Where I've Been

I don't post about personal things ever, so I'll try to keep this short and simple. :) A few super sweet and kind followers sent me messages, curiously asking why the blog has been so quiet lately and hoping all is well. (Seriously, thank you so much for those thoughtful emails!) I know it seemed like everything was fine, but as these situations often turn out, there was more going on in the background.

The good news? I'm healthy. I'm doing okay.

The not-so-good news? My dad was not.

But, more importantly, the best news so far? He's getting better.

My dad is a retired veteran with a service connected disability. He's had to deal with a lot of back and neck pain for years, but a recent accident made it excruciating. It's been a rough couple of months for him. And for my mom. (This amazing, strong woman has been taking care of my dad AND babysitting two small grandkids, every day, while I work.) Suddenly, we were balancing doctor's appointments, physical therapy, work, and the kids' school...but we eventually got a routine down.

Then, my dad had surgery last week.

I completely disappeared from the blogger universe. Emails piled up. Blog posts dropped off. Social media accounts became ghost towns. But this was it! A huge turning point for my dad! I couldn't really concentrate on anything else. My family is my whole world. So, I decided to completely unplug and to focus on them.

Fortunately...thankfully...my dad is at home now, resting comfortably and well on his way toward a successful recovery. (I may have even cracked a joke about the walker the old man is going to have to use for the next couple of months...:P) It really feels like the chaos and worry has settled down. My parents seem more hopeful. Things are just starting to feel relaxed and normal again.

I finally have time to sit down in front of my computer, and I'm looking forward to catching up on bookish news! It'll be a nice change of pace, and it'll be nice to go back to my happy place again. Oh, how I've missed you, books. (I tried reading and writing at the hospital and in spare moments in waiting rooms...It's harder to do than one would think.)

If I owe you an email, I promise you'll hear from me this week! If I owe you a review--you precious, patient authors--it'll be posted soon!

And last but not least, thank you to my followers who've hung in there with me. I appreciate it so much! I wish I could've been more organized, but I hope you all understand why I've fallen behind. Here's to brighter and better days ahead! :)

xo Jullie Anne