Some random facts about me; I hate to write. I can't spell. I never journal. So, why blog? Well, as many of you know or will soon come to know, my life has taken quite the turn in the past months. My heart is on the mends, although, will never be completely whole again. Therefore, I am constantly looking for ways to comfort this ache. Over these past months, reading other blogs exclaiming stories about life, death, random facts, daily encounters and simple pleasures, have somehow tended to my aching heart and have allowed me to experience small moments of joy. Blogging has allowed our world to capture a small (although sometimes quite large) glimpse into another ones life, creating a thrill that is addictive and slightly contagious! My blog will hopefully nurture that thrill in hopes to offer you a 'front row seat' into my journey through this crazy experience called, life. Life, in the essence of what gives, breaths and sustains. Maybe my blogging will one day attribute to caring for another ones aching heart.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Venturing out...

Lately, I have been busy.  "Doing what?", you may ask.  Doing crafts!  Some may say that I have an artistic side to me, I'd like to agree...although I must admit how I often feel defeated after browsing other blog sites displaying creativity with artistic abilities that far out weigh my own skill sets.  But, who said this had to be a competition?  In fact, wasn't I the kindergartner at Pickering Valley Elementary School who won 1st prize in a drawing contest back in 1989! :)

One thing that I fell instantly in love with about Eric was his ability to recognize and therefore support and encourage the artistic side of my personality.  I often kept that side of me to myself.  Yet, he inquired about me enough to learn this aspect of me quite quickly.  He recognized the need to help me set time a side in my crazy life to do the things I enjoy, like painting and sewing, baking and decorating.  He loved this part of me. 

Last year Eric surprised me with an art drawing table.  He had it set up in the loft and explained how the loft could be my art gallery free for me to design away in it once I moved into this place.  Just this past Christmas Eric bought me my very first sewing machine.  It quickly found a home in my gallery.  You may ask, "Do you even know how to sew?"... the answer, "No".  But, have I been upstairs in my gallery teaching myself just about every night since the 25th of December.... YES!

So, I've been busy, sewing and painting and crafting away.  I have found my Sabbath.  I find myself able to pray, think, ponder and meditate as I engage in the creativity's my gallery offers.  In fact, I named my gallery "The Olive Branch".  Big surprise, right?  Once again I realize the symbolism of the Olive Branch and Dove has helped to keep me going from day to day... through the tough days, the hurting days, the happy days... it allows me to paint and sew and create and build and bake and decorate till my little heart's content.

So, I am giving you a tiny peak into my gallery...







 Upon receiving much encouragement from friends and family I have decided to venture out and start a little business selling some of my most recent creations.  Yikes, this is so scary putting my creations out for the public eye to view and critique.   I desire to use the proceeds from my shop, 'The Olive Branch',  to bring HOPE and LIFE to those in need.

Therefore, I am nervous, yet excited to introduce to you, 'The Olive Branch, Etsy style'...









Items for sale coming soon!



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Girl reunion in NYC

This weekend was spent with three of my very special friends.  These are the girls that helped me through my four years of college.  I met each one of them within the first week of college and we instantly clicked.  Over the past 10 years we have seen one another through so much.  We have been there for one another in hard times and the best of times... celebrating new jobs, new homes, new relationships, marriages and now... BABIES!  Jamie was the first.... first to get married and now the first to have a baby, little Joie.  

This weekend was girls weekend in the Big Apple where Joie was able to have her first sleepover with her Auntie Kate, Emily and myself.  What a fabulous weekend of shopping, talking and simply just spending time with one another.  

We have learned to cherish our times together, being that we all live in different states, we never know when the next time will be that we get to see one another.  We have committed to making an effort to see one another at least once a year... so far it's worked out well and we have managed to see one another a few extra times a year!








Until next time...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Two stories collide

The Young Women
In May of 1985 a brown eyed baby girl was born into this world.  She instantly became a sister and daughter to her loving family.  In the years to follow she developed into a beautiful Young Woman whose tender heart desired to care for the people of this world.  She carried a burden for those in need, specifically those individuals with special needs.  She chose a career path that enabled her to help special needs individuals.  She allowed her heart to burden not only those individuals in her immediate community, but those who walked on Chinese soil, halfway across the world.  Sacrificing over 2 months of her life, she traveled multiple times to this far away land where she was able to physically love and care for the Chinese people.  While in China, this Young Woman met a petite, brown eyed, Chinese girl.  Together, they instantly connected creating a sisterly bond.  They shared life, stories and culture all the while living halfway across the world from one another.  This Young Woman boldly shared truth with this adorable Chinese girl, allowing her to experience eternal LIFE.  This Young Woman was forever changed by this culture and this country.  CHINA was embedded forever in her heart…
The Family of Six
Meanwhile, half way across the world, in China there lives a Family of Six.  This family is led by a father and mother who care deeply for orphaned Chinese children born with special needs.  This families’ love for orphans led them to work full time with an orphanage providing foster care and adoption opportunities while, raising these children with the promise of truth offering each child eternal life.  This family interacts daily with newborns brought prematurely to them in order to receive a home.  Most newborns abandoned are born prematurely, and in addition have some kind of health issue or deformity.  These babies have a difficult time making it through their first days or weeks in an institutional care setting.  Over the years this family has partnered with an organization that has been able to place many of these children into experienced foster families with good results.  But the current reality is that they no longer have enough foster homes to handle the number of abandoned "at-risk" infants.  Permission was granted to this organization to set up a 24 hour, 7 day a week Special Care Room in the orphanage where newborn infants can receive the meticulous around-the-clock individual care they need in order to make it through this critical period.  With this room, this organization and Family of Six would be able to potentially impact the lives of 35-50 more infants each year.  But a great need remains… $ FUNDS in order to build and staff this Special Care Room.…
The Young Women
Let’s go back to this Young Women’s story and her heart for the people and children of China.  Well, a few short months after a third trip to visit her friends in China this Young Women’s life was cut short.  On February 7th 2009 she began her life with her Heavenly Father in Heaven.  This Young Woman left behind family, friends as well as a large sum of funds collected upon the result of her death.  Her family was entrusted to act accordingly in delivering the funds collected as a result of her life lived….
The Family of Six
Meanwhile, halfway across the world, this Family of Six living in China helping to raise orphaned children was presented with a great need for monetary fund’s in order to build and staff a Special Care Unit to better care for premature babies….
Their worlds collide…
Well, it just so happens this Young Women’s family knows this Family of Six and know's that the heart of this Young Woman would be to give LIFE to these specific orphans in China.  Therefore, a check, in the name of, Katelynn Melissa Hunt, was sent, in the full amount needed to fund the entirety of this building project as well as to fund four nurses and doctors to supervise this Special Care Unit.  Tomorrow, March 15th 2011, half way across the world, this project will begin.... because of the life of this Young Women.
Because of one life many others may live.



Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CLUB

This is how we will be spending our Monday nights this spring :)


Great Valley Young Life 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March 1

Goodbye February and Hello March!

As of today, the calendar reads 3/1...so, I celebrate!  I celebrate the fact that I survived the dreaded month of February... and I must say, God is celebrating with me because He sent His warm sun to shine so brightly today reminding me of what is to come... SPRING, new life.

With sunshine on days like today, I can only anticipate all this Spring will bring....flip flops, cardigans, flower headbands, light jackets, rain boots, polka dot umbrellas, birds chirping, flower boxes, Rita's Water Ice, longer days... oh, how I can't wait for you Spring!

I can not wait to spend Spring nights with Eric, out on our balcony, drinking yummy red wine, basking in the beauty of creation...

Last Year :)

Oh, my poor flower boxes, how bare and empty you currently are... not for long!