I have a few weeks to catch up on! I will start by showing you these…my new favorite thing…my hand-painted boots…and then the necklace that goes with them…
While I totally love these boots…I love the colors and I love the shape and the way they fit…they are super comfortable…I love them most because of what they signify for THIS, My Life…
Because I have been thinking about painting some boots, and I just did it. These boots are two or three years old…and maybe they were ready to be ‘done’…but then they got a new life…because I wrote it on my list of things I wanted to do and Cynthia called me and said…
“I don’t care what you say, you are getting on the plane tomorrow and coming to hang out with us in Las Vegas…it’s already arranged….”
And I had a few hours to throw some things in a suitcase, and I thought about how long it has been since I went shopping….and how I wished I could go pick up a few new things to wear….but then I decided to FINALLY paint those boots (I had just gotten done telling Cynthia how much I wanted to do that)…and some jewelry to go with them…and that would be my NEW THING to wear…..
….and I remembered when I picked up that paintbrush and started painting those boots that THIS IS WHO I AM….
….and then I got to Las Vegas, where Memory Trends was going on, and here I am with my friend and ‘big sister’, Cynthia, who has been my friend for 10 years now…and who has put together and held together the friendships of a dozen or so artist women in our industry (our creative heart society)…and we have all loved each other and been a huge support to each other through all of the ups and downs and changes in all of our careers….
…like my beautiful and very special and wonderful friend, Jeanne and I….we have been through it all together over the last 10 years,…and we laughed and cried about all that’s happened since we both started our businesses WAY back then……and how very very much we love each other….and how very very many cities and countries we have shopped together in (always a shopping trip with Jeanne, no matter what)
….and I spent 2 incredible days with Cynthia, and Jeanne and Sandy….Sandy is our sage…one of the most tremendous women you will ever meet…and so wise and calm and beautiful and funny….these friendships are such a HUGE part of my life and I love how bossy Cynthia is to make us all keep them alive and hop on airplanes even in the craziest of times…I love you girls, I wouldn’t want to ever go through life without you!!!
I came home to my family…and to a new obsession with my little boys…rubber band balls….and…..I spent at least 3 straight days helping them to make them bigger and bigger and bigger….and there were rubber bands everywhere and it was making me crazy…but then they were so so happy over this very crazy phenomenon…that I couldn’t resist helping them….and a whole weekend was spent making them….
…and as we were still spending time moving, and going through all sorts of boxes in the garage and the barn, I found a kajillion decorations that I made in my ‘old life’…before I got wrapped up in international business and put so many things in boxes for ‘later’…a later that I thought would be months but turned into many years…and I realized how many Halloween decorations I had made for my children….and how long it had been since they were up…and Malary asked if we could decorate this year…and I said…’let’s just do it now!’….and we did…..and I forgot how very much fun I had making these little ballerina witches so many years ago…
…and Max lost another tooth and it broke my heart that it seems like last week he just GOT his first tooth…and how these two ‘surprise’ babies have made my life sunny and bright and beautiful every single day…and how I can’t believe that we almost stopped at 3 kids….
…and I looked out the window at Marq and Brock and our neighbors showing up with the tractor and helping us with a project in our yard and realized how beautiful this new life in this tiny little town has become for my husband and for my children….and that while I miss eating sushi and going to the gym and so many other things that were so close by before we moved out into the boondocks…that this is the place where God held our very best life, and my family has moved into it in a way that is tear-jerkingly beautiful…and that having no television has taught my children to do projects together and look out for each other and have fun and be creative…..
…and how much more they use the costume boxes now….and how my little boys are forever thinking of ways that they don’t have to get their hair fixed…like Mitchy saying “can I wear this spikey hat instead of combing my hair?”
…and that my daughters are now invading my closet and wearing my clothes…and that they almost fit them….and whoa….when did that happen?
…and how Marq put counters all the way around my studio the day after I told him that's what I wanted…and every day after work he helps me get a little further and a little further…and how we are almost done and I will post the photos of this beautiful creative space that I have longed for all of my life, in color as soon as we are in the land of Oz….which will be very soon….it is blowing my mind how cool my studio is turning out….
…..and life is alive. And I am so thankful….and I know you will find that yours is very very alive, too…..This is my life, and I am going to live it…no one else will ever do that for me….or for you….the world needs you!!! BE ALIVE!!
Lots of Love
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