Gosh, it’s been a while huh? I know I disappeared for almost a year and I’m sorry about that. So much has happened in this past year that I was just completely overwhelmed. In order to focus on dealing with what all was happening, I took a one year break from scrapbooking. The truth is, I was very near a meltdown and was actually at the point where I couldn’t do anything beyond basic survival. So, strange as it may seem, letting scrapbooking drop was the best thing I could do for myself.
Here’s a quick list of major things in the past year:
1. The reality of losing my brother set in and my world fell apart. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it, but I have learned to live with it.
2. My church family split. If you’re a church-goer, you know how traumatic this can be. It was just like going through a divorce and we were the kids. It was just awful. To make it MUCH worse, the media had a field day with it. It was plastered all over the front page of the newspaper for months. And since I sang on the worship team there, people knew my face and I couldn’t go anywhere without people asking questions (and sometimes being downright hostile). Amazingly, God made beauty from ashes in that situation. Our new church, Heart of Worship, was formed and I am so excited about what God is doing there!
3. I MOVED!!! We found a really nice house in a fantastic neighborhood. I love that it’s actually big enough to hold my entire family. Rodney loves that there are two private lakes right across from our house so that he can go fishing whenever he wants. The kids love that it’s a safe neighborhood to play in. We’re really happy here.
4. Rodney was working in Shreveport. This is a two hour drive from where we live, so the drive consumed much of his day and much of our money. :) And since he was working nights, we never saw him. For a solid year, all he did was work, drive and sleep. I was living like a single mom with a sugar daddy. :) It’s tough raising six kids by yourself.
So with all that going on, you can imagine how overwhelmed I was. And letting scrapbooking go was actually an easy decision. I was so heartbroken and busy that I had ZERO creativity. So even if I had wanted to, I couldn’t have scrapped.
But now everything seems to be so much better. The house made a big difference. AND Rodney is now working in the town we live in!!!! And he works days too, so he’s with us all the time now. We’re loving that! Things at church are still keeping me super busy, but it’s a happy busy. We’re a new church, so there’s lots to be done and I’m enjoying every minute of it.
So now I’m back….and so is my scrappy mojo. I’ve been scrapping like crazy lately! As soon as I can, I’ll get some new photos of my projects up. I’m no longer on any design teams and I really don’t think I’ll persue that again. With my new job as worship leader, I really don’t have the time to devote to a design team. But I’m still active on a few sites and am again entering contests and challenges. So I’ll have updates on those every once in a while.
Hey, check out my worship blog! The link is on the right of this page. It’ll give you an idea of what I do outside of scrapping. :)
Thanks for checking in on me, y’all. I really appreciate the love y’all have shown while I went through all of this over the past year.