Monday, May 4, 2015

FOCUS ON THE GOOD


Big news!!! The GOLD selphy with Teresa Collins and Canon is now available exclusively only at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores stores and online. I'm so honored, thrilled and excited for this beautiful printer to finally be debuted and on sale. Limited Edition and exclusive. So excited!!!!!!

So excited and you can get this very LIMITED EDITION now.

I have been waiting for this to FINALLY be debuted. 

It is truly just beautiful and you can print directly from your 

your phone or from your media card!!!!!!


I wanted to share photos from my sons this weekend.


Zach and Ty went to the Spartonian Ball with their girlfriends. 




Tallya is a MHS cheerleader and this was Ty's first "formal" dance.




Oh to be 16 years old again. They had a great time!!!!

Zach is 17 and this was fun to see him iron his clothes and pick out a new vest. He had never ironed so I helped show him how. I offered to do it, but he wanted to learn how to do it himself. He ended up ironing Ty's clothes for him to be nice.



The girls picked up the boys. Zach looking at his phone waiting for his date.


I am so lucky to have two sons who fight but in the end really love each other. 





I loved that I captured this photo. 











The entire last few days have been big changes. I got the keys to the house we are moving too. I thankfully have until June to MOVE out of my current home. I am making daily trips to the "new" home in my car. Friday was a big day for us.

We are only moving 15 minutes away. The best part is the boys LOVE the new house and I'm so much closer to my girls. My office is 8 minutes away too. I knew instantly that this was the place for us. It was beyond hard to be in the house that Ty and I had been together for almost 19 years. I knew we all needed and would benefit from a fresh start. I felt so strongly that it was needed. I actually knew it before Ty passed away. I will miss our current home though and be so very thankful for the good memories. 

Saturday we moved and decluttered all day and took loads to the local DI (charity) to purge. I don't know if I could have ever done this without Brian's help. I had NO IDEA what so many things were for or if they worth keeping. I am beyond thankful for this blessing. I could not have found someone more kind and sweet. 



I was never prepared for Tyler to die. Even though I knew it was terminal and he told his sister as soon as they diagnosed him, that "he was a dead man." You hold out hope and faith for a miracle. I felt so alone even though I knew many other people go through the loss of a spouse. I now have so many friends who have been widowed. There is an instant connection. We know that truly NO ONE can understand how hard it is, unless you've been through it.
You were part of a couple for so long, and now he’s gone. It was like a dream that you have a hard time really believe could happen. How do you start over when for years have depended on him for so much? I was utterly clueless and I learned that I was now alone and had to keep going. After Tyler  died, I felt that nothing mattered and nothing makes life worthwhile. I was in a dark place which is so NOT like me. Death has a funny way of making life inconsequential.
But I realized something BIG. I had lots of people helping me and I needed to help myself. I had and needed to figure what will make the rest of MY life the best LIFE I could. The day before Tyler died, he told me. I know you will remarry and I need you to KEEP LIVING and KEEP GOING. I am dying and you are not. I tried to stop him. I didn't want to have this conversation. He told me, " I am going to be happy and serving and focusing on Heavenly things and YOU will have a hard time. YOU have to promise me you won't give up." Ty knew me so well. 
I had to take it one moment at a time. And, by holding on to the hope that it was going to be okay. I realized it was never to late to start over. Here’s a quip from Jane Fonda:
“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”
I have thought LONG and hard about LIFE and what is means to be happy. I felt guilty for being "okay" "for watching tv" "going out to eat" "laughing again" "dating" "finding love." Yes, I could do a HUGE massive list. It's called survivors guilt. I had some of Ty's closest friends share things with me after he died. He wanted me to be happy. He left messages for me that are very TENDER and true "little miracles." This private and personal journey of course is hard with my life and business. I share some but of course keep so much close to my heart. I don't expect anyone to understand the pain and heartache that me and my dear children have been through. I think of Ty's mother and sibling EVERY single day. This is HARD stuff. I watch my sons and think EVERY day... I wish Ty was here to see this. I know he is definitely HERE watching over them. I KNOW it. I know this is so deeply personal but I have complete faith in Gods' plan for us. I know that death is not the end and it's the plan of Salvation. 

Okay... now I wanted to share the move update.... 

As a designer, I wanted a home that had good bones and I could make HOME. I have lots of things that I want to do, but I am in no hurry. I instantly fell in love with this ROOM. This fireplace is taller than me and all white. I loved the LIGHT. This house has a lot of windows and I was drawn to the LIGHT that was within the home. 

There is LOTS of dark and light wood. I am going to be mixing it all. I love to mix it all up. This is table that I wanted to go with the darker floors. If you love to decorate your home- check out HOME GOODS. I tell you that you will find the best deals at GREAT prices. This is my go to place to shop at for my home. 


Most important is that this NEW beginning and HOME will be a home where my kids will feel loved, secure and at HOME. They loved moving their stuff this past weekend. Zach had his baseball friends over and they played ball. I smiled and KNEW...

It truly is going to be OKAY. Each day we have is a GIFT... I will never take one day for granted.

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21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing so much. You, and your family, are so wonderful. I really love reading your blog for several reasons, one big reason: lots of times, you encourage me. You remind me to live, love, and laugh. I, too, have suffered so many losses and it's so difficult. I don't have the great family and friends you have, but still, I have some and sweet little pets that give me a reason for being. God bless you and may your new home be wonderful, warm and cozy always. With love, Cheryl

cathy< jt said...

Thank you for sharing from the heart !!! Love your posts and hearing how your family members are doing .. I'm so happy for you and yours !
Lots of love and hugs
Cathy Thompson

Cheri Piles said...

I loved the part part at the end.."you smiled and knew" I can feel your peace. I love you girl, I'm so happy for you guys!! XO!! ~C

MrsC.x said...

i wish you and your family all the best in your new home :)
I have read your blog for a while and i always find it inspiring i find you inspiring, i have cried when reading some of your posts about your late husband thank you for sharing so much of you i cant imagine losing my husband and i am so proud of the way you have carried on for your family. I wish you every happiness and all the negative people are clearly not worth your time or thoughts.

Charlie Camp {cambridge, uk}

Anonymous said...

A new guy already? Wow.

Anonymous said...

Hope your new house is just a happy, happy place for you and the boy's . When we lose a loved one we have to just go on because we are still here. You will always love and remember them but you still have to go on living. I think you are doing what is right for you and your kids at all times. You inspire many of us.

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sheila lopez said...

I am so happy for you!! I love the way you inspire HOPE and LOVE in all things! so glad that you are in a much better place--- LOVE the pic's of the new place, I cant wait to see what you do with it! Your other home was beautiful!!! make sure to keep us posted on the decorating progess of your new digs...WISHING you the very best MOTHERS DAY--and please please continue to share your story with us, you inspire me to be a better MOM,Co-worker, WIFE, and Friend and most of all- to find myself closer to MY HEAVENLY FATHER (even tho our religions are different-we still love the GOD that loves all mankind)

Monica Weaver said...

I am happy to see that you are happy. I have not lost a spouse but my husband did and it was very difficult for him. As I have shared your story with him, he was reminded of everything he went through. We met 6 months after she died and a lot of people didn't understand how he could do that. They felt it was a betrayal to his wife who had passed away. He said he was so lonely and felt the way you did and so he wanted to rebuild his life. There was no timetable just would let things happen. Well, we met in December 2012 and were married in March 2013. He said he knew it was quick but he felt peace from God and know that he wanted to be happy again. Only YOU know when is the right time and it doesn't matter who thinks it is too fast. I am happy that you have found someone and wish you the best. Hugs! Monica

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Jeannie McC said...

Teresa, you inspire me. God is doing so much in your life :-) I suspect He is using you more than you will ever know. Thank you for being transparent with us, you're a blessing. Sweet dreams :-)

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Were you cheating on your husband while he was dying? What a piece of work.

Robyn C said...

Your post was inspiring! So happy for your fresh start and how your family is growing with so many babies! Your family is beautiful and it's wonderful to hear your words of how happy you are. Your husband wanted you to be happy and you shouldn't feel guilty although I can understand that is part of the process. My dad was widowed at the age of 39 when I was six years old. My mother wanted to place an ad and help my dad find a wife and mother! She wanted to help him find her! She knew that my sister and I and our two brothers would need a mom growing up and if it couldn't be her she wanted to make sure someone would be there for us. My dad, of course did not let her do it but he did know that she wanted and expected him to go on. I know it wasn't easy for him but he did find someone shortly after my mom passed. It can and does happen, when you find that one that fills your heart and is meant for you, even a second time around! I love that your new love is supportive of your family's need to speak of their dad. Tyler can never be replaced, but I think he might have had a hand in helping your find your happiness. When it happened in our family, I never felt my mom was being replaced and we accepted my step mother and she didn't try to fill those shoes but just loved us and was understanding of our loss. That doesn't mean it was always smooth sailing but our families blended and became one-- my dad's four and her three. We don't even think of each other as "steps". We had a great life becoming a new family, writing our story from where it looked like an ending but it was really just a beginning. God bless you!

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