My name is Barb and I am the woman behind the online boutique THE FRENCH ELEMENTS. While I will always keep The French Elements blog (so many memories), I have started a new one and I hope you will visit.
CHASING THE NEXT CHAPTER is about change. The past few months I have been thinking about writing a new blog. My youngest son passed away 7/1/2015 and life will never be the same for us. He entered Heaven and we entered a new chapter in our lives. A very different chapter that is still unfolding.
We have always talked about moving back to Europe (or elsewhere). The talk continues but we are planning on making the dream our reality.
He would be pleased.
While sitting on the beach in Cannes (HEHE), I thought I would post some memories of Memorial day. I just love blogger post options.
As a child, I loved Memorial Day because there was no school, we always had a picnic, would watch the local parade and visit our little town cemetery to place flowers. It never occurred to me what it was all about.
As I grew older, the true meaning became apparent.
My dad was a war veteran.
He never really spoke about his experiences.
He was a man of few words but a man with a HUGE heart.
He was an animal lover extraordinaire.
He had an interesting philosophy- to speak no ill.
He was always quick to help anyone without thinking what's in it for me.
He was an entrepreneur. He worked very hard but never complained.
In fact, I never heard him complain about anything.
He always had time for me and for that I am very grateful.
He passed away on Memorial Day 4 years ago.
I was very fortunate to be with him as he passed.
This Memorial Day weekend has a very different feel about it since my son Jeff is in boot camp.
I am so proud and in awe of the young men and women that are serving our country now.
The sacrifices my dad's generation made has given our generation freedom.
The sacrifices that our occurring now, I pray will give our grandchildren and their children continued freedom.
I am hoping to be able to attend Jeff's graduation from Ft. Jackson. FINGERS CROSSED and saying PRAYERS. I'm definitely on the bandwagon!
Have fun this weekend, be safe, but most of all remember.
9 years ago today, a little Angel came into our family.
Jayde, your parents couldn't wait to see you, hold you, and love you in the flesh.
Daddy looks so young doesn't he? My baby was just 21 years old when you were born.
Your daddy was proud, he just beamed.
In fact, he didn't want to put you down!
Your mommy was thrilled. Two had become three.
As we heard your first cries (girl, you had a set of lungs-hehe) we rejoiced.
I was so excited to be your grandma and that excitement will never go away.
It just keeps getting better and better.
I am so proud of you. You are a compassionate person.
Your spirit just shines.
My wish for you is that as your grow up, you keep your joy.
Keep listening to that small voice inside, it will never let you down.
You are a wonderful young lady and we are very lucky to have you in our lives.
you will adore these books. I've been calling them my treasure books and they truly are.
Ever since these books "found me" several weeks ago, I've had difficulty putting them down.
This may sound crazy but I think the books "find you" and not the other way around.
These books knew I needed a little mini vacation and that is what they have provided.
Vintage French Interiors- Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France
by Sebastien Siraudeau is filled with the most magical photo's.
It is beautifully written and just look at some of the photo's.
While reading this, I had the feeling that I was visiting the shops and markets with a good friend.
You will LOVE IT!
The other book that I am head over heels in love with is: The Flea Markets of France by Sandy Price, photo's by Emily Laxer.
Notice the size- small enough to fit in a carry on bag.
When hubby saw this book, he started shaking his head and laughing.
He knows me wayyyy too well!
I figure I am just being prepared (blame it on scouting as a child).
This little treasure book is just filled with helpful tips which I plan on absorbing-hehe.
I'm telling you, this book "found" me for a reason.
Just looking at the photo's makes me want to start shopping now.
If you should be near a bookstore soon, maybe these 2 treasure books will find you.
If they do, let me know.