Friday, December 14, 2012

Years ago, before I had children and when they were young, I made all of my Christmas gifts and cards.  I loved doing this.  The planning of the perfect creative gift for each recipient and making them throughout the year.
 Then I started working at the Post Office.  With this, I kind of lost the love of Christmas I always had when I was younger.  I am exhausted when I get home at this time of year. Never feel like going shopping to get the gifts.  My kids kept giving me their list later and later in the year and I felt pressured to buy from that list or they would be disappointed.  This year, I was diagnosed with cancer again in the fall.  When I would have normally been scouring the malls for gifts, I was going through chemo and was very sick.  The medical bills have been mounting so the money isn't there to spend on what the kids want.  I was feeling more stressed than ever.  I was dreading the holiday that has always been my favorite.
 I prayed about it and had an overwhelming feeling of peace.  Then I decided that I was setting a tight budget for gifts.  Anyone I hadn't bought for before I got sick was only getting a small gift of $25 or less.  Then I bought the tickets to Glory of Christmas, the show that our church puts on every year.  The kids and I went to that the Thursday after Thanksgiving.  I am still feeling stressed over work and the tests that I have to go in for next week, but I am no longer dreading Christmas. 
Next year, I have already decided that if I can't make it, noone will get it.  I am looking forward to creating the perfect gift for all of my loved ones.  Things that they will treasure long after I am gone.    I hope you all enjoy your holiday season to the fullest. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I have so much to be thankful for. I have the most amazing boyfriend, Chris.

I have three wonderful kids.

The best dogs in the world.  We have a sweet little kitten too but there are no pictures of her on my computer.
I am healthy again, have a roof over my head, food on our table, and God has provided for every need we could possibly have. 
Thank you God for all you have given me.

Monday, October 22, 2012

What comes to mind when you see a cross?  An angel, dove, or eagle? A heart or rainbow?
An adornment to wear as a piece of jewlrey? A beautiful bird? Holiday ornament or decoration? Are they symbols of Christianity?
For me, they are these, but they are much more.  They are reminders of God's love for me and the way I need to live my life for Him. I wear a heart pendant a lot of times.  When times are hard, and I wonder why bad things are happening in my life, I find myself fingering the pendant. I am reminded of the love that God has for me. 
The cross reminds me of the gift of life given us by the crucifiction of Christ.  He doesn't expect me to be perfect, but He expects me to do my best to live in His word and follow His commands.
The eagle reminds me of Matthew 14:31  "How I bore you on eagles wings and brought you to myself."
Angels and doves fill me with peace. 
I am far from the perfect Christian, but I am working on being better at it. These reminders help me out when I might make the wrong decision. I hope the next time you see one of these things, or wear them as a piece of jewelry, you too will be reminded of God's love for you and will think about how He wants you to live for Him.
Have a wonderful and loving night.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The sun is setting on some bad habits.  I haven't been eating like I should.  I not only have put on some weight, but I also have very little energy, and don't feel my best.
So a new day has dawned for me.  I went shopping today to buy the foods I need to start the Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno.  Starting tomorrow morning, I will be eating a lot healthier. 

Maybe some day in the near future, I will have this body!  Not so long ago, I could have worn this dress proudly.  I hope to get to that place again.  Not only am I going to be eating better, I will be working out for at least an hour every day.  I already walk two miles in a half hour before work every day with a friend.  I also have a home gym and will be working out on it every evening for at least a half hour after work.  I have been doing this on occasion.  It is now time to get back into the routine of working out every day like I used to do.  I know that I can look and feel better than I do and I am going to get there if it kills me!  ( I love this dress)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Have you ever had a conversation with one person, and been reminded why you fell in love with another?  That is what I experienced again today.  Chris' brother,John, came out to try to get my water working.  We talked a lot while he was working on it.  John is very much like his brother.  Their personalities are very similar, as are their values, the way they talk, the way they walk, and the way they treat others.  Pretty much everything about them is similar to exactly the same.  I enjoy talking to John as a friend.  While we talked, I would recognize the similarities and it would bring a smile to my face.  I'm sure John was wondering why, but it was because I would think of things Chris had said or done. He told me of things that his son William had said or done, and I would laugh really hard, because they are words or actions that I know he had heard either Chris or John say. 

John is so excited about the fact that his wife is pregnant with their second child.  A girl this time, due in July.  I am sure she will be Daddy's little girl as much as William is Daddy's boy.  I wish I could see Chris in that capacity.  He would be an amazing father.

Seeing John and talking to him today reminded me just how much I love Chris.  I hope Chris knows what I feel for him.  I know this is a more personal post than usual. I just am feeling so much tonight and needed to put it all into words. 

I hope you all have had an amazing weekend and have a wonderful week.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I WANT A SHOWER!  I haven't had water since last Sunday....and then the pressure was so low the shower was a trickle.  We called a friend of Chris who does plumbing to come fix it.  The first call went out on Monday.  I didn't expect him to respond before Tuesday. Then it took both Chris and I calling him to get a response.  He told Chris that he would call me and set up a time to come out...but he didn't call. Then Chris called his other friend who works with the first.  He told Chris he would be out Wednesday or Thursday to fix the pump. Needless to say he didn't show up or call.  By Friday Chris was livid.  He called the second friend again.  This time he promised to be here Friday to get it done.  He didn't show up, call, or respond to Chris' calls.  Finall Friday night, Chris called his brother John to come check it out.  He stopped this afternoon to check it out and will be back in the morning to try to get it done...that is, if he can get a pump tomorrow...

It has been a really long week.  Kind of like rustic camping at home.  We have hauled so much water from my ex-husband's house to flush the toilet and do mimimal washing up. I really want my water back SOON! 

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Wow! There is nothing like swimsuit shopping to get a girl motivated to lose weight. I decided yesterday that I am going to start going to a water aerobics class with a couple of my friends. For this I needed a new swimsuit, since I haven't bought one in several years. Needless to say, this meant trying on multiple swimsuits. After the first one, I put myself on a strict diet and workout regimen. I did find one that I am comfortable in, even though it isn't in a size I am happy with. When I got home from shopping, I put the soda I was drinking into the fridge, grabbed a water and spent an hour working out HARD! I knew I needed to get back to it after not being allowed or able to do it for the past 16 months, but my time in the dressing room seriously got me motivated. I am going to be extremely sore tomorrow morning.

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

This is a pendant that I made a few years ago. It got set aside til I could decide what I wanted to do with it.

I found the perfect beads to compliment it last week. It is beaded with circular black glass beads with black glass seed beads and small white glass beads between. I wanted the bead work to compliment, not overwhelm the stained glass and copper pendant.
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I have been hard at work in the studio. This is one pendant out of a series of 32 of them that I made last week. This is the only one I have put a bail on and beaded.
Because this is the one I decided to keep for my own. I went with a simple strand of red, orange and yellow glass beads to compliment the pendant.

Here are the rest of the pendants in the series. As you can see, they are all made from the same glass but come in all different shapes and sizes. If you are interested in having one of them for yourself or as a gift for someone else, please feel free to contact me. I will wait to put bails on them so that you can decide which way you would like to see the pendant hang. I know we all have our own sense of style. Now I have a series in purples in the kiln. Then I will be working with other colors as well. If you have color suggestions, please let me know. I already have one request for blacks, grays, whites, and silver...that one will be next.
Have a great day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Excited and Scared...

That's right...I'm excited and a little scared.
I have decided to buy my own domain so that I can put my blog, web page and shops all on one site.
I have wanted to do this for a long time, but have never taken the step to get it done.
Today while Courtney was here, we dove in. I had decided to go with Site 5 as my server upon recommendation from some of my fellow bloggers. People I have followed for a while and have grown to trust.

So today Courtney and I decided on which program would be best for me, and Courtney started the work of putting it all together. She got quite a bit finished, but has a long way to go. When it is all ready, I will let you all know where to find me. At first I will be continuing my blog here with a link to it there. Eventually I will open my blog there. It is exciting because it will give me more freedom in where I want to go. It will also be a unifying place for my web page, blog and shops. It is a little scarey too because it is a big step for me. Computers and I are not always on speaking terms. Thankfully, I have Courtney to help me get through it.
Hopefully we can get it all up and running very soon. I will let you all know where to find us as soon as we do.