Also, I just had to share this! My birthday was a month ago (I know I should have posted this then), and I just want to share this blog that my mom posted about me on her myspace account (yes!) on my birthday...my mom is my absolute best friend in the world...we live about 4 miles apart..here is her picture.
Anyway, here is her blog from January 24 (my bday) and by the way, my real name is Lorraine (mentioned in the blog below but friends and family call me Lolly):
Happy Birthday to You!!! Lorraine Marie you have been a blessing in my life!
I remember when you were born like it was yesterday. You were so little and so fragile looking with your long arms and legs and dark hair. And even with all the bruises from the hard birth, you were absolutely beautiful! And I was so young to be a Mom. And so immature. But when I saw your face and your beautiful blue eyes gazed into mine so trustingly, I knew it was time to grow up and be the Mom you deserved.I loved you so much. You looked so pretty in white with your dark hair. I remember not wanting to share you with anyone and wanted to hold you and stare at your pretty face all the time. I couldn't believe you came through me and that I was chosen and blessed to guide you, teach you and protect you through life!
When you got older your hair got wavy and long and it seems like your eyes got even more blue. Since mine were so dark, it made me happy to gaze at bright blue trusting eyes. You were tall with long legs and pretty hands. And you were so smart! I thought you were perfect.
When your sisters were born, it was hard for you to share your Mom but you were so helpful with them and loved them so. You were like a little mother to them and liked them as long as they left your toys and stuffed animals alone! As they grew it became harder for you to have a life of your own. Amy and Jill were into everything, including the toilet much to your horror! I've often said that I wish I could have spent more time alone with you before the twins were born but we managed to become so close in spite of it. Love knows no bounds. And you were my beloved firstborn.
Through the years and the ups and downs our love has been steadfast. I'm so proud of the smart, caring, and beautiful woman you have become. I'm so proud that you've accomplished so much. You have your own home, your own life and are so admired and respected in your job. And your pure love of animals swells my heart with pride. You are among the most compassionate people I have ever met and the depth of your soul is immense. You give of yourself without limit. You're spirituality is deeply quiet and naturally ingrained and so lovely.
What would I have done without you in my life! You are such a magnificant gift.
Happy Birthday my dearest of daughters. Forty three years seem like but a blink of an eye and you have been such a joy to me in this life. I wish for you a lasting love, and a happy and long life. May you always know that love surrounds you and that I have loved you since the moment of your birth and I will love you for all eternity.
"There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth. " (Gibran)
Is that not the most wonderful gift to get from your mom? I printed it out and put it in my journal and will cherish it forever!!
Another thing I am way behind on is posting about two additional Valentine swaps I was in ....
I participated in The Hanging Heart Swap from Sweet Goodness Swaps and this is what Kai made me.....I just love things that are made by other artists....they bring me such joy! I love it, Kai!!!!
This is what I sent to Kai! This was a FUN swap!
Then, I also participated in the Crafty Cupid Swap and my partner was Stevie.....this is the package that I sent to her!
Look at what she did below....see the tag in the bottom left corner....she took my picture from my blog and made me a personalized tag...is that not the cutest thing ever? I may have to use that idea in the future!!
I can officially say that I am addicted to swaps and love every minute of it.
I am off work today, so need to get busy working on my crafts and my part-time ebay business (not craft related), and I also want to start making things for Etsy. My mom has some wonderful creations that I will be posting in etsy in the coming weeks as well. My goal is also to update my blog more regularly. I have a list of things I want to post about!! I promise myself that I will do better!
Have a great weekend!