Three years ago, I left my beloved home state of Arkansas and moved to Texas. I love Texas, too, but my entire life changed – new location, new job, new church, new marital status (divorced, ugh!).
Almost exactly one year ago (October 23, 2013), God restored my life back. He is always good. I returned to my home – the same home I’ve lived in for nearly 20 years. I got remarried to my husband and reunited with my dog. And, I’m back and very involved in the same church. God is so good!
But I got another new “job” – that of a small business owner. I started a digital services company, and it will celebrate its first anniversary next month. I develop websites, do social media management, and am a marketing consultant. I have some great clients – mostly small business owners and authors – and I love, love, love what I do.
We had another change to our family a year ago (on October 13) – another grandchild. Now we have seven! This little girl was a total miracle. Her parents were counseled to abort due to the high risk, and our daughter (Sarah) had major surgery during the pregnancy, but little Raegan James celebrated her first birthday last week. God is good! Now they have four girls, bless their hearts.
Other “normal” changes in my life include keeping up with my daughter’s (Elena) adventures. She will graduate in May with her O.D. – an eye doctor! She’s currently on an externship in Alaska, working with Indian Health Services as a student optometrist. They are headquartered out of Bethel, and take frequent trips on small planes to outlying villages to perform eyecare for the residents. She loves it a little too much for this mom, because she’s already let us know there are two permanent positions opening up there by the time she graduates. Who knows? Perhaps we’ll visit Alaska in the next couple of years if she gets a job there.
Our eldest daughter (Amy), her husband and their three boys are doing well – staying busy with homeschooling and sports. Our son (Val) is a Marine, stationed in San Antonio. He and his wife will soon celebrate their third anniversary. Time certainly flies!
Another big change for me, career and writing-wise, is that I’m gearing up to write another novel. Most of my writing for the past decade has centered around blogging and training materials. I haven’t written fiction in I can’t remember how long. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to develop characters, settings and plots. I’m planning to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) during November. I’ve got a pretty good concept of my story, which I’m sure will change as the writing phase begins, but I’m excited about it!
That’s a LOT of change for one short year – but it’s ALL positive change. God is SO good and I am SO blessed!