There’s no place like home

This has been such a busy time for our family. Adjustments being made across the board.Β It makes me appreciate the simple things.

A family dinner with all of us present. A driveway chat with the neighbors. Having all the laundry done. And being creative with enough time and energy to share it with others.


The pieces of this fell into place without me even realizing it. I’ve been a bit of an emotional wreck on and off over the last 3 weeks….not even going to sugar coat that one. The changes were scary. I have taken comfort in my little bubble of security for the last decade or so. Pizza on Thursday, Fish on Friday. Routines and schedules grounded me…ground all of us. More than I ever realized. Β I honestly thought of myself as spontaneous and I am…to a point. I just didn’t realize that as the years ticked past, my way of thinking and of life became more rigid.

This quote spoke to me. As much as I am enjoying my new career, I do morn for what was, as silly as that sounds.

I truly do like working in a school again. This job is definitely different than my previous but so am I and that’s ok.

ACK! See super emotional. Chatty and over sharing. Not my usual style.

Back to the journal page…. The little bit of lace just felt like the perfect finishing touch of the page.

It’s funny because if you’d have told me that I’d be spilling my guts on this journal spread and in the post when I got started I’d have told you that you were crazy. Well, look who’s a little crazy now. LOL

Linking up with Art Journal Journey for Color in My World…highlighting my favorite color PINK/

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  1. WOW, you really DID share. I’m glad, though, because it seems like you are not just opening up in your art, you are also opening up in your blog and dialogue.

    I really enjoyed this piece. It is fabulous and I was so impressed with both the key and the lace you added. It was a great quote, too.

    I’m sure things will loosen up a bit as you find your way in your new routine. Soon you will wonder why you even longed for the “old” life, now that you have found this new and much richer one (no pun intended, here).

  2. froebelsternchensays: Reply

    This are wonderful pages Halle!So well composed and collaged with all the lovely detail extra!
    Wish you all the time you need to enjoy family and art!
    Thank you for joining Art Journal Journey!

  3. Meggymaysays: Reply

    This was a lovely post to read that seemed to come from your heart.
    Your journal pages look beautiful and the quote shows how much making this page has meant to you.
    I hope all goes well with your new work every day will bring new memories.
    Thank you for adding this these great pages to Art Journal Journey.

  4. 10 years is a long time to be home so I get how hard it is to readjust. I think you were lucky to have so much time home with your kids, hubby, kitty and home. You will adjust I am sure-you seem like someone who can adapt. Good luck-and glad you had a nice weekend. Hugs-Erika

  5. that is very nice page,
    the work is so imaginative with details thought out, it is wonderful and the quote is great
    happy week

  6. I claim there’s no such thing as over-sharing in your own space πŸ™‚ and sometimes we just have to get those emotions out. Change can be a good thing, though it’s scary, too.

  7. Lol …it’s ok to be a bit crazy and the emotions you are feeling are quite natural 😁. I love your page it has a lovely homely vibe and the lace and key look wonderful! Wishing you a great start to the week! J 😊

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