Sunday, August 11, 2013

Starting Over:

This has several meanings.  First I haven’t blogged for a long time.  Partly because I have made a lot of changes this past couple of years.  The biggest transition is my move to Maryland.  Ric had been in Maryland for a couple of years while I stayed behind to take care of Sevrine.  We decided that I could come out in July of 2012 sense Colleen’s situation was going to change later that year.  I was torn because I didn’t want to leave what I felt comfortable with and the challenges of relocating to the east coast.  Once decided I packed up a couple of suitcases and flew out to meet Ric.  The next big change was to start working full time.  Ric got permission from his bosses to hire me for the transition of closing one store and opening a new location.  The timetable was extended and I was trained in a CSR position. I have had a slow/gradual learning curve and will be celebrating my year with Gerber on the 15 of this month.  I am still adjusting to being a working girl.  I miss my independence and a life that I was comfortable in for all these years.  I have realized, working in Maryland, away from my former life is a lot easier than trying to make the change in Arizona. Another change is moving to our own little apartment in the basement of a home not far from work.  With joining Ric, the one room that he had rented no longer fit our needs and we needed more space. This meant a new ward which I looked forward to attending.

At Christmas, Ric and I traveled back to Arizona and packed up the rest of the house.  We shipped a small pod out to Maryland and put a few things in storage and got rid of the rest.  I am still heartbroken over the loss of my things.  I can’t begin to explain the feelings of all the things that got thrown out, sold or given away. I will just say that a part of me died. I didn't sew pj's for the kids sense I didn't have my sewing machine but they liked the Angry bird pj's I got for them.

The next change is being asked to work in the Washington DC Temple.  Ric and I were set apart to be ordinance workers on the Saturday evening shift.  This has taken a bit of adjustment.  I have needed to rearrange weekend plans as well as learn the responsibilities that are required in volunteering at the Temple.  I am settling in and find it rewarding when we can be there together.

We have added to our family.  In November, Colleen and Jeff got married.  Colleen moved to San Antonio after Jeff’s deployment and married soon after.  Marissa and John eloped in February (we knew and approved) and then were sealed in June when they originally planned. Everyone came out for Marissa and John's reception and sealing.  Loved having everyone here and seeing the grand kids.
Marissa looked so beautiful in her dressing.  She is happy and we are happy that we can be close by to share in this wonderful time of her life.  
If you ask anyone that knows me, I do not like change.  It is hard. I am trying to see the good in being here. Being close to Marissa and John, and other family has made this a little easier.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Means Holiday Prep

I am visiting Ric in Maryland. While here I am busy making things for a holiday bazaar that I joined. It is fantastic I can devote so much time to this challenge. Pictures will come when I am home.

Monday, September 26, 2011

October's TUSAL

This should fill up in the next month.  I am spending time with my DH in Maryland.  I have committed to have items for a Holiday Bazaar. Lots of work to do before the Holidays.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Busy September!

I am finially posting my finishes that I have been working on these last few weeks. They are both gifts for a couple of special friends. First was for the wedding of Vanessa and Justin.

I finished another one of the Lizzie Kate's "Friends For All Seasons" for Sally who has a birthday on the 30th. We have both been through a lot of storms and have been a great support for one another.

Payton invited me to his preschool for Grandparent's Day.  We enjoyed the activity of making our Family Tree. Loved the chance to send time with this precious little boy.
Payton celebrated his 4th Birthday on Saturday.  He did like us singing to him. :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

August ORTS and a Finish

August New Moon slipped past me and I am finally posting my ORTS for the TUSAL.  It has been a busy stitching month.  I will post more on this later.  I did finish the "Come Unto Christ" for a friend.  I really like the colors. I found that Hobby Lobby sales mat board and it was even 50% off.  Love that school started and I am tackling many projects that have been on my list all summer. Some will hold until it cools down though.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Another July TUSAL and a Month of Family

July has another new moon and time to post my progress to the TUSAL. I am making another "Come Unto Christ" and working on the Lizzie Kate's "Time for God". I love this piece and can't wait to finish it. After Sevrine does her school work and chores, her reward is to go swimming. I have been adding to my dish cloth pile sense it is an easy project to do while sitting by the pool. 

The colors are chocolate and blue.  I just need to add the beads and then it will be ready to frame and wrap.

Our July Activities
 We were lucky enough to have Ric here for the 4th of July.  The family gathered for a BBQ and swimming. This picture is Payton getting his back rub from Grandpa.  It seems that he is just like his father. All of my kids loved having their backs scratched and especially Kelvin.  Now we can add our grandkids to this routine.

         Kelvin, Payton, Hailee and Sevrine waiting for the fireworks at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Payton accommpied grandpa to the movie, Cars 2.

We celebrated Kaitlyn's baptism while Ric was home.  We all had a part on the program.  We are so very proud of her and she looked like an angel all in white sitting with her dad.

Kristen, David, William, Kaitlyn, Elizabeth and David's mom, Nancy
       Our family, minus Marissa who is in Virginia, and Sevrine who was with her dad this weekend.

We sure enjoyed getting together and especially having grandpa here. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

July's TUSAL

A little progress on "O Jerusalem" to add to my ORT jar.