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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Tablescape

Finally a Spring table! It was fun to set it with my Aunt Paula's antique china, which I cherish. I enjoyed getting the Easter "stuff" out too. The pastel colors are so refreshing after a long winter. I can't believe Easter is already this Sunday! What a special time for us all to think about Christ's sacrifice for us and his glorious resurrection. Also, a time for us Striblings to think of renewal, rebirth, and for rejoicing in Daddy Corky's new life in Heaven because of Christ's sacrifice. May you all enjoy many blessing with your families and in your faith this Easter. Don't forget to count your blessings! (Is that really possible?)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Time for Healing in the Shack

Family, friends, food and fond memories are such an important part of the healing process. We all lost Daddy Corky, but we have each other for comfort and strength. All of us got together in The Shack: a place Daddy Corky loved. What a beautiful gathering in his honor! We talked, looked at photo albums, told funny stories, and ate of course. Through all of this, my thoughts kept going back to one idea. The human heart is truly amazing, thanks to God's perfect plan. Even though our hearts are breaking due to the loss of a loved one, we are able to simultaneously feel happiness and peace in the presence of our family and friends. That is amazing to me and I am truly thankful for my family's sake. I think the smiling faces you see in this slideshow are a perfect tribute to the kind, sweet, loving man Daddy Corky was and will always be in our memories. He was a gift from God.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Missing Daddy Corky

What a beautiful man and a beautiful life! We will all miss him. I couldn't have asked for a better father-in-law. He was a sweet, proud grandfather for our children, and a beloved uncle for all the cousins. Everyone called him "Daddy Corky," even my husband's friends and our kids' friends! I only hope he knew how much we all loved and appreciated him! Even though he is with God now, he will be in our hearts forever. (I'm pretty sure he and God are going to enjoy each other!)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Not Quite Spring" Tablescape

I thought I'd share my tablescape with you before I change it! Setting the table (even if we're not eating at it) is one of my favorite things to do. My family seems to enjoy it as well. I just love looking at all the tablescapes on "Tablescape Thursday." Maybe someday I'll get involved in that. Right now, I just enjoy setting the dining table with different dishes and accessories. Of course, we either eat in the kitchen or the shack, so the setting doesn't get moved.

I am a sucker for dishes! I decided to use my red and white French dishes with a few pieces of red transferware and cream, which I love! The linens and dishes I found at Tuesday Morning. Glasses too. The other stuff probably came from WalMart!!

This tablescape could have been much more complicated and layered, but I kept it simple for now. It seems to reflect my mood during the months of January and February: kind of quiet and reflective. The Holidays are over, Winter isn't, and I'm just waiting for Spring!! So, I'll be changing this tablescape for Spring any day now. (I'm rushing it, I know!)