It has been so long since I posted that I had to go back and figure out what you already knew about us, and what you were waiting (anxiously, I'm sure) to hear about! A quick catch-up.
I committed to a goal of 6 stepping stones. Here is the first! A sweet little owl under the night sky with a full moon on a branch in a tree. Got all that? HA! I love her. Should be grouted and in the gallery by week's end. Next up is to finish a cupcake (random, right?!) that I started late last summer! There are birds on the drawing board ... and some other ideas looming. So happy to be back to the mosaic world. It's a contentment like no other for me.
I worked for a lovely man for a few years, Hugh Fields. The Crossnore School holds a golf tournament for fundraising each year and they have renamed it in Hugh's honor. His children always participate in giving the winners their awards, and choosing raffle winners, etc. From left to right are: Lawson Fields (Hugh's son), Sarah Whitfield (Hugh's daughter), Keith Crane (the son of the late Phyllis Crane, director of The Crossnore School), Tom Dale, golf pro at the Linville Golf Club and huge advocate for The Crossnore School, and Brett Loftis, the new CEO of The Crossnore School. I was included in the participation for the day because I work with wonderful people who are generous and understand my previous connection. It was such a splendid day, one Hugh would have delighted in on the course to be sure! Just as a side note, there are not too many better ways to spend a day in the mountains than on the premiere golf course up here! Glorious!
It was Mother's Day ... missed that, too, I see. I so very completely miss my mom. She's been gone 20+ years now, but I can still hear her wisdom and ask for her direction when I'm stuck.
And, here are my sweet babies ... albeit all grown with babies of their own. My first born, my daughter Jenn Hall, who is an incentive to me each and every day. She inspires me to be the best I can be ... whether it is a mom, a human, a teacher, a child of God, or whatever. So proud of her, and proud to be her mom. My little girl.
This man, Jon Adams has been the source of my sense of humor, sense of adventure and never ending patience since the moment he arrived. I am so proud of the man he has become, and so grateful that he chose me as his mom. And he still calls me "mommy". My little boy.
I have been blessed with a step daughter, a son and a daughter in law, grandchildren and literally hundreds of students that I also feel like a mom to. I am one privileged woman, and grateful for it every single day. It is with great pride and love that I get to witness these people becoming who they are meant to be. And it just totally rocks!
Paul has been gardening, I had one iris actually bloom today (!) and many more preparing to blooms out, and life is slowly but surely warming up and getting into my soul. It makes such a wondrous difference in my attitude. Thank goodness it has arrived.
I had the good fortune to again be published in the Carolina Mountain Life Spring edition. If you get the chance, check it out. The entire magazine is filled with info for the High Country. Things to do, people to meet, places to go, etc. Click right here to check it out. I interviewed and wrote an article on an incredible folk art quilter! She is such an amazing lady. Worth getting to know Virginia Greene!
This was on facebook's Dancers over 40 page. This man is amazing, yes? Anyway a friend of mine suggested he should be made into a bottle topper. I'm right there with that idea! Wow! The site is really good. This is Weston Krukow of Amy Seiwert's Imagery — with Luciano Gomez Câmara and Kuah Ming, according to the post.
And one more for those of you who adore muscles and pointed feet. Oh.my.gosh!
Matthew Powell, NYC Ballet — with Kuah Ming.
Hope ALL y'all have a wonderful happy week and a safe Memorial Day. That's just in case it takes me a while to post again. Since I've gone "back to work" my organizational skills are being challenged. Imagine that!