Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Precious Memories...

Hey, everyone!

Sorry I didn't post the winner of my PAYING it FORWARD in 2011 for February yesterday...we have yet another stomach bug (yes, seriously, 3rd one this month!) in the house and I was busy lysol-ing, cuddling, and chicken-soup-ing all day, haha.  Anyway-CONGRATS to Julie Tucker Wolek-your nomination was chosen and I just need the deets of your friend!  Thanks again to everyone and I'll be doing another one of these soon <3

Looking back on when I was a kid, I remember there was nothing like Gatorade, saltines and some serious TLC from Mom when I wasn't feeling well.   Now that I'm a mom and doing the same thing, I realize why she was sick all the time,  LOL!!  Still, there is nothing more comforting than being held by mama when you're not feeling well, so that was pretty much my day yesterday :) 

Yesterday also brought back a flood of memories of my Grandma (my mom's Mom).  I woke up in the morning and saw lots of Facebook posts saying "Happy Fat Tuesday" and remembered as a kid, we never called it that.  We'd say "Happy Pączki Day" (pronounced "punch-kee)!   When I was a kid, my Grandma was already widowed and lived in Northern WI on the peninsula-between Green Bay and Lake Michigan they'd get SO much lake-effect snow that she couldn't stay the winters up there so she'd come live with us for a few months out of the year and go back after Easter.  We sometimes even shared a room together and she would snore and snore and snore... LOL!  Anyway, every "Paczki Day" we'd have the most delicious JELLY DONUTS-gram's favorite.  Yesterday I got a little teary-eyed being reminded of that.  I am so glad that I have such wonderful memories and that I stayed close with my Gram until the day she passed many little life's decisions here and there that have been made and I always feel like she's right w/ me when I needed her....sigh. 

Speaking of precious memories, I don't have a CARD to share but LOOK at what I got in the mail yesterday from my friend Trisha of Sincerely Soldered!!!!!!!

My Cousin/BFF Kim and I met Trisha in January while attending Suzanne Dean's Copic Class.  She sat in front of us with her friend and was just the sweetest lady.   I noticed a GORGEOUS pendant that Trisha was wearing that was made from a photo of her children and finally said "ok, I just have to ask where you got that!"   Well, turns out, she MAKES them!  Check out her Blog, Sassy and Southern, and her Facebook page and PLEASE tell her I sent you b/c I couldn't be HAPPIER w/ this beauty:

Can I tell you how hard choosing my two fave pics of the girls/boys was?   I have so many beautiful photos of them facing the camera, I was racking my brain trying to decide when Trisha said she'd make me one.   As I was flipping through pics, I came across these two-andrealized that these candid shots may not be my favorite "photos" of them (especially since you can't see their faces), but they are by far my favorite MEMORIES.

Charleston, SC.
our favorite place.
That adorable hand holding.
Looking up to each other.
The way that Ava is almost waddling holding her sister's hand-she was still unsteady on her feet but knew she could trust her big sister to guide her.
Knowing that my two boys were giggling when I took this pic of them.

Yep, the choice was easy...although I have 1,000s of memories like, that makes me a very lucky girl, I'd say :)  Love these kids....
LOVE this life.


Thanks for letting me share it w/ you!



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh girl!! Thanks soooooooo much for choosing Leanne! That makes my HEART HAPPY!!! Let me know what you need from me about her ( .... I am having surgery today and leaving for the hospital in a little while... but I will answer you as soon as I can! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):) I hope everyone feels better soon at your place!! And loveeeeeeeee the memory about your Grandma... precious times I am sure...and that happy mail is AMAZING! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

What wonderful memories girlie!!! need to STOP with the enabling. I LOVE these necklaces. I am totally sending the bill for mine to you! LOL!!

Mrs Weyremaster said...

That is such a beautiful necklace, and awesome memories too, thanks for sharing them with us:)
Luv to you all

Julie said...

Oooh love those pendants and the pictures are absolutely precious! :)

Lisa said...

Wonderful memories! I had a paczki yesterday - raspberry. I have one a year, and now I'll remember your grandma when I do!

Cindy Haffner said...

BEAUTIFUL Memories Jess, BEAUTIFUL post!!!

Emma said...

OMGosh Jess, these are just ADORABLE! Isn't t funny how a picture can bring back so many memories!

Pam Varnell said...

OMG what sweet pics. They are perfect for your necklace. Love it too!!!! What a great keepsake.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Beautiful necklace! LOVE that your memories are so vivid and bring lots of comfort! Beautiful post:)

Andrea said...

I just loved reading this post. I was very close to my grandma as well. nothing is like that relationship I had with my grandma. And she snored too- and blamed it on her poodle hee hee (and any gassy noises too- just sayin') poor poodle was full of strange noises :). These pendants are stunning and there you go enabling me again girl!

Sammi said...

this is just so precious!!
Great post too!!

Trisha said...

Sweet memories!! My grandma raised me, and was my very best friend!!! I miss her, dreadfully!! I am so grateful that we've met! Your children are precious, and you are a gem!!

Sassy Southern Girls said...

I am Trisha's friend, Missy. Thanks so much for sharing your new pendant! We are SO glad that you love it!!!! I am enjoying catching up on your blog!!!!!

margie c said...

Happy to hear that you all are on the mend!
How precious is this! I loooove the pics that you chose! Such sweet memories! I love that my boys still hold hands too :) Definitely a mama-heart-melt-moment!

hugs, margie