Sunday, March 29, 2015

Big Hugs & Motorcycles

With a grateful heart, I have read every message and comment you've left, sympathizing with me over the loss of my Dad.  It was a long, hard fight and he did us proud.  So many of you have also lost a parent or other family member and I'm struck by how much the same our pain is, no matter where in the world we are, or what our life circumstances.  We can relate to each other through the life experiences that we share.  I actually thought twice about sharing that my Dad died.  I know most people read blogs for inspiration and pretty things, but such a monumental life event will shape me  forever and therefore, my blog that reflects me.  

That so many people who don't even know me (and those that do), took time out of their day to send a sweet word really touched me.  The outpouring of love and support has been strongly felt and graciously received.  I don't mind admitting that I needed it.  It makes me so glad I didn't shut you out.  And I thank you so very much for your own heart tugs over our loss. 

My best friend drove 3 hours to stay with me this weekend and her medicine is the best kind. The flowers we've received are gorgeous and so thoughtful. We won't do a formal service, but plan to do something intimate and special this summer to honor our Dad and his memory.  Of course, life goes on and I'm actually thankful for the diversion.  There's no "relief" from losing someone, but I can say there is comfort in knowing they aren't suffering and that the love you shared was acknowledged with nothing left unsaid or unfinished.  

Our son started t-ball this weekend and seeing all those adorable little boys and girls all dressed up in their uniforms for the first time, amped up and ready to play ball was so fun that I can't help but think to myself, "life is good."  Seeing the little cousins laugh and play is also good for the soul. 

After the 8am t-ball game, we went out to breakfast.  The parking lot was completely empty when we arrived, but after we finished and headed outside, I noticed a whole row of motorcycles parked just in front of car.  My Dad loved to ride and I can't help but choose to believe that those motorcycles on that Saturday morning were a sign from him.  How cool is that?!  Do you get those same kinds of signs?  I'd be honored to know. 


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

In Loving Memory

We don't have too many pictures of my parents, which makes this beautiful one even more special.   

This is a couple that has been completely in love since the tender age of 17.  Not long after they met, they eloped in a tiny church, ignoring the critical judgment of my grandma and everyone else.  My mom changed into her wedding gown, a light blue long, paisley halter dress, at a gas station on the way.  Even so, she made a beautiful bride with her feathered hair, and him a handsome, slender groom.  

Through the rough times, and there were many, they persevered.  When the world around them was crashing down, they held on to each other and a hope and a prayer.  Their home never 'felt' poor.    Quite the opposite; it was rich in love.  They raised a daughter and two sons.  The children grew up thinking all adult couples spooned on the couch every night when they watched tv.  That Dads were always there to protect and moms worked hard and secretly liked getting their butts pinched all the time.  And when you fought, you fought loud and hard, but never for long.  

Nearly 33 years after that young couple married, they danced at my wedding.  This is how I want to remember my Dad.  Strong, handsome and happy.  Free of pain, not only able to walk, but to dance as well.  To hold close the family he loved so very, very much.  I hope in heaven he is getting to ride the most badass motorcycles as fast as they will go and feel the breeze through a head full of hair.  It's your turn to soar Dad, to be in a place where life is always on your side and you get to experience a love we can only speculate about here. 

I wish you so much peace.  Our hearts are broken without you and our family will never be the same.  


"Tray" Chic Organizing

Have you been to Jen's (iHeart Organizing) blog lately?  Talk about a busy lady! She just got back from NY for a collaboration with HomeGoods and is also in the midst of a crazy good kitchen remodel.  You've got to see this space- they've got gorgeous white planked & beamed ceilings, IKEA cabinets installed and hardware chosen.  And did I mention that they are doing the vast majority of this reno themselves?!  Talk about rockstars.  Super talented and genuine rockstars.   iHeart has also been nominated for the Better Homes & Gardens DIY Blogger Award!  You can cast your vote here (you may have to click through a couple categories first).  Way to go Jen!  So happy to see her being recognized.  

And if you want to take a peek at my iHeart contributor post this month, "Tray" Chic Organizing, head here.  

For more of my organization posts, check out my ORGANIZE tab.  Hope y'all have a great day!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | Easter & Spring Dresses

What's Easter without a new Easter dress?!  Of course, I kid, although even as a little girl, I remember  going shopping for a new dress to wear to church on Easter Sunday.  And then of course we had to get a new pair of fancy flat sandals to go with it.  It was a special event since we didn't go shopping often or usually dress up for church.  Now, as an adult, I still like to wear a special dress on Easter and I'm seeing the cutest bright, floral dresses which are a departure from the typical white dress I wore as a girl.  What do you think of these colorful dresses?  

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Colorful Spring Handbags

Happy Monday friends! Hope your weekend was good to you and you're starting the week off feeling fresh and ready to go.  Most Mondays find me super ambitious to tackle everything on my to-do list, but also dragging, wishing for just one more day of weekend, hence the need for two cups of coffee to get me going.  Can you relate?!  

The calendar says Spring is here, although most of the country is still cold and so ready for a reprieve from jackets and boots. How about we revel in some gorgeous, bright, and beautiful Spring handbags?!?! If you're like me, I start getting excited about a new bag just about this time of year.  Nordstrom's selection of purses right now is killer and if I had to pick just one, I'd be really stumped to decide.  For now,  I'm rounding up all.the.colorful.bags and letting you tell me which one is your favorite.  Drumroll please . . . .  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals

And we're off to the start of the weekend!  What are you up to? On our agenda is a shrimp boil at our friends' house, kids double birthday party, and weekend dinner at my parents' house.  In Texas, lots of people love crawfish boils, but growing up in California and Ohio, I've never gotten into the crawfish thing.  They are called "mud bugs" for a reason.  #notafan  I'm happy our friends opted for a shrimp boil instead! As for the kids' birthday, this will be the second time parents have combined two friends birthdays into one party and I think it's a great idea.  This one is scheduled for the playground at the park; I hope the weather cooperates.  Last weekend was full of sunshine, but it's been rainy, rainy the past couple days.  I've been dressing in my 'mom uniform' lately lots of denim, tanks and tees. 

weekend steals & deals
NORDSTROM:  Earn Triple Points this weekend, March 18-22. 

My 'Very Favorite Tee' (regular & petite, other colors/stripes) $25 note: I found it runs large, I'm wears XXSP here and have another one in XSP and it fits too, just a tad longer | initial necklace | jeans (unavailable, but see other distressed jeans on this post) | jean shorts (white) mine are from last year, hopefully GAP will carry them again because they are probably the single-most worn thing in my closet (these are similar)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Painted Closet Walls | DIY Thibaut Tanzania Wallpaper

When I cleaned out and organized my closet, I decided to do something funky to the walls. I've been crazy for Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper for ages and knew I'd love to see it in pink in my closet, but figured painting it would be easier and cheaper than the real deal wallpaper.  The back wall is the main wall you see when you enter my closet, so I wanted to remove the jewelry that was hanging there previously, and make it more of a feature wall with framed art.  I really like how it turned out!

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