, it sums up motherhood perfectly. Thank you for giving us an inside peek into your life and I hate that there were some negative comments, but you seem like a great Mom and I love that you stay focused on your career as well, most of us are trying to find that balance and it’s inspiring to see strong women like you. Good luck in London!

Lisa on

Kerri, I am sad to learn that this is your last blog. You are amazing – both as an athlete and as a mom. As the mommy of a crazy, hyper, AMAZING 2 1/2 year old boy, I can imagine that with two of them, you are in for a crazy few years. But little boys are the best! I wish you from the very bottom of my heart the best of luck and I know you will have the BEST time with your little cuties!

Jo on

Thanks Kerri for sharing your family with us and much success with your career. Take care.

Meri on

Thank you for being brave enough to post your blog. Please don’t listen to the negative comments. People can be so rude! You sound like an amazing mother. Your boys are so adorable. Good luck with everything.

grace on

what pure sweetness your boys are. good luck to you and your family.

Judie on

Kerri – Motherhood is a wonderful, heartbreaking, gut wrenching thing that you will never regret. Thank you for including the quote from Sophia Loren… it is my personal favorite and so true it hurts! Best of luck to you and your wonderful family!

Sarah on

Thank you so much for your posts! It was wonderful taking part of the journey with you. You have a beautiful family and it’s obvious the love you and your husband have for your children. May you continue to be blessed.

beazley on

Your babies are so very beautiful! Thank you for sharing your family. Take care and God bless you.

melissapoo on

Kerri… thank you for sharing those beautiful quotes!! being a wife & mother are my greatest joys! Best of luck to you & your family. Such beautiful, happy boys you have!! Sundance has BIG hands… volleyball, maybe?!?!

Whitney on

Kerri, thank you for the great posts! I really hate that people feel the need to post negative things on here. It’s great to read postings from a devoted mother and professional athlete! God bless you and your beautiful family:) I wish you all the best!

melissa on

Kerri … thank you so much for sharing part of your world with us!! Being a mom of a teenager I miss those early days and loved reading your experiences about them. It reminded me of when my daughter was little!! Be safe, good luck and see you in London!!