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It's Been A Rollercoaster Year... so far

Thursday, May 26, 2011

First off, I want to apologize for my absence. And by writing this blog I am by no way looking for sympathy or anything... I just felt that you guys have been so great to me you deserve to know why I have been gone.

In January, my boyfriend and I were at home when 3 armed men came in and held us at gunpoint and robbed us. We were (thankfully) not injured, but the trauma has been a lot to bear. Not only from the aspect of having a gun put to my head, but helping detectives with the case by looking at photo arrays, and then the long seemingly never ending battle with the insurance company. It has taken me until recently to even be able to sit in the living room (where I was when it happened), and I still have the occasional flash back. I am doing much better, and I was able to not stress eat... but working out has come to a halt. I will be heading back out on walks... but only in the brightest parts of the day.

The other bad bit of news we have had this year happened this month. Our beloved pet rabbit, Shamus, passed away. He was loved very very much and will be missed forever. He was a house bunny who loved to have his nose rubbed, but only by me and my boyfriend. It has been very hard to loose our baby boy, and I know not everyone understands how you can become attached to a pet like they are your own child... but we were. Today, we picked him up from the funeral home we had him cremated at. We had promised to take him to Seattle when we move, and this was the only way we could keep that promise.

On the PLUS side... because my life hasn't been ALL a Lifetime channel movie. I did get a new job as the Director of Communications at a Presbyterian Church. The people are amazing and it is the perfect combination of freedom to create and structure. I've only been there two weeks, but I really do love it.

Needless to say, while I know it's not a real excuse, I have had a lot on my mind. I do plan on getting back into the swing of things.. and even after all that I still managed to loose a half a pound over the past 6 months.

I also want to thank you all for the birthday wishes. It was overwhelming to have so many of you take the time to wish me well... and please know that I am so sorry I haven't been here for your struggles. I love you all and hope you are all well and can still keep a little place in your Spark hearts for me.
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  • no profile photo CD7565518
    Welcome back. I'm glad things are working out with catching the guys and you starting down your new path. Take a few steps at a time and just move forward. My sisters puppy pasted last year and even though he wasn't mine, it still hurt. (Her "puppy" was a 9 year old bull dog named Buddy). If you're life is a LifeTime movie, just remember, the bad guy gets caught, the woman gets strong, and its ALWAYS a happyish ending.
    3568 days ago
  • NIC582
    Yes... LONG story short, I answered the door because one guy (who looked like a nice guy... ha!) was there with a clipboard and I thought he was selling something. In the city of Columbus (and many other cities), no one can sell anything after 6:00 p.m.... if I would have known that I probably would have known something was off. Also, we bought this thing called a Masterlock (at any hardware store) which is great, because it is impossible to push in the door when you have it on.

    And some sorta good news with that, they have arrested 2 of the guys, and are being held on $500,000 bail EACH, so they will be put away for a while.
    3568 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5983865
    Welcome back. You have been through more than most of us who are saying we are "going through a tough time". Do you have any insight about the robbery that might help other young couples avoid the situation? I know and understand if it's hard to talk about but we'd appreciate the advice. God bless you.
    3568 days ago
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