Happy St. Patrick's Day from my family to yours! xoxo
Do you pick a word for the year? It can be a word that sets a goal, means something to you or even just a word you want to focus on in your art. Your word can be anything you want it to be.
My 2015 word is Simplicity.
Simplicity in life is something that I struggle with. My interests and goals are too many. My life is bogged down with too much stuff. I get lost in the chaos of life. My word this year will mean streamlining my life and interests so I can focus on what makes my heart sing. Simplifying my commitments, my crafts, my possessions and daily life will help me focus on what is most important to me. I want to enjoy God, my husband, my daughter, my birds and my family more. I want to get down to what is most important to me and commit myself whole heartedly.
Concentrating on what is important is impossible for me when I let chaos into my life. One example is my art. If art makes my heart so joyful, then why do I spend so much time doing other crafts that aren't even that important to me. I find myself addicted to doing more and more. Its time I strip down my interests and commit to what makes me the most happy. In my crafting that means I pick my top 5 loves and let the rest go.
Simplifying my daily life and getting rid of "stuff" will also help me not feel so weighted down. I will have more time for devotions, family time, daughter time, chores time, and me time.
So be gone chaos! You have hung around too long! Move over and let Simplicity have a turn.
What will your 2015 word be?
A while back in a blog post, I wrote of my Great-Aunt Flora Belle. She was a Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War 2 and was honored in the 2014 New Years Day Rose Parade. She was also a Congressional Gold Medal recipient. A woman of great strength, faith, and family. She was my grandmother's sister and she was one of my heroes.
Last October, she celebrated her 90th Birthday and was able to meet my daughter at her surprise birthday party. She was spunky as ever and happy to see everyone who came out to honor her. She had such a happy day. I'm thankful every day, I made the trip to celebrate with her, because now she is celebrating in heaven, worshiping her Savior that she loved so dearly.
She slipped away from us December 1st after a bad fall and other complications. Today, my family is honoring her at her funeral. I am not able to join them, but in my heart I am there. She was loved by so many. Now she is in heaven with those who went on before her. She was courageous to the end. A woman of Faith. A Hero.
Life has been pretty amazing as of late. We welcomed our darling new daughter into our lives in 2014. This January she celebrated her 6 month birthday. As a first time Mama, I can not help but be filled with the wonder of new life. Ordinary things have become fresh looking through the eyes of our daughter. As i'm sure you can see from her smile, she brings more joy than I ever imagined. I am smitten.
As a new year begins, I want to commit more time to my blog. I want to share bits of life and my art with my readers. My daughter has brought a twinkle in my eye and skip into my step that I have not had in a long time. So many adventures I want to share with you as a new family of three. Let this years journey begin!
I want to wish you all a very blessed 2015!
When my nephews visited earlier this year, I found out the two oldest like Minions. Being the crazy Auntie I am, I decided to attempt a couple crocheted minions for our next visit which happened to be a little over a month away. I did not have enough time to create a pattern, so with the help of google, I found this free Minion pattern by Linda at "WolfDreamer Off the Hook".
As you can see, the minions were a hit. Especially, by the youngest of the two. He carried his minion around wherever he went and insisted it go to sleep with him. Eavesdropping by his bedroom door as he was suppose to be sleeping, I saw him holding his minion in the air by both arms and was saying "Bee-Do, Bee-Do, Bee-Do". If you are a minion fan, you know exactly what that means. Haha. I had to pick up my heart off the floor because it melted into a puddle.
My nephews were adorable and watching them cry out the window as we drove away broke my heart into a million pieces.
An Art Retreat on Bainbridge Island with two of my favorite Artists? What could be better?
Being a supportive husband he said "Book it!". I immediately messaged Serena and found there was still room! Since taking my Utah art trip, I dreamed of going on an art retreat that lasted more than a day. This was simply providential. The perfect teachers and the perfect location. We have family in Washington state and were in desperate need of another road trip.
I didn't document the retreat like I should have, because I was so involved in all the artsy fun. But I did manage to take a few photos along the way.
This was the trip of a lifetime! Christy and Junelle were delightful teachers and Serena spoiled us rotten. I even met a few friends along the way. If you ever have the chance to go on one of Serena's retreats, take it! You wont be sorry.
My grandmother's sister Flora Belle Reece will be honored on New Years Day. She will ride atop the WASP's float in the Rose Parade. Our family is so excited and proud of her. My grandmother, who passed away 15 years ago this December, would be so proud of her. According to my Aunt Flora Belle, grandma was her "biggest supporter in what ever she did."
When she told her father, my great grandad, she wanted to be a pilot, he told her "That's not something women usually do, Flora Belle. But if you can figure out how, more power to you." Having the courage and spunk my aunt Flora Belle has, she figured out how and I am so proud of her. She is a woman of integrity and faith. I love her dearly.
She helped pave the way for Women's equality. She is one of my heroes.
She has had many interviews this month and one of them will air New Years Day on the nightly news with Brian Williams. Also, check out this awesome news article the LA Times wrote in honor of the Rose Parade float and featured my aunt along with a lovely video. You can find it Here.
When visiting my great aunt Flora Belle a couple years back, I was able to scan many of her WASP photos and i'm so excited to be able to share them with you.
Next week is Christmas! It seems like each year Christmas comes faster. I remember being a child and hearing adults say the same thing I am saying. I never believed them, but I do now! It really is true that the older you get, the faster time flies.
Every Christmas, I enjoy pulling out old memories and creating new ones. This Christmas season has been spent working on projects for our baby's room. I am so excited to share everything with you this coming year.
Every year, I pull out my "Merry Christmas" blocks my grandmother gave me. This December marks the 15th anniversary of my Grandmother being in Heaven. I miss her so very much, but her memory is living on by owning some of her things. One of those things being her rocker which is being reupholstered for the baby room as we speak.
Being a decorator, I find my ornaments are one of the most special memories I love pulling out each Christmas. Its difficult to pick out my favorite ornaments, because I have so many.
I could go on and on with photos of ornaments I love, but I have a feeling you have Christmas shopping to get to. I know I do!
I hope you have a lot of Joy this Christmas as you pull out your Christmas memories and create new ones to remember for next year. Don't forget to remember the reason for the season, the greatest gift in my life and I hope yours. Jesus.
Blessings to you this Christmas!