Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bittersweet August


Bittersweet:  something that is bittersweet;  
especially: pleasure alloyed with pain.

Some years are good...others, not so much.  This August was not so much.

On August 10th our Amanda made the painful decision to put her beloved pug, Alice, to rest. 

With the family gathered around, Dr. Sheila Kirt helped little Alice return to her Creator.  We are healing ~ thankful for the 14+ years we had with Alice ~ remembering all her shenanigans ~ and loving her in our hearts.

August 19th would have been my mom's 101st birthday.   


We said our goodbyes 15 years ago ~ I miss my best friend...Each.and.every.day...especially this year...

August 22nd marked our precious Amy's 39th birthday.  How can it be that she's been gone from us that long?  Wasn't I  just holding and rocking her in the NICU at St. Francis Hospital

She was a heart beating next to mine...flesh of my flesh...breathing, crying, eating, sleeping...at rest eternally...this was a very difficult day...


Yet, August was indeed tempered with joys and blessings.  
At the very end of July we were blessed for time spent with a very special "daughter" ~ Lee Swider Wiensch.  

Lee was our host daughter 30 years ago when she joined the cast of Up With People.  In town for her reunion, we grabbed time together on 3 separate occasions ~ just enough to catch up, but is it ever enough time?

A new bathroom for my very patient hubby...









A trip to Art Unraveled in Phoenix with my Amanda...four days of fun, friendship, and the most amazing art classes...learning new techniques to step up my game!



  
An "E" lunch with my dear friend and A-Z lunch partner, Nancy...
  
And the opportunity to celebrate the birthdays of two very dear friends who continue to bless my life ~ Debbie and Shann.

The tender days that cause my heart to heave, have passed for this year.  Summer is drawing to a close and we are looking toward Fall, and the delights which it brings.

I'm back in the studio and focusing on many new creations in time for the HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW!  Save the date ~ Sunday, November 6th.  Invites will go out next month.  I'm really excited for this year's show and can't wait to show you what's new!!!

Enjoy the remaining days of August, and I'll "see you in September!" 

Monday, July 11, 2016

June~July, Who Knew???



Are we really heading into mid-July?  Where did June go? Wasn't it just May? Is Christmas really just 167 days nearby?

That's the spin, folks...I've literally lost my breath looking back over the past 7 weeks...

A much anticipated Vine of Grace spiritual retreat at our Parish ~


Hoping with all our hearts to get our little Alice to use a cart ~ (it didn't work)

 Celebrating our goddaughter's 7th Birthday ~

A trip to Orange County for an art retreat ~

Learning new techniques ~


Honoring the best father I could have chosen for my children ~  at Hacienda del Sol ~

Online retreat classes and new jewelry created ~









 Faithbooking with some awesome ladies ~
 A-Z Lunch for "D" at Dakota Cafe and a birthday celebration for Nancy ~


This month I'm thanking God for ~

::family in my life every day
::friendships forged in love
::my faith which continually nourishes my spirit
::comfort during these "dog days of summer"
::a new iced tea maker
::all my docs who take care of my health needs
::medical tests reaping healthy reports

I'm currently reading ~

::Loving My Actual Life
::2Timothy
::The Infinite Tenderness of God
::Light a Penny Candle

Looking forward to ~

::a new look
::another art retreat and mother/daughter getaway
::leading a scripture passage at Faithbooking
::brunch with Lee from Up With People!
::a new bathroom for the "man cave" 

Have a beautiful July and stay safe ~

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A-MAYzing!

 April showers bring May flowers...


What a wonderful and amazing month May has been, and it's not even over!

Ron and I celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary ~
2016

 Wow, just 4 more years till the golden 5-0!!  We're already planning an out-of-the-country celebration for that milestone.
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Celebrating the 2016 Remarkable Moms at Havana Nights!





An amazing Mother's Day Tea, shared with sweet friends at the Mini Time Museum...

I just had time to catch my breath before my 2016 Spring Trunk Show debuted...

 Some of my wonderful guests...

Some of the delicious treats...
And some of the jewels...

 **Breaking News!**
Send me your birthday (month and day).  Beginning this month, I will be gifting you a 20% discount on a purchase in your birthday month!  Lots of new treasures to be found in The Boutique (link in the blog banner)

I've been enjoying my Faithbooking group and the Bible art and fellowship...

Melissa turned us on to this amazing home food service...delicious, nutritious, designed to your very own dietary needs, ready to heat meals!  I'm especially appreciative of the convenience after a 
l-o-n-g day in the Studio.  In a word ~ FABULOUS!

That about wraps up this A-MAYzing month for me.  Enjoy this last week and the holiday weekend ahead.  I wish you a very happy and safe one!