I know you all must think I have fallen off the face of the earth!! I have sat down to write this post so many times in the past several months, but just never finished it. Sorry for the extreme delay!! Soooo much has happened since my last post....almost EIGHT MONTHS AGO!! I will try to summarize as best as possible!
After the tornado hit on May 10, we spent the next 30 days at a family friend's house a few miles from where we used to live. They had 2 empty bedrooms, a bathroom, and a family room upstairs, so that we would not be underfoot...too much. They also had a fantastic backyard...jungle gym, barn with goats, meadow with miniature donkeys, and a couple of cats, too!! We are so thankful to the Lee family for allowing us to stay there and become part of their family for the month.
This is the house we stayed at, and these are The Lee's, but they are the children/grandchildren of The Lee's who own the house and let us bunk there for a month! However, this Lee family also helped us out tremendously during this time and the whole time we lived in Oklahoma! Miss them lots!
Then, in early June, the kiddos & I headed to Washington state to spend the next 30 days bouncing between grandparents. Didn't want to stay at either house for toooooo long, lest we become unwelcomed guests! It had been a long time since we had been in that part of the country, so we enjoyed the cooler temperatures & seeing the sites. Hubby joined us for the last week. He had to stay back in Oklahoma to finish up work, get what was left of our stuff packed from the warehouse, and get the van shipped out. We had a great family vacation time! I had almost forgotten about what had happened!
Next, in early July, we moved to Hawaii!! Woo-Hoo! We found out in April that we would be moving here, so it was literally the light at the end of the tornado tunnel! We have now been here for just about SIX MONTHS! WOW! We have been enjoying every minute of it, as you can imagine, and we have even squeezed in homeschooling between different island adventures! The only drawback, so far, is that we have been living in a townhouse this whole time without OUR STUFF as we wait for a house on base...thankfully, it is furnished! Even though it has been a drawback to be without our stuff, we are so very thankful that the Lord provided this place for us...it's within our housing allotment and is very close to a nice pool and the beach! Since we did lose a lot of our stuff, we have been able to slowly start replacing some of those things...DVDs, toys, books, a new computer & printer for me (yeah!). The word on the street is that we SHOULD be moving on base by the end of the month! (I sure hope so because that's when our lease is up!) I am really looking forward to unpacking, assessing what needs to be replaced, and shopping with insurance money!
At the Waterfall at Waimea Garden.
At Waimea Bay!
I have REALLY, REALLY, REALLY missed my stamping time & sharing my creations with you all. I hope you have been making lots of fun stuff, since I couldn't! I think a vast majority of my stamping/scrapping empire is a-ok, so I am looking forward to getting inky in the very near future...maybe in time to make some hand-made Valentine's cards and treats!
I'll be updating my blog just a little bit with the NEW 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog, specials, etc! I really appreciate your patience & the emails you have sent to me in my time of non-stamping, non-posting! So glad to start getting back in the swing of things! Aloha....Erin