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 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, 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!" 


Decor To Adore said...

What a wonderful bathroom and you have been so creative. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear four legged friend Alicey fur boys are like family so it is a difficult time I'm sure.

Fran. said...

Karen I already thought you were on your game!! Sorry about the loss it always hurts no matter what!!! Nice new clean lines bathroom!! Looks great!! So glad you were able to hang out with friends and do some jazzy things!! XOXO Love Fran.