Friday, February 22, 2008

Catching Up....

I always have good intentions of posting regularly, but with work, sickness, time spent reading all of the other wonderful blogs, life, etc, time definately slips away from me. I am in a bunch of fun spring swaps that I am working on....Danielle's Spring Soiree Collage Swap, Kai's Daylight Savings Swap, Heather's Sweet Little Nest Swap, and Lenna Andrews' Alpha Stamps Tallulahs Postcard Swap. Fun, fun, and more fun!

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 mom is my absolute best friend in the world...we live about 4 miles 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)

Love, Mom

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!

And this is what she sent to me......

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 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!

9 comments: said...

That is a great idea with the photos on the tag. Karla (Sugar Bear) gave me something with my grandbaby's picture and a gift to my friend, Beth with a picture of her dog. It was really sweet and personal.

Kai said...

Oh, Lolly! You have the sweetest mom and that's better than any gift that comes in a box FOR CERTAIN! I cried so much reading her beautiful words to you. STILL sitting here sniffling as I comment. You ARE a sweetheart! I learned a HUGE lesson about swaps from you. I had never done a swap before (except for on my pin doll group & that's JUST pin dolls) so I didn't realize it was not only acceptable but GREAT to ADD things! I feel as though you really got the short end of the stick getting stuck with ME as a partner. I was so mortified when I opened your exquisite box to me and realized my mistake. But thanks to YOU, I will follow my HEART from now on and add all I want to! I won't make the same mistake next time! THANK YOU for teaching me AND for being so kind & generous! And BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I think you are a treasure!

lindaharre said...

Dear Lolly, upon reading your post I couldn't help but reflect on my children and my feelings as well! I am around your mom's age...maybe a little older....and I too remember so well the birth and love I felt immediately! It is wonderful to have your mom in your life and you in hers:D That is how it should be.....I think:D Happy belated birthday and than you for your kind words. I take them to heart...Linda

Natasha Burns said...

Wonderful swapping goodies Lolly!
I love what your mom wrote about you, and isn't she a gorgeous woman!!!

Fete et Fleur said...

Everything is lovely the letter from your mother brought tears to my eyes!

Blessings! Nancy

Heidi ( said...

Beautiful post from your mom to you. A mother-daughter friendship is priceless. It's fun to see your swap're going to stay very busy with that many swaps!

The Tattered Rose said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. What a nice tribute from your Mom and I enjoyed seeing all your previous swap goodies. Please come back by anytime. Cheers, Trish G.

Stevie K said...

Greetings Lolly! I love the letter your mom wrote to you! She's beautiful! It's nice having your mom as your best friend :0). Thank you SO very much for all of my goodies! I have a hard time using my vintage wallpaper and charms hehe! Take care!!

Folksie Linda said...

Oh Lolly that was such a precious letter from your made me cry..she is so lucky to have you and visaversa. I lost my first born in a tragic car accident at 25 years old and I miss her terribly. Cherish every moment with your Mom, i am sure she cherishes her moments with you! Did I see two Pomerians dogs in the blog? you didn't mention them in your likes... lol.. Hugs, Linda