Sunday, April 19, 2015


I am so THANKFUL for Sundays. 
I love being able to go to church and really reflecting on my life and my beliefs. I feel so inspired and motivated to be a better person. I see my life journey and I think how I NEVER would have imagined WHERE I am and WHAT I would have faced and I am full of gratitude for the experiences that have made me who I am.

I often think how we are NOT in charge of what happens to us in life, the timing of our problems and WHEN things occur. We are merely here to learn from the experiences that we have been given. I believe our trials and joys teach us valuable life lessons. We are all so different and we each have our own journey to experience.

I am so THANKFUL, EXCITED and THRILLED to share my latest  BIG DEBUT that are hitting JoAnn stores RIGHT NOW. 

               They are LIMITED EDITION
                         Teresa Collins 

This is WHAT has got me where I am today. I decided to FIGHT harder than I ever had to. I accepted God's plan and to BE A WARRIOR when LIFE literally knocked me to my knees. 

I have NEVER known such profound sadness than when I had to watch Tyler get cancer, suffer and die. These past two years literally at times made me want to give up. I had to dig deep and remember that God is mindful of each of us. God helped me see that HIS plan is not always our plan. We don't know WHY and we merely have to FACE the trials and keep going. I choose to do this and I have really worked hard to be happy and keep going.

Ty and I both knew he was not going to make it. I am truly thankful for the TIME we were given to say goodbye and for our personal journey through this time of pure hell for us. Sorry, that is the only word I can describe how it felt. He is the one who was worried about me most and encouraged and wanted me to "go on" when I thought I could not.

So I tried and I went down on my knees and prayed for Heavenly Father many times a day to PLEASE help me. Please give me the desire to go on. I was in such a dark place and GOD is the reason I am HERE and so fortunate to be HAPPY and seeing the BEAUTY in life.

 You are NEVER ever ready to go through what we have been through the past couple of years. I will NEVER ever be the same person. I say this knowing that my HEART was changed forever. 

  I know LIFE is so precious and we have limited TIME here with those we LOVE. Don't ever spent a moment regretting, feeling hate, judging, but simply LOVE LOVE LOVE. 

I am going on.
I have amazing BIG things happening in my design business. 
My heart is FULL of gratitude. I have found the desire within myself again to DESIGN and LOVE my life again. I am truly feeling thankful that I am full of inspiration again. 

This is my new PSA Essentials TC products. I am so thankful for this big debut into the Stationery world. Yes, they are WHITE and GOLD...

I am loving my "LIFE" of being with my two handsome boys. My heart breaks for what they have lost in their life and my other children. I can never ever replace their dad and what an amazing father he was to the them. Ty was so close to them and called them "his buddies." Zach and I went on a date night this past week and I am so proud of this boy. I see the growth within them and how losing Tyler has made their faith stronger. He told me that every day he wakes up and "I pray everyday for the opportunity to help someone."
THIS is truly what life is about. 

I filmed a new video for Canon and JoAnn this past week too. THIS is something AMAZING and good and will be debuting exclusive to JoAnn stores too. I see this as a way to KEEP documenting and capturing MEMORIES. It's so important!!!!!

 I am blessed to get to watch Zach play baseball twice a week now. He is doing amazing and hitting some amazing BIG hits and catching so great. He broke his bat on Friday with this home run hit. GO ZACH!!!!!

I believe that we must FOCUS on the good in life and we truly just don't know where our life journey will take us. I have found this to be so true.

Last night, we went to the REAL soccer game and it was really fun. Tyler took his "girl" Tallya. 
Oh to be sweet 16 again!!!!

I have been blessed to have met an amazing person. This decision to date after the death of Tyler is  deeply personal. It’s a choice many of us will face. I never thought I would EVER face this to be honest. 

The grief and sadness of losing a spouse can never be explained unless you have been through it. There are so many emotions and things no one will understand but YOU and you alone. There is a huge void in your life. When your partner dies, you know what deep grief it and what its truly like to be alone. 

I have learned that each of us has own unique grief process and that it's all complicated. It's deeply personal and this is my new journey. Starting to date again was scary. It was not in "my life plan" at all. When things happen in my life I am a firm believer that God is mindful of me and each of us and our needs. HE brings people into your life. I see the new possibilities as I have begun this next chapter in my life journey. 

This person has brought me so much joy to my life right now. I never ever thought my LIFE would be where it is RIGHT now. 

I decided to allow myself to experience the happiness and not DOUBT God's plan for me.  I am doing what I always say- KEEP GOING

Yes, it's NEVER easy. Tears come easily and change is so very hard. It has not been easy to do this because there's absolutely nothing scarier than starting over. I realized that happiness can be found again. It has for me.  I have had to push all the worry and doubt from my mind and just FEEL it- TRUST it. My journey is just that... mine and mine alone. I have learned to never judge or question anyone else's journey and life. I am confident in my heart and my desire to always be a great mother, woman, and friend. 

YOU truly never know that anyone has ever experienced or what they are going through. So today.... I am going to remember this-



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At April 19, 2015 at 5:38 PM , Blogger Emma Sacchetti said...

You're inspiring :-) sending love and support.

At April 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM , Blogger Jen said...

Very well written Teresa! You are right in that each person has to live their life as they need to in order to heal and deal with their grief. You are such an inspiration!! Love you!

At April 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM , Blogger Florence Germono said...

so true -- life is about the journey; ups and downs (good or bad). You're a strong and beautiful person and I'm so happy that you found this amazing person to share your journey with. :-)
You are filled with so much love and inspiration - LOVE LOVE YOU GIRL - BE A WARRIOR!!!!

At April 19, 2015 at 6:43 PM , Blogger gela said...

So admire your resilience, strength and faith. Ty would have wanted you to be happy.

At April 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM , Blogger Yvonne said...

SO SO happy for you. It is true...we all grieve and feel things differently, that does not make it right or wrong it makes it ours. Life is very fleeting. A blip really in the grand scheme of things and we have that blip to make our impact, learn, grow, share and live. I believe (firmly) that you my sweet sweet friend make a HUGE impact on this world. You shine such a bright light and teach others that they have a light to shine too. You share your personal life, which is so brave, to help people know that while yes there is heartache and hurt there is always a reason to keep pushing, keep moving, keep living. You are again sending that message into the world. I know the tears you have shed. I know it was and is GOD'S plan for you to keep shining that light. For you to find happiness again is the biggest of blessings. It is a gift that you are brave enough to see and accept. Yes, you could wallow in misery and grief for the rest of your life, but you know that is not what Ty would have wanted for you and that is certainly not what GOD wants for any of his children. I am so proud of you. You are a warrior to your core. You are an amazing spirit and I am so so relieved and happy that you have found someone that you can share with again. No one has walked in your shoes or your path, that is for you alone, and I believe you walk that path bravely, fiercely, lovingly with so much love in your heart that you will rise above whatever life throws at you. LOVE you girl.

At April 19, 2015 at 8:11 PM , Blogger I am . . . said...

Love seeing that beautiful smile on your face. Thank you for sharing your journey.

At April 19, 2015 at 8:35 PM , Blogger deb musick said...

So happy for you. Life is short and you have so much to give. you deserve much joy in your life. Ty would have wanted you to be happy,to have joy, to be loved.

At April 20, 2015 at 3:42 AM , Blogger LISA said...

This post is so inspiring. It comes from your heart. Our God is an awesome God...So glad to have him in our hearts...{{{{hugs}}}}...

At April 20, 2015 at 4:38 AM , Blogger Scrapfaire said...

You are such an inspiration to so many! I finally ordered my TC/Fiskars gold Trimmer today, I wish that my local JoAnns carried your special stuff but they don't so I'm just going the online route. I'm also excited you have so many options for little word stickers, they will work fantastic in my planner! Love you so much Teresa!

At April 20, 2015 at 12:20 PM , Blogger Mrs W said...

I am so very happy for you. Your strength and faith is such an inspiration to me. You deserve so much happiness and I pray that you may feel all the love and support that goes with you.
I understand your story more than I wish that I did. I too was a widow at the young age of 42. It was devastating beyond words. There are many things you can express and many things there are no words for. My husband was an amazing man. He was strong, handsome and loving. He was a great Father to his children and truly my best friend. I too never dreamed that I would ever date again, I had no desire at all. It was the SCARIEST time in my life. But as you said, things change. People are sent in to our lives for a reason.
One of the hardest things was the negative response of some people. It was such a sad and hurtful time. I finally realized that I did deserve happiness again and I know it was in God's plan for me to find someone new and to move on even though I never saw it coming.
I am now remarried to a wonderful and amazing man. My life is totally opposite of what it was before in some ways but very similar in others. I am truly happy again, something I never imagined possible. We are all on our own time frame. It is not the same for any two people. There is no wrong time to move forward and be happy.
I have been following your story and I admire everything about you and the path you have taken. You are a caring wonderful person and happiness is defiantly your reward. I pray everyday for people like us who have struggled with losing their spouse and pray for them to be comforted.
Congratulations on finding a new happy chapter in your life. It is wonderful!!!

At April 20, 2015 at 1:35 PM , Blogger Vanessa McKelvey-Smith said...

I expected nothing but truth and great insight from you, and once again you do not fail to give both. I love how giving you are to everyone......and am truly inspired by your journey. Enjoy whatever He has planned to show you, whatever path He has in store for you. Hug yourself and all your family for me :)

At April 20, 2015 at 2:43 PM , Blogger Tracey said...

I am sending strength to you and your kids as you continue to find your way in your new path. Moving on after such a devastating loss is tough and comes at different times for everyone. I wish you and your family nothing but peace and happiness.

At April 20, 2015 at 4:40 PM , Blogger Judi Taylor said...

God bless you. I can't imagine your pain, but I am inspired by your posts.

At April 21, 2015 at 2:28 AM , Blogger hotpotato said...

Good luck to you. You have to do what makes you happy and as you say you could never replace Ty and why should you, who ever you date has to except that. xx

At April 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM , Blogger scrapwordsmom said...

Beautiful words and photos. Your words and energy help me!! I am TRULY happy for you!! Your new friend looks so sweet!! Bless you and keep on sharing. You touch so many!!!!

At April 22, 2015 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't even tell you how happy I am for you!! You inspire me!! Thank you so much for sharing some of your deepest feelings with us. Someday I hope to have the same testimony and confidence as you. It seems like even though you have been through so many hard things, remaining positive is the best way to go. I have always been a pessimist and am trying to change. It is not an easy thing, but I know I can overcome this through time. I can see through you that it is SO worth it!! Thank you!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

At April 22, 2015 at 5:36 PM , Blogger cjm said...

It must be that faith. My sister had Mormon neighbors. The wife passed away from cancer but her husband was dating a woman while she was still alive. He then married her a month after she passed.

At April 22, 2015 at 6:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does god bless you and not the single mom who is struggling? You really think god gave you a new boyfriend so soon? You are that desperate for someone to take care of you that you disregard your family's grieving process. I was your fan and loved your products. You put your life out there so guess what you are now going to get judged. No longer a fan nor a consumer of Teresa "collins" designs.

At April 23, 2015 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Heather said...

I started following your blog last Fall right before your husband passed away. I felt drawn to it as my sister was dealing with a very similar situation. Her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in the summer of 2013, no treatment was working, and we knew he wasn't going to beat this battle with the horrible disease called cancer. I knew my sister would soon be struggling with the passing of her dear husband of over 27 years. She is now in the midst of the grief you talk about here, as her husband lost his battle in late March. I feel as though this and other blogs, facebook sites, and friends who have recently been placed in this situation of losing a spouse, have greatly helped me to grow in my understanding of the grief process and the very individual journey that each person has in this process. Thank you for willing and opening sharing not only your real struggles during this time, but more importantly continuing to share your ever present positive outlook on life. You are a great role model! I am so very happy for you that you continue to move forward and make the best choices for you and your family, choices that only you and your family can make. May your life continued to be blessed beyond measure.

At April 23, 2015 at 4:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said... glad things are going well...shocked that you are dating at this juncture....understand you are lonely but gee...wouldn't friendships be more appropriate....

At April 24, 2015 at 8:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am no longer a follower for the same reasons....I will buy her products out of need but will seek out other products first...seems to me that Teresa is an opportunist and is "me" certain more of her "followers" will take a closer look at her and will feel deceived by all of her stuff also....

At April 24, 2015 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Who are either of you to judge???? You both should be ashamed of yourselves!!!! There is NO timeline on grief...How dare you call her an know only a small portion of what she has delt with the last few years. It is unfortunate your mother's didn't teach you better. Be gone with you..if you have more ugly to say...look in a mirror and say it there.

At April 25, 2015 at 9:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. You have done nothing but travel since your husband died. Who is staying with your sons? Don't you think you should be with them? I mean, they did lose their FATHER after all. No problem I guess, you just run right out and get them a new one. Uprooting them from their homes, their church and school. You are a piece of work and need some serious help. I feel very sorry for your children.

At April 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM , Blogger Tc Dye said...

Ok "Anonymous" I have held my tongue long enough why don't you publish your name since you have such strong opinions. I come from a Military Family. Not only did my Husband fight for YOUR freedom of speech for which you are free to do on this blog I will not fault you for that However only a coward will come on with no name and bash a woman Who is doing nothing other than living HER life YES you read that right not yours HERS, if you do not like her life please by all means go read a blog that fits into your world and your beliefs The sad thing is you're so transparent you don't think we know who you are well guess again we do. No one other than God alone has the right to judge her you don't know what Gods thinking of her only he does I highly doubt with your choice of language and choice of words you're not on his righteous list right now so I highly doubt he's speaking in your ear telling you your godlike. So please feel free to continue your freedom of speech that my Husband and others have fought so bravely for and take it elsewhere to another blog. AGAIN You chose to come to this blog and read it! If you don't like it don't come back no one gives a crap about your opinion. However because of that freedom thing you're free to come here and keep commenting as much as you like we all will just sit back and have pity on your poor soul that at 9:28 pm you can't find anything better to do!! TC Dye

At April 26, 2015 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Mylissa Stout said...

YOU said just what needed to be said Tc.....Well done.....Only a coward is too chicken to speak out without sharing their face and name.....

At April 30, 2015 at 1:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sad to me that there are women that feel compelled to post such terrible things about TC's choices when they really know so little about her. As women we should be supporting her. She has gone through a terrible loss in the last year. And for several years, she was there for her husband while he fought for his life. No woman can understand what that feels like unless she has lived it. All the while she has life going on around her and children at home. As for working and flying here and there and selling her home, has anyone thought that maybe she has too. Maybe she needs to for personal reasons. Is it our business? If you sit in judgment of her life, you haven't lived long enough to understand that life is hard and we do the best we can. Just because she isn't doing what YOU THINK she should be doing, doesn't make it wrong or bad. She does deserve happiness and shame on you for trying to make her feel guilty for it. Don't think for one minute her dating negates her grief for her husband. Living in sadness and grief is overwhelming and can suck the life right out of you. There is nothing wrong with trying for happiness. I support whatever she chooses because she is a woman and I know that what she has been through is pure hell. I admire her for striving to be the best mother and women she can be.

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