Saturday, April 9, 2011

happy list saturday

this week, as i mentioned in my last post, was a very emotionally taxing week. i was planning on skipping this week's happy list. but today has been a bit brighter. i've had a fairly decent day, and i got quite a bit accomplished, so i felt like i had enough energy in reserve to do the happy list post. here we go...

1. giveaways.  i've done a terrible job of promoting this month's giveaway mostly because i've been dealing with the affects of grief. but i am really excited about giving away the keepsake remembrance necklace from Lilly Ellen Designs. i really hope that it brings a smile to a momma desperately in need of one {like it did for me}. if you haven't had a chance to enter the giveaway, you still have time. check out this post for details on the necklace and to enter. the giveaway will end on april 11th, and i will announce the winner on april 12th.

2. jewelry. i got such a wonderful outpouring of support after my last post. i can't thank you ladies enough for lifting me up with your comforting words, thoughts and prayers. i seriously don't know where i would be without you all. anyway, one comment in particular gave me inspiration to splurge on myself a bit {not that i need an excuse, but still}. felicia, said "...Go do one thing special for yourself, you like coffee go get one that you don't have to feel guilty for...you like the mall....go buy a new blouse or earrings....just give yourself one good reason to smile...I'll do the same." so i decided yesterday to buy the birthstone rings that i had been eyeing from james avery {thanks to natasha}. i got a ring to represent me, D and Juju, and will wear them together - with Juju sandwiched in between his momma and daddy. more pieces to add to my Juju armor.


i also picked up a couple of things for future giveaways.

dragonfly earrings

butterfly necklace

3. mail. i received such a thoughtful gift in the mail from someone i went to grade school and high school with. she said after seeing the tattoo i got on my wrist, she knew she had to buy this mug for me. i couldn't help but smile looking at the adorable froggy and thinking of Julius. whenever i receive a card or a gift from people, i feel it's Julius' way of reaching out to me and letting me know he's ok. it's his way of sending love to me, through others. so thank you, tania, for making me smile, and sending me Juju's love.


4. gardens. i've again been inspired by my fellow BLMs to plant a garden/flower bed for Juju. after seeing some of the beautiful pics, i thought it would be a great idea to have an area dedicated to the life and love of my baby boy. so i asked my dear friend to help me with this project, since she has more of a green thumb than i do. we went out yesterday and bought the flowers, several of which were called "may night." i thought that was only appropriate considering he was born in may. we planted a few this evening {and i got eaten alive by mosquitoes}, and will finish planting the batch we got this weekend. i ordered a personalized garden memorial stone this past week too. so i will add that once we get all the flowers in, and then i'll post the pic.

17 comments:

Deanna said...

beautiful, Tiffany! I have been wanting to get rings very similar to yours -- can't wait to see pictures of the garden :) Hugs to you!!

LauraJane said...

That ring is gorgeous. I'm glad today has been gentler on you.

My New Normal said...

Love the ring!

Sinful Sundays said...

Those birthstone rings are really pretty and such a cool idea. I like them, and I'm really excited for your garden. Sounds like it will be gorgeous!! <3

Mary said...

I LOVE your new ring...how beautiful! And that mug is too cute:) I think the idea of a garden is a wonderful idea...can't wait to see it. I am glad that in your grief, you allowed yourself a little happiness. It's so hard to allow ourselves to be happy.

Becky said...

Beautiful jewelry! I have never heard of "may night", can't wait to see how beautiful they are. Hugs

rebecca said...

Beautiful & I can't wait to see pictures of Juju's garden...it sounds amazing! <3 you

Tiffany said...

Love the ring! I hope Juju's garden brings you some peace! I'm sure he will bless you with lots of beautiful flowers!! ANd maybe the occasional little frog!

sarah said...

Otis's garden brings me endless amounts of peace...I was just out there working today - it's a place where I feel connected to him, bringing beauty into the world in his honor...

I can't wait to see Juju's garden.

Thanks for sharing this post, Tiffany, I read it first thing this morning and it inspired me to spend the day in the garden, which was really good for my soul.

The rings are gorgeous, and I love how Juju is sandwiched between mama and papa. <3

Sending you love...

Angie said...

What beautiful rings! I'm proud of you for doing something special for yourself, guilt-free! It feels so good to take care of you once in a while.

I can't wait to see your garden, I planted a nice one this weekend and love the idea of a personalized stone. I think I'll have to order one myself.. xo

Brooke said...

Will you link to where you ordered the garden stone? I've been looking for one (half-heartedly since sometimes browsing for that kind of thing makes me want to cry instead of shop online).

Glad you feel a little better. I had a very similar, very difficult week last week and I too feel like I'm lifting out of my slump a little bit (I was also out in the sunshine digging in our garden today, so maybe that has something to do with it). I love the "armor" that you've added to your collection. It is hard to be the walking wounded, but those sentimental keepsakes can help us feel connected.

Natasha said...

LOVE the rings!!!!! Yay!!!! So glad you got them :) Hmmmmmm I think I may need another ring for my right hand :) Come on Flava Flav! LOL!

Your list so made me smile today! I can't wait to see Juju's garden! I am ordering a memorial stone/bench for Aiden's garden too and I love it!!! That mug and froggy are just too cute!!!! And you know those dragonfly earrings are making me want to go out and shop!!!

Love you girl! I hope you have a peaceful week!

bibc said...

just wanted to tell you that im thinking of you and Juju of course.
something happened to my blogroll and i lost half the people in it. i just realized in the shower that ive been getting your updates on my phone but not on my blog. so glad to have you back where you belong.
xoxo
lis

New Year Mum said...

Love your list and great that you're feeling up to doing your happy list... love your ring and the idea of your garden for Juju. Love to you especially during this difficult period for you xoxo

Caroline said...

Love the list and love the ring. So glad your doing a garden !!
Have a Happy week !!
Always in my thoughts and prayers.

Natasha said...

Don't forget to add your link to the original post on my page so you're on the list!!!! It's open until midnight tonight!

The Great Elephant Symposium said...

Love love love your rings! I've been thinking about getting a ring with Olivia's birth stone too. I might have to make a trip to James Avery to look at them. That is such a cute mug!!

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