Welcome friends...thanks for coming by. We're seeking beauty in all of creation... in our faith and our families; our art and our music; our crafts and kitchens, and even in our own backyard. We'll share a poem or a recipe, a picture or a memory; maybe a dream of how we wish our life could be. And though we acknowledge that the world can be harsh, we're keeping it pleasant in our little corner; endeavoring to keep the words from the Book of all Books: ...Whatsoever things are lovely; think on these things.

I so enjoy hearing from you...so leave me a comment; it'll make my day!

Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Tribute to Michelle Edwards...Sweet Something's Designs

This is the photograph that made me fall in love with Michelle Edwards.

A few years  ago I was idling away an hour on Houzz, looking for great Christmas ideas when I hit upon this photo. I was smitten the moment I saw it! Be still my heart...tartan! Who uses a tartan blanket in a tablescape? Who hosts a dinner on a rustic picnic table when it's cold outside?  Visions of a Pacific Northwest winter's day in the woods, friends gathering for a bowl of hot chili and apple cider, sitting at a beautiful, rustic table replete with hurricane lamps and tartan swirled in my imagination.

I had to see more design by this gifted lady who's art had touched me so profoundly. Lucky me...she had a blog called "Sweet Something's Design." I was hooked. It was filled with gracious, lovely home designs. And it was authored by and equally lovely and gracious woman; Michelle. Her posts were so intimate...like her designs! No wonder she had such loyal followers. I became one of them.
Most of her writing and photos were about her craft; but occasionally she posted personal things. I'll never forget her first post informing us that she had a very aggressive form of cancer. It was heartbreaking. She had everything to live for...a handsome husband, two adorable sons, a great business, a pretty home...and a gift for making everything around her beautiful. She continued to share her designs, but increasingly we would read about chemotherapy sessions, loss of hair, and her longing to beat the disease. I remember reading how she cried because her first session of trying an experimental treatment would prevent her from her youngest son's first day at school. (Not first day ever, but the first day in mid-elementary school.) I cried too, knowing that she was afraid that this might be the last 'first day' she would have the opportunity to share with her boy.

"How does a mother face the possibility of leaving this earth before seeing her children safely raised?" I wondered as I read her posts.

She faced it. Bravely. Candidly. With hope and resolve to fight.

Michelle Edwards fought hard. She lost the battle with cancer but she won the hearts of each of us who read and watched and cried and prayed with her; hoping for a miracle.

I've been thinking about Michelle in heaven. I've read accounts from those who've visited and been sent back-- that there are glorious things we've never imagined there. Dazzling colors of hues we cannot see with our mortal eyes, grass that somehow breathes and sings beneath your feet. Paradise for anyone; but especially for an artist! I imagine her in some heavenly woodland; gathering sticks and leaves, berries and flowers for some kind of wreath or centerpiece to adorn her new home; the one Jesus promised. Waiting and preparing with anticipation for a day she'll be reunited with her precious sons and husband.

I fell in love with Michelle Edwards the designer for her lovely, creative, and gracious art.

I now love Michelle for her gracious, lovely and courageous life.

Michelle, I haven't hosted that rustic dinner in the woods yet; but I plan to. And when I do, I'll be thinking of you!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

In celebration of an ordinary January day

One of my goals this year is to celebrate more. Not just holidays...but the little things in life. The ordinary. Last Thursday after work I decided to celebrate the day by treating myself to something fun. Just something small. So I spent a pleasant half an hour wandering through a sweet little local home boutique store looking for something that would make me smile. This made me smile!

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you've gotta get used to rain. Rain in winter. Rain in summer. Rain in fall and spring. Don't even think of coming here without your raincoat! But there's something cozy about rainy days. Spending a dreary day with my friend or hubby; sharing a mug of French roast coffee or a steamy cup of Earl Grey tea with honey and lemon makes whiling away the rainy days really quite pleasant!
My two new little friends here, are sitting on my kitchen window sill to remind me to celebrate gray days with a warm mug and quiet conversation.
So tell me...how are you celebrating the ordinary-ness of your life?


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