So, here we are!

Updated: Sep 14, 2018

This past year has been full of challenges, and changes. It hasn't been easy, but there have been some good moments along the way.

First, there's the hard stuff.

My daughter and I dealt with loss and pain with the passing of my grandmother who lived to be 99. She lived in the same home from 1948 - 2017. Earlier last fall, my marriage ended, and my daughter had to adjust to a one-parent home and I had to learn how to manage everything on my own. My career also switched directions for the worse. Then, came the move from Staunton City to the small community of Craigsville, VA. It was a very stressful process. Moving is rarely without challenges and questioning yourself if you made the right decision to box up your whole life. Plus, moving from a cape code down to a cottage...with thank the Lord for moving companies (#greenvalleymoving was fantastic).

Now, on to the good stuff.

The big move was to my grandmother's cottage. Once I got moved in and things were put away, it instantly felt like home. Everything has it's place. It's a quiet community, and the home is full of charm. There's a rooster I hear most all day that sounds like it's about to die, and the chiggers and poison ivy have eat me up for the last month, but other than that... LOL... things are going well. It's a simple life, and that's just what I need. My daughter is thriving and doing well at her new school. And, I'm ready to start painting again.

This is a sign I made for the cottage that I live in. My grandparents moved here in 1948, and my grandma lived here until she passed away in December, 2017. The lettering is pyrography, and the stargazer lilly and other painting was done in acrylic.

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