Monday, January 4, 2016


Hello everyone,
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed time with your family and friends.

I wanted to pop in and just update you on what's been going on and why I went missing. I can't believe it's been since September since I've posted. Before I jump in and update you, I just wanted to say Thank You to all who emailed and messaged me asking if I was OK. I'm good. Life just got a little crazy for a while and continues to be a bit wild, but we are all doing fine.

Now here's the update and what's been happening since the end of August...

Ethan started 8th grade. We are so proud of him. He's been doing great in all of his Honors classes. He joined the Computer Club and continues to play (sometimes not so willingly) the piano. He amazes us everyday and his sense of humor and tad bit of sarcasm is a rip!

Right after Ethan started school we noticed a decline in my father. Back in 2007 my dad had surgery for a shunt that would help pump spinal fluid in and out of his brain. Unfortunately, this and a follow-up operation put him in a wheelchair permanently and left him unable to keep his balance enough to walk unattended. We found a program that he was able to attend 5 days a week and receive therapy while he was there. Over this past summer we noticed he wasn't himself. It got to the point where could barely hold his coffee cup anymore. After a trip to the hospital and a few CT scans to make sure the shunt was working properly, the results were inconclusive, and he continued to have good days and bad days. They decided to place him in a nursing home for "Intense Physical Therapy" and re-evaluate him in a few weeks. He loved the facility, the staff and he fit right in. He was the celebrity of the week when he got there. People from other rooms came by and welcomed him and some he knew from the day program he had been attending. Seeing him so happy and improving we talked about keeping him at the nursing home, but only if he agreed and was willing the be there. It wasn't an easy decision and lots of tears were shed, but everyone, including him, knew it was the best thing. Unfortunately, October brought another trip to the hospital for a 8 day stay. They noticed he was leaning to one side and that they wanted to have him checked. After several tests and lots of scans, we found out his gallbladder was going bad...actually, it wasn't going. It was totally gone and they say if they had waited another day he probably would have died. SO here we are today and dad is doing great. He's still at the nursing home and is happy as can be.

So that was the short version of my Sept-Nov...but I'm not done yet...Scott had applied for a job as the Executive Director of PaILS (PA Integrated Library System) back in August. The whole process took several months and on Nov 4th he received word that he would be the new ED of PaILS. This is a big change for us. Scott and I have worked together at the library for the past 20 plus years. It's weird going to work with him not there, but it makes coming home even more special.
Here is a photo of his farewell party at work.

He officially started his new position on Dec 16th and has been working from our dining room for the past few weeks. "Dining room?" you ask. Why yes, but that is only until my older brother, the contractor, finishes renovating our attic for Scott's office. Here are some pictures of the renovations. We're converting 1/2 of the attic to Scott's office and the other 1/2 will remain as storage. The space was already broken into two rooms so we just kept that same layout. 

We're getting closer to being complete. We are in-between layers of spackling and waiting on windows that we had to custom ordered. After that I think it's painting, molding and doors? I think??? I've lost track. We're hoping by the end of next week we'll be able to start getting the space setup.
That hole in the all in the last photo isn't for a fireplace. My brother is custom building Scott bookshelves. Scott does wish it was a fireplace though.

I did some layouts while I was on my blog/video hiatus and I also got Scott to help me with a project I did for staff at work...I think the seem binding and twine won!

I'll be back to blogging very soon. I'm not sure about YouTube right now as there are still some things we are working on and I don't want to commit to something that I might not be able to follow through on. We're going to see how things go.

So that's what's been going on with me? How are you all? What kind of crafty gifts did you get this year for the holidays?

Thank you all for coming back and visiting, I've missed crafting and sharing with you all.
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  1. Wow!!! You've had a very busy couple of months. I'm glad all is well. You've been missed. But we understand how life can sometimes take a turn and family comes first.

  2. Awww Christine, So sorry to hear about your dad, but I am glad he is doing better. Its so hard for us caretakers too. Been there, and I shed many tears too. Will keep him and you and your family in my prayers. Goodness, your son has really grown up and he's so handsome. I know you are so proud of him. Congrats to your husband as well, well deserved! Thanks for the update. Can't wait to see new crafting from you but certainly put your family first!! You will have to do a "room tour" of the new office space once its finished. How exciting!!

    Take care!
    Marilyn C.

  3. Oh life, it up and down! Congrats to your husband, and we missed your posts.

  4. I am tired just reading this LOL I am sorry about your dad. My mother was in a nursing home for a little over a year till she passed, peacefully, sometimes there are no easy answers. So anyway sounds like you have some exciting things going on. Enjoy your family.

  5. Christina, Thanks for the update and happy to hear that everything is ok. I have missed your blog but family is most important, Thanks for giving us an update and can't wait to viewing your blogs again soon. Congrats to Scott and continue happiness and good health for your dad.

  6. Christina, it was so nice to receive an e-mail today. I'm happy your father is doing well and is happy. God bless each of you. Congratulations to Scott on his new job. Ethan is such a handsome guy.

  7. I'm glad you and your family are well. I understand completely your situation with your father (we put my mother in law in a nursing home just after Thanksgiving). Ethan sure has grown up. Congrats to Scott and good luck in finishing the remodeling. Best Wishes.

  8. Glad everyone is fine now. I've missed your posts. No crafting here as we are prepping our house for the market, our stuff for storage, and ourselves for a temporary move to Australia. Life is busy.

  9. So happy to get your E-mail! I know just how you feel. We have been dealing with my mom for almost 2 years now. It took awhile to get to a place where you have more good days than bad. Make sure your family takes good care of them selves as well as your dad. Being a caregiver is not easy but... can give you great joy. So happy about Scott's new job. Ethan... growing into such a handsome young man!!! You are so blessed with him. You and your family will be in my prayers. Keep in touch and remember to take time for yourselves. (the best advice that was given to me in the beginning of stressful times)
    Sandy R MN

  10. Christina
    I'm so happy for Ethan's success in school and very happy about your husbands new job. It will be lonely not going to work with him anymore but you will be happy that he's fulfilling one of his dreams. Keep on doing what you do especially in the way you always help people. I'm happy that your father is happy and found a place where he feels that he fits in and has friends to visit with all day and not be alone and lonely. I hope and no you will be happy because all the close family of men in your life are all doing well. I know that will make you happy as that's the kind of gal you are. The attic is looking good..and your husband will be happy to have his own space. When all are OK I know you are happy. take care and GB you and your family and Happy New Year to all of you
    pat a follower for some time now..LOL

  11. I have been wondering abut your absence, but was certain it was family keeping you away from crafting and sharing. I am so happy to hear that your Dad is doing well in assisted living. It is a huge decision, but often it is the best for everyone. Great news about Scott's new position, and Ethan is really turning into such a handsome young man! We will be here whenever you are able to return to us. Happy New Year!

  12. I'm going to be echoing all the good wishes everyone else said above. May your dad continue to be happy where he is, and much good luck to Scott in his new job - and new at-home office space. We all miss your tutorials, so fingers crossed to start seeing them again soon.

  13. Soooo happy you are back! YOU were greatly missed! We love you!
    redheadworkng at earthlink dot net

  14. Holy have had quite a full last few they say "it's life"! I'm glad your daddy is in a happy place...he looks like such a sweetheart. You are so lucky to still have him...I miss my daddy so much. You and Scott have my dream job...the car goes to the library without me even having to drive it! LOL Seriously if there was such a thing as a 2nd life...I would be a librarian. Your new attic is going to be wonderful and much used!! Sorry to ramble on...just glad to see you back and OK! Diana B. Ga.

  15. Glad to see you back. You've certainly got a lot going on. So glad to hear you Dad is doing well and that you, Ethan and Scot are all busy and happy. I'll be checking back periodically, looking forward to your next post.

  16. Awww. Glad you are okay. I've been thinking of you. :)

  17. Awww. Glad you are okay. I've been thinking of you. :)