Love deeply. Laugh. Cry. Talk to God. Be realistic about the to-do list. Stay in touch. Hug. Dream. Smile. Break Bread often with Family. Spend Time with your Girlfriends. Shop til you Drop! Extend Grace. Be Quick to Forgive and Slow to Anger. Walk. Breathe. Sing. Dance. Read. Eat Chocolate. Savor a Good Glass of Wine. Wiggle your Toes. Sleep well. Life is Good!

Monday, July 20, 2009

. . . Circle of Life

As we welcomed Baby Keller into our world, we said goodbye to my mom. She bravely fought for a year with a terrible illness, following a five year "survival" from breast cancer. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and encouragement throughout. And I thank the nursing staff and many others at the Mobile Infirmary wing where mom became known as Mrs. Joan to so many caregivers. They saw us through this past year with such compassion and genuine concern for my mom's well being. I know she felt blessed to know Baby Keller arrived on Monday safely and that Jennifer was recovering well. Shortly thereafter, her condition became acute....suddenly worsened while already in a critical phase. Now, mom has gone on to Heaven and, Wow! now she finally sees Keller! As a Twitter friend said, I'm glad I have this baby to fill my aching heart.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Addelyn Keller White has arrived!

Finally! She arrived this evening via c-section. 8 lbs 12 oz, 20 ".
After being induced this morning, Jen never progressed past 2 centimeters dilating and Dr. G said she had a very narrow pelvic area for the size of the baby so the c-section was necessary. They are doing great!

More pictures posted on facebook!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Takin' it as it comes these days...

What a roller coaster ride my life has been the last year. My mom's illness has been a priority for me. Followed closely by my daughter's pregnancy. Now the baby is due within four days....scheduled for delivery on Monday, July 13th. My birhtday is July 12th so I'm hoping she'll wiggle on out Sunday night! We need a bright spot in our lives right now. My mom is so desperately ill. She's in the hospital now...struggling to breathe...multiple problems related to illness since last August. She's so tired and frail.

When I'm not immobilized with worry, I'm trying to stay busy preparing for Baby Keller's arrival, and with my art business. A new gallery is in the works at Metro Glass. I'm re-vamping the front entry space all the way across the building! There will be several artists represented, including myself. We hope to have it ready by the first of August. Very excited!

I'm also working on a few new pieces for the August ArtWalk "From a Child's Eye" theme, as well as trying to keep up with all the locations carrying my artwork. Currently a work in progress is my attempt at a self-portrait I posted above! It's only about 50% done. I need to work on the complexion and don't particularly like the it's gonna get painted out and re-done. Probably need to add a touch more gray to the hair ... no feedback on that one necessary!