That was some blog break, huh?
Nothing like leaving you hanging. I apologize for that. I needed time to be with my family, and honestly, I didn't realize I'd take such a long break once I decided to take one. Every time I went to go back, I hesitated. And I knew I wasn't ready. I think I'm good now, ready to share my life and my insights and my crafty stuff.
I can't tell you how many people dropped me emails, sent me notes, crafty surprises, facebook messages, etc. I am truly, truly touched. After 7 years of doing scrapbook kits and this blog, I didn't expect many people would even notice a long break. So thank you for asking and inquiring and caring about me and my family.
A little over a week ago, I held my father's hand as he passed away from this earthly life. He had been in failing health for years, and it was a long goodbye. Strange as it may seem, I am incredibly thankful for so much. Thankful that we all had an awesome visit with him which included individual pictures with my children (and group photos too) one week before his passing. Thankful for a support system that we trusted and leaned on during this time. Thankful for friends and family and strangers who extended themselves in kindness in ways that I can't even wrap my head around yet. Thankful for having an angel on my side who is looking out for me. Thankful for having a father who loved me and parented me my whole life. Thankful that he and my mom stuck by each other and left nothing unsaid. Thankful I inherited a love of photography from him. (You may remember this post about documenting the everyday stuff.)
I've missed you guys. Missed blogging. I can't remember the last time I had a break from anything crafty like this. But it felt good. Good to leave. And now good to start again. I hope you understand.
I have been working on house projects. More on that tomorrow. So stay tuned. Until then, enjoy this day.