Saying goodbye to an Angel on Earth.

(via etsy artist sgmtucker)
Have you ever lost a loved one to cancer??
We lost an angel yesterday….my Aunt Amy had been battling skin cancer for a few years now and we all hoped and prayed for a miracle. You never want your family member to be the one that loses the battle…especially someone like her. She was the oldest of ten in my mom’s family, who are all very close to each other. She had the voice of an angel, and the spirit of  a saint. She sang many weekends for weddings. And when she sang on my wedding day… she made the Wedding Mass a heavenly experience. It was her gift to her family…to ALL of us nieces and nephews. In fact, one of my favorite memories of my wedding day was when I heard her sing the Deer’s Cry right before I went to walk down the aisle. It is hard to know how much her children and husband will suffer in having her gone, and selfishly, I think we all wish she could have cheated death. Don’t you HATE CANCER?!! ….But in reality, we all have a time that only God knows on earth, and  she can finally rest pain free in the arms of her creator.
I am having a hard time being miles and miles away from all my family and being VERY pregnant and unable to fly anywhere. I don’t know how I will get to the funeral…. My eyes are a little swollen today. She was such an incredible person, and we loved her very much. Please if you have a moment, lift a prayer up for all of our family today!
If I could, I would be sending these bouquets of flowers to heaven(purple was her favorite color :) …And the gift of song she gave to me on my wedding day, I want to give back to her:
The Deer’s Cry:
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:

Light of sun,

Radiance of moon,

Splendour of fire,

Speed of lightning,

Swiftness of wind,

Depth of sea,

Stability of earth,

Firmness of rock.

I arise to-day
Through God’s strength to pilot me:

God’s eyes to look before me,

God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s way to lie before me,

God’s shield to protect me,

From all who shall wish me ill,

Afar and anear,

Alone and in a multitude.

Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me….

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Now I get to announce the winner to the Odyssa Travel Bag Winner! YAY! # 52 – Jenna! …..
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Organization Inspiration: Dresser and Jewelry Storage

I have always been a girl who loves pockets, drawers, and secret compartments:) Every trim and notion in my works studio has a spot in a jar or basket. I just love organization! Makes your life easier, right? However, I could use some help on my dresser top! A complete mess of jewelry, lotions, pictures, etc. So these photos were motivating me to get working on it. Can you tell I am in nesting mode? ;) 
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
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