I am pretty lucky. I have a sweet 15 year old son in my house today. It's Ty's BIRTHDAY today- yes, ONE week before Christmas!!!!!
This is his friend KJ to the left. They have been good friends for years. I just have to say that I'm super thankful for my youngest child. Ty has been probably my hardest child (just being honest), but he is GREAT son. He has MANY big brothers, sisters, and parents who all like to tell him what to do. I think sometimes he doesn't really appreciate this. He is 4.0 in school and works hard academically. He loves to snowboard and hang out with his friends. He is now 15 and is most excited to start driving with his learners permit. Oh my... I just did this with Zach.
I have a confession, I am a way nervous mother driver. When my kids learn to drive, it has been my patient husband Tyler who has helped the kids. I think Matt did me in. He was our first driver and I was in the car with him one day and he was pulling out on a busy street (state street) and he pulled right out in front of a oncoming FAST car. I was never the same!!!! ha- I was so scared and decided to let Ty take over.
Also, today is my sweet son in laws birthday- Devan. Okay, I can't even tell you how much we love Devan. He is truly like a son to me. I know he has only been in our family since marrying Gentry, but we just love him and are so thankful for him.
Devan and Gentry have been married 7 months now. He is working at Home Depot (he LOVES it!) and is going to school for his Masters. He works really hard and he simply adores my daughter. I could NOT have asked for a more wonderful young man for my daughter. Devan- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! We love you so much.
I now have all my CHA prototypes in and starting to create projects. At first, it was really hard. I just did not feel creative at all. I was struggling with Ty in the hospital, the holidays and taking care of my boys are home- plus, my business. What did I do? NOTHING. I just felt like I needed to time to just not do it. I have a very talented design team and I knew if I simply couldn't do samples- then that was okay. Then something CRAZY happened. Last weekend, I took out the products and set them on the table. I put on a HALLMARK movie (I'm obsessed), put on my favorite sweat pants and before I knew it I was designing like a crazy crafter. Thoughts and inspiration came so fast. I haven't been able to stop. I just am so thankful that by allowing myself to RELAX it just "came" back.
I can't wait to share all the collections and what I've created. I sent the design team boxes yesterday. I always get a little giddy hoping that they LOVE them as much as I do. The workshop at TIMELESS TREASURE SOLD OUT in one day. Nancy contacted me that night and asked if we could add more tables and add more students. RIGHT now- we have 3 of those spots left. I was so happy that so many people signed up so fast! I can't wait to see you at CHA and the store on January 10th.
Are you ready for Christmas? This year of course is way different for us. There is not one present under our tree right now. I did go and buy a really inexpensive tree to put up. All of our Christmas is packed in our storage unit and there was no way Ty was going to be able to get it out and up this year with his cancer and hospitalization. However, this little TREE is perfect for US. This Christmas is to focus on what truly matters in life and in our family. The best gift we ever will have is knowing that we are literal sons and daughters of God and can live with Heavenly Father and Jesus again with our family. I am most thankful to know that I will see my mother, father grandmother, father in law, aunts, and family that have passed away. To me, this is what matters. More than ever we will focus on the gift of the Saviors birth and life this year.