Hey friends! Today’s post is purely personal – so I’m not offended if you skip it in favor of crafts and recipes. But, many of you have asked where I have been lately. The short answer is, all over!
We all hit patches in our lives where things end up a bit upside-down. Over the past 2 or 3 years, I’ve moved SIX times with my kiddos, gotten divorced, both laughed and cried through the challenges of being a single mom, moved my craft and art supplies from box to box, storage to studio to storage again, wrote another book(!!!), and now finally, I’m feeling settled enough to the point where I can breathe again. And make things again, finally – stress does a number on your creativity. But I’m brimming with ideas and excitement again, and I can’t wait to share. I have to brush up all my social media skills again, and we can connect wherever you like – whether that’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. I’ll be working on those all a little at a time.
So the good news! The new book, Rock Painting for Beginners, was released over the summer. And as you can guess, it’s about painting rocks. (You can buy it on Amazon here.) If you didn’t already know, I have a second website dedicated solely to painted rocks at PaintHappyRocks.com. So I have been keeping creative in some ways, it’s just been behind the scenes instead of here on the website.
The kids are doing well, they’re getting so big! Things were pretty rough on them for a while, because their dad hasn’t been involved with their lives. However, great family and friends have meant they have lots of love, support, and good role models in their lives.
My mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. She has 2 different cancers, and one is particularly aggressive and rare. But it turns out after 6 rounds of chemo, they have removed her end-of-life doctor from her list and are giving her body time to rest and heal. All of the tumors are either gone, or are small enough to be easily operable. She’s too stubborn to be sick! We are just waiting to hear what her next steps will be. We live in separate (tiny) houses on the same property right now, so we are close enough if either of us need anything, but we still have our privacy.
I am getting back to my old sassy self, and I’ve even had time to binge a bunch of Supernatural on Netflix. I wouldn’t wish the end of a marriage on anyone, but in our case, it was for the best for everyone, especially the kids. We lived poor for a while – like, food stamps, poor. Like living in someone else’s guest room, sharing a bed, poor. It’s a humbling thing, but the most important thing was making sure my babies were safe, healthy, and as happy as could be expected with all the turmoil. I did a lot of commuting to try to keep them in the same school as we moved around. We are finally settled now, though.
Here’s a sneak peek at a fall cocktail recipe that I’ll be sharing tomorrow. I have so many ideas, now that life has finally taken a firm direction! I’m looking forward to sharing with all of you again, very soon!
For those of you who took the time to read a purely personal post, thank you. It’s raw, and unedited, kinda like my life right now. I have appreciated all of you who have checked in, sent messages, and commented that you miss seeing new posts! I have missed it too! I’ll be seeing you all very soon!