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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reunion at last, farewell PopPop (for now)

Today a glorious family reunion took place.  The kind that no backyard bbq picnic could ever top.  A reunion uniting a husband to his first love, a father to his only daughter, a grandfather to his grandaughter... and most importantly a son to his Lord.  Today, my PopPop went home.  Just 5 days shy of his 93rd birthday, he peacefully entered into eternity.  

Just last Friday, as I bid farewell to my PopPop I reminded him of the glorious reunion he was soon to experience.  His response, although slow and a bit hard to hear was, "yes, yes indeed".  For as long as I can remember, my poppop ended each and every one one of his prayers with, "....and Lord, be with our loved ones who have gone before us and are now in heaven".   He had experienced a great deal of loss in his life...yet today, the distance between heaven and earth diminished.

So very much to say about this man.

A long life well lived.

We will miss you PopPop, until that day...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

we call her, Nana

Wow.  What a sweet sweet gift to have stumbled across this precious video tonight.... 

For those of you who have had the joy of having a Nana in your life know what I am referring to.  Nana's are the best.  Mine is still quite the character at the late age of 88, although her days look quite different now. The days of dancing and singing are but a past memory for her, yet, her heart and spirit remain the same.  

Well, as most of you know, wherever my sister was, her camera was not far behind her.  She had a way of capturing some of the sweetest (and sometimes most random) moments the rest of us would never be able to do.  There was a reason for this... God knew we would need these videos one day.  And oh how our family is so grateful for each one of them. He knew I needed this one tonight.    

oh to sit again, with my sis while being able to dance and sing together with my Nana. Oh to hear that laugh again.  Oh to see my Nana so mobile and vibrant.  Oh one day this will be again.   oh how I long for that day....   

a good day

Nothing like playing a fun game of the rain.

Then coming home to grill up some of this deliciousness...

and watching more of this...i. love. shark. week.

it was a good day.

Thursday, August 4, 2011




Sneak peak into my Fall collection...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Since I am not working this summer (one of the 'perks' to a much needed career change) I though I would have plenty of free time to catch up on blogging, posting pictures, etc...  Well, as much as I hate to admit, summer is flying by and blogging has been replaced with beach trips, softball games, cook-outs, concerts, lunch dates, and all the goodness that summer weather can bring.  

But, before I dive any further into summer's busyness, I want to stop and highlight our trip to Italy back in June.  Italy is one of the most picturesque countries I have ever been too.  We had an absolute blast traveling through the countryside, sipping cappuccino's and wine, tasting some of the best seafood and pesto ever created, and snapping pictures in almost every piazza we found ourselves in.  

If you have the chance to travel to Europe, I highly recommend making a stop in Italy.  

We began our trip in Sorrento, Capri and the Amolfi Coast.

We spent a day on a boat traveling out to the Island of Capri and Amolfi.  I think the best way to really take in the picturesque coastline is from the water, so beautiful.

After our time in Sorrento, we traveled north to the Cinque Terre.  Five small towns built into the cliffside... so quaint and charming.  No cars, just trains and hikers coming too and from the towns.  We LOVED this place. We stayed in Vernaza, the fourth town along the coastline.

After our time in Vernaza, we hopped a train and traveled to Florence.  Our time in florence consisted of a day trip out to Sienna, site seeing, wine tasting and perusing just about EVERY leather shop in the city.  

Our last stop was in Rome. The city is stunning.  The history has a way of simply taking your breath away.  We managed to see just about all the 'hot' spots in one LONG day.  

We concluded our trip watching the sun set over the colosseum.  Our way of celebrating the 4th of July :) We had an amazing time and were so grateful for the time to travel together.  

arrive derci italia...