Friday, January 22, 2010

It Is What It Is

I hadn't intended on a disappearing act being my entry into the new year. It's been a seriously challenging time for us over the last few months; which has really intensified in the last few weeks. Much has changed and is still changing. It's hard to write creatively when you're emotionally overwhelmed and stressed out. Best laid plans and all. The short version is all that I'm ready to go into right now. For now, here's what's been happening:

We've made the difficult decision to put our house on the market. The economy has cut our family fairly deep and we, like so many of you, are having to do things that wouldn't normally be our first choice. We've got it priced to move and are hopeful a buyer will come along quickly. We've already started the process of looking for a home to rent. It's quite a different mindset after owning for many years. I'm sure we'll land on our feet but this was not something we would have wished on ourselves.

My husband started back to college (part-time), working towards finishing his degree after many years hiatus. James Madison University accepted nearly all his credits from his previous stint at UCA back in the early 90's. (Looks like UCA is still using the logo I designed for them back in 1995, huh). I am blown away by his courage and determination. Not to mention his excellent study habits. It's a new dynamic in our lives but we believe it's worth it.

About two months ago we made the decision to pull our daughter from public school. It was a decision not made lightly but was entirely necessary for her well-being. I gave her about a month to detox mentally and emotionally. I'm seeing her come back around which is incredibly hopeful. Since the new year we've been digging in much deeper with studies and it's been going well. Our son is okay where he's at right now but with a move coming up soon, we'll plan to homeschool for the remainder of this school year. We will re-evaluate for next year once we're moved and settled.

I guess it goes without saying that through all this my anxiety-level has been through the roof! Like alot of things we go through in this life, this series of lessons is pushing me back to a closer relationship with God. My faith is being renewed and for that I am most grateful. I'm working hard, internally, to see this situation as a fresh start for us. Not that we were looking for one, but here it is anyway.

January was to be the opening of my zazzle shop and the relaunch of my etsy shop. I did alot of sewing in December getting things ready but it'll have to wait until we get resettled. My blog giveaways and illustration projects are on hold as well though I will continue to work on design projects throughout the move.

Thanks for hanging with me through this very lean time. I hope to be feeling more inspired soon!


  1. Hey chicklet, I know this is yet another challenge, but that you'll emerge stronger and happy with your choices. Are you planning to continue the blog, or put it on hold for a time? XO, J

  2. Sounds like you are in a good place, even though you've had some tough decisions to make! Well done. God is faithful and good.

  3. Thanks Julie & Denise. It's been a crazy time but indeed I do believe we'll be fine. I appreciate your support and love! I considered putting the blog on hold but I think I just had to get passed this true-life confession in order to unclog my creativity. I hope to be blogging throughout the selling, moving, changing process...stay tuned & thanks for your comments!

  4. I trust you are making the right decision and that god will guide you and all you need to do is believe. Wishing you all the best with your home and moving. I believe that every move we make in life leads us to a better place eventually and makes us grow. I'm thinking of you and wishing you all the best.

    BTW, my partner and I are also thinking of moving eventually. Our salaries are not increasing enough and our rent and expenses are. We are thinking of Florida, possibly the St. Augustine area. It's only a thought now but I'll keep you posted. :)

  5. I have thought about you many times in the past month. My travels west will take me near you. Call me at the office. Thinking of you and your family. My lovely friend, good things will come your way.

  6. I know you will land on your feet and congrats to the husband for going back to college. I have been debating it for years and that first step is the hardest.

    Keep your head up and keep smiling :-)

  7. Just checking in again. Hope things are improving. I'm thinking of you and wishing you and your family all the best. :)


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