As well as a resin artist I am also the mum to three very awesome young men! 2019 has proven to be a huge year for my family. It has already had its huge highs and a pretty low low. Here’s a a little bit about it all. (It’s moments like these that I am so very grateful for my creative space to escape to.)
One of my other hats is “Baseball Mum”. All of my boys play baseball and all have competed at a very high level representing WA at National and International championships. They play for the love of the game and it is so rewarding to see them strive and work hard to achieve at something no matter the results on the field. They don’t always win but they always learn!
So with this in mind the first high of the year is that my middle son (19 next week) has achieved his ultimate goal and has received a scholarship to attend college in America to play baseball and work towards his physiotherapy degree. Gosh this has been 10 years in the making and he has consistently worked towards this goal, not always achieving and not always the best player but always giving his all. We are so very pleased for him and so very proud, but oh this mama’s heart is so sad to see him go! You raise boys to leave the nest but man I thought he’d be older than 19! So I am sad and happy at the same time (sad for me and absolutely bursting with happiness for him) which makes for interesting times haha. He will be coming home for Christmas so I’ll be counting down for that!!
Which brings us to the next event which was a pretty low low. My youngest son (13) was injured at baseball training one night in February when a miss thrown ball hit him flush on the eye. This has caused permanent damage to his eyesight (he now has a “Traumatic Macular Hole”) in his right eye and he will be having surgery in July to try to get it back to about 70% vision. He currently has 30% vision in that eye with a blurry section right in the middle of his vision. He is the only known 13 year old (or child) in the world to have had this surgery, although it is an extremely common procedure in the 60+ age group for macular degeneration. (As the ball hit him directly on the pupil it has damaged the macular which is the dead centre at the back of the eye in the middle of the retina.)
Wow! Just like that things sure can change. But what this has confirmed is that he is an amazing young man, so strong, positive and resilient. He has never once complained, not once said why me, he has just looked to the future with his positive nature and gotten on with it. My husband and I learn from him every single day. He is quite simply amazing! In fact he is competing in a National baseball tournament next week! Fearless I tell you! He wanted to pull out so as not to let the team down but the Coach asked him to stay as they could really use his pitching and his positive team player attitude. His batting and fielding look a little rusty now unfortunately as two eyes are definitely an advantage in tracking a baseball! His pitching is largely unaffected as it is a different action/process. He is rocking his high impact protective glasses and loving being part of the team. So GO NORTH!! Make sure you’re cheering him on next week!
And then another high! My eldest son turned 21 this week! Just wow! So exciting to watch him grow and mature. He is a wonderful guy with a true heart of gold. A loyal, hard working, funny, strong, loving, wonderful young man. So proud ♥ (And gees I feel old now lol)
So you can see that 2019 has pulled at the heart strings of this mum in so many different ways already! Not sure how I’ll get through the next half but with my Resinating family having my back and my art to escape to I know I’m in a much better place ♥ Mwah!