As I sit and ponder what exciting things I should tell you this week, I wondered to myself, why did I start this blog in the first place? Did I deviate from my original intent? What is my mission statement anyway? I then realized, I truly began this blog because I was in awe of all the great and loving blogs I have come across while secretly hiding in the shadows. I stalked some pretty intelligent women who were able to transform ordinary, items no longer loved or needed, into something extraordinary that looked like it came out of a home magazine! I read as women weathered the storm, and held onto their love of Jesus, who put their thanks in God and just Believed that things happen in due time, or if at all. I was amazed and inspired at how one can live without what the Joneses may have had, but live with so much happiness and thankfulness.
It is a path I have always wanted my life to lead, one that included much peace, happiness, simplicity and love. One that held my family together and had the opportunity to meet new, interesting and intelligent people who were on the same enrichment path as I. Lord knows, we all have our storms to weather, but instead of wallow in my losses, I was inspired to celebrate my "wins". I have lost a lot these past 2 years, it is no surprise. It's hard to waddle through murky feelings and not find them posted on this blog every now and again. For those that may not know, my family lost 3 members in 2 years. My Nonno (Grandfather dad's side), 10 months later, my Grandmother (mom's side), then we were blindsided when my dad passed away 9 months after my Grandmother, and 5 months after being diagnosed with cancer. It has been one hell of a roller coaster. Some days, the coaster just plummets straight down into sorrow, the next, it is on its way up into the belief that things happen for a reason.
Even though you may not know me, your blogs have helped me through these tough times. Your faith has restored my own, your love of family and life has given me back a glimpse of sunshine. So I thank you. And I hopefully honor you by taking these first steps to a blogging. I hope you enjoy my little blog, and I hope I can return the favor you have passed along to me. :)