Look Up

So beautiful. Almost mystical

Amanda Mininger

My brother came to us in an airplane when he was one and I was two. He left Guatemala and traveled in the night sky across jungles and sea with a woman from the agency who soothed him over the noise of the engines. They landed on U.S. soil and he was delivered—small, malnourished, with big round eyes—into the arms of our expectant family.

It’s fitting that his new life with us began at night under the stars, because my brother is Mayan, descended from that proud, ancient civilization who looked upward to the constellations. They followed the movement of the planets and the path of the sun, plotted courses, predicted events, developed a calendar. Makes me wonder: could they have read in a comet’s tail how far away their sons and daughters would end up, or what their fortunes would be?

Almost at once this new child pulled on…

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A Letter to the Mother of my Step Children

This is beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Living, Loving, Laughing...

I know I am not the perfect step-in parent for your children. I make mistakes. I misjudge. I get frustrated, confused, and conflicted. It’s a tight wire balance of being too close and being too far.

I don’t want to overstep my boundaries. And yet, I sometimes lose track of the rule book. I don’t always know what to expect. And even when I think I do, I realize how far-off the beaten path I really am. I manage the best I can for them. Not necessarily as another parent, but someone who loves being in their life. Someone who cares for them, because I care for their Dad. But, I fail. I try. I fail. Then I brush myself off and hope you can forgive me.

From the first moment I met them, I wanted them to know I could never replace you, nor would I want…

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Etsy Shop Improvements

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Purple Polka Dots ShopBanner During the course of the last month, I have found and reblogged several different articles about how to improve your Etsy Shop. These articles have covered everything from SEO to tags and titles and even photography. After reading through all of them, it got me to thinking about my Etsy Shop . So, I took some time off from my design studio and my blog to focus on implementing some of the suggestions that the articles had to offer.

I began by reviewing every item in my shop. This was quite a task because I have over 180 items. My titles were adjusted first. An example of this would be my Blue Hydrangea Embossed Polka Dot Birthday Greeting Card. I discovered that I had this arranged in the incorrect indexing order. Now, the new title is Handmade Greeting Card, Birthday, Blue Hydrangea, Embossed Polka Dot. Next, I reworked all…

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The tiny girl with a huge heart

Yesterday we celebrated my daughter’s fourth birthday. I had been planning her Sophia the first party for a couple months when she told me one morning that she wanted to celebrate with the poor children at mother Theresa’s children’s home.

I was quite taken aback. I was somewhat angry if I say so myself.
Here I was planning away and this tiny person smashes it all.

But since it was HER day and it was a good cause I had to agree.

So off we went to the children’s home to celebrate my girl’s fourth.
It was such an emotional day.

There were about 50 children from 1 1/2 to 5 yrs and when they lined upto sing happy birthday to Raquel my daughter I started crying. And guess what; she was crying too.

It was so beautiful that those children with no mummies and daddies to love them, could love and give so much.

Many came and clung to me or my husband and my little Raquel let them!

She wasn’t jealous or insecure. She was just happy to share me with them.

I just couldn’t stop crying.

Oh how I wish I could mother them all. Love them all.

I thank god my little girl is growing upto be a great person.

How To Become A Saint

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 1_0_793276 With the Canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II this Sunday, the topic of sainthood has been abundant in the media.  With all this talk of popes and saints, what does it really take to become a Saint?

The Bible talks about saints as true followers of Christ.  The term “saint” can be used for each and every person in Heaven with the Lord.  With that being said, The Catholic Church certainly does not make anyone a saint.  Jesus is the way to Heaven and only the Father can judge the souls of those who have died.  What the Catholic Church does is recognize the Sainthood of a particular person through a formal process called canonization.

The canonization process begins after a person has died.  Why are the living not declared formal saints?  Because since they have not finished their earthly journey, we cannot…

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Baby Girl Ballerinas

Baby Girl Ballerinas

Baby girl ballet flats. This soft soled shoe is perfect for your little girl learning to walk. flexible rubber sole (pasted) can be added for better grip, upon request.

made to order at http://www.butterflykissesbyRU.etsy.com

Inside is lined with cotton. Inner sole is fleece.

Perfect as a gift item at a baby shower or first birthday party. Even better as flower girl shoes.

bigger sizes can be made for toddlers. Message me before placing your order.

Selling price 30.00 USD