Monday, September 30, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
I recently paid a visit to my childhood home after my father broke the news that he is planning on selling it. The visit was the first of what will be many trips back and forth, removing treasured items that belonged to my mother and have been sitting there, untouched, for the past nearly thirteen years since her death.
Just typing that sentence makes me miss her so much I can hardly breathe…
I’ll be quite honest and tell you that I’ve hardly set foot in that house since she died. In the time after her death, it was just too painful. Every room, every wall was a memory and a painful reminder that she was gone. I was 23 years old and didn’t want to be reminded that I was motherless, that my mom wouldn’t be at my wedding or see my children be born or get to be a grandmother.
So fast forward thirteen years.
I’m 36 and it still took every ounce of courage I have to walk in that house and gather her things and remember…
And I find, as I look at each heirloom, that I’m suddenly trying to remember more… like the stories she used to tell us about her grandparents, whose well-loved silverware and china was passed on to her.
Didn’t they own a store? Isn’t that what she told me?
They had two children, but I think they also adopted two who later separated from the family… right?
If only the silverware and the china and the glassware could fill in the rest of the story…
As I was unpacking these items and washing them, ever so carefully, my oldest daughter came up and grabbed a punch glass and admired it, asking “Wow! Was this fancy stuff your mom’s?!”. After a brief panic (Don’t drop it!), I laughed and said no and began to tell her the story (what I remember) of my great-grandparents.
I imagine that, as I make more trips and bring home more treasures that more stories will be told to my daughters. I’ll be sure to include all the extra details that they won’t want to know now, but that they will want to know someday, and I’ll be sure to tell them everything I can about my mother so they feel like they knew her.
I’ll remember her.
I’ll miss her.
I’ll tell her story, so that they may someday tell it too.
And I’ll remember to soak up the memories from my own story along the way…
Friday, September 20, 2013
The Sunday Showcase
Inspiration Monday Party
The Inspiration Gallery
Fabulously Creative Friday
Link Party Palooza
Show and Tell
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
Baby Step 1. $1000 to start an Emergency Fund
Baby Step 2. Pay off all debt using the Debt Snowball
Baby Step 3. 3 to 6 months expenses in savings
Next baby step? Invest 15% income into Roth IRA and pretax retirements.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I recently took my daughters to the mother ship of little girl dolls: the American Girl store.
The trip was a belated birthday gift for my youngest, who was ever so excited to pick out her very own AG doll:
After a quick bite at the Bistro located in the store, we picked out her doll and then, of course, had to get girl/doll coordinating outfits. And while I would have loved to have purchased every thing her little heart desired for her new “friend” the prices had me feeling a little weak in the knees. ($200 for bicycle… for a doll. Really?)
Luckily, there are loads of DIY American Girl Crafts I can make, so I’ve rounded them up here in case you’re part of the AG family too! Enjoy!
My daughter really wants this farmhouse doll bed from Ana White.
Melissa at Polka Dot Chair shares this sleeping bag and pillow tutorial.
KC at the Real Coake blog has a lot of great AG ideas, like this mini chef set!
And these adorable mailboxes.
If you need an inexpensive alternative to the American Girl horse stable, girl. Inspired. has this one for you.
And what about a Gymnastics Ribbon for your budding doll gymnast?
Lastly, perhaps my favorite American Girl craft of all: DIY superhero costumes from Theresa at Theresa’s Mixed Nuts! Are these not the most fabulous things ever? Must. Make. All.
Have you joined the American Girl family yet?? I’d love to hear all about your daughter’s dolls (or maybe your dolls – we did see a group of adults having lunch at the Bistro with their dolls)!!