Monday, February 28, 2011

We should talk...


Hi friend. It's a quiet Monday around here. It's actually the first quiet Monday in quite a few weeks. If we lived near each other I'd invite you over for coffee or tea and we'd sit and talk about curve balls, perspective and optimism. But what we have is this connection across airwaves, miles and oceans. So here's the skinny on my sporadic and reserved posts over the past few weeks. My husband unexpectedly lost his job during the 1st week of 2011 and although there is a more complicated version than that let's just say it was a life altering event. As we struggled through weeks of uncertainty we talked for hours about where we've been, decisions we've made, what we truly value and what we need and don't need. I'm so happy to say that after many, many weeks and hours of interviewing he started a new job today. A really good job that should fit him like a glove. But with that said I have to tell you our gorgeous old house by the lake is on the market and there are some changes still to come for our family. Now that I've gotten all of this out there I feel like I will be more free here with my words. Images have been speaking for me since 2011 began but you know how much I love words. A few weeks ago when I commented about making lemonade out of lemons a dear friend said that she would lend me some sugar to sweeten it. I love that. Thanks to you for listening, commenting and sharing bits of yourself ...you are all kinds of awesome : )

13 comments:

wanda miller said...

OH how i wish a COULD invite you over and have some tea and talk about your new hard changes. it seems so right to share your story, it is a story many are telling these days, and within our own families. on a humorous note about what we need and what we want...my husband and i were just discussing this last night...i said, "i don't NEED a cell phone" he was a bit surprised, "all my friends and family have one, i can use theirs if i have an emergency"...we laughed and then talked about NEEDS and WANTS...:))....oooh, you make the best tea...or maybe it was the conversation of our hearts! :))

the nest said...

Oh, I so wish I could come over! I'd bring some muffins. I'm glad C has found work that suits him. Take good care!

tangled sky studio said...

wanda : )
annri xoxo...

artslice said...

Oh my goodness, what change and unrest you must be (have been) going through. I'm happy he found another job. You never know what the catalyst will be for changes that lead to new adventures.

Thanks for sharing with 'us'. Now I'm sending you good juju (you've sent it to me in the past and it comforted and helped!) and good times through the uncertainty change can bring.

I must go back and look at your recent work with new eyes. I'm clinking teacups with you, Beth.

xo
Brenda

tangled sky studio said...

brenda- thanks for the good juju: ) i thought we were done with the big wave of change but i'm realizing it's not over til it's over....but things are looking up.

Hopemore Studio said...

Just wanted to stop by and say how much I have enjoyed your blog the last few weeks since I stumbled upon it. I feel that it's your honesty (in your words and your work) that keep me coming back for more. Not sure why life decides it's time for a shake up, I should remind myself more often to see the peace of a quiet unaltered life. Sorry to hear of your family's struggles, yet so glad to see you are moving forward. --Angie

Evie said...

I wanted to get in touch just to say .... and words fail me! I'm thinking of you XXX.

Mimi said...

Ah, the constancy of change... I feel the uncertainty with you as my husband also lost his job over a year and a half ago and has yet to get another one.

But what new things await that would never emerge but for the cataclysmic changes! Like the seeds that only open in the intense heat of a forest fire... some things are destroyed and some things are birthed. May there be many new and wonderful things for you and yours even in the midst of change and dubious happenings.

...and, Spring is coming.

Charlene said...

Even in your vulnerability you continue to inspire.
Love hearing the human in the words across the page.
blessed are you...

eliseinpdx said...

I've been following your blog since before you moved to the bay area and I have to say that I always admire your adventurous spirit and optimism. I also love the way you are able to somehow balance all the things that really matter in life.

My husband also lost his job and was unemployed for over a year and a half. We spent all of our retirement trying to get us through and not have to uproot the kids. In the end, we ended up having to sell the house anyway. He's been working since August and we are beginnig to feel "normal" again. I'm still processing the life lessons from this experience but it certainly has given me a new outlook on life. Oddly, in some ways I am more positive. These days you don't have to look far to see someone who has it much worse than you; I try to keep that in mind. I'm glad that Chuck found a job, especially one that is perfect for him. I'm sorry you have to sell the home you love so much. I feel your pain. I'm sending love and good wishes from the West Coast your way!

tangled sky studio said...

thank you for sharing your kindness and your stories

xo-

chrissy said...

sweet friend.
my heart dropped as i read this post.
i am so sorry. i am grateful that your lemonade is being sweetened.
trials are HARD. they are something i have been thinking about a lot lately as well.
you are amazing.
HUGE prayers for you and that sweet family of yours and your hubby's new job as well.
xo
c

bridgette said...

Oh beth, I'm so sorry to hear how tumultuous it's been for you guys. We have had similar talks over here and it is difficult to navigate when things seem so unclear and the waves so large...but I am so glad to hear that a new job is in place. Best of luck with the sale of your house. Are you guys staying in IL? I hope to see you soon!