Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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Monday, September 29, 2008
When we saw Thomas for the first time, I cried. What up with that? I think I have issues. It was just so wonderful to see the boys so excited!! My husband just laughed at me.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
I decided to make my own birdie yesterday. I love the way it turned out... with moss and embellished with ribbon and an A (for my last name). I plan to make several of this little guys this upcoming week. Have a blessed Sunday!!
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
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Friday, September 26, 2008
Not bad. I think I will use this cute wire board at upcoming craft shows to display magnets, tags, and maybe even jewelry. I think it would also be cute in a children's room to display samples of nursery fabrics, "favorite baby things" etc....
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Some of My Favorite Autumn Things.........
The Smell of Cinnamon
My Sister's Peach Cobbler
My Favorite Sweatshirt
Flying Leaves with Brilliant Colors
Rosy Cheeks on My Little Boys
A Beautiful Harvest Moon
A New England Landscape
The First Crackling Fire
The Anticipation of the Christmas Season
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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Monday, September 15, 2008
I made these BOO frames for my little boys Halloween pictures from last year. As you can see, my oldest was Spiderman and my youngest Superman. These frames will be a lot of fun to enjoy year after year.
Posted by Glitter & Bliss at 3:55 PM
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I started this little blog in August of 2008, on my little boy's first day of school. I was reading through old posts today, trying to decided which posts were worth re posting in the spirit of the new year. Maybe it was one about my precious boys, my wonderful husband, my little business ventures, my many projects..some done..some undone. But, it was this post that really made me stop, think, and reflect. It was the hardest post...by far...to write, but it my most cherished one of 2008. I wrote it on September 13th, 2008, in honor of my late father's birthday.
Today, my dad would have been 71. He was a wonderful father. He was like the biggest, softest, security blanket you could ever cuddle up with. He was the first person who really made me feel “good” about myself. When I needed a little encouragement, he was always there to lift me up. When I fell short of his expectations, he always had faith that I would find my way home. He never gave up on me, and for that I am very grateful.
He was a fan of all sports. His first true love was coaching. He is still famous in the small town where I grew up. There, in 1966, he brought a team of underdogs to victory in the state basketball championship…. a record he still holds to this day. He fought against racism and segregation in our small town. He believed that all of us are created equal and that we should all have the same opportunities, whether it be on the basketball court or in life’s endeavors.
After his coaching years, he took over the family lumber business. Here he would find his second love…construction. Today you can find bits of his work, both great and small, scattered all over Northeastern Oklahoma. He was also a humanitarian. With this experience in construction and renovation, he often volunteered his time. In May of 1999, Oklahoma City suffered horrible damage due to a tornado. My dad donated his time and skills to help victims of this storm rebuild both their homes and their lives. No cause was ever too great or too small.
He was also very creative. He was a wonderful painter, sculptor, stained glass designer, and photographer. He won many awards in each of these fields. He loved to stroke a canvas…creating beautiful works of art. One of Humpty Dumpty hangs over my son’s baby bed and another of a beautiful magnolia blossom dresses the walls of my bedroom. What treasures these are to me.
When signs and symptoms of brain cancer were beginning, he was just embarking on the wonderful phase of life called “retirement”. He was so happy. He was always happy though…. But now he was really happy. My mom and dad were never more in love. They were traveling and finally shopping for that perfect RV. My twin sister had a 2 yr-old son and my first son, who bears his name, was just learning to crawl. Two grandsons…he was thrilled beyond words!!
My dad’s fight with brain cancer was short, only 7 months. However, it was the hardest…darkest time of my life. There I was, married to the man I had waited my entire life to find, I had a wonderful new baby boy, I was attempting to be an effective and inspiring teacher to 8th grade students, and all the while, watching my father drift away. It was almost unbearable at times. I wanted to, and sometimes did, scream at the top of my lungs.
On the day of his death, we were all encircled around him. Till his final breath, he was still my wonderful, handsome father. On this same day, my husband and I learned that we were going to have another baby. You know the old saying, when one door closes, God opens a window. I believe this to be true. And I know that my precious father is watching over us all…watching his grandsons and granddaughter grow, and expecting me to go on and be a good mother, sister, wife, friend,…person.
Now, almost 3 ½ years later, I still find life, without my father, to be somewhat unrecognizable. The colors of my life are all different now. Some days are vivid and some are gray, but with each sunrise and sunset comes the comfort of knowing that one day I will find shelter in my fathers arms once again. For that I am especially grateful.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
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Monday, September 8, 2008
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