This past year has skipped and galloped by without mercy. Let’s review:
Next to nothing was accomplished, by me, on any of my large writing projects. On the other hand, I did start conceptualizing a prequel for Munwar Meek of my fantasy adventure series. In addition to that, I have discussed the continuation of Para’s prequel with the hubs numerous times and may actually be ready to pick that project up again in the coming months. Perhaps even for NaNoWriMo 2018!
While my writing languished by the wayside, I did create jewelry (earrings, bracelets, and necklaces–oh my!) and gift them to new friends here in the Outer Banks. I also repaired several pieces of jewelry. 😉 That turned into quite a fun challenge, actually. My wire-work skill has improved, thanks to practice, and I picked up a ‘thing-a-ma-jig’ to continue that progress.
I joined the Media Team for our new church home, which was a surprise to both myself and my husband. Hah! Being an introvert, I don’t volunteer for anything, but when there was seen an announcement in the bulletin that they were in dire need for help, I actually sent an email and signed up! It has been great fun to learn new programs and processes, and to see what the church process looks like behind the curtain, as it were.
All in all, our year in the Outer Banks has become a collection of fond memories (even considering the long illness of the hubs at the beginning of 2018). Not only did I get to reside on Roanoke Island — the very island where the lost colony disappeared! — we were able to meet some wonderfully warm and welcoming people and view some spectacular ocean views and sunsets.
I even experienced my first Hurricane! Well, actually, Hurricane Florence completely ignored us once she found out the hubs flew back from Oklahoma to rescue me. But it was still an experience to treasure. I haven’t ever needed to complete a “mandatory evacuation” before! While unnerving, at least now I know how to organize things for our home in Oklahoma in case we must evacuate due to a Tornado. 🙂
This next step in our life’s journey will be another state I haven’t seen (Oklahoma near Tulsa), and another opportunity for personal growth. Praise Jesus that moving is no longer as stressful as it was when we first started this trend of an annual move back in 2011.
Character builders, while challenging and oftentimes frustrating, can turn out to be the most captivating memories in our repertoire, yes?
As one of the people blessed by your jewelry skills AND your media running skills AND your friendship, I am sad beyond words that we are having to say goodbye to you and Mike! You have enriched our lives in so many ways. The people in your future home town don’t yet know how fortunate they will be to get to know you both.
At least I can keep up with some of your adventures through your blog. Don’t forget to post! 🙂