{Simple Scrapper} Fresh Start

Hello there. Happy January to you. We're back home after a snowy trip to Flagstaff. Everyone is settling back into their routines: school for the kiddos and work for me and Mike. January is already shaping up to be a busy month. Mike is jumping feet first into another tax season.This means we'll be seeing a lot less of him in the coming weeks and months. He'll rejoin the family again some time in May!

Girl Scout Cookie season starts in just a few weeks, so Shelby is gearing up to get out and sale some cookies (new this year, you'll be able purchase cookies online and those sales will benefit Shelby and her summer camp tuition).  Shelby's also made a goal to be a better student. She's whip smart, but she doesn't like to do homework and sometimes isn't as confident in abilities as she should be. We've created a game and some incentives to help her create better habits.

Cooper is focused on mastering his new video game, Skylanders Trap Team. But I'm focused on getting him reading. Much like his sister, he's crazy smart, but he doesn't like to be wrong, so he'd rather not attempt anything that he might get wrong the first few times.

I'm busy working away on my goals: writing daily, painting daily, creating regularly and nourish my body with good food and exercise. All of that, along with my job should keep me busy and not missing my husband while he's buried in taxes!

Today I have a Simple Scrapper layout to share with you. This one was inspired by one of the January 2015 Story Starters. The photo is from my surgery in May 2014 and the journaling was done last month (December 2014). It's all about an unlikely fresh start.

Fresh Start | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Journaling reads:

Complete hysterectomy. Goodbye lady parts. Goodbye the ability to have more children. Hello surgical menopause. Hello recovery. Hello a new normal. Right up until the moment I had my surgery, I felt okay. I wasn’t scared or sad. Then, out of nowhere, I was flooded with emotions. I was mourning the end of an era and the start of another. And even though I knew it was best, I was still sad and scared. Getting to the other side of this hasn’t been easy, but it’s possible.


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