Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts

Sunday, May 12, 2013


I hope you're having a glorious Mother's Day,
and that you've had the opportunity to have spent time with your children.

Last night as we were having dinner with our younger daughter and her husband, in between laughter and our usual lighthearted conversation, memories of her childhood came forth. We reminisced about her youth, and ultimately landed on "parenting skill" differences between my husband's and my generation, to the current trends in parenting.

Parenting is one of the most difficult tasks that God puts before us, and most of us have had to learn as we go. When I had my girls, I was almost 23 and then 27, but unfortunately I had no skill set, nor my husband, on how to do the appropriate job. There weren't any classes to be found at our local church, no internet help videos, few books, and no support groups. As young adults we had to fend for ourselves. As much as we love our own parents, they weren't always any more gifted with wisdom for parenting than we were. Not that we came from "dysfunctional" families, but when it gets down to it, I think most families have their own bouts with dysfunction.

I've made many mistakes with our girls, but thankfully they love me in spite of my faults and lack of knowledge. They were both adults when I finally allowed God to truly lead and transform my thinking in life.

You know the old phrase from that famous movie, "Love means never having to say you're sorry"...well, for lack of a better description, it's a total lie.

Sometimes we have difficulty in putting ourselves in our children's "shoes". We lack sensitivity and insight into their precious mind's and heart's, and in our own frustration and lack of understanding we can make choices that are hurtful and damaging...without our knowing it. One thing God impressed upon me heavily was to be able to admit to my children my own mistakes, and to ask for their forgiveness for ways they might not have felt justified or have been hurt. Their "perception" of circumstances might be very different from our own as parents, but just as valid.

Saying "I'm sorry", has a way of mending broken relationships, and is a good first step to open dialogues, no matter how old your children may be. My husband and I come from a generation where punishment was sometimes physically harsh, and fostered negative feelings for years. Sometimes, an "I love you", needs to be accompanied with the words, "and if I've hurt you in any way, I'm sorry."

That's one of God's great desires for families; that we have relationship with our children and parents, and that we always take the time and effort to see things from their perspectives. The ability to be open and honest with our children is just as important as honesty between spouses. Asking God for His daily leading and guidance can make for better parenting skills and happier families.

If there are voids in your relationships with your children, for whatever reason, I know that God can heal all wounds and hurts. Our Heavenly Father is the best parent we can have. If you as adults, have fractures in your family I'm just reminding you, that God can heal those hurts, and make things right. Even if the other person is unreachable. God has powerful ways to love us, and His love conquers all.

 Our two precious daughters...
love them so much.

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Just sharing a little from my heart today and
sending love and Mother's Day blessings,

Sunday, April 28, 2013

In sheep's clothing...

If you know me, then you know my love for lambs and sheep. Combine that with my love for clothing and you can guess where this photo might have been taken. I just had to share this amazing life size sheep "stuffed toy animal" from my recent visit to Brooks Brothers at the Galleria in St. Louis. We were in St. Louis all last week for my husband's ear surgery (details in a moment), but after we had him home and settled in, our daughter and I did what we enjoy

The Golden Fleece has been the logo for Brooks Brothers since the 1850's when they first opened their doors in Manhattan.

When I asked for permission to take a photo, the saleslady said this was from a famous German toy maker. I cannot even imagine how much he might cost...and didn't ask. I just fell in love!

These photos were taken with my I phone, so they're not as clear as I'd like, but you can see how lifelike this fella really is. 

Brooks Brothers is the licensed franchisee for the men's clothing for the movie, The Great Gatsby. I can't wait to see this, it opens next month. I hear it's on a much grander scale than the 70's Robert Redford / Mia Farrow film. If you get a chance, pick up this month's Vogue Magazine for a fabulous spread on the jewelry inspired for the movie from Tiffany's...just breathtaking!

So now for an update on the week. Hubbs inner ear surgery went well, but not without a few glitches. If I had known in advance, I would have been more anxious, but I knew God was in control of this surgery, so I wasn't worried. (The proximity to the brain and brain stem for this surgery cause it to be exacting and somewhat complicated.) Having the prayers of all of you and my family, gave me so much comfort. We're home now and he's taking it easy, but his ear looks a little "worse for wear". We go back for a check up in a month. Hopefully at that point we will have begun to see improvement in his Meniere's symptoms. This has been a long road, but we feel we're in the home stretch. Thank you again so much, for remembering us in your prayers.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

a little family news...

OK, I have to admit that this photo below of the adorable baby French Bulldog has nothing to do with my family news...except maybe that it has the sweetest most nibble-able ears I've seen. I looked for a more appropriate illustration of the situation, but believe me, you'd rather see these sweet pink ears!

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...Now on to the news...

If you've been reading me for awhile you'll know that I've mentioned several times that my hubby has been dealing with an inner ear condition called Meniere's Disease, which causes hearing loss, vertigo attacks, and a bunch of other awful symptoms. It's been almost two years that this has been a daily struggle, and it's only been since October that he's been diagnosed and we've been seeing a specialist. 

The doctor has had several methods of treatment that he tries before considering surgical options. Well...none of those have helped enough for my husband to lead a normal life, so he will be undergoing surgery this week to have a shunt inserted into his inner ear through the bone behind the ear. The shunt will relieve the fluid build up, which is the culprit in all this.

After much prayer we believe that this will be the means to get his life back, and feel like himself again. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers this week. I'll be scheduling The Marketplace, and  Be Inspired Party as usual, but I'll be out of the loop so to speak. I'll be keeping one eye on the blog, but he'll be in the hospital for two days as they keep an eye on him, since this is a major surgical procedure with general anesthesia. I'll be giving an update on things later this week.

see you tomorrow for

and Thursday for

just wanted to let you all know...
and say thank-you in advance for the prayers.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Meet the Family...

The Snow Family
that is.

This little family lives in the kitchen this year,
and they bring lots of joy and smiles with them.

Gifted by my sweet blogger friends,
they've come individually.
But have "bonded" here on the old silver tray.

Hope you're with your "family" this Christmas!

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

An Easter Visit with Peter Rabbit

Hope you're having a wonderful start to the
Easter weekend.

Before it's too late, I wanted to share a few photos of these little "Easter" candy molds with you. I don't think either one is old, but I paired them up with two little vintage books that I found last year. Both Peter Rabbit titles that were published in 1921. 

When I was very young we used to visit my grandparents who had a whole closet still filled with my uncle's and daddy's children's books. I could spend hours in that large attic closet. Looking through old books and playing games. These little books are from that same era. Because of that I'm always on the lookout for this type of old children's books. The graphics are just my favorite.

Enjoy your family this weekend.
Give them extra hugs and let them know how much you love them.

Happy Easter,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday #61 Halloween Nostalgia

As a child Halloween was always special, as it was my paternal grandmother's birthday. She always had homemade caramel corn balls (anyone still make these?) and a chocolate cake. Funny the things that are embedded in our minds and hearts from our childhood. I remember spending hours in my grandparents' "walk-in" attic; full of books, games, and Holiday decorations from when my dad was young in the 30's. 
After all these years, the 20's and 30's are my favorite era for graphics.

Here are some vintage Halloween postcard images found on Google.
They are so hard to find now, and go for more than a few dollars.

And some great vintage photos of Halloween revelers.

I remember the year that I was probably in 3rd. grade that my mom and dad thought it would be funny to dress me up like the "Frito Bandito". Anyone out there remember that piece of history? Mom drew a skinny mustache on me with eyebrow pencil. A serape and sombrero from a trip to Mexico finished the ensemble. I was humiliated but they laughed their socks off. Ha ha, I wanted to be a princess!

(Update!!! OK, I went back to Wikipedia, and it seems that the Frito Bandito didn't make it on the scene until 1967. I was older than 3rd grade in 1967. Clearly my sick parents were ahead of their time with this sad incident. I suppose in hindsight it was referred to as the FB Outfit!!)

 I've shared this before; My Grandfather was a printer and a practical joker. He loved surprise parties and hosted a secret get together for my Grandmother's birthday.

Wish I had photos from that party!

I know most of us have wonderful memories from our childhood about Halloween. So I celebrate the nostalgia and memories. Laura from Decor to Adore wrote a wonderful post that so resonates with my thoughts on Halloween. Hope you'll read it when you leave here. 

So let's see what was going on last week.
Sorry I didn't get by to visit, but as you probably know,
we were visiting our kids in St. Louis.

Theresa "Easy Peasy" Hein from 612 Riverside
really inspired me with her great Jack-O-Lantern scarecrows.

My sweet friend Julie from Idyllhours
adorned an old rake for her porch decor.
(she wanted a broom, but settled for the rake!)

Sue from Sullivan and Murphy put together a wonderful Fall display
with a demijohn that is fantastic.

Rita from MayDays creates a gorgeous buffet display
with her silver and natural elements.

My good friend Rebecca Ersfeld invites us in to visit,
and see all her creations for the upcoming Holidays.
Try to visit her online shop for some wonderful goodies.

And Aimee from It's Overflowing
transformed her rancher chandy into a thing of blingy beauty!

Thanks everyone, hope you'll link up to the party,

"Anything vintage or vintage inspired"
and all your Fall Decor.

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so others will know where to party!


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