Hi friends, remember me? I've been hit and miss for the past couple of years and MISSING you all like crazy! I've been cleaning up my blog this week. Got rid of the Feedly reader, that thing was more of a headache than it helped. I see that some of my blog friends have closed their blogs or have been absent for a long time like I was. It saddens me, but I'm VERY grateful for you that are still here.
I've had to take an unintentional break to tend to my family. Family first always. After just a few weeks of my youngest's 2nd grade year in 2013, we had to pull him with issues we had with the school. We've been homeschooling him for 2nd and 3rd grade. That elementary school was only for those two grades so he moves on to a new elementary school for 4th grade. I met with the principal recently and he's set to go back to public school for 4th grade. I'm pretty excited about it because I get my life back and the little guy is excited to be with his friends again. I APPLAUD you homeschooling moms. Whew, this is time consuming stuff. I'm just not patient enough for this but when it comes to your kids, you do what needs to be done. My older two kids went to these same schools (there are 5 total in our district) for all their lives so I'm confident in putting Robbie back into public school. It ended up being a blessing in disguise though because I was able to work with him so much to get his reading back to where he should be (actually above grade level now, thank you Jesus!).
My oldest son has been home from Army training for 3 months now. He's been getting back to civilian life. Ryan is a chaplain's assistant which works well with what he wants to do... youth ministry and sports chaplain. No job yet but he is doing some networking with some area youth pastors and getting his resume out. Once he gets a job and gets established, he's planning on moving out. His Guard pay alone is not enough to move out yet. I told him that he needs to make sure he is ready to move out because once he's gone, rooms are being arranged, and I will finally have a crafting room again! Haha! If you follow me on Pinterest, I've been pinning room ideas like crazy and already organizing my things.
Well, I wasn't planning on a family update but might as well finish off with the middle child. Amariah just turned 16 but she took driver's ed at school which put her behind on getting her license on her actual birthday. She'll be getting it next month. My babies are growing up!
Anyway... crafting and creating has taken a back seat for the past couple of years. It has always been my way to relax. No wonder I'm so uptight, lol! I rented a booth with a friend at The Grapevine in Claremore, OK last year. It was hard to keep up with it though while working part time at the Lodge, homeschooling, football, basketball, and golf was going on. We just pulled out last week but it was a neat place and a fun time. This picture was taken when I first moved in, my friend wasn't in here yet.
I'm going back to Claremore towards the end of summer to get another booth. My Etsy has taken a break also so I'm planning on opening it back up. I have seriously missed crafting so very much! My dslr camera is broke so I have only been taking pictures with my phone. They're decent but it sure is hard to blog without pictures. =/
It sure felt good to get back to blogging. I have always loved it. Even when others were leaving to go to facebook, I knew I'd always be here. I might have to take some leaves of absences, haha, but I will always come back. If you still follow me, THANK YOU so MUCH for staying with me while I was gone! Looking forward to getting around to everyone's blog and seeing what you've been up to these past couple of years. I'm grateful for our friendships that God has blessed me with~