When you think of fall and Thanksgiving do you often think of turkey and pumpkin pie? I know it is not always easy for a vegan or pescatarian to fit in during the holiday family meals and keep traditions. But the pumpkin pie is one easy way to have your pie and eat it too!
According to Reverend Alan Rudnick there are some people who think that Halloween is an evil day. But it started as a Christian day to prepare for all Saints Day (November 1) the term Halloween from its beginning had nothing to do with any pagan or evil beliefs. The Christian festival All Hallows Eve morphed into our current word Halloween.
Professor of philosophy at the Christian Biola University John Mark Reynolds helps us understand how Christians can reject the evil undertones of Halloween. Christians have the right to reject (the pagan) interpretation. (Same as the pagan holiday-Christmas) My Neighbors celebration of Halloween as a pagan festival does not require me to lose All Hallows Eve because of course, it is an actual historical memory of what Halloween is.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” Matthew 5:4,
The loss of a child is one of the most excruciating painful losses anyone can go through. And if you were a caregiver of a young child or adult or have suffered PTSD from the trauma of the event, it can seem impossible to get through it, you are never the same and wonder if life can ever be good again.
After the loss of my oldest daughter Joran, I knew I needed to be an example to my living Daughter and grieve in a healthy way and try to find joy in life again or she may not be able to find joy and happiness for herself. But how can we do that?
Because I was my daughter’s caregiver after her car accident and gave up my career to care for her when I lost her I also lost my job and purpose for living. I was with her every day for 24 hours a day 7 days a week so when I lost her I was suddenly alone and the house was empty. I lost my daughter, my best friend the one I looked forward to seeing every morning as she greeted me each day with a smile, she didn’t complain and she had a wonderful sense of humor. We had fun and laughter every day and made a game of her therapy in walking and pool therapy. Even on the hard day’s, she was amazing and I told her she was my hero because of her strength and refusal to give up. She also gave me lots of hugs and kisses which nothing can replace.
July 9th will mark three years since my beautiful daughter Joran went to be with the Lord.
This month I was able to let go of most of her things that I had put away stored in a closet. Her bright colored high top Pastry shoes (which were her signature style) and Victoria Secret t-shirts; I donated to my church thrift store. I held back on donating Joran’s Hagan Road Elementary School staff t-shirts. It’s not easy to let go of a part of your child that made them unique.
This is what I have learned about Grief after losing a child.
- The grief and pain never goes away, because the love you have for your child does not go away, but you will get stronger to be able to deal with the pain.
Did You ever wonder what to do with the photos you get during Christmas time? How do you display your photos? While walking my dogs one day I found an old picture out in someone’s trash. It was faded and had a floral picture frame that was outdated. Since my daughter wanted a FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 camera for Christmas I was thinking of ways she could display her photos in her dorm room and I came up with this idea.
When diagnosed with Lymphoma and fatty liver ten years ago, I was in a panic because I believed what traditional medical doctors do about cancer that it is a death sentence. Once I found out it didn’t have to be I had hope. So I took my health out of the Doctors hands and into my own. And it was very empowering.
Sometimes there is the client that just needs a little help with their home and they don’t have a large budget. These can be very rewarding and appreciating clients because they have already tried to do their home design on their own and know that they have failed. They really appreciate a designer’s knowledge and expertise.
This client had already attempted the design of their new home on their own and they were very unhappy with the results and called me to help them.
Living room before:
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to decorate for the Christmas holidays by using some decorative items you already have and a little planning. You can start looking for pine cones in the parks where you go to play with the kids or to work out. Once you have collected a bushel of pine cones you will be almost ready to decorate.
The festival of the Trees is the season’s much anticipated 10th annual event for adults and children, December 2-14 in Palm Beach Florida at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, where more than 25 trees are professional decorated each year by local designers, artist, and florists.
This was my first year at the event and decorating a tree, which was Needlepoint Design, sponsored by Mrs. J. Simpson Dean, decorated by me Katheryn De Wolfe of De Wolfe Interiors with the help of my daughter Lindsay Walker and her friend Sarah Cullison. With over 130 handmade needlepoint, cross-stitch, and antique spools decorating the tree.
This year’s event theme is Celebrating Design through the Decades, shows the changing styles of design through the decades, sponsored by Sentient Jet. From the Stone Age to the 50’s, 60’s and 80’s, it’s wonderful to see each designer’s Interpretation of what that time period was all about. Each designer tree is sponsored by local area businesses, and designers volunteer their time and talents to decorate the trees. Continue reading
I love fall in south Florida, because the weather is getting cooler less humid, and of course I love decorating for fall. Neighbors come out of their houses more when it cools off and it’s nice to get out in the garden and do some gardening.
I also love to create holiday and seasonal decorations that can be reused year to year in a new way while not having a storage problem to store all my decorations. I know some people who rent storage units just for their holiday decorations even though they have large garages.