I have been away far too long and I am glad to be back here. So much has happened since my last post! As most of you know, I have been a Caregiver for a very long time. Now, I am....a daughter. My Mom has Aides with her around the clock and should have something set in place permanently in the coming months. And me? I have moved......moved out of the area that I have lived in for over 35 years and into a much more Urban setting. I am an hour and a half South and in the Schenectady, NY area. I knew that I would miss my daughters and yes, those mountains, but they are never far and I visit every weekend.
It has been a crazy ride. Moving, the Holidays and a 3 room makeover at the cozy little Cape that is now home. It's still somewhat crazy, but it is gaining a little every day. My days are busy settling in and getting the patterns back up and running. I did not realize how tired I was and how much stress was taking a toll on me. As difficult as it was to say, "I can't do it all", I am now seeing that it does not mean failure nor makes you less....it makes you better all the way around.
I love that I can visit my Mom and enjoy her as a daughter. I have been able to bring her many of the Italian goodies that we would make before she was no longer able. It is my best hope that I can make them myself and carry on these traditions for my family.
My girls are now young ladies. Bailey is loving Cosmetology and Jess has a special guy, which we have welcomed into the family. Bailey and Jess are enjoying life with their Grandparents. The big farmhouse on the hill, is often filled with their cousins and plenty of giggles. As much as I would love to have them here beside me, being a parent does mean listening and doing what is best for them. They know I am beside them and love them...but we are doing things just a little different. In turn, they have been given opportunities and great memories to carry them forward.
So what becomes of the Goode Wife? Well, with the move and getting everything settled, I am not able to do a big show...yet. This month, I will be working on designs for patterns and licensing...along with my regular offerings. I'm thinking of having a web show soon and I do believe that it is time for a pattern sale on Etsy. Last year was amazing for my wee folk. They were recognized both locally and internationally. My sculpted folk were well received and all have gone to wonderful homes. This year looks to be full of creating and is off to a great start already. I have lots of show requests to sort through and will be picking out at least one big show and then some area ones to include Vermont and Massachusetts. This new year and new life have a lot in store.
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