On this lazy Sunday while watching a Lifetime movie, something happened to me...
Without leaving the comfort of my couch, I grabbed my iPhone, logged in to MY blog, read the last post and each comment that was left for me.
I realized that healing does take time.
I still have good days and bad days, but that seems to be my new normal.
However, I did not realize so much time had passed since.
You were with me every step of the way...
From my blog, I then logged in to my Flickr account.
I really can't explain how my heart could be happy and sad all at the same time, but it was.
There I saw beautiful photos ... MY photos all of which hold priceless memories of creativity, happiness and friendships.
I turned to The Man and said "You know, I really used to be creative and I enjoyed it so much. Every photo has a memory."
He said in the softest voice...
"You ARE still creative Jodie...you ARE."
And...with that said, I jumped off the couch and jumped on the computer because I AM LONESOME for YOU and CREATIVITY!
I believe creativity comes from within. I also believe everyone has a touch of it, but some may not believe they do. I don't think God would have made this world in such a way that we could not put our personal touches everywhere...do you?
And that goes for blogging too. I cannot count how many times that I was touched by something a blogger posted about or commented about. Touched by a photo I saw, or something someone created and shared with us all.
Creativity is just plain amazing!
With all the time that had passed since I last posted, I thought I would go back and remember all of the things that have mended my heart (as much as possible), cleared my mind (but not forgotten), and kept me alive (which was much needed).
Here we go...
The Man and I bought us a camper... (love love)
My beautiful niece graduated from high school and was Valedictorian I might add!!!!
I just love this baby girl of mine!!!!! :)))
One of my best friend's daughter was married...the bride and groom (Dr. & Mrs. O'Neal) baked me a cobbler before they left for their new home 7 states away!
I'm so lonesome!
I went to Vegas with my girlfriends, aka The GG's! These girls are the best! I can never keep up with them...they are way too crazy for me but I just can't stay away from them! I was pregnant at the time but never told them until we arrived home. And...they were too busy drinking to notice that I NEVER drank a drop! ;)
One of my nephews was married!!!!
It was a simply beautiful evening from start to finish...
(I stole this photo from my niece...thank you Payton!)
Please meet Mr. & Mrs. Creasman...
Also in August, I enjoyed our Annual High School Co-Ed Softball Tournament. I'm not much of a "player"... I'm just a catcher.
I was just out of surgery 5 weeks at that time so I only played two innings throughout the whole tournament. I enjoyed being with my classmates...go 88!
We ended up winning the Championship for the first time this year!
How ya like that game face of mine?
And...also in August, I spent the day helping my niece move into her very first apartment for her very first college semester.
We hauled boxes, clothes, went shopping, ate and had a wonderful day decorating her room while I forgot that I parked my Suburban in a handicapped spot.
I really intended to run up the stairs and run back down and move it...only to forget for two and a half hours and walk out to this scene...tickets in the window and wheel chocks! Geez!!!!
AND $275 worth of fines!
At least my Suburban was clean for the photo, right? ;)
The Man thought that was not funny.
Moving on to
I decided to make a spur of the moment trip to Round Top/Warrenton Texas since I didn't go in the spring.
Besides, it was Cat Daddy's birthday and I needed a big hug from both he and Debbie!!!!
As an added bonus, I was able to met their daughter Jennifer in person and spend some quality "hug time" with baby Bella!!!!
Pictures were taken from my camera but for the life of me I cannot find them so I'm stealing these from someone's facebook...probably yours Lisa P!!! ;)
left to right:
This was really the first road trip I took since I was down and it sure felt good to smile again :) Thank you girls!!!!
Yep...I had a birthday. No big birthday MONTH bash like all my previous years. I was still on the mend. I appreciate all those who remembered...you bloggers and good friends are the best!!!
One of my other nephews announced his wedding engagement and I was honored to be the photographer of their engagement photos...
Gosh I loooovvvve that ring!
Their wedding will be coming up in February and I'm looking forward to taking those photos too.
They are such a cute couple, aren't they?
The future Dr. & Mrs. Fruge'...
The first few photos of this post are from an engagement shower that I helped coordinate/decorate for my cousin's son last weekend.
I have a lot more of the engagement shower to show you but I will save it for my next post.
Thank you for visiting and catching up with me...I know it's been a while!
I can't believe we are already into Thanksgiving Week...which makes me count all of my blessings, both big and small.
Before I close this post, I want you to know that YOU are one of my biggest blessings! I know I've been a terrible, bad, horrible blogger (not posting and not visiting) but I want you to know how very grateful I am that you haven't given up on me.
Thank you for the sweetest comments and emails and most of all, your patience!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!