creating makes a momma feel good and whole again...
and with my house full of kiddies romping and having snacks and pretending, many things were made while I just was still to myself this afternoon...
and I really wanted to post pictures of my bathroom, completely finished (ok, we have to hang the recessed lights, but come on!) but these were much more pretty (:
We are under a big blanket of snow here in Indiana, so what's to do but stalk Anthropologie shower curtains online and dig through my bead boxes for new inspirations...
Then there is the clean house that I have, like the good Lord himself sent angels here to tidy, while I've sipped tea and answered various ?'s like, "when we get big, will we grow as tall as trees?"
So I have felt free to be, well...me.
And tomorrow, a trip to my secret little bead shop, where deals will be made and I will leave a happy lady indeed...
And as I have worked with my feet propped up on pillows tucked around me by the kiddos, and the sun is setting and my sweet man (who worked very hard on finishing touches in my BRAND SPANKIN NEW BATHROOM I might add) is snoring on the couch, I think supper needs made, because tonight is family movie night...
And now, I'm all lavishing in all this great sharing with you of these pretties, and the boys are doing what sounds like a serious Monster Truck Mash, ramping them off the shelves onto the wood floor. Time to end this little ditty....you can go here to see more new jewels, hope you love them, and your weekend is nothing short of grande!
and p.s. thank you for the sweet thoughts and good vibes for my mom. it makes me feel loved and I believe in the power of prayer.... Thank you!
"It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living."
I just got a phone call from my momma...
She has been battling healing from wounds on her leg that won't go away.
They look terrible and made me catch my breath in my throat when I first saw them.
The dr.'s say that she has what appears to be skin cancer.
No more tanning for me, ever. I haven't tanned in an entire year.
My mom and I don't really have a great relationship, and I have been extremely stressed out all day.
There are changes on the horizon, and I've got to believe and be willing to trust.
I have to be carried by faith.
I can't even pray for her yet.
I wish I knew what exactly is going to happen, tomorrow. Next week. Even next year.
I have to buy a new furnace.
My dr. says I have to come and see him and find out why my injections are not working for the adenomyosis in my uterus.
My side has ached all day.
But I got to see my bestie Chadley today, and it was such a highlght.
I love good friends.
The ones who you can throw yourself down on their couch in your pjs with no makeup and spill your guts.
And share your inner most thoughts and worries.
Then feel like you got a good counseling session with a like-mind.
Chadley has a really great idea brewing, and it is going to benefit many people that we know to have more healthy lives.
Chadley's daughter was diagnosed with diabetes on Thanksgiving and it has been a challenge to make their lives compatible to this disease.
And I got to see Chadley's photos.
She is a genius folks.
It is snowing to beat the band here in Indiana...and it makes me feel more peaceful as I write all this.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
I am a few months from my 30th birthday...
... and I have the joyous opportunity for the past few days (since I went out of town and packed the wrong pack of medication) to experience hot flashes.
I'd like to share with you how incredibly awesome these moments of time can be:
A.) So I get home to date night, which is lovie and romantic and I love every minute of it. Fondue, wine, candlelight. Things can't get any better. Then I start to get really really really hot at the restaurant. Now, I'm not at the Golden Corral mind you, so I can't rightly just begin to rip open my shirt and fan myself with a table top bi-fold of sticky-hand pancake descriptions. So, instead I sat there with sweat droplets trying to look very relaxed and enjoying my cheese fondue.
B.) Random moments that consume your body from the soles of your feet to the tip of your noggin that make you feel like you are standing in front of a blasting Mr. Heater in an Indiana cornfield in August really honestly do suck. And I don't really like to use that word. But I also dont' really like hot flashes at age 29. So, suck it is. suck, suck suck (!)
C.) I get grumpy because I am 29, not 55. And I don't want to have random menopausel-moments. And I also don't want to have a hysterectomy. And then there's this thing of not living in pain.
But the bright spots in slugging my sweet way through a week of medicinal menopause are:
my really super cute new bathroom that is almost all the way done. (but in need of a second coat of paint when I look at this picture....tonight, tonight.)
and my son using momma's camera to take pictures of his own jewelry. fantastic!
And finally, coming on board here next month.
And knowing this is coming to me sooner than later.
Check more here. I love this girl!
"Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it's too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow." ~ Paul H. Dunn
"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
p.s. almost forgot to mention...I have the pleasure and honor of guest writing for someone whose work I adore...the one and only design mom. More on this as I rack my brain for cool things to write ... you gotsta make a good impression on a cool lady's blog like this one. (:
enjoy this. happy tuesday.
(and I love you sweet man of mine, you are adorable and the best (:
here's to your week being filled up on all kinds of good love.
and p.s. go and read nie if you don't already. she's back!
"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." ~ William Arthur Ward
Two weeks ago I was driving and doing my little thing that I do, asking rhetorical quiet questions of my Creator, and waiting quite impatiently for answers. I'm so good at this, I do it almost automatically, during the times that I'm not speaking of course. I just ask, ask ask away and want to know the answer : like, NOW.
Well....in a brief milli-second piece of quiet, I heard that I needed to just be still. Still thyself, Miss Stormy. And it was in a loving manner I felt this affirmation, but you know, it kind of stung a bit. So, I conceded. And here I am again. And this is what I learned and rediscovered:
~ I am so so so blessed. And I am surrounded by good, loving people. These people would do just about anything for me, and I for them. Unconditional love is the theme with this pod of security around me. And I've waited and searched my whole life thus far for it. And now, it engulfs me and makes me whole. How wonderful to make the discovery that this is now.
~ Things are changing inside of me. I feel pulls in a different direction, and I think it's perfectly ok to follow my dreams. I think it is quite possibly the most healthy thing I've done for myself in a very long time. There really is nothing to lose - nothing but old skin and heavy cloaks of the past. How wonderful to shed things that no longer belong in this life.
~ My son is growing up. Do you see? And I have spent the better part of this past year lamenting that my body has bucked up against my dream of filling up a house with babies, babies, babies. It is all safely tucked away in God's hands now, because I've faithfully given my heartache, pain, soft spots that make me tear up (like right now, while typing this) and hopes to Him. I trust that the future, no matter what it holds, wants me to enjoy every single second of raising this sweet wee one. Because he is here, and he is truly my main focus for being better every day...and he too was and is a blessing. Not to mention that he is downright adorable and has a great sense of humor with an infectious laugh. Oh, and he wants to wear a tie every single day to preschool, and bib overalls when he comes home.
~ I have a new friend, and she has a new blog. I have come to appreciate Miss Rachel, and she really spoke to me on several occasions in the past month or so. She told me that she opens the Bible randomly sometimes while looking for answers, and prays that the appropriate passages will be presented to her. I did the same last week, which then morphed into sharing time at the end of the day in devotions with Joshy...and walah. We have begun a new and different chapter of our lives.
God did have purpose for telling me to be still.
And during this time, I got to work on new things...
"We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. ... And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don't distort it and pervert it. Don't give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Since I've been told by God himself -
and you have to listen when your creator himself tells you something -
that I am not to blog this week and instead do other things which I won't mention here, because I think they are boring things and no excuse not to not blog.
But then there's that listening to God thing too. Importante.
See? Wasn't that fun?
The ten dollah sale.
So that, when I'm allowed to come back here (ahem,) then I will have lots of nice things to show off. Because spring and brides and proms and such are in full swing. And I need to make room for new goodies like these.
Happy happy day!
Work as if you were serving the Lord, not as if you were serving only men and women.
Ephesians 6:7 (NCV)
I don't have a treasury to share, but I will share what I love from the Silcox shoppe:
In honor of being featured, you may pop over to my etsy shoppe and take 10 percent off any little thing you see! Pass the love I say, pass the love (:
"This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy." ~ Susan Polis Schutz
The month of January marks the beginning of the bridezilla wars. No, no. Just kidding. It marks, in big, showboat-ey marquee style letters:
BRIDAL SEASON 2009
I am truly happy the season is here, it is so fun to get to know new brides and help them gift the people they are incorporating into their special day. Also great to change up the pace a bit and attend bridal shows...I am constantly amazed at the cool stuff for brides these days. Move over conventional bags of birdseed and bubble favors - we gots to make room for custom-made veils and themed weddings. Check this site out. So many fun ideas.
I got an email from a mutual friend indie business this week and she said, "The season is here, and these brides are hungry." Indeed, they are.
So...today I posted new things on my etsy shoppe, which is fun. And I am offering 10% off a bride's complete jewelry order (on purchases more than $300) through the month of February.
And for now, I'm working on this great creation that incorporates vintage findings. This bride is all about being creative and fun and flirty and I LOVE IT as her designer.
If you are a 2009-10 bride (never too early to start planning!) email me at email@example.com for a brochure on planning your bridal jewelry for your special day. The brochure is a handy little guide that expresses the design process, from your likes and dislikes to the possibilities of vintage components and refurbished family heirlooms, etc. Also, a complete listing of the bridal shows in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky that I will be participating in, and...there is also a bit of a surprise included - total bonus (:
"Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision." ~ Anthony Robbins