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.
Many years ago, a friend painted this picture of Jeff.
He was 3 years old.
The ladies always laugh when they see this picture
because daddy is in a skirt.
They don't understand the "kilt" thing.
This is one of my treasures that someday
will be passed down.
When this photo was taken last year at Jeff's graduation from basic
training at Fort Jackson, this Army mom was so proud.
Proud of him and all the other soldiers that made it through.
This photo says it all.
I had been crying. My eyes are closed but I was so happy to see him.
Tomorrow he leaves for a ONE YEAR deployment (unless the Army changes their mind).
Due to his job, I have to be vague and that kills me.
I can tell you that I am heart sick!
He hasn't met his new daughter yet.
Yesterday, she was 2 weeks old.
My heart breaks for Dorothy and the ladies.
They are strong but it is difficult.
I know that many of you have been praying for him.
Please keep the prayers coming for the brave men and women that
serve our country.
Please say an "extra" prayer for Jeff.
We appreciate every single one!
OOPS! I just hit the publish post by accident.
I'm not known for long posts but... I'm not finished-hehe.
I will be back later tonight with the winner of my little giveaway.
See you later.
Something that seems to be in short supply these days.
Do you ever wish that time would just SLOW DOWN A BIT?
So much to do, so little time.
The past couple of weeks have been interesting to say the least.
A blessed birth, news that Jeff may deploy (can't go into detail),
and trying to get services that have been cut for J.W.
It is so sad that the people that need the most help are
the ones that seem to fall through the cracks.
Not the most positive post, I know.
Guess I am just tired-hehe.
I am so thankful that I can speak up on his behalf.
Yes, I am THAT squeaky wheel.
I think I may need to "squeak" for others.
If you are a regular visitor to The French Elements blog,
you know that Jeff nicknamed Andrea- Newbaby2010 ver.4.0.
That was before they knew whether they were having
a boy or girl.
Newbaby2010 ver.4.0 was how I received the news
and I was over (still am) the moon.
Another wee one to LOVE.
It just doesn't get better than that.
O.k, it could be better since I have not seen her
in person yet (some health stuff going on with J.W.)
but I know that day will be coming soon.
In celebration, I wanted to have a French inspired giveaway.
There are 5 French goodies for you to win. YAY!
The First is an embroidered burlap pillow.
As you can see, it features the Eiffel Tower
and Merry Christmas in French.
Christmas will be here before we know it.
Very French, very fabulous.
You will also receive this collection of 4 Chanel goodies.
Mousse Douceur- the most wonderful facial cleanser
2. Gommage Microperle Eclat- an exfoliating gel that really will
give your skin a glow.
3. Quick Shadow Brush- one of my favorite tools for
applying shadow with the speed of light.
4. Exceptionnel De Chanel- this Chanel mascara gives intense volume
It is very easy to enter and you have the opportunity to
receive several entries.
1. Leave a comment
2. Follow the blog. If you visit occasionally and don't follow,
this would be a great time to follow along.
Let me know if you are a new follower.
If you already follow, you have 2 entries right off the bat.
Double check to make sure you really do follow.
There are blogs I thought I was following but when I
clicked on "follow", I found out I wasn't.
Not sure if that is a blogger glitch.
3. If you post the giveaway button on your blog, one more entry.
4. If you tweet or do a Facebook post about the giveaway,
yet one more entry.
Just come back and let me know.
The winner will be announced September 14th (evening)
so that gives you some time to spread the word.
So there you have it. Long post for me-hehe.
I am so excited about Andrea Jeanne.
Our family has been blessed with this precious new life
and we are so thrilled.