Friday, June 19, 2009

When It Rains, It Pours!

My Mother used to have more sayings than I can remember, and my kids tease me of how many I say myself. It seems as though I have (thanks to my dear Mother) a saying for every occasion, problem, or occurence in life. Right now " When It Rains, It Pours" feels very appropriate, as we have not only had some torrential rain lately with more expected this weekend, but lately life has handed me more than I wonder if I can handle. Although my old saying "Things could always be worse" is always true and I remind myself that daily, I still feel a bit overwhelmed. My 18 year old son graduating from High School, and moving on to a wonderful college to live his dream of playing college baseball (Go Adrian Bulldogs!) means getting his graduation open house party planned. Now only a week away! Then after that, getting him packed up and sent off to school. My daughter is also planning the next step in her life, heading to the "Big Apple" to continue her life in photography. Yes she is that good, and no I have no doubt that she will "make it" there, and "If you can make it there you can make it anywhere". I couldn't be happier for her, but sad for me at the same time. My 21 year old son seems steady and even keeled right now, awaiting his next year of art school 2 hours away. Loving it, so I also couldn't be happier about that, but what will the next step be for him? My 9 year old daughter who is very much still tied to her Mother's apron strings is undergoing some very scarey tests, for what they claim to be juvenile arthritis. Of course I am scared to death but also very optimistic that things will work out. As they say it's the waiting that gets to you, the unknown. On a good note, I have been asked to teach 5 workshops this fall and more in the winter months. I am excited about that, but along with a large art show in August I will have a booth in, I feel like I must have that "deer in the headlights" look about me. I am afraid I will be a little distant from my blog in the upcoming weeks. I am looking forward to entering a few art challenges and will certainly post on those, but I feel I am also entering a new challenge in life, therefore some things must "get put on the back burner". "This too shall pass", and until it does I will surely miss following and being followed by people who inspire me to move forward in creating! I will look forward to getting back on track in blogland, and until then, Happy Creating!


Brenda said...

wow! You have many new changes coming your way! My daughter is entering her junior year in High school this year and all I can think about is that we only have 2 more years left with her at home. It's sad, yet a part of me is exsited for her to be moving forward with her life!
I will keep your daughter in my thoughts and prayers for her upcoming tests! My son was born with many problems and I think we lived at UofM hospital more than Oscoda in his 6 years we lived in MI. I have learned not to stress and worry after tests have been taken (it doesn't help anything), and take it one step at a time after that. I have 2 friends who have daughters with juvenile arthritis.
Have fun up North! You will be beating the huge 4th of July rush :)

ArtSnark said...

Been thinking of you & your daughter lately. Hope all goes well. Just take a few deep breaths & remember you don't have to do it ALL. Remember to take care of yourself too & ask for help if you need, okay?

Be well. very exciting stuff!

Jann said...

So many milestones! I know how you feel about your children "leaving the nest" and it is hard, at first--when the last of ours left, I felt sad, but then you, and they, are starting a new, exciting phase of your lives. Right now, all of our kids are grown, and I am treasuring all the free time I now have, and all the peace and quiet, and the time my hubby and I have to spend with each other. We still have a houseful when the grandkids come to spend the night and/or we have our kids come visit or come over for dinner, but then, when we're alone again, it's really sweet. You don't think you'll enjoy that when your kids first move out, but trust me, you will come to cherish both the busy times AND the quiet times. I will say a prayer for your family and will especially keep your youngest and her test results in my thoughts and prayers. Take care, Smiles, Jann

pinkglitterfae said...

QueenBe, your kids will miss you too. It's not easy leaving the nest, but think about the wonderful adventures they will be experiencing!
I'm praying for you and your little girl, they will get to the bottom of her medical issues I am sure. Just hang in there, and try not to stress about it. I know it's easier said than done, but have faith that everything will turn out for the best.

Sandi said...

Oh my goodness! Many new changes in your life. We kinda had a year like that too in 2003. Hubby went to Jamaica on a mission trip, daughter was married two weeks later, son was married three weeks after that and hubby changed jobs (after 26 years at the same place) a month later. Not a year I want to repeat, but we managed.
Adrian college?? That is like 40 minutes from me! Love that town and the shopping. Do you live in Michigan??