I'm sure after my numerous failed attempts to return over the past two years, many of you have lost faith and given up on things getting back to normal around here and I'm well prepared to accept the fact it will take a lot of time and hard work to earn back the trust and loyalty of all my customers. But with that being said... Thankfully, I'm finally back and my life is getting back to normal.
I won't bore you all with anymore details than you have already read from previous updates, but know this... I'm still in college but I'm doing online classes. I'm full time but I'm only doing 4 classes so I am able to balance my time between school and work. This is now my ONLY job and my ONLY source of income, so I have to give it my all. I have my own apartment now and I'm on my own, which is just the way it needs to be. I have taken my maiden name back since my divorce is final. So I'm not longer Sherri Jones. My name is Sherri Doane.
I'm working around the clock as you can start to see already, to restore all our themes starting with the latest ones first and working my way back to all our IPB 2.3 skins that have always been here, but somehow got lost in the mess of things in my absence. I'm hoping it doesn't take too long to restore everything.
I want to say, I don't know how I would have managed to even hope to save IBTheme if it had not been for @Pete T. He is, by far, one of the most amazing people I have ever known. He did more to help me in the worst time of my life, than anyone ever has for me. Thank you Pete, for EVERYTHING. You will always be my hero and I will always treasure your kindness and compassion. He upgraded the themes, he took care of the site from the hosting to the upgrades to the maintenance. EVERYTHING!! I am so very thankful and very blessed.
But... now it's time for me to handle things on my own and get things back to what made this site so great in the beginning. This needs to be my main focus, my dedication and my passion. IBTheme (IBSkin) has been my only constant in the wake of this destruction that devastated my life and I intend to do all I can to earn back the trust and loyalty that may have been lost with many of you because of my absence. I am doing MUCH better, and I am thriving on my own since my divorce was final, which is the only way I want it. Occasionally, I'll have a photo shoot here and there, to supplement my income until IBTheme is back on top again, but that won't be enough to divide my time enough for you to notice. I will be working Monday through Thursday from early morning until late day (around 6:00pm ish). Fridays I will work until noon, but I have to commit my Friday afternoons to getting my homework done for college which is always due by Friday evening. And Saturday & Sunday will be personal time for studying, housework and self care. I'm doing it all on my own now, so I have to be responsible with my time.
First things first... I'm getting the site restored to it's original glory and then I'll see what themes still need updating, but Pete has already done a LOT of the upgrades for us. Once that is done, I'll be working on our Fall & Halloween themes and a new masterpiece to kick things off with a bang.
I just paid the $105 to renew my IPB license, and even more to get us settled on our own server, so it's time to get down to business and get things back to normal. Please allow me this opportunity to prove I'm back and here to stay and to earn your trust and loyalty once more. I had to endure more than most people would in two lifetimes, but I'm am the stronger and wiser for it. I didn't know how I was going to do it, but thanks to our guardian angel @Pete T, we are saved. I told you IBTheme wasn't going anywhere. I just needed time to recover from ending a 23 year marriage and starting my life over.
More good news and great stuff on the way. I'm not going anywhere. 🥰