Hello Dear Readers....I wanted to let you know we found out Jan 2nd that my mother's cancer has returned. She is Stage 4 and considered terminal. The breast cancer she battled 4 years ago metastisized to her breast bone. They meet with the oncologist today to discuss treatment to control the cancer as much and for as long as they can without diminished quality of life. There is possibility for a radical surgery to remove the sternum, and she'll do chemotherapy...but there is no 'getting rid' of the cancer at this point.
We are all devastated. And terrified.
In light of this, I considered taking a break from blogging as I obviously won't have much time (or inclination) for decorating and makeovers. I'll also be travelling quite a bit to Indy to be with my Mom and Dad. But I receive so much life from the blogging world....the creating, the documenting, the sharing, the visiting and getting inspired...it seems dumb to stop doing something that brings me joy. And my mama like to read it too :) Besides, I know I'll need some 'escape' time now and then. A bit of fluff can do amazing things when you're slogging thru.
I'll try to keep up with as many of your blogs as I can, but my commenting might be a bit irregular. I know you understand. I also want to keep as much normalcy around here for the kids as I can, and I don't want computer time to eat away at family time. I've gotten kinda bad about that....and stuff like cancer tends to turn your heart towards your family.
I do plan to post short updates on my facebook page. Easier than doing a whole post some days. Also, I had recently revived my personal blog to document some changes I'd started in my life regarding getting myself healthy again (which is now Priority One so I can deal with the stress and be capable of 'being there' for my family!), and that will become a place I process as I walk thru this season of the unknown and scary. I'd like to keep ::cottage instincts:: what it is (mainly goofiness) and not bog it down with a ton of personal stuff. Feel free to join me over there if you're interested. I can't promise it won't be kinda deep and/or depressing at times, but it will be the real me....which means goofiness will probably be cozied right up with the raw and uncensored: