Where to begin....

Where to begin....
 
It's been 2 months since I posted last. So much has happened, and so much hasn't.
Honesty and raw emotion is how I am feeling at the moment so here goes...
 
Last time I wrote, I was so excited about my new ETSY shop. It was the first time I actually dove into something like that. Putting a craft (something I typically did for MY home and MY family- who don't really care about perfection) out there for others to buy and put in their homes. It was exciting and scary. The exciting part is that I was BUSY for the holidays. I had many orders to fill and I was able to make some money for the holidays (3 spoiled kids were thankful!). It was really nice to get started. But with a new venture like that, there are some bumps in the road. I realized that the space I have available is not conducive to making a big product like the signs I was doing. I also realized that shipping is a big pain in the behind. So...with some uncertainty, I pulled the big signs off of the shop for now. I am working on some new products to offer and I am excited for new things to create.
 
 
And, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, actually right before Thanksgiving, we were in an accident. Many of you know about it but many do not. It has definitely had an effect on my life so maybe I just need to get it out.
 
After having dinner at Cracker Barrel, we were driving home. While we were sitting at a red light, we were T-Boned by a drunk driver going approx. 60+ mph and our Tahoe flipped over onto it's side.
 
To say it was a terrifying moment in my life is an understatement. The moments slowed and the feeling we felt turning around to see if our children were OK, was life-changing. It was complete panic, fear, and disbelief.
 
By the Grace of God, we were ALL ok. Witnesses stopped and came to pull my babies out of our sunroof. They held my babies tight as we handed one by one to complete strangers. It was unbelievable. One man, whose face I wish I could see again, held Carson (my youngest) to his chest and told him over and over again "You are alright, buddy". Leaves me breathless....
 
 
The initial shock wore off quickly, but the residual did not. I still sit here in tears thinking about the night. We are dealing with a lot of fear from the kids. They make comments as we drive down the road, they fear the next accident, and they fear any kind of speed in the car. I assume those fears will go away as time goes on. What I was left with though is a new perspective of life. It can change in an instant. That moment was NOT our time, but it could have been.... in a moment.
 
What I still struggle with now is what is really important. While I sit here pinterest-ing away about a new kitchen or master bedroom, I get annoyed by Facebook and people complaining about things that really don't matter. Is that silly? probably.... but I think it is just the residual leftovers of what we experienced.
 
On Tuesday, we will head to the preliminary court case for the driver that hit us. Many people have asked if I am mad or angry. I don't think I am angry with him. He is a human being who made a bad, bad decision that day. I will say though that I hope his sentence is enough to make him learn and change his life. So he may never do this again...
 
Ok, enough sappy....
 
Other than all of this, we had a GREAT Holiday season with our family and friends. We were able to share our home on many occasions with family, old friends, and new ones too. Our new room that we added last year was such a blessing to give us room to be together.
 
Now is a new year. I am sure it will be filled with many UPS and some DOWNS. But there are many exciting things happening for us. Maybe a kitchen project too... (whoa!)
 
 
I am excited to start sharing again. Maybe in a different sense. Maybe a little more emotion from me... I hope you will continue to follow along. Hoping you had a great holiday! Here's to 2014....




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