Monday, August 30, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

"Never save anything for a special occasion.
  Being alive is the special occasion." 
 ~unknown



I'm linking up with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday!





This is my favorite of all of my collection. It belonged to my maternal grandmother.  I really don't know anything about its history.  It has no markings.  I wonder if it may have been purchased in France, as my step-grandfather was stationed in Paris after World War II with NATO.




I love the pink color and the shell shape.  I think it's a demitasse cup, as it's smaller than a teacup.  You can't tell in the picture, but it's so thin and translucent that you can see light through it.





Sorry that this picture isn't better, but I had to show you the tiny shell feet!

Thanks for visiting, and have fun checking out the other posts on Sandi's blog!


Sandi @ Rose Chintz Cottage

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Summer's end


It's the end of August, and most of my summer "to do" list didn't get done.

There were a few things accomplished.  I started this blog!  I managed to clear out my linen closet- there was just no way to justify keeping 20 extra pillowcases that we don't use.   I finally tore down the ugly, beige, dentist office style vertical blinds that have been on my sliding door since we moved in 12 years ago.  I went to my 30th high school reunion.  I helped my sister with her wedding.  And various other things. 

Some things I never got around to.  Some of it can wait.  It won't matter if the stuff in the garage doesn't get sorted out until next spring.  The windows will get washed eventually.

But there are some things that shouldn't wait.  I learned that through experience four years ago, when I unexpectedly lost my mom.  I made sure not to make that mistake with my dad, and we became closer than ever, up to his death two years ago.  I miss them both every day.

 I need to spend time with those I care about.

So, in these last few days before school starts here, there's some things to catch up on...




Spend some time at the ocean with my oldest daughter before she heads back to college.




Have a "girls day out" with  one of my best friends.




Take two wonderful little girls (a friend's daughters) to a special lunch with "Miss Sue" (I think I'm an honorary auntie).




Make sure my youngest knows that no matter what she may do, I love her.




Take time to spend with God.

So much to do...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wait a minute...

Hmmmm.... there's something missing...




Yep, somehow I lost my front license plate!  Luckily, since there's a vehicle licensing office down the road from me, replacing the plates was relatively painless (except for the $77 bucks for new plates and tabs).  NOT so painless was trying to reinstall the plates- but with only two trips to the auto supply store, the new ones are on and I did it all by myself! 

After a very stressful week,  I took some "me" time and went thrift shopping today.  Pretty slim pickings.  Just didn't see much I was interested in. 

A few pins...




This was my favorite find of the day!  When I was young, I always wanted one of these interchangeable watch sets (although I think the one I originally wanted probably had Cinderella or something like that on it). 




Even better was the price...




Not bad, huh?
Hope the rest of your weekend is stress free!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Children


Our children...

Before I had kids, I dreamed of them.  I imagined what they would look like.  I dreamed of all of the wonderful things that would happen- the first smile, first tooth, first step, first day of school.  Of the times they would snuggle up to me and say, "I love you, Mommy!"

I dreamed of the good things.  We all do.

Then, this happens...



"I HATE YOU!"

And this becomes your job description...



When I had kids, I expected them to have a reasonably normal, if not perfect, life.

 My oldest daughter is a junior in college, succeeding, and is beautiful, intelligent and talented.  I praise God for her.

 What I didn't think about years ago was that life happens.

I didn't think that my youngest daughter would be diagnosed with a chronic liver disease.  I never dreamed that we would be facing a transplant in coming years.  I didn't consider medications causing mood swings.  I didn't anticipate failure in school because of illness and lack of motivation.  I never had a clue that she would walk away from God.  I never thought I'd be hearing those words... "I hate Dad.  I hate you."

But I praise God for my youngest daughter.

She's been dealt an unfair hand.  She's made decisions that break my heart.  I don't even know how to help her, other than spending a lot of time on my knees.  And I know I'll never win the Mother of the Year award.

But she's mine.  My child.  No matter what.

I once read a quote from a missionary woman, who suffered through horrible things.  When asked how she made it through all of her suffering, she said, "I must ask myself a question as if from the Lord. 'Can you thank Me for trusting you with this, even if I never tell you why?' "

I don't have any answers about why this happened, or what the future holds.  Tomorrow is another medical appointment.  We'll find out some test results, and where we go next.  It's scary.  But I trust in a God who can calm the storm and is in control.

And should my daughters read this, know that Mom loves you with all her heart.

And here I go!



Hello and welcome to my blog!

I've been reading various blogs for a while.  Some are beautiful, some are inspiring.  Some make me laugh.  A few have brought me dangerously close to tears.  Some have done all of the above.

So, what is this blog about, anyway?

Well...

I have a feeling that it will be a little of everything.  Crafts, decorating, family and friends, thoughts, insights, laughs, an occasional rant and more.  Mostly though, I'm hoping to share my heart...and hope someone reads it.

I don't have a perfect life.  My life is stressed...but also blessed.