I've been going through a bit of a blogging dry spell, drought, dehydration,
whatever you wish to label it...
which is a shame because I have plenty to tell you.
But frankly, I've been too tired.
When we moved into this new antique house I was so excited to be able to have
new spaces, old floors, new colors, old fireplaces, new design ideas, old doorknobs
to talk about.
But then as life happened, I couldn't find the time or energy to sit and write about it
(much less take pictures and come up with post ideas).
We've been in this house 9 months and during that time and the brief time before that,
here's what's happened (and I'm not trying to make excuses for not writing, I am simply reminding myself
that it's okay to UNblog a.k.a. "Do Life" once in a while that doesn't need to be blogged about.
More about that later):
- my husband I were separated 8 months and got remarried
- I got Shingles from the stress of the separation (I'm recovered now!)
- our youngest daughter graduated from high school
- our youngest daughter started driving
- my paternal grandmother passed away
- we prepared and staged and sold our last house
- I had a gall bladder attack that landed me in the emergency room, CAT scan showed stones
(which I cleansed out myself!)
- we took a trip to NYC
- my father (whom I was estranged from at the time) died 4 months after his mother did
- sorted through his estate with my mom's help (got a cute Vespa scooter out of it that was his!)
- 2 days before closing on our now house, our lender went bankrupt
- I had a mini-mental/spiritual crisis and decided that we needed to keep looking for another home
- thankfully, my hubby's reasoning and prayers reassured me that this was the home for us
- we rented this house for a month
- got another lender and finally closed on this home
- settled in and started selling excess stuff that doesn't fit or we don't use
- a water pipe burst underneath our bathroom sink which spewed water 10 feet into our bedroom
- we took a cruise to the Bahamas
- purse stolen out of my car in our own driveway
- we had a house warming party
- we're getting to know our historic district and our new neighbors
- the contractors for our home owner's warranty have replaced our microwave
- the contractors for our home owner's warranty have replaced our dishwasher
- our old refrigerator died and we got a replacement French-door one off Craigslist
- our two daughters took a trip to South Korea
- I started editing my home staging book
- we had a wedding for some dear friends on our porch
- mother-in-love visit
- mother visit
- mother visit
- our older daughter drove my CR-V in a ditch (she's okay, the car wasn't)
- we found a Lexus that we loved and added cash to the insurance money (from the CR-V) and bought it
- we hunted for and found our daughters their own car-- a cute little Acura coupe
- hubby started taking some classes at technical college
- started having Wednesday night small group meetings in our home
- small restoration projects throughout the house
- learning to love and trust God to protect and guide my marriage
- had a wedding reception for our "adopted" daughter on our porch and lawn
- my e-book is finished and published
- more settling in and finding a routine and a spot for everything
I don't know why some of the events above happened to me,
and I wish some of them had never happened.
I suppose it's all a part of the story of my life, though it was heart-breakingly sad on a few of the pages.
However, some pages are filled with beautiful, eternally significant events!
I think I thought I needed to write about every little thing that happened above in detail,
which actually caused me panic and the desire to write about nothing much at all.
So now that I see it typed out, I can move forward.
Now that I see it typed out, I realize that some of the things that happened to me last year
were used so I could learn forgiveness and hope and where my strength comes from.
I've learned that in this life, there is no such thing as a normal life.
Now that some changes are behind us, I can talk about what's happening now.
I, for one, cannot wait to get back to doing what I really love: writing, encouraging, sharing.