Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 5 of 2014 My Highlights

It's time to celebrate the past year and I thought I'd start with our new category: Personal Highlights!
I had a few doozies this year! Warning, Sappy personal stuff ahead... read at your own risk!

Going to Camp
I spent almost three months in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana and LOVED it! My official title was Craft Coordinator but I did a ton of other stuff too. It was so wonderful I'm going back again this coming year. I'm working on a crafting binder so things will be more organized. It's so exciting! If you really want to see more here's a clip of me doing crafts for Horse Camp. It starts at about 1:50. You can also see one of my Stripy Cabarita loose in the wild.

And this is our goofy staff video with great panos of the country we were working in. I'm posting this one more so I can find it again than for anyone else. It's long and sentimental. 

I've been wanting to move to a more populated area for a long while. It's finally happened and I couldn't be more excited. My parents and I moved to Montana and are renovating an old building built in the 1930s. It's got a great art deco look and we'll have a shop in the front and live in the back. I'll get to teach sewing lessons and have all sorts of goodies for sale in the shop.

This year has been one of the most painful yet one of the most blessed years for friendships in my life. What do they say? People; you can't live with them, you can't live without them. Or more accurately in my case, "Open arms leave the heart unprotected." Letting others into our lives, loving those we meet can be a very scary experience. Because of some sad things I was ready to run away from people but God directed my feet to camp where I was surrounded by people who graciously and unconditionally loved me. Recently He has shown me I cannot live my life in fear, anger or suspicion of others but in His strength and wisdom I can continue to bravely face the world and love those I find in it.

I am a Type 1 diabetic with Celiac Disease. Celiac was a more recent diagnosis and the path to wellness has taken awhile. When I look back on how well I survived camp and all the heavy lifting I'm doing on the house I am so pleased. All the healing my body has accomplished and the ability to grow strong again is so exciting. To have the confidence to walk to the grocery store or go on a hike without worrying whether I'll be exhausted halfway through is a wonderful thing! 

Thus ends my sappy roundup of 2014. I'm so excited to see what new adventures 2015 has! How about you? What have been your personal victories this year?


Andrea Firth said...

Wow, exciting things seem to be coming your way for the next year. You must be really looking forward to having your shop front ready to go for sewing lessons. Please tell us more when it's all ready to go!

Becky W said...

Sounds like a great year for you overall, and the sewing lessons/shop sound like it will be a great project for you! I'm also glad you're finding a way to live with the health issues--having lived with a mom who has multiple food intolerance/allergy issues, and after going through my own recent bout of hardly being able to eat anything, it's not an easy thing to deal with day in and day out. Hoping you continue to get stronger and heal in this upcoming year!

EmSewCrazy said...

Yes! I'm so excited! We're all so excited. I think one of my goals for next year will be to talk more about my business stuff. I'm thinking it over because I don't want to become a blog that only talks about what she's selling...

EmSewCrazy said...

Thanks Becky. It is a struggle but we will be victorious! Hope your Mom is doing well and you can get back to eating everything soon!

Gillian said...

What a lot to look forward to in 2015! Especially your new home, and the chance to teach sewing... and let's not forget Craft Counsellor! Sweet gig! Hope you have a wonderful year!

EmSewCrazy said...

Thanks Gillian! I'm so excited! Best wishes to you as well!