Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A ride on the merry-go-round of life

It has been a while since my last post. My intention has been to post a couple times a week but life does not always allow that. Last week was a busy one. A few minor health issues or what I call "a little hiccup in the scheme of things". All is o.k and I am still smiling (hehe).

A lot of you have read my previous posts about the FDA globalization Act of 2008. While it has not been put into place, I have felt that I need to make a change. I remember many years ago when I worked for Clinique. When I started with them, ingredients were not even listed on products. No one thought that would ever become mandatory. Now it is difficult to find anyone who remembers life before ingredient listing. I have been listening to the voice inside. You know, the one you hear when you are quiet and receptive. That voice has been telling me for a while that The French Elements needs to evolve and it is evolving as we speak. I guess I needed to have a health set back to really listen and act on what was being revealed to me.

I won't go into the details here but you can read Our story on the new website. Change can be scary, but I know this is a change that I am supposed to make. The look has changed( you rock Cathy), the focus has changed and I could not be happier. It will take some time to get everything up and running.
Right now, only the policies and Our story pages are finished. I hope to have it completed by the end of next week. But if not, I am not stressing about it. Life is way too short!

Yesterday was a long one but look what came in the mail to truly make my day. Sherry had
several giveaways and I was one of the lucky winners. When I came in last night and saw the box, I was so excited. When I opened it up, oh my goodness. The picture doesn't do it justice (shaky hands-hehe). The giveaway was this beautiful cup and saucer but Sherry included the makings of my very own tea party. Miss Hailey may be over this weekend and I intend to have a tea party with her. We will be using everything! The vintage spoon and butter knife will be put to good use. The variety of teas and the cookies-oh yes. This will be a fun party.

Thank you so much Sherry. I love everything and will think of you every time I use my beautiful cup and saucer. You brightened my day!

I also wanted to ask for some extra prayers and good thoughts for both my son and my darling mother-in law. You know about my son's health problems. Please hold him up in prayer.
My dear Mother-in-law has been diagnosed with stage4 ovarian cancer. She is young, only 75.
She is undergoing chemo but it is taking a toll. Please remember her in prayer.

Well, I have rambled on long enough. I am hoping to get around to visit everyone this week. If I don't make it around, know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Many hugs to each of you.


Lorrie said...

Glad to see you back, Barb. You've been missed. Life is indeed a merry-go-round, sometimes it whirls faster than at other times.
Taking time to listen is so important. I haven't checked out your new site yet, but plan on doing so right after I send this message.
So sorry about your MIL - I prayed for her as I read about her.
That merry-go-round reminds me of the one we saw in Avignon, in the central plaza.


Rebecca Ramsey said...

I LOVE your new look! And I can't wait to see your finished site!

I'll be praying for your MIL and your son.
Give yourself a hug for me!

Elizabethd said...

Lovely to have you back now!
I'm so glad you refer to 75 as being young, that's the age my husband is and he does not feel old.
I will check out the new site soon.

Judy said...

I've missed you my friend but understand completely the busy thing. I was so glad you won Sherry's give away. I was disappointed I didn't of course but when I saw your name I felt better. I wish I could come to tea!!

Kim's Treasures said...

Yay you're back!!!

Praying for your mother-in-law and son!

Good luck with your business changes! I have not really ever been a fan of change. I am getting better at it though.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Barb

You ahve a full plate but I love your positive attitude. I'll keep both your son and mohter-in-law and YOU in my prayers.

The cup and saucer from Shery is beautful -- she is such a sweetie, and going through a lot herself.

Life is all about change -- I hope it will be a good one for your website --going over to look now

HUgs, Pat

Glenda said...

Change in any form is never a bad thing. Some of us see it sooner than others.
I myself am in need of change but not sure were and when, I am leaving that to God. He knows my needs and I'll have to trust in him.

The new look is very nice.

Prayers to you and yours.

Alexandra MacVean said...

Good evening, Barb. I'm so happy to see you back. You have really been missed. I do love the new look of your page and I'll keep you and French Elements in my thoughts and prayers. *hugs*

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

It sounds like you have a wonderful new adventure. I can't wait for all the details. I will be praying about all the health issues. Please continue to pray for me as I am having some cardiac problems and my bp just wants to stay through the roof. Please pray and I will pray for you. I'm glad you are back and I love the new look. tres jolie!

Unknown said...

COngratulations on your giveaway prize. I don't know what your changes are, but good for you for listening to that "inner voice". Good luck with everything!

Charm and Grace said...

Oh yeah, I know all about blogging breaks! You are too sweet... I really appreciated your comment this morning. I am loving your blog's new look! Terrific... and now I am heading over to read your "story." Hope you feel better.

Love & hugs,

Charm and Grace said...

Praying for your son and M-I-L right now, too.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Barb!
I'm so happy you liked your "tea party"! Please enjoy it and celebrate whatever little victory God has given you on that day!!
Your son & mother-in-law are in my prayers Barb.
Big huge hugs, Sherry

Country French Antiques said...

Just like when you ride the merry-go-round, it is a state of mind. Focus on the beautiful music, the lovely detailing of the horses, the magic of the carriages. If you look beyond, it can make your tummy quesy.
Live the moment, it is beautiful.
I am wishing for you many beautiful moments!!

Barb said...

This comment is to miss tat-o-holic.

Blogger will not let me leave a comment on your blog. Not sure what is up with that but I am thinking of you.


Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

The cup and saucer are so pretty, I know they will like their new home. So sorry about your mother in law .

bj said...

My prayers for you, your son and your mom...I know how worried you must be...I just hate it when we have to go thru things like this.
Have a wonderful time with your tea party...your cup and saucer is so beautiful...
love, bj

Alexandra MacVean said...

Good evening, Barb. Just stoppinb by to say hello. I hope you're having a good week. I've been thinking about you! :)

Unknown said...

Hi Barb! I don't know what Blogger's deal was yesterday! It wouldn't let me leave a comment on my own blog, either! Nonetheless, I did get your comment this morning on it and thank you for thinking of me! :)

Charm and Grace said...

I have a blog award for you over at my Cottage.


Barbara said...

What a lovely gift. I do like the card.
Sorry to hear of your family health problems. prayers and blessing sgo out to you.

Attic Clutter said...

Hi Barb..
We all missed you ,glad you are back ~~
and Sherry really gave you some nice things(:)
glad you came by was good to hear from you again..
That is neat you lived in Seattle and went to Pike Place too (:)
big hugs,Patty

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Thanks for stopping by today Barb.
Have a blessed weekend dear.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Barb,My prayers go out to your son and mother in law.I to have not posted inawhile due to illness.I"ve had test run on me for two weeks and only know part of whats going on.They were able to give me something so i can function.I miss blogging with you.I think everything will be alright,for all of us.You hang in there.You know you have my support,such as it is.Anyway,with the help of my daughter again...she posted my post for me.I am having my first contest ,and it is a simple one,not much fanfair or anything,so please drop by when you can,if not don't worryabout it,i will be the first to understand.The drwaing will be i think nov.8Hugs and prayers marie Antionette PS Isn't your cup and saucer beautiful.I won a cup and saucer from Sherry Also.

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