Creative HomeFires is a series which highlights the value that creativity offers to family members of a deployed spouse/significant other. We offer stories of the creative life and the beautiful benefits experienced during some of the most difficult seasons.
Let me introduce Denise of Purple Mariposa. Here's her story:Deployments are hard... on everyone involved. They’re hard on the soldier, the spouse, the kids and the pets. My husband just recently came home from his first deployment. When he first left, everything was crazy. We didn’t know what to do.
Eventually, my son and I found our creative outlets to get us through our tough time. He turned towards Legos and photography; I turned towards my crafts.
I have always painted and made small crafts and I’ve been making jewelry for the past several years. After my husband left, I started making more jewelry and accessories and began selling pieces locally.
Keeping my hands busy was a great way to keep my mind occupied on something positive. It also gave me something to talk about whenever he called or emailed, since he couldn’t talk about anything except weather! Lol. Without my crafts to keep me busy, I surely would have been lost.
Thank you so much Denise for sharing your story! If you would like to submit a story for this series please contact us ("Contact" tab at the top of the blog) for consideration.
Robin Norgren, Blog Coordinator