the beginning

Five years ago, I was a gal with an engineering degree in one hand and holding on to dear life with the other hand.  I was lost.  Plain and simple.  I knew there was a greater purpose for my existence.  I also realized I would not find it while working in a profession that was not suited for me.  Thankfully, I did not have to make this decision.  I have an idea of who was responsible for the infamous 24 hours.  All I can say is thank you.  Because during those 24 hours, my entire life changed.  It was in those 24 hours, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease and lost my first and last engineering job.  It was in those 24 hours, I begin to understand what happens when life hands you lemons.  You begin to learn the art of making lemonade.

I have faced some pretty dark times.  Challenging times.  Surprising times.  However, through each dark, challenging and surprising moment, I have been left speechless of the beautiful marks they have left within my heart.  I mean, there was a time were Bryan and I were unemployed together after three weeks of being newlyweds during the economy’s worse time possible to only find ourselves debt-free 18 months later?  Or to have found out our sweet, little blessing was going to be a NICU baby yet I made the choice to return back to OT school with no maternity leave two weeks after giving birth and finished the program six months later.  Yes, we may have been out of our minds.  But, we have also lived the reality of what happens after hard work and making dreams something more than a figment of our imagination.

This lovely, little creation started as an idea shortly after I became a mama.  There I was holding a newborn baby in the NICU, fearful for our future, and wishing there was a space to feel inspired by someone else in my shoes.  Enter The Art of Making Lemonade.  This space is a place for me to document our life through photographs, to share the ups and downs of being a mama to our sweet little man, express my love for all things artsy and creative, cook up gluten-free concoctions in the kitchen, write my thoughts on us and how love truly prevails all, and record my journey and knowledge as an OT.  I have learned we all are given one life to live.  Why not make it one that is worth it?!  Because really, at the end of the day, a glass of lemonade is one that is good for the soul.

the beginning

Kathleen - Shef, congrats on the new adventure! I love the site, so excited for you!!!