There is something so fun about being with children. We went to the zoo with a group from the church and had a wonderful time. Just watching a child get excited and listening to them laugh just lifts my spirits. And when that child is one of my grandchildren, it makes it so much better. Young children don't worry about the things we are so concerned about. They don't care if their hair is not right or if their clothes are not the latest fashion. They don’t care about what their friends think of them. They just enjoy life. It is such a shame that as we get older and we lose that joy of the moment. It seems that children are losing that joy so early in their life now days. We push them to grow up, and we don’t realize that we are taking away that innocent joy in their lives. One reason that I think we all enjoy our grandchildren so much is it gives us a chance to reclaim that carefree feeling. So put on the funny hat and skip around the park. If you have a grandchild beside you everyone thinks you are just having a good time. Life will catch up to your children so fast, let them be babies as long as you can and enjoy the fun.
I woke up early this morning. The house is quiet and still, my husband is still asleep and even the dog is not up yet. It is so peaceful. The day will start soon with all the jobs that need finishing, the cleaning that I don't want to do, the phone ringing, and the TV giving the news. But now it is calm. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget the joy of quiet. No one talking, no one pulling for your attention, it is just quiet. It somehow renews my spirit to sit here and feel the restfulness of the silence. It is a brand new day, it may be a happy day or it could bring sadness, but for right now it is full of promise and the hush of tranquility.
We are setting our schedule of shows for the year. We will add more as we go along, but these are the ones that we know we will be doing this year.
Webster Parish Trade Days April 30, May 1, 2 Minden, LA Fleur de Lis May 29 Natchitoches, LA Sunflower Festival June 5 Gilliam, LA Peach Festival June 25, 26, 27 Ruston, LA Hot Springs Arts & Crafts October 1, 2, 3 Hot Springs, AR Louisiana Pecan Festival November 5, 6, 7 Colfax, LA Fleur de Lis Christmas November 27 Natchitoches, LA
We will be looking for a show to do in August and September. I am taking off for July because I have a event at my church that will take all my time. I love doing the shows because it gives me a chance to talk to my customers face to face.
Everyone is home today and the house is full. We have all just come from church and it seems a little 1950ish. But this is what my family is all about. There is something so comforting about sitting down together and sharing a meal of roast and potatoes with all the fixings and banana pudding for dessert. We all talk, sometimes all at the same time. Valon says the prayer while Riley sings "Jingle Bells" at the top of his lungs. We laugh at things the kids have done, get a little catty about an outfit we all saw someone wear, and argue about the latest political ideas on the news. Vivy never wants to eat and plays with her food, while the babies both try to grab everyone's plates. We have to have two desserts because some love bananas in their Banana Pudding and some hate bananas but love the pudding and cookies. But this is Sunday Dinner at Nana's house and everyone gets what they like. It may seem a little old fashion, but this is what family time means to me.
This week has been up and down. Vivy, my granddaughter has been visiting and that is always fun, playing outside, fixing countless cups of chocolate milk, watching "Buz and Woody" over and over, and waking up at all hours of the night. She is my darling, but she can sure tire me out.
Also, a very dear lady in our church passed away on Thursday. She had been so sick and frail. I really believe that she is in a better place, but she will be missed.
This morning there was a terrible house fire that killed a two year old and sent two other children to the burn unit. I heard it on the news early this morning. Then my mother called and told me that one of the children was a daughter of one of my cousins.
Amid all the laughter of my granddaughter in the house there has been sadness. Life is full of good and bad times. We just have to cherish the good and live through the bad. If you listen, the laughter is louder than the sadness.
Hello, my name is Mary Merrill. I am a grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren, two grandsons and three granddaughters, Valon, Riley, Vivy, Vawna, and Hannah. They are my joy.
I have always loved to create, and when Vivy was born I was inspired to start sewing for her. I wanted to dress her in colorful, fun clothes that would not look like everyone else.
My husband, Larry, had painted the boys a rocking chair on their first birthdays, and when it was Vivy's turn, she had to have a special chair too. The chairs were so cute, that we decided to try and sell rocking chairs with the clothes.
I was at a job that I hated at the time and I had always wanted to work for myself, so Vivy's Closet was born.
A friend of my daughter let us share a booth at a craft show in April of 2008 and I made my first sell and we were hooked.
I may never get rich selling little girl clothes and rocking chairs, but I sure will have fun and love my job.