Milestones. Webster defines milestones as an event marking a significant change or stage in development.
I’m entering a milestone year. It feels surreal. I look back over the last 49 years, about 45 of which I can remember. But admittedly probably less than half of that well.
Of course, our early years we don’t remember. The next 20 we tend to remember most. The raising of kids is all a blur, which makes me sad really.
And now I reach a significant time of life, a change of sorts. Coming to this stage I realize I’m not sure who I am right now. Or rather, what I should be doing.
Oooo….”midlife crisis”. You hear it all the time. The mom spends 20+ years putting all of her energy into her kids and never takes the time to focus on herself and then she reaches the time when the kids are grown up and mostly out and she gets stuck. She is lost. She is empty.
I never thought of it much. Well, because I was focused on raising my kids who encompassed my whole being. Probably too much. I homeschooled them for 13 years of that now. So they really encompassed my whole life.
“Who am I?” swirls around in my head. “What do I want to be when I grow up?”
Hahaha! It’s true! This is real! Although I don’t think I’m in “crisis”, I have spent a great deal of time trying figure out what I want to do next!
I have had a few ideas!
And today I want to launch the first of these ideas. It is very exciting for me to share with you something I have been working on for a while.
I’ve always loved photography, since I first took that photography class in the 10th grade back in 1986/87. Wowza! Remember those days? The SLR camera you carefully loaded with film. Carefully took the pictures and then went into the blackest of rooms to unload the film into a special container to then go into the “dark room” with the orange light to develop your film into photos! I loved it! Mostly I loved the nature pictures I would take.
Fast forward 33 years!!! And I still love taking pictures in nature, especially now that I am endeavoring to worship in the altar of this beautiful world that God has created. Especially since I seek to find Him “everywhere present and filling all things”.
Most recently I have taken this love and began creating gifts. Cards and prints that remind us of His gift to us, that He is here, everywhere. And He is risen form the dead. He has conquered death!
Welcome to my Etsy Shop: Kindler of Joy Creations! And with this launch I begin selling my greeting cards: Sets of Christmas Cards and Notecards. As well as prints that I call “Reminders”. Reminders of His amazing and glorious gift to us. Life. His conquering of death and the Joy of the Resurrection! I have also made prayer cards with His creation as backdrop.
I have a lot of ideas for future creations as well. Birthday cards and Feast Day cards for all the Feasts! So check back often. I have put a link at the top menu.
I am having so much fun with these creations and I hope that you will enjoy them as well.
Here is to the next phase of life!
I thank you, Lord, for bringing me this far and may I always seek You in all I do, in everywhere I am. And may everything I do be for Your glory! Amen