Sunday, April 25, 2010


My amazing friend Jamie told me about this woman today~ and I am forever grateful that she did...What an inspiration!
I cannot wait to buy her books~
Jamie, Thank you for forever changing my life with your inspiration, your story, for being such a real person and a wonderful example of following your dreams~

If anyone ever had any ideas or dreams they are holding back on and need a person to share with, please call me!
My mom was always that person for me, I miss her so deeply.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I need some ideas! My beautiful mom spent weeks every year canning fruit, making jams and apple sauce and giving them generously to her family and friends~ I have some left that I cannot bring myself to eat because I do not want it to ever be the very last jar....It would break my heart~

But for now I do have some empty jars and I would really love to do something creative with them. Decorate something, give them as gifts full of something besides canned goods because I am sure I would not be any good at that~
I would LOVE some ideas please!! I need help to re-invent the jars, and be able to enjoy them or give them with love as my beautiful mom always did~

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The beauty of words.....

I started reading Olive Kitteridge yesterday for my book group~ I am through about 30 pages and love it so far.
This morning I started on Chapter two simply called "Incoming Tide"
I thought I would share the first few lines and the beautiful way it is written...
Incoming Tide (Elizabeth Strout.)
"The bay had small whitecaps and the tide was coming in, so the smaller rocks could be heard moving as the water shifted them. Also there was the twanging sound of the cables hitting the masts of the sailboats moored. A few seagulls gave squawking cries as they dove down to pick up the fish heads and tails and shining insides that the boy was tossing from the dock as he cleaned the mackerel."

Thursday, April 8, 2010

People are amazing....

Just a quick post to Thank all of the Angels in my life~ I am so very lucky to be surrounded by fantastic and amazing people...
People I have known all my life~ My family
People I have known for years~
People I have known for less than that,
and people I have yet to meet~ I am truly grateful for each and every one of you.
Kind words, text messages, cards or small thoughtful gifts have come my way and it means the world to me.
I wanted to Thank Mel for such an amazing gift~ She sent this to me after first reading my blog and knowing my moms love of all things French...I wear the earrings every day! (She currently lives in France so she sent them from there). Thank you Mel!!! :)

I also want to Thank Lindsay for this thoughtful little notebook~ She knows how much dragonflies mean to me:) Thank you Lindsay, you are an amazing friend...

I also received this amazing journal from one of my closest friends~ (No blog to link to) ~

Thank you to everyone for letting me share my blog, my life and small thoughts and memories of my beautiful and amazing mom!!
I am Rena's daughter and I could not be more proud of any other thing in my life.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dear Sewing Machine....

"Dear Sewing Machine,
I know I bought you four years ago and have not used you more than once but it is time! Get ready! :)

I have always wanted to know how to sew. Along with knitting, sewing has always been on my list.
My mom was great at it. She was great at everything she tried. I took for granted so many things that I could have had her teach me and I regret it with my whole heart. But what I did learn from her is that taking classes is fun. It is inspiring, it is uplifting, it is a great place to meet people and to learn.
Last week I went to my first of 8 sewing classes at a Junior High, I am so excited to learn!! We are off this week, and wont actually be sewing for a few more weeks but once I chose a project and start it I will share!