When I opened the mailbox today it was full of surprises ~ one was this copy of the new Fall issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry.
I was recently contacted by editor Christen Olivarez asking me to submit some of my work for the Winter issue and I am excitedly waiting for that edition to be published, but I had no idea why I was receiving this issue until I flipped through the pages and found an interview of Ruth Rae and Kelly Snelling, the two authors of the book "A Charming Exchange" that I was lucky enough to be included in. Being a part of the original charm exchange and the resulting collaboration of artists for the book project was an opportunity that continues to bless me to this day. Be sure to pick up a copy of Bell Armoire Jewelry and read the interview as Kelly and Ruth get set to auction off the jewelry that was made for the book to benefit Breast Cancer Research.
And speaking of blessings, I received an unexpected gift from my mother in the mail today as well. At the bottom of the encouraging card she wrote the words "I wish I could be there with you" and my heart just about burst.
Mom, you are here with me every single day. Every time I look at my own daughters or my son I see you in their faces. Your light and your life shines in their eyes. When they laugh or tell a joke I hear you in their voices. I think of you when I look out my window and see the birds in my yard. I feel your heart when I am moved with compassion for an injured animal or angered at an injustice in the world. When I walk through my studio I remember painting ceramics and making Christmas ornaments at your side as a child. Every time I look in the mirror you are there. Somewhere along the line of my life the words "you look like your mother" stopped making me cringe and started making me feel very proud.
~ I love you mom ~ You are with me always.