2019: A Welcome Refresh

Happiest of New Years, dear readers! My poor little corner of the internet has been quiet too long. It turns out that having an 8-year-old AND a 1-year-old keeps a girl pretty busy. Especially when the 1-year-old is…well, we’ll just call him a mischievous little thrill seeker for now. I’ll dedicate a whole blog to little Bird soon, but suffice it to say he’s the kind of kiddo that can empty a whole bookshelf and decimate a dozen book covers in the 30 seconds it takes me to refill that 3rd cup of coffee.

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so excited to see a new year. 2018 had so many ups, but it also brought a lot of changes and challenges.

We adjusted to becoming a family of 4 this year. It has not always been easy, but even the growing pains have brought me joy.

My husband’s company was sold and his position at work changed. It was a positive change, but still an adjustment.

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer late last spring. She had a partial mastectomy in the summer followed by several months of chemotherapy and will start radiation in just a few days, which we hope will be the final treatment she needs and put her in remission.

While my family dealt with my mom’s diagnosis and treatment, my stepfather lost his own battle to cancer early in December. After he decided to stop treatment in the fall, we enjoyed the last few months he was with us as much as possible. He will be sorely missed in many aspects of my life, but most of all in my writing. He was always the first to comment on and share my blog or any article I’d written. I’m a writer by birth and an editor by education, and he was MY editor: a trusted opinion who could spot a grammar error or comma splice a mile away.

And so it is with a deep breath and exhale that I welcome 2019. I’m very much looking forward to this year: we’ll be moving in the spring, hopefully into a home that fits our active boys a little better. I’ll be working on putting some final touches on some writing projects and growing my little freelance business. My new years resolutions are simple and enjoyable: to read and write every day. And of course, there’s homeschool and traveling and the glorious little discoveries of each day with 2 boys.

I’m excited to rediscover old friends, bloggers and writers online and find some new ones, too. What’s your favorite blog to read right now? Let me know in the comments. Until then-

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