One year ago our family decided to slam on the brakes of life and take the chance to embrace a do over. Even though we are smiling in these photos... It's incredible how tired and broken we all felt back then and as we opened our eyes to what was in front of us, it was clear what we needed to do in order to thrive again. All of these changes really began in Dec 2015 as we talked and made plans for a better life after finding out that I was pregnant with Miriam. We decided to close Chickaniddy (our New scrapbook company), switched to homeschool (we were having so many issues with public school in CA), and move out of California. When April 2015 came we went into action and moved in with my parents to save money. The timing couldn't have been better since I was put on full bed rest with Miriam and wasn't allowed to pick anything up.
The 6 months we spent living with my parents was such a gift. Mom took over the cooking (so I could take it easy), Jason was able to transfer to Missouri for work, the boys were able to spend a lot of one on one time with their Nana and Pappy, Miriam was able to come safely and had so many people around to love her, we saved money, had time to reevaluate our lives and figure out where we wanted to go. When it came time to move, it was difficult saying goodbye. I guess spending a lifetime in the same state can have that effect on a person. We felt so loved and honored from all the parties thrown as a goodbye. On Oct 23nd 2015 we stepped into the plane carrying a bucket full of emotions while all of our worldly possessions where shipped across country.
Sad to leave and excited to go were just a few of our feeling, but what made it all okay was that we had each other... Mr. Sonboul, Bradley, Calvin, Miriam and I, ready to start a new life. When we landed in Missouri it was definitely a journey. We had never even set foot in St. Louis before this flight. We grabbed our bags, got the rental car and checked into a hotel for the first two weeks. In that time we found a place to stay, moved in and settled down for the winter. The winter was COLD and we often stayed indoors, but it was in those 4 months that we really focused on family, spiritual goals, personal goals, financial goals and getting organized. What a splendid feeling it was having time for these topics we normally would put aside. We began to thrive more and more each new day and before we knew it we fell in love with this city. Experiencing all the seasons, explore the lively St. Louis area and the fantastic schools made the move completely worth it!
So here I am.... one year later. A long break from blogging, the move across country, slowing down for what was really important and having more valuable family time was just what we needed. Often in life and in the middle of conflict we realize that we are stuck in the mud and it can feel impossible to get out, but what we learned is that this is completely untrue. We took charge in the course of one year and we chose the better, making time for what really mattered in our lives by cleaned off the mud to get moving again.
Now comes the questions: What to do with this blog? After closing Chickaniddy I have decided to step away from the scrapbook world. I loved every minute I shared with so many talented crafters, but it's time I retired that avenue. Yes, I will still scrapbook our memories for personal fun, but 12 years of online scrapbooking was a long enough run and I'm ready for something with a different purpose and value. A few thoughts of what to do next was extremely clear. Today I will only share one. It's finally time that I get healthy and make it a major priority in my life. Far too many years (11 to be exact) have been spent over 200 lbs. and I've hated every minute of it. Coming real soon (Aug 2016) I will share my journey to a healthy Heidi and in the meantime I will share Miriam's birth story, some exciting news about our family and a few other updates. I'm excited to be blogging again and I'll see you all real soon.