The Beauty of Change: An Update

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well.

It’s been a while since I have posted here. I realize I just sort of dropped off with no explanation and for that I apologize.

grumpycatThere are several reasons for my absence. The first is that I have been having some technical difficulties. My computer is old and started crashing every time I tried to run WordPress. And it can’t handle video editing anymore at all, hence no new YouTube videos.

At first I was pretty upset by this, but before long I didn’t have much time to think about it anymore because of another reason…..

My family has been very sick this winter. Seems like we are down with something new every other week. I don’t like being sick. And I especially don’t like seeing my children sick.

Which brings me to yet another reason for my absence……

It’s something that I’ve never talked about on this blog before.

My youngest child has a genetic syndrome called Prader-Willi Syndrome.

NewbornJo

2 days old

When she was born 2 years ago, our lives were turned upside down. Her first month of life was spent in the NICU, which was like being in an alternate universe. Everyday was centered around tests, procedures & the like. When we finally got to bring her home, her health was still very delicate and taking care of her consumed much of my time and energy. Having a special-needs child can be exhausting. I don’t think anyone ever plans to be a special-needs parent. I certainly hadn’t. And it was something I had a hard time accepting at first.

Then, over time, she began to improve. Things started to become easier. And I had the time to return to makeup & all things beauty related. And part of that was this blog. It gave me an outlet. Working with makeup was a part of my life that had begun before she was born, and I realize now that I was desperately trying to hang on to something that felt “normal,” a part of my life that didn’t have to be defined by being a “special-needs parent.”

But the health challenges we have faced this winter have opened my eyes to the realization that things in my life can change very quickly.

Change can be a scary thing. It takes us out of our comfort zone and makes us adapt. But change can also be a beautiful thing. It makes us grow and mature into better people.Change-Ahead-Sign

My sweet baby girl keeps me on my toes, that is for sure. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having her has made me have to change. And because of that, I am a better person.

So for now I am going to let go of trying to hold on to who I was before, which includes letting go of this blog. It’s time to embrace who I am now. “Special-needs” and all. Maybe I will return to the blogosphere one day. Maybe not. We’ll see what the future holds.

Family

November 2012

Thankfully, my family is on the mend and all of our health is improving steadily.

I am so grateful for all of you who have come by to visit and hear what I have to say. Thank you for your love and support through this journey. You have helped me more than I can say.

So I leave you with this: Don’t resist change, embrace it. God has big plans for you!

CSLewis quote

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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I’m still here, but still very busy!

I just wanted to take a moment to post a quick update!  My mom’s move went well and she is getting settled.  It was hard to be away from my husband and kids for so long.  My husband did a great job keeping things going and we had some really fantastic friends who jumped in to help as well!  🙂

Things are still a little hectic around here as we transition into the school year, so my blogging time is still pretty limited but I’m working on a new blogging schedule that will work better for now.

Thank you so much for your patience!  If there are any specific posts you would like to see featured here, please let me know!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Time to Take a Break

Sometimes a girl just needs a break!

I’ve got a pretty busy couple of weeks ahead of me as we get back into school and help my mom move.  I just wanted to let you know that I won’t be able to post much.

I promise I’ll be back soon!  And I’ll still be on Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you connect with me there!  And if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for??!!  It’s not hard, just go over to the side bar and click the little buttons.  🙂  I love sharing with you and hearing from everyone!!

I’ve got lots of ideas for upcoming posts so stay tuned!!  🙂

But for now I will leave you with one of my favorite songs of the moment:

Je’kob:  Love Is All

Enjoy!  🙂

Beautiful Blogger Award

I was so touched to find that my girl, Life of Bun had nominated me for this award!  She has a great blog as well, so go check it out!

And as part of this award, I’m supposed to share 7 things about myself:

  • I can’t whistle.
  • I went to college for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.
  • I used to weigh 50lbs more than I do now, but I still have about 10lbs I would like to lose.
  • I have 7 children – 4 girls, 3 boys and they are the 7 best children on the planet!  True Story!
  • I love coffee.  No really.  I really LOVE coffee.
  • My husband is a musician.  And he’s really hot.  For reals.
  • I was a total tom-boy as a kid.

And now I get to nominate 7 other beautiful blogs as well!  Here are some of my favorites in the blogosphere! 🙂

Life of Bun

Bridgett’s Beauty Blog

Katie:  normal girl

All The Pretty Jars

Le Zoe Musings

Moxie Reviews

Sparkle Girl’s Life

These are some fabulous blogs, so check them out!!  Share the love!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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Thoughts and Prayers for CO

Aurora, Colorado

Aurora, Colorado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This morning we woke up to the horrific news that a gunman had attacked a crowd in Aurora, Colorado while watching the premier of the newest Batman movie.

I can only imagine the pain and anguish for the victims and their families.

My heart is so heavy right now.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in CO.

Take a moment to hug those you love.  If they are far away, give them a call and tell them how much you love them.

Life is short.

WINNER ANNOUNCED! – Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask Giveaway

Thank you so much to everyone who entered!  I really appreciate each and every comment!  There were some great ideas for upcoming posts that I am excited to share with you!

And now, without further ado…….

The winner is………….(insert drumroll)……….

#35 – Brooke  A

Congratulations, Brooke!  Check your email for a message from me!  You have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear back from you by then, a different winner will be chosen.

Thanks again, everyone!  I can’t wait to offer another giveaway!