Welcome to Adding Shimmer to Life!
One of my favorite artists, Vincent Van Gogh, once said, “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” This quote is particularly applicable to me today. I decided a while ago that I wanted to start a blog. Sharing my projects, new cleaning tricks, life hacks and other cool things I do with someone other than my husband (he tries to act interested, but I know he really is not as excited about my latest sewing project as I am) has become a necessity. It is also finally time to write about my experience with depression. Writing is good therapy for me and maybe my story and experiences will help someone else.
For a few months, I have been planning and preparing to start this blog. My spare time has been spent researching, listing many ideas, and taking pictures of projects, but something continued holding me back. Have you ever planned, and planned, and planned and then…… nothing? Well, so have I. My reluctance stems from many reasons: difficulty learning how to use the Word Press site, confusion about plug-ins, fears of not being good enough (I am a bit of a perfectionist), and hesitancy about putting my life on the internet for anyone and everyone to see and evaluate. But, for probably the first time in my life, I am going to gather my courage and jump in with both feet and hope for the best. So, here goes nothing!
My goal for this first post is two-fold – to give a little background about me – the Reader’s Digest version. If you continue to read my posts, you will learn much more (probably more than you ever wanted). Also, I want to give you a reason for reading my blog. Maybe you will feel solidarity with me as a mom, share in my struggle with depression, or just have a love for creating and making life pretty.
Let’s start with the basics. I am currently a stay-at-home mom living in good old Berks County, Pennsylvania. So now you are thinking, “That’s exciting” (especially if you live in Berks County.) Well, my life is probably not very exciting. But, it can be and often is at least interesting.
My family starts with my husband (referred to hereafter as Hubby) to whom I have been married for 17 years of marital bliss. Ha, ha – it has NOT all been bliss. I can promise you that you will not see the perfect life, marriage, or family here. I plan to be honest and genuine. But I do have a wonderful husband who works hard and loves my kids and me. I did tell him that although I am putting my life out there for the world to see I would not put his out there, too. So I will leave his bio at that.
I also have two wonderful boys. Again, ha, ha! All things aside, they are great kids (although sometimes they drive me crazy!) My oldest son, Straight Shooter, is 12 years old and just started 6th grade. In our school district, 6th grade is in an “Intermediate School”, so I have 1 more year until middle school (phew!) He is super smart, sometimes too smart for his own good (and mine), plays the trumpet, has a great sense of humor and is just the right age to have intelligent conversations. He is also a trap-shooter. Yes, my kid shoots. And he is pretty darn good. He participated in the AIM program this year and won 7 medals!
My younger son, Skater Boy, is 9 and loves to skateboard – as you can see in the name I have given him. Skateboarding is his life; if the weather is dry and he is allowed, he is out practicing a new trick or just cruising around. He is the sweetest kid you will ever meet; he even still sits on my lap and cuddles sometimes. Last night I told him that he is getting too old for climbing into bed with me, but this was only a half-hearted attempt. Secretly, I want him to stay my sweet little boy forever and will sorely miss these days when they soon end.
Rounding out my household is my 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever Gunner (his real name- he doesn’t mind the goings on of his life out on the internet). Of course, my mom and my husband are my best friends, but Gunner is truly “woman’s best friend”. We brought him home when he was 8-weeks-old and he has become the true 5th member of our family. He is such a great dog. He follows me just about everywhere, is always happy to see me, comforts me when I am sad and listens to all of my problems (he even gives great advice). Although I always say he is MY DOG, we all love him just as much as he loves us.
Who can talk about family without mentioning her parents? As for me, I am very lucky to have 2 wonderful parents. Even at 40, I still run to Mommy and Daddy when I am in trouble, need advice, or need some good old reassurance. My mom and dad are both retired and split their time between their house here in Pennsylvania and their beach house in Delaware. My parents have always been supportive and have given me everything I have ever needed (and lots of things I wanted, too). Eighteen years ago, my sister, and only sibling, was killed in a car accident – the single most horrible experience in all of our lives. Although my parents have always been an important part of my life, we have changed immensely since and have become even closer since.
So, there it is – the Reader’s Digest version of my life. I hope you have found something in my story that you can relate and come back to check out more stories and some projects, life hacks, tips & tricks, and anything else I might find interesting to share with you. While you are here, find out a little bit “About Me” by clicking on the pages on the right.
Don’t forget to make something pretty today!