I've missed you.
I am sorry for my long absence and I feel like I owe you a bit of an explanation.
Have you ever hit a wall? I don't mean like a little tap with your hand or a small kick with your foot. I mean a full on slam into a wall at running speed.
And, I'm talking figuratively here.
I hit a wall. A rather big one. I should have seen it coming. But I didn't.
With my husband in school, 2 young girls, 2 Church callings, a job, and a home to keep, I have a very full plate. On top of that, life sometimes just gets hard and sometimes the trials it brings are almost unbearable.
I hit that wall and had to take some time to recover and regroup.
Here's another analogy. My mom and I used to hike a lot in the mountains behind her house. It was good exercise and a good stress reliever and good Mommy/Daughter time. I loved those hikes and I miss them terribly.
The highest point we could hike to we affectionately called "Heart Attack Hill." That was a doozy of a hike, but well worth it. Once we reached the top we could sit and see for miles and miles and miles in simple peace and quiet. I have only made it up there a handful of times, but it is still one of my favorite places in the whole world.
But, I digress. To get to the top of Heart Attack, you have to hike up a few smaller hills, each one getting gradually steeper and a little more challenging. There is one point in particular that sits in my memory as a really, really, really, really hard climb. The slope is so steep, you feel that if you lean backwards just slightly you'll go tumbling down the hill. And, to make it worse, because it is so steep it is deceptive. There is a point where you look ahead and see what looks like the top. But when you get to that point, you find it is just a small ledge and you still have a few more feet to go.
Oh, and by the way, this point in the path is only about 40 feet long.
So, in my memory, I can see my mom and I struggling up this hill, practically crawling. We were both in fairly good shape at the time, but still we had to stop every 5 minutes or so to rest and encourage each other to keep climbing. We would sit until we could breathe normally again and then we would get up and move on until, finally, hand in hand, we reached the top. It was exhilarating and exhausting.
That's where I am now. I feel like I am starting to catch my breath. I'm recovering, I'm regrouping, and I'm now getting back up and starting my hike back up.
I want to get back into blogging. I have missed it so, and I get a lot of stress relief from the projects that I create.
Here's the thing, though. I won't allow this blog to stress me out. I have enough stress in my life. This is my release.
I will post my crafts when I have them. I won't post every day. I will finally start working on the projects ideas I have been collecting for a couple of years now, which hopefully means I will be featuring some awesome bloggers and their tutorials. I'm not going to worry so much about coming up with my own ideas. =) And, I'm not going to allow myself to feel guilty when I miss the holiday-specific crafts. I'll get to them next year, or the year after that.
I may sometimes just post about my bad day, because, truth be told, I'm still very much in the midst of some pretty tough trials and I have bad days. However, I am an optimist and I will always try to see the bright side and the Lord's hand in my life. That's why I write.
I named this blog Creating Sarah because I want to use it to not only motivate myself to create crafts, but also create myself into the person I always hoped to be. Hopefully, there will be more of that going on.
So, stick with me if you want to. If you get bored of me, I won't be hurt if you leave.
I love that so many people that I don't know are following my little blog. I want to make friends. Please feel free to reach out to me, write to me, comment. I'll reach back.
Ok. I think that is enough babbling for now.
But I do have one more thing to share with you.
It has become apparent recently, that soon I will no longer be able to see my toes! This may explain some of my stress as well.
This little issue is due to be resolved on August 19, 2012.