Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Navy is breathing down my neck...

So, now we are down to 11 days until our son ships out... 
which is actually 10 days because he has to be at the recruiting
office at 3:00 the day before, then on to a hotel for the night.
We can take him out for dinner that night as long as we stay 
very close by (preferably in the hotel) and have him in 
his room by 10:00pm.We will go to MEPS  the next
day to see him do the final swearing-in 
(the "no turning back, you're in the Navy now" one) 
and  then say good-bye. Some parents go to the airport and
 hang out, but unless our son requests this, I think I'll pass. 
I can only take so many farewells.
Things seem surreal. It is hard for me to imagine him gone,
despite the 10 months we have known this date.
I am very excited, proud and grateful for this opportunity
for my son, but it is bittersweet. 
I don't even know what to do these last days.
He seems quiet and a bit withdrawn. I know this 
is not unusual and is part of the separation process.
I have the business of organizing an "Anchors Aweigh"
 party to distract me. Then come the good-byes 
and the long wait for communication from boot camp.

What a ride this has been...
and it has barely begun! 


Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I love trying new things so I pulled out my paintbrushes and acrylic paints today
 and attempted some birds on fabric. I am not much  of a painter, 
but is was really fun. I am going to keep at it and also try some
nests, seashells and flowers. My head is full of ideas! 
I hope to incorporate painted elements in my jewelry creations.
I am so grateful for the gift of creativity.


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Come shop!!! ♥

♥ Please drop by my Summer Shopping Open House this Sunday, July 10th 
between 1:30 and 4:30. I have created lots of new one-of-a-kind jewelry designs, 
including sea-inspired pendants, bird-nest rings and vintage luxe bracelets. 
Treat yourself or pick up a gift for someone special. ♥


Monday, July 04, 2011

♥It is a great privilege to live in this amazing, FREE country. 
I am grateful for all who have created,
 nurtured and defended our freedom and to those that continue 
to devote their lives to service to our country.
 My hope is that God will continue to bless
 not only the United States,
 but this beautiful world that we share 
with our brothers and sisters. ♥
♥ Happy Independence Day!♥



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