Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy Monday

Happy Monday Friends!
Quite a bit has happened since my last blog post and I could bore you with all the details but I would rather just start where I am.
We are living in beautiful Savannah, Georgia
What an amazing place to be!

Just loving life with my husband right now.
Last night I made dinner which consisted of Salmon Patties, Squash Casserole, and Spinach Salad.  The Spinach Salad was from The Pioneer Woman Cooks and I got the casserole from Pinterest.  I wasn't that impressed with the squash so I will continue to look for a better recipe but the Spinach Salad was wonderful!  I love that cookbook!  The meal required chopping two onions - not one of my favorite pastimes.

Lots of tears and sniffles.  I have however come to the conclusion that if you drink wine while chopping, there will be far less tears!

Well, enough about dinner!  I plan to open my Etsy Shop this week as well as a Facebook Page under the name, The Tattered Hankie - kinda a silly name but it describes me pretty well and is close to my heart.  I think I got my love for hankies (as well as tea cups) from my grandmother, Nanny.  The shop will have handmade jewelry created by my Mom and Dad, Shabby Chic Christmas decorations including Stockings, Vintage Finds and Re-creations, and more created by me.  I hope you'll check it out.  I will let you know as soon as it opens!

Here is a little sneak preview - I made these this morning and I'm sure they will find their way onto Stockings!

Thanks for stopping by!  I love comments!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We Have A Dream

I want to warn you up front that this post may be rather long, but Rick and I have a dream and I feel a need to express it in writing or print or cyberspace, whatever these blog musings are.  The dream requires a lengthy explanation hence the lengthy post.......

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated, yes we chose to call it celebrating, Kristi's 7th year in heaven with Mattie and Cody in South Carolina.  It was a sweet (TV-free) time of fun and conversation.  I am so thankful for what God is doing through them although the distance is taking a toll on all of us; our family has been through so much that I really believe we are meant to be closer.

This morning I was thinking back on this past year - Mattie getting married - moving across the country - but also about the birth of a dream.  Let me back up a bit.............last summer while planning a wedding we were also planning a road trip across several states to help Mattie and Cody move to their new home and new life on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.  At about the same time I found out that my great grandmother's family was from upper state SC and had lived on a plantation there.  My great grandmother was a very special lady and I of course wanted to see this plantation - well it turned out that it was for sale - which got the history teacher and romantic in me to thinking about how cool it would be to open a bed and breakfast in the area where my family had lived - so Rick and I planned a little side trip to see the plantation.  In so doing we found another bed and breakfast in the area to spend the night - oh, did I mention that it was also for sale?  As we drove north from Hilton Head I can't tell you how beautiful and peaceful it was.  In a strange way I felt very at home.  On the way to the bed and breakfast, Walnut Lane Inn, we found my family's plantation.  I'm so thankful that I got to see it and although beautiful it was not really b and b material.  When we arrived at the gracious Walnut Lane Inn, my heart skipped a beat - this huge majestic house radiated warmth and hospitality.  Surrounded by lush landscaping, Rick and I sat on the porch and listened to a symphony of birds' songs as we de-stressed after some very busy, wedding preparation months.  What I felt there reminded me of another time - the summer after losing Kristi we were invited to spend some time in northern Arizona.  We were hosted by some dear people who just spent time with us and shared the amazing mountains and landscapes which represented God's beauty after a time of terror and heartache.  I can't explain it but that week began the healing process for me as I drank in God's majesty and was given the freedom to talk or not talk with people who truly cared about what I was going through.  The memory of that time and the peacefulness of this new place were the seeds for the dream - what if I could create that same oasis for other hurting parents - the parents that I still receive emails from, crying and begging me for hope after the loss of their own children.  Little did I know that Rick was thinking the same thing.

It is now a few months short of a year later and we have prayed, talked, figured and prayed some more and the dream just won't go away.  Despite the obstacles, we still believe that this is where God is leading us.  In case I have been allusive, our dream is to buy the Walnut Lane Inn and use it not only as our career and livelihood, but also a place where I can host the parents that I still receive emails from, a place where they can come, free of charge and expectation, and experience God's beauty and peace if only for a short time.  We have drawn up a business plan and are confident that the bed and breakfast, which is also a wedding venue, would support itself as well as the ministry to parents who have lost children.  There are obstacles, as I mentioned, we need to sell our house (it is currently on the market) and although the current owners of Walnut Lane Inn are willing to finance, they require a very large down payment - something that we do not have - but we are trusting that God will provide if it truly is His will.  After losing Kristi, I have always felt that there would be some type of ministry that God would provide where we could use our experience to honor not only her memory but most of all His greatness - could this be it?

I'm not sure why I felt a need to share this dream in my little blog where I'm not even sure if anyone will read i,t but just getting it out has helped me to solidify the dream.  If there are readers out there - I would appreciate your prayers as we wait for God's provision to fulfill Our Dream.............