A Blog Revisited

I don’t even know where to begin!

It’s been a year and a half since I’ve written anything. I’ve thought about it often, but for some reason or another I’ve not actually made the leap. I think I’ve been afraid. Blogging is a personal and intimate thing that I haven’t really been open to lately…although I subconsciously I know I needed it, so I’ve been taking it out on my Facebook statuses. At any rate, I took the jump this morning, complete with a new look. Hope you like it!

So very much has happened in the last year and a half. Thankfully, all of it has been good (or worked out to be positive), but my life has definitely taken many turns. I’m hoping to post on a regular basis…life stuff, but also adding a few new categories on the site.

1 of the main life happenings have been me going back to school. After all my health challenges, I got turned on to alternative medicine and holistic health. I began taking herbal classes & have totally fallen in love with herbs and the whole world of holistic health and healing. In June, I’ll graduate as a Holistic Health Practitioner, which includes massage therapy. Herbalism and bodywork have absolutely changed my life! I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to go back to school and pursue a dream I never even knew I had. 🙂 I am no longer working at my previous job, and I’m working part-time (and totally self-employed) as a massage therapist, and it’s been truly amazing. It’s allowed me to be flexible and available with all of our other craziness going on (details in the following paragraph). I’m praying that someday being a full-time herbalist will pay the bills, but in the meantime I’ll continue growing herbs and making medicine and helping my friends and family and any one else who might come my way.

The second big announcement is that my family and another family will be planting a church this year! (Just a few small things going on. ;)) My husband will be retiring from the Marine Corps next year and stepping into full time ministry. We are beyond excited and I’ll admit it, a little anxious. Through all of our struggles and trials, I can honestly say I never ever expected our lives to be heading this way, but I can also clearly see God’s hand and protection through all of it! Just goes to show that He can and does use imperfect people if we’re only willing. (Because, let’s face it, we all know I’m super imperfect and wayyyy too snarky to be a pastor’s wife!)

Other updates, my tiny little kiddos that I started writing about are humungous amazingly talented and wonderful teenagers and along with my husband, they continue to be my biggest blessings. Stinkin’ love those guys.

I’m singing every single day, and I’m learning to play the banjo. Ha! Yes, the banjo. It makes me happy, and I love it. I believe the ukelele is going to be happening in the near future.

Anyway…I’ve been scared of writing, and I think that it’s something I need to and will be doing on more regular basis. I do hope you’ll check in with me every now and again. I’m planning on more music posts, some fun herb-y stuff (okay, probably a lot of fun herb-y stuff), and probably some inspirational-put-this-in-your-pocket-for-later nuggets. Because God is good, and life is wonderful no matter how difficult it may get. Much love and many blessings.

 

Impact!

Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

A move always turns your life upside down. After our recent move, however, things were supposed to settle down a little sooner. Things still haven’t come together quite yet. I’m still unemployed. Still don’t even know what I’m really supposed to be doing, actually. My family is still finding their groove, and lots is still up in air. Unfortunately, I went into the move with the mindset that everything was going to instantly be better–life would make sense again, things would fall into place, and all the hard stuff we went through in Texas would be behind us. That did not happen. I will say, I feel much more at peace here (must be the ocean :P), but we had a whole new set of challenges. However, the bright side of this season’s trials is that our family has been drawn much much closer together. That’s saying a lot, too, because we have always been a tight family unit, but we have banded together and worked through some pretty desperate situations. My family rocks. California is pretty awesome, too–they just need to get their whole budget/unemployment thing worked out.

A memory I wanted to save

There’s a lunar eclipse tonight, and the news says that Hawaii is one of the best places to view it. I read this online and didn’t really think too much about it. My son however, remembered just as I was tucking him in. He is soooooooo excited, “Mom! I’ve never seen a lunar eclipse IN MY LIFE!” How can I not wake him up at 11 to take him outside and watch it? Never mind that his sister, who he desperately wants to share this moment with, NEEDS her full 10 hours of sleep or she’s unbearable. Never mind that mommy got to sleep at 2:30 last night and woke up at 6:15, and all she wants to do is pass out for at least 8 straight hours.

But the look on his face, and the excitement in his eyes, how can I say no?
My lovely little man, who will turn 9 next week. I catch myself looking at him and thinking, I have to enjoy him, he’s going to be grown up and gone before I know it. I already miss being able to pick him up and carry him. 9…where did the time go? So I will rouse myself, my ever inquisitive son and my unruly daughter in a few hours, and we will make an absolutely wonderful, unbeatable, exciting childhood memory, under the Hawaiian sky.

 

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And it was wonderful. I’m sure we were a sight–the three of us in jammies, sitting in lawn chairs in the driveway, but it was well worth it.