Ok, confession time. Yes, I disappeared. For a year. That has to be a new record, even for me. I never *ever* expected to neglect the blog for this long -- it kind of just got away from me there. What started as being busy with spring yard work and house stuff turned into a crazy emotional year that had me grasping to keep my head above water even to be able to get out of bed in the morning. What am I talking about? Well, here's what the last year's involved for me:
The ugly: The big D word: divorce. Well, actually, separation, but divorce is pending, so... My husband told me he wanted a divorce way back when we first got to Maryland 2 years ago. It kind of came out of nowhere for me -- I thought that we had an okay marriage. Not perfect, but we had a lot of fun together and loved each other. For a full year we did marriage and individual counseling, and things were really starting to get better and then
The bad: Yet another (and hopefully the last!) back surgery. In November, I had my Spinal Cord Stimulator removed, because it never really was placed right and thus, never worked properly. That, I have to say, was one of the more difficult things I've been through. My husband had just moved out about 6 weeks prior, I was all alone, and I wasn't really prepared for what kind of loneliness would hit when I woke up in pain, and I had no one to take care of me. But, on a positive note, I made it through, and my back is much happier for having that garbage out of it. :)
I'm also volunteering as a Patient Care volunteer for Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. What that involves is basically walking around and looking for bored kids in the wards and playing with them. Pretty cool, right? It was a crazy competitive program -- I had to interview, have my references checked, go through a background check, and go for numerous medical exams and tests... but I made it!
That about sums it up. If I had to give this year a theme, I'd say it's been about re-finding and enjoying what makes me ME! :) If you made it through all that, I'm amazed. If not, that's okay too. :) I Just felt like I didn't want to just ignore the last year entirely! :)
Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Paper: White Cardstock, DP by My Mind's Eye
Buttons: Oriental Trading Co., Lasting Impressions
Stickers: Heidi Grace
Word Cut-outs: Lasting Impressions
Accessories: Floss, Copic Markers
That's it for today! I don't know how often I'll be able to blog, so I'm not going to commit myself to a schedule. But I know that it's good for me -- a release of sorts. Not to mention that it keeps me being crafty! So I definitely intend to stick with it, even if I disappear now and again. :)
Hope you all have a beautiful day. Until next time...