Tuesday, October 19, 2010

~Emilia Bay: Child of God~

Once again, the Lord has bestowed another blessing on us. On Sunday we had the honor of attending our 3rd grandchild's Christening. Sweet little Emilia Bay, born the end of April, was officially welcomed into the church. She was SO attentively good throughout the hour Mass that preceded the sacrament....that she fell SOUND asleep during the actual ceremony. She didn't even budge when the cold water was poured on her forehead. Yup....that is a TRUE Child of God!!!

Congratulations to our son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Amy, who are Emilia's Godparents. I cannot think of any couple on this earth who could do a better job!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

~Fall ~

The leaves on the trees in our yard are bursting with breathtaking color. Only God could create such beauty~

The apple orchards and fields here in the midwest are overflowing with this year's harvest of fruits and vegetables. I brought home a bushel of apples, as I do every fall, intending to peel, season and freeze dozens of bags of apples for winter pies and crisps. After fighting off pneumonia this past week....Jim took it upon himself to do it himself while I was coughing my way through the weekend. I can't thank God enough for this man! Not only is he my soulmate....but he LOVES to cook!! How lucky can a girl get?!

I'm off to a beautiful premier show, The Nutcracker Sweets, in quaint Aurora, OH. It is located at the Church in Aurora, and runs Friday 10-8 and Saturday 10-4. If you're in the area, this is a show you don't want to miss~

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

~Tuesday Blessings~

Two successful shows down….four to go. Gate numbers for both shows were up from last year.....as were sales!!

Such a successful Heirloom Collection launch that I’m now shipping into November!

A dear, loving husband who proclaimed at the end of each show day: “I LOVE spending time with you at these shows”. My business wouldn’t be the success it is without him. He is my manager in charge of everything and anything I hate….which includes organizing the set-up and dismantling of the booths, handling the money, the master charges, the phone calls, supplies, the business ‘stuffs’. He sat last nite for many hours submitting master cards for me. I love you, Jim. Xoxoxoxoxoxox

Sarah….my little ‘Dog-Sitter Extraordinaire’ who gives Fawn the attention he needs while we’re at shows. Hugs to you, Sarah~

Little Amish Katie….who’s back in our lives again on a full-time basis….dancing and singing hymns as she works! Katie…..what can I say? It’s been 18 years since you ‘danced’ into our lives. She calms me down and has an incredible ability to keep me organized…which is no small feat!!

My artist ‘show’ friends who have kept us laughing through 20+ years of shows, lunches, and emails. Shows just wouldn’t be the same without them....especially to Paul and Jen….for keeping Jim on his toes....and to Pat for all the lunches, the laughter and the tears for the past 30 (!!) years.

My sweet customers who follow from show-to-show, always stopping to chat (and buy!).

Mom.....Who actually looked up at me yesterday, said my name aloud and SMILED!!! Small miracles.

My Sister....who at 55 years of age, retired from her 'first' career, and started her second career yesterday as a Reading Specialist. You GO Toots!!!

Last, but most important: God….who has blessed me with so many gifts, and continually guides me on this journey. To Him goes all the Glory~

I’m off to the studio, coffee cup in hand, to make more Cheeky Monkeys, Witchy Women, Vintage Hares, and charm bracelets for my next show: The Nutcracker Sweets, in Aurora, OH, Oct. 15-16.