Working on getting my 10,000 steps a day. I got a huge blister last night. So I’m not sure how today will go. This Fitbit thing is so encouraging and it’s just the kick I need. As, I’m a competitive person by nature! 🙂 are you on Fitbit? Add me! Let’s encourage one another. 


This and That

Painting a St. Dymphna peg doll for a customer. I’m liking how it’s turning out. I think I’ll paint a few more. Such an important Saint. Her story is terrifying and very sad. Her Mother passed away and her Father went a little mad in the head and wanted to marry her because of her resemblance to her Mother. She fled from him several times. She’s the patron saint of mental illness. 

Working on a few embroidery designs. A paisley to start and a lovely design for Pentecost that I’m very excited about.  

My new specs!  And look at those two lovely babies! Anna is graduating from 8th grade and Thomas is graduating from high school! Oh my heart. I love them so. Slow down!!


Mothers Day ended with us taking the 3 younger kids to the local high school for some tennis. We’re out of shape and pretty rusty – but everyone had a lot of fun. I see us doing this a lot in the summer months!

Growing older

Thomas. Still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that he’s graduating from high school in June. 

He’s at that age where he thinks he knows what he wants in his future, but is a little scared about the steps it will take. 

I hold my breath. As his Mother, my hopes and dreams for him have changed and grown and settled over the years. Happiness. Contentment. Peace. Drive. Challenging. The road less taken. I want all of that and more for him. 

I pray nightly for his peace and for his future. Silent tears often roll down my face. Gosh, it went by so fast. Did I do everything I could’ve for him? Did I try hard enough? Love him enough? Discipline him enough? Give him enough space? The questions and what if’s go around and around in my head without ever finding answers. 

Oh, how I have prayed for this boy. I don’t imagine I’ll ever stop. 💗