One From the Heart…

Well, hey there! It’s been a while, huh? I promise there’s good reason. Maybe not good, but a reason anyway. The past ten months have been some of the very best and some of the very worst of my entire life.

Appalachian Woman

My beautiful mama at one of Guitar Dude’s shows.

On May 9, 2013, my family and I did the unthinkable and said our goodbyes to my mom. Just a few days before, she’d been the picture of a vibrant, young-at-heart mid-50s woman finally hitting her stride in life. Next thing I knew, I got a call from my baby brother that would change my life forever. I spent a couple of weeks in Virginia with my family, and then I headed to a job interview in Chattanooga bound and determined to make my mom proud of me. I got the job. I lived in a hotel. Totally alone in a new city. Within weeks of losing Mom. I was happy. I was incredibly sad. I was devastated. I was full of hope. Soon, we bought a house. We moved. We have a lot of stuff, by the way. Get rid of your stuff. Right. Now. Just stop here and go get rid of stuff. I’ll wait……………… trust me, you’ll thank me later.

Fast forward to today and I am writing you from our basement in our house in Chattanooga. In the last couple of weeks, we’ve finally gotten really settled in and started a few home improvement projects. There are still a few boxes scattered around the basement, but for the most part we’re moved in. 8 1/2 months later. Hey, we are ahead of a lot of other people, right?!? Ha! I’m also no longer working for the company that moved us to Chattanooga. The only reason I can give for leaving is that I have decided to live happy, and that’s all I have to say about that.

So why am I here resurrecting this blog after so many months of dormancy? Well, here’s the thing… I just couldn’t make myself keep up with Chattown Girl. It didn’t feel right. I’ve kicked around several other blog ideas, all the while thinking, “But it’s not Appalachian Woman.” I don’t care where I live, this is who I am. This is my heart. I love this blog, and the people who read it! And so, if I’m lucky enough that you’re still reading, kindly put this site back into your internet reading repertoire, if you don’t mind! I’ll be here rambling about finding my way as a nature photographer, a Southern cook, and a brand new housewife. WHAT??! Yep, that’s right! Guitar Dude made an honest woman out of me last November. You’ll just have to come back later to read all the juicy details of where he proposed, where we were married, and how, at least in our minds, we never really came home from our honeymoon.

See y’all soon! xoxo

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6 Responses to One From the Heart…

  1. Kelly Ebersole Smith says:

    Loved the article!!!! I will be a follower!
    I’m proud of all the accomplishments you’ve made. You’re doing awesome!!!
    The thing about your Mom… She was so proud of you before everything you’ve achieved. I know she has a big smile on her face watching you. (And happy she didn’t have to do another move)
    Wishing you the very best! Sending you a hug and keeping you in my prayers!

    • Christine says:

      Thank you, Kelly! I had to laugh about the move comment. Mom sure was a trooper through all my crazy moves!! haha Love you!

  2. Nicki says:

    Love it! This is the perfect fit for you! Glad you’re back !

  3. Grandma Dottie says:

    Welcome back! I’ll help pass the work! You are a born natural writer! And a fantastic photographer. Go for it! Love, hugs & prayers! Gma

  4. Aunt Kat says:

    Loved your story! No matter what took you to Chatanooga, I’m so glad you feel like your home. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

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