Monday, June 27, 2016

What's happening lately

Hello all,

I know, I know, it's been forever since I last posted.  Much has happened since November of last year.  My mother passed away in December, one week after the birth of my second grandchild, and my world collapsed to a small dark ball.  While celebrating the new life of my grandson, I had to let my mom go.  It was a time of great heartbreak, and celebration which confused me to no end.

As many of you know, I was the primary caretaker of my mother for the past 6 years, and after breaking her arm for the second time in less than 4 months life became very hectic.  After her fall on July 3, 2015 and breaking her right wrist, she came to stay with us for two months of healing and rehabilitation.  The day after Thanksgiving she fell again and refractured her right wrist, only this time is was a compound fracture.  She underwent 7-8 hours of surgery to pin and plate her mangled wrist back together.  We did not know at the time that she was again suffering from an infection that almost killed her many times back in 2011.  She had contracted C-Diff once again which is the likely reason she fell due to weakness.

She passed exactly one week after the surgery of sepsis due to the C-Diff.  She was never able to meet her newest great grandchild.  Since it was too close to Christmas to offer any kind of service, we opted to wait till the new year.  In January, 2016, we held my mother's last art show and memorial.
My mother was a prominent artist and business owner here in the valley, and my youngest sister and I started a local art group in her memory.  There were many Saturday's in the past few years where my mom came to play with the small group of artists we already had assembled.  She was no longer able to paint as she once had, especially with her wrist issues, but she thorougly enjoyed "hanging" out and being asked for help from other artists.  She was so extremely talented and the ladies in our small group knew this and she freely gave of her talent and knowledge.

Although there has been great pain due to her leaving us, it was not unexpected, as we knew it was only a matter of time due to her many issues.  She had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2010 and we were told that she would only live another 6-8 years.  On top of the many other issues, not to mention over 15 medications she took, we were happy to have even that many years left.  She has, in her death, done a lot for myself and my siblings in bringing us closer together. With the inheritance she left myself and my four other siblings, we shall be traveling to Europe in October.  This is an incredibly important trip for us and I will have a chance to spread some of her ashes across the highlands of Scotland, as that was one of her favorite places.

Many things have been happening for me as well, now that I no longer have my mother as my main concern.  I will be  published in Somerset Studio's "Art Doll Quarterly" this fall and I have just recently been accepted (juried into) the "Professional Doll Makers Art Guild."

I will be attempting to overhaul my blog, website, Etsy, etc., and I will be making a better effort to keep up with things.  I hope you'll continue to follow along as I venture out and try to grow.  Thank you for your continued support, it's meant a lot over the years.  For daily news I try to post more frequently on Facebook  so you can most definitely check  in with me there.

See you here soon.



vivian said...

Life is sweet Meri. some sugary sweet and some bittersweet. the sweet parts would not taste as sweet with out knowing the bitter parts. I think its wonderful that you were able to care for your mom all those years and it doesnt seem like its been a whole year since she left. AND.. Im a teeny bit jealous that youre going on that trip! (except for the fact that I so seriously hate to fly!! lol!) Im glad I get to keep up with you on facebook!
much love to you my friend!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a happy surprise to see that you had posted dear friend! So glad your days are a bit brighter. XO Miss you.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so sorry to hear you've lost your precious Mother. I know you must miss her so much. It's nice to hear you are busy with your art and crafting now and I can't wait to see pics of what you are working on. I recently had to take everything out of my sewing room and I had the little house you made in my hands...and put it back on a shelf when the room was put together again. It's special to me. Lots of sweet hugs, Diane

Shirley Hatfield said...

It's a blessing and a challenge to have an elderly parent in the home. My father has come to live with us and has his own set of challenges, but wishes to be as independent as possible. I thought of how lovingly you cared for your mother and your example inspired me to invite Dad to be a part of our family. Thanks for being the lovely and wonderful woman that you are.

Miss Iowa said...

Hi Meri. I'm so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I send you best wishes for happier days ahead.

Sarita Boyette said...

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious Mother. May God send healing for your heart and may fond memories of life with your Mother help bring peace, too.
Sarita Boyette

Marlynne said...

I am so sorry for all the heart ache you have gone thru and also happy for the joy of a new grandchild for you! "For everything there is a season" and now it's Your season! Congratulations!!

donna said...

Meri I am so sorry to hear about your mom my dear. May God heal your heart.

Laura Adams said...

Meri I haven't been on so much myself....I'm sorry to hear about your mother...I know how difficult it can be..(((HUGS)))..and grand babies sure do help. Congratulations on your publishing in the Art doll book, and have a safe happy trip!