Era: the 50’s…boy meets girl. Love blooms ♥ Years later, and many dates and a stint in the military, marriage and a love story begins. This story belongs to my parents. It is a story that transcends throughout decades and millions of people to be sure, but this love story is the one our family lived. Throughout their marriage, there were four children that multiplied to ten grandchildren which multiplied to four and soon to be five great grandchildren, (my parent’s took their vows to be fruitful and multiply seriously and we all followed suit). There were many happy times, and many not so happy times as life is not all a bed of roses unless you are wearing rose colored glasses, but the constant that always remained was a deep love built on a base of friendship and trust that weathered many a storm and celebrated many a blessing. What an example of what life and love is for all of us to learn and live. What makes this story so beautiful, is the love that lives on after my father died. You see it in the eyes of my mom, the way her eyes shine when she talks about my dad or remembers a memory, and the sadness when she is feeling her loss. We all as a family experience the emotional roller coaster when you miss your loved one. For our family, it is our deep love for each other and our deep rooted faith that carries us forward on this journey we call life. Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad! May we all be blessed with a love story as beautiful as yours ♥
Sitting here reflecting on this Christmas season, I can’t help but feel mixed emotions. There is a bit of sadness that dad wasn’t here for this blessed season, but then I know he was here present in the faces of my loved ones, in the Word at Christmas mass and the love within my heart. Then there is the feelings of excitement, anticipation, love, exhaustion and contentment. For my sister and I, it was also a season of new beginnings and many, many, blessings. We started Sister Charm because we love to spend time together and share our love of all things creative. We never expected the support we received from so many people. What a joy it was to create inspiring pieces of jewelry that many loved ones gave to their special someone.
We also created many new pieces of jewelry to sell at our local holiday boutique. One piece we made was a necklace that simply stated, I Am. When my sister suggested it, many accompanying words came to mind. Blessed, loved, inspired, courageous, a survivor, and the list went on and on. Finally, we decided to just simply say I Am and the person wearing it would hold true what it meant to them. Some say you would need to be a strong person to be able to wear such a bold statement, but we feel it is a piece that speaks to the wearer’s heart and gently reminds them they are who they are and there is nothing but opportunities to behold. How would you finish the statement I Am? Today, mine would say: I Am…Me. I know with a new year and many new beginnings, I will always be me; a work in progress, always learning, loving and a seeker of all life has to offer. And I am okay with that ♥
Happy New Year!
Well one quick glance at the calendar and you can’t help but feel your heart race a bit…it’s crunch time; only T-minus 14 days until Christmas. Yikes! With gifts to buy, parties to attend and most likely a busy time at work, it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Not to fear! The elves at Sister Charm have beautiful gifts that can be personalized and still make it under your tree in time for Christmas. We have beautiful vintage inspired earrings, bracelets and of course, our hand stamped necklaces. Stop. Take a deep breath. Get a coffee and sit down and checkout our Facebook page or click on the Shop tab above and see all of the new pieces we have designed specifically for the Christmas season. Need something special? No worries, send us a message and we will be happy to help you out. Now take a minute to let the blessing of the Christmas season fill your heart ♥
From our homes to yours,
The turkey is barely cold and the search for the perfect Christmas gifts is in full swing. The Sister Charm elves have been busy creating lots of goodies to help you give a personalized gift to the one you love. We are so excited to be included in the Cozy Christmas Holiday Boutique in our hometown of Red Wing, MN. We have created over 100 personalized, one-of-a kind necklaces, earrings, bracelets and even bling for your tree! It is such a joy to create each piece knowing it is going to be given to someone special.
When we started Sister Charm, we never imagined how blessed we would be for all of the support we have received for our special pieces. We were so honored when a fellow blogger, A Cookie Before Dinner asked us if she could include one of our necklaces in her holiday gift guide. The new guide is on her post and you can click here to see it. NJ has some great ideas and her blog is one of our favorites!
During the busy hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take time for yourself and let the blessing of the season fill your heart and may you and your loved ones have a Merry Christmas!