As the suns sets on another year I reflect that 2013 has been a year of new beginnings, losses, lessons,and much more. A happy year, with sprinkles of sadness that wakes me up to my blessings.
Let's start with new beginnings. I closed my Etsy shop and created my own website. Was it scary? Well, yes, just as it was scary to list my creations on Etsy. What if no one wanted them, these are my babies. Some of my creations are really hard to let go of, however, if I kept everything I created would have to have more storage room. Dave would not be smiling! LOL
Some stones I wrap as soon as a get them, knowing exactly what I'm going to do with them. Others, well, they may sit in my box for days, weeks, months, even years. They called to me for some reason but haven't told me what they want to be yet. I'll get to those. Tried new designs, some worked, some didn't.
I put some of my jewelry in another shop in the Bitterroot Valley.
Lessons: I learned the hard way, not to believe that customers would pay up like they should. So policies had to made to insure that I got my money or could at least recoup it in another way. Shame on you!
I learned, yep, I can git 'er done! Might have to keep trying but I did and can git 'er done.
I learned that, yes, the Lord is still in the answering prayers business. Of course, I've always know this, but it sure feels good when He reaffirms it for you. Kind like a smack up side of the head that says, "Hey, I'm still in charge, wait on Me."
I taught a couple of wire wrapping lessons this year. I prefer the one on one, not too many people in a class.
Good News: My husband is still cancer free, been 3 years now! Prayer answered!
Fun Times: Got to meet friends I'd never met except through FB and finding out they are just as great as they are on FB.
Got together for a family reunion of all family members that moved out West, along with some that made the trip from Virginia, Texas and Russia....too much good food and good times. Got to meet relatives I'd never met, or at least never remembered meeting. Saw relatives I hadn't seen since they were little.
Got together with friends that Dave and I only get to see once or twice a year, but soon, they might move closer.....YAY!
Dave and I went to Helena for the Don Williams concert to celebrate out anniversary. Wow! While there visited with cousins. Got a mini faceting lessons along with how to identify gemstones, fun!
Losses: Daughter Jenny lost her battle to cancer on September 9. She fought it for over a year. Dave and I got to spend good, quality time with her prior to her passing. We laughed, we cried, we talked, we watched as she slept. I think she got to know a different side of us.
Loretta, my dear sweet friend, you lost your battle, too. Oh how I miss you and love you. Debbie, what a shock your loss was. We had many adventures together. Grover and Andy, such a tragic loss for two brothers to be taken in a senseless accident at the same time. Lost a few co-workers from my Sprint era.
Karen, my childhood and adult friend, bless you, you are healed and with your Dad. So many memories, when have you not been in my life?
Lost some of the older family members, now it's getting to be that me and those cousins of the same age are becoming the elders of the family. Still have a few of the beloved elders left. Hope we can carry your torch of love, caring and guidance that you have given me/us through the years.
Watched and continue watching a dear friend in his battle with cancer. You are a fighter and oh, your sense of humor and never say die attitude. It's winning dear friend, but oh what a joy you have been and continue to be. You've taught me a lot.
Art: Every day I look at a new piece of art out my windows. Oh the beauty of Montana. We have been blessed to live in Colorado, another place of Nature's Art, and now Montana. The changing vista's of light, clouds, critters, mountains, all that Montana has to offer. Dave and I continue to find a road we haven't traveled to see what you have in store for us and have never been disappointed.
As a whole, my life is content. Yes, the road I've traveled this year has had its bumps and hills, but all in all, I am blessed. I still have so many things to be thankful for and the losses I've suffered have made me appreciate what I have even more.
So what does 2014 hold in store for me and mine? Who knows, but we'll face it day by day with a smile on our face and a song and prayer in our hearts. Here's to a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy Peaceful New Year.