Sunday, June 30, 2013

Update(s): Changes, Loss, and a Celebration

I have still been checking on my blog regularly, though I haven't posted much lately...at all. It's a little sad, but like I told everyone in my last post, we had and still have a lot going on in our lives lately. I see that tons of people are still reading, and sharing, and pinning my stuff and it is amazing to see that. THANK YOU ALL. I really am hoping as things begin to settle more, I will be able to again post regularly, but in the meantime, I think I owe everyone an update.

In the last 9 months or so...

I started my own business which I shared in the last post (Tiny Cakes), and just as that started really taking off, we had to make a choice for our family - to relocate. We've moved back to where we are originally from and started building a life here. I started back to work, full-time, and really focusing on my career. It was tough (because of my baby bird, who at the time was 16 months and had been home with me ever since birth) but the right choice for me, and for our family. She had a hard time adjusting at first...for a long time...but here we are a little over 6 months in and she's flourishing, and Alexis is flourishing, we all are in that respect, and still as close as ever (so any moms thinking of going back to work after being a SAHM, it's possible!).

Don't forget about Tiny Cakes, it's still happening, just on a part-time, hobby-style basis rather than the full-time, non-stop which it was before. I think I may like it better that way. It's been a huge adjustment to this "new life," but it's slowly but surely providing more balance.

Last week, I lost my grandmother. Or rather, I should say, my family lost a wonderful woman - a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a sister, a great grandmother. She was movie-star beautiful, vivacious, and one of the most intelligent people I've known. She had been aging obviously for a while, but for the last several months she's been increasingly sicker and sicker. It was painful seeing her in such circumstances but strangely, it allowed for all of us to come to terms with it, and make sure we told her what we needed to tell her before we no longer had the chance. My uncle spoke at her funeral and gave us the clarity to see that though we mourn the loss (which is still unreal, even though we watched it happen), she left us the most amazing and comforting gift of a BIG, beautiful, brilliant, passionate(sometimes without a filter) family - which is the best thing she could have done for us all. I am blessed for the time I had with her and that my children had the chance to know her, and even the little one knows "Gigi" when she looks at pictures.

This past nine months has really shown me the ebb and flow of life. The ups and downs, the losses and gains, that everything really does come full circle.

Though I grieve over the loss of my Grandma, we also have reason to celebrate. One of my oldest friends and her husband are expecting and a few weeks ago I had the privilege of helping them put on a gender reveal party for them - and the best part...even THEY didn't know what they were expecting. I was lucky enough to be the one who got to know beforehand in order to make their gender reveal cake. The party turned out beautifully, check out the details here.

In the meantime, thank you to everyone who has continued to follow & share, and there will be more coming soon.

Emily

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