Welcome To My Colorful World!

Welcome to my colorful world. I am a happy (most of the time!) wife, mom, MeMaw, artist, and art teacher. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I also love to create, cook, nest, decorate, entertain family and friends, laugh, collect vintage stuff, snuggle my cats and dog, play outdoors, and so much more! In addition to all this, I also publish an online magazine with my dear friend, called Mermaids of the Lake. Oh, and I love a big cup of coffee with cream, a dry martini, red wine, blingy jewelry, pink lipstick, blue fingernail polish. I love color! Beautiful colors inspire, motivate, and move me!!! What's my favorite color? I can't choose. I love them all! Yellow, pink, red, turquoise, blue, purple, orange, green and every variation in between!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blogging Break?

Wow! I guess a took a bit of a blogging break. I didn't intend to. Sometimes life just happens and plans change and you can't do everything any more.

As most mothers with kids in school do, I tend to think of my year in terms of summer vacation and the school year. This last school year was my daughter's last year of high school. It was awesome and full. I was determined to do anything in my power to make it be the best year ever for her. I think in most ways, it was! But it was kind of wonderful and kind of sad. I cherished each moment of each day. However, there were so many "lasts." Last homecoming dance, last football game, last track meet, last basketball game, last (and first) Senior Prom, last, last, last. And even though I celebrate her and her beautiful future, I grieved every "last." I just couldn't stop it. It hit me hard!!!! I have two children, a boy and a girl. My boy, Joey graduated from high school five years before his sister. I grieved that too, but consoled myself with, "Well, at least I have five more years with Sammy." How can those five years already be gone?

I must admit that I have done this a bit with every phase and every school year with both of my children, but I always knew there were so many more beginnings. I love beginnings - the beginning of vacation, the beginning of the Christmas season, the beginning of summer, the beginning of the school year. I know there are more beginnings, but not childhood beginnings... and so... I got sad, really sad. I smiled and celebrated and functioned, and said prayers of gratitude, and meant it, but in between the track meets and my own work, and keeping up the house and being a proper friend, and wife, and hiding my sadness from her and my family, I cried - a lot - and slept - a lot. I suffered...

I'm better now and facing this next phase of her life and mine, as an "empty nester" with my usual optimism and cheerful attitude, always propelled by faith and gratitude. And so I prepare for the next beginning.

Perhaps that is where our choice lies -in determining how we will meet
the inevitable end of things,
and how we will greet each new beginning.
~Alana K. Arnold

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  1. Hey Debbie ~ It's great to see your blog pop up in my reader! I loved your post and can totally relate because I felt the SAME way during my daughter's senior year. LOVE the quote you paired with that beautiful photo! I'm going to jot it down to use on my blog someday. Hang in there!!! xo

    1. Hi Deb, Thank you so much. It also helps to know when others have gone through similar emotions and understand. I'm hanging in there as we get closer and closer to the big move-into-the-dorms day.


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