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so tired of goodbyes

This last year has had many changes, many ups and downs, many happy times and some not so happy. I turn 40 this year and with being older comes being smarter, or at least that is how it should work. I have lost friends and gained new ones. With changes comes new understanding and this new understanding has shown me that I need to put my efforts toward loving others, and helping those in need.

I read on a blog these words and its always stuck with me, “I was always hesitant to start blogging. After all, it seems a *bit* indulgent and narcissistic.” And maybe this person is right in his thinking, I don’t think so though.  I am so thankful for all of you that do writes blogs, because if there were no blogs, I would have nothing to read and I love reading blogs. I will always follow Evan, from A Nerd Like Me, thanks for the lovely initial basket, I use it all the time, even in Africa. Oh and congrates Evan on the pregnancy, I am totally stoked for you two!  And of course, Joy the Baker, thanks for inviting me to your picnic! And Joy don’t stop creating awesome recipes because even if I can’t create them in Mozambique I can still drool over the photos.

I am tired of goodbyes and don’t want to say goodbye to this blog, but I need to.

I love all you lovelies out there that read this blog.

Thanks for all the link love and comments, they mean more than you know.

You all are stars!



What is Christmas to YOU?

I have left my sewing machine alone for a bit too long. OK so its only been a little over a week since I used it but that was just a quick sweater fix. I miss sewing but haven’t been able to concentrate enough to actually get myself in the mood to sew. Usually I love Christmas but this year has proved to be a bit tougher than what I ever imagined and trying to get in the Christmas spirit shouldn’t be this tough. I knew coming into the holidays that this year was going to be tough and losing my father last year on the night of Dec 23 seems to always be at the forefront of all my thoughts. I miss him and Christmas is about family, of which I am missing one of the most important people in my life.

What is Christmas to you?

Me? It is…..






Decorating the Christmas tree with the family.


Dinner at Mothers Bistro.



Photo 1 – courtesy of Theresa Thompson Photo 2 – courtesy of spaceninja Photo 3 – Courtesy of Paul-W Photo 4 – courtesy of watch_me_explode Photo 5 – courtesy of bwongzilla

Tears & Laughter


I can’t explain why some days are filled with tears and laughter all in one long, seemingly endless day.  I can’t explain why sometimes you feel so up you could fly and then other times you feel so down you feel like the nearest window is your best way out. Maybe we need to start with the fact that if you can relate to these feelings than you are definitely of the female persuasion. I’m just saying. And I’m certainly not saying guys cant feel these emotions, but if they do, it is very rare, even for the most sensitive of man.

So what do you do when you need to be lifted up out of the dumps?

Me? I sew my heart out, talk with my beautiful girls, bake an amazing dessert and eat it all myself (well I might share a little with that I guy I live with), but one of my most favorite things to do is hang with my friends who always seem to put a smile on my face. Without fail they can make me laugh and lift my spirits! You know those Thelma and Louise kind of friends? That can make you laugh those kind of laughs that come from so deep inside that you can’t manufacture them on your own, you have to have another person to get you there. Someone who’s heart is so close to yours and knows what will make you giggle and laugh like a kid. I never want to lose that. Thank you friends for all you do, keep up the good work, cause I want to keep laughing! You’re the best, I love you!

I am working on two dresses, photos coming soon!

image courtesy of stephanie