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!