Saturday, April 04, 2015

Happy Easter! plus an update on my life, my etsy shop, my future....

Sharing more personal stuff  has always been hard for me. 
I finally feel okay with saying more than I have in the past about what's been going on.
My family has been separated in one form or another for over a year. 
My husband had a job that required he work 90-100 hours a week with no relief in site. 
We decided that the best thing for our family was a new job. 
The new job took him to a new state. 
At first we thought that he could work half at home, half time in the new state.
That didn't happen.
I was working full time, taking care of a house, 
2 girls, 3 cats and a fish tank all by myself.
It was tough, doable but tough.
During this year, I have realized so many things about life, 
my husband, myself and my kids. 
It will take a couple of blog posts to cover it all!
Anyhow, you may be wondering what the pic of the car is?

My battery went dead and left me stranded for several irritating reasons.
I have AAA, they sent someone to jump it. 
It worked long enough to get me to the autozone. 
They had my battery but would not put it in.
I ended up having a co-workers' husband replace it for me.
I had no way to do it myself and my normal repair guy was 13 hours away :(
Lesson #1
I have taken my husband for granted for a long time.
We tend to forget how much better life is with a partner to help us with our weaknesses, cars, and lawn care.

Well then as time moved on we decided to move the kids to the new state.
His new job was 40 hours a week.
He had more time to take care of them than I.
We wanted them in a new school as well.
So we moved them, and most of our house.
I started looking for an associate dentist to help me.
I had no luck.
Literally 9 months of searching without finding a match.
It can be difficult to find someone that wants to come to a smaller town.
I figured this would happen.
I didn't figure on how much I would miss my husband
and my kids when I had to be in the old state for my job.
I missed them so much I would cry 5-6 times a day.
I would have panic attacks getting on the plane to leave to them.
My husband hated Sundays (when I left) and
 I hated Mondays (when I would have to go back to work).

My girls have learned so many things during this year.
Mainly they learned that their Dad can do anything that I can....
They can rely on him no matter what.
They needed to learn that... and to appreciate him.
Recently husband came back to the old house to disassemble his fish tank.
It was that weekend that we decided to move all my etsy shop fabric to the new house.
I think it was suggested to help me feel like this new place is home
 and the old place is just a 'hotel'.
A place I use for work travel ;)

 So I moved fabric to the new house.
I thought I could bring it all in one car load but that didn't happen.
There is as much fabric left there as shown in the picture above.
I will have to bring it in suitcases and another car load.
I decided to decrease my stock there by having a 35% off  sale and 55% off clearance.
It is only the stock that is located in the old house.
Eventually I will have everything in the new house and list all my stock on etsy.
I still have new fabric being delivered.
I still plan on continuing to sell, however,
there may be 'vacations' in between while I am moving material.

And finally,
I can say that I am going to sell my practice.
It wasn't an easy decision or a decision I take lightly.
But it was an important one.
I need to be with my family.
A year away has been MORE than long enough.
So I hope to be posting soon that this journey is over and I will be in our new home only...
until then...
I fly back and forth, cut fabric at night to fill my time and try to keep my chin up.

Happy Easter!


Heather O'Brien said...

Oh my goodness, Vickie! My prayers are with you that all goes smoothly with the sale of your practice and that you can be with your family again very soon!

Hildy said...

Wishing you all the best with your new life and have a Happy Easter with your family:-)

susbp said...

Wow! What a year you have been through. I'm sure it was a difficult decision to sell your practice after all you have invested in it, both financially and personally, to make it a success. Praying for you and your family as you are in the transitioning phase. Sunnier days are ahead! Happy Easter to you and your family.

Sandy said...

I have wondered about your lack of blogging and some of the posts you have done. I thought maybe your marriage had broken up, but am happy to see otherwise. What a hard year for everyone! So glad to see that you will all be together soon. I know where you are located now, I am near, because we met once when I won something from your blog. Hope you have luck selling your practice in a timely manner.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

What a hard year! I hope things go more smoothly once you are all together again. That's got to be tough. I joke about the "peace and quiet" I get when my husband is working and daughter away with Grandma. I can handle it for a night or two. A year? Nope. Good luck to you and off to Etsy I go. :)

Claudia said...

I can certainly see that it has been a tough year for you and your family. Husbands working out of town is always hard... I am thankful that I just had me, the animals and the kids at home anymore, when my husband has had to travel..been thru many years of it in the last 30 years.BUT....things were still hard...things come up that you don't think you will handle on your own...
Thank Goodness you can all be together soon... Best of luck to you and I look forward to more blog posts from you and your fabric.