Today I was starting to decorate and put out some "fall" items. I am a little obsessed with the mixture of mercury glass, golden glitter (pumpkins) and I added my white ceramic pumpkin. I designed the collection LIFE EMPORIUM with FALL and GRATITUDE in mind. This is a layout of Zach. He's 16 and just love the mixture of cork, wood and sentiments in this line. I am teaching a
workshop at CLIPPER STREET SCRAPBOOK COMPANY next weekend with LIFE EMPORIUM. This is really one of my all time favorite collections. It's all about "reflections" of life
and WHAT and WHO truly matter
most. This collection is available at all the independent stores
How can I say how HAPPY I am to have my daughter Taylor so very happy? This was her wedding photo session before the wedding.
The countdown is actually 13 days.
She really wanted to do something different.
I think going into the woods does justify as this.
She even borrowed my gold and crystal chandelier.
Yes, I spray painted it gold. I loved the addition of her
hanging pearls. She is creative.
I am IN LOVE with each of the photos I have seen. These are truly special moments.
My event in Vegas is in less than 3 weeks too. It has been fun to do so many great things. It's like a "friend" reunion once a year. The friends are around 300 people and I LOVE doing this.
I love the friendships made. I love having so many people tell me that this is what they look forward to every year.
This year the theme is LIFE IS GOLDEN. I love themes and quotes.
My cruise in November has the theme:
I love this word so much. I often am drawn to people who SHINE. They radiate and I always strive to SHINE in all that I do. I think of my beautiful McKay on her mission. My daughter is beautiful but I think she shines most because of her inner beauty. When she gets home from her mission in December, she tells me how she wants to go and serve more. She wants to go to another country and help those less fortunate. She wants to work as a Especially for Youth counselor in the Summer. She just wants to help others.
Right before she left for her mission, she came home from BYU to go downtown with me. Salt Lake City is beautiful and safe, but on this particular day she was "confronted" by some mean people saying mean things to us. I know my daughter was a little taken back and scared. She said "pretend you don't hear them." I told her to not listen and walk fast. It was a moment I remember very well. I saw her growing up. She was SHINING in WHO she is. I love her so much. I am a blessed mother and wife.
*Ty update: Ty was back at the hospital yesterday. He is still sleeping most of the time. When he does get up, it's such a huge effort of energy to walk and do things. His counts seem to be okay and that means the donor stem cells are continuing to graft. Ty has to go back to the hospital twice a week at this point. It really drains him. Everyone always asks if he is cancer free. They will not recheck him until November 23rd. That is his 100 post transplant.
I don't think about it. I take it ONE day at a time being most grateful for THE day. We are going to CARRY ON... like a warrior. I am embracing the beauty in the journey of a hard time for Ty and our family. I'm not pretending it's not hard. I choose to build a better attitude and life for my children, home and be his biggest cheerleader. Trying to balance my business with everything else has been a daily struggle. This time, I have been KINDER to myself. I am a braver person. The trials have made me stronger. I will SHINE even in the rain. JUST like each of you CAN and I know do. I truly LOVE each of you. I know I may not know you each personally. I often think of the millions of visitors that come to my blog each year. I wonder what brought you to read my blog. I always think... " I hope in some small way, I have said something that inspired or made you smile." Even if I have made you think more about the great things you have too in your life. Being full of gratitude is so important to having a happy life. ;