Friday, January 4, 2013

" Dress Rehearsal "



If life only came with a dress rehearsal

could you imagine working out all of the kinks before hand?



Marriage, motherhood, being a woman

Finding yourself, finding your way

finding your place?








This year  I am seeing a common ground

with the trials of life.

Each of us  having no dress rehearsal as life

tosses us into the next scene.





Each day brings forth challenges

while today I'm cheering my precious

Gracie as she reminds me this is it!

One chance to live each day

and love with wreckless abandon!





We played dress up in my wedding dress

and laughed till we cried.

She was in her own element

as I clicked the shutter frame after frame

I watched through the lens and she was full of joy

with no thought of tomorrow...





" Hey mom you are alive "

"Yes" I am and so very blessed for so many

provisions that God has provided

as I continue this beautiful journey...






During our dress up play she says

" mom where is my bouquet? " I said " oh hang on a minute "

while I ran into the back yard

Then I got this look...

while she said " Really mom you made me a bouquet from branches "

More laughing till I was crying...






Oh I'm sure Mr. Dior knows this look all too well.

{the apple does not fall far from the tree right}


As I continue to climb up the ladder




When I become a bit tired and weary 

I will remember to breathe...

To trust God

While my faith is tested

While my faith is strengthened

While others are here alongside me...





My deepest gratitude in my heart

to Sue Jackson for helping me " make it work "

so that I can continue to 

do what I truly love in # 31



Sue is a beautiful blessing in my life...





New chapters await

as I take a big leap of faith...

I know we will face hills and valleys

and we will have love that knows no limits...





Thank you Lord for my beautiful place

my beautiful journey

and your mercy and grace...






To each of you who have been here with me 

at Salvage Dior


I am grateful 

I am blessed

I am humbled


I pray that the New Year is filled with much 

love and blessings for all of you.





Mr. Dior and I have exciting adventures to share

as we put a new spin on

our latest curbside rescues.





Love to all of you
XOXO

28 comments:

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your daughter is lovely, and how beautiful playing dress up in your pretty gown. Wishing you and your family all the best 2013 has to offer, good health, and lots of great times together.

It's Just Me said...

I adore you Ms. Kate : )

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Big hugs.

You have the right stuff and your priorities in order. Keep that faith and all will always be well..........God bless you in this new year, with good health, joy, love, laughter and grace.

Big hugs.

suzyq said...

and love right back at you Kate - may all that's good find its way to your door step in 2013........
your daughter is as beautiful as her Mom
XOX

It's me said...

Happy new year Kate.....love from me...xxx...!!!

CURIOUS BOYS said...

KATE . . . When You have LOVE . . . You have it All !!! And Girl, You have SO MUCH LOVE , from Your Man , Your Kids , and Your ADORING FANS !!
Much More LOVE, HEALTH , and HAPPINESS in 2013 !!
BIG HUGS from Your Boys in Texas !
JOE & GLENN

Anne said...

Kate God will lead the path to your journey.Just follow his footsteps as he leads the way!
Your daughter is beautiful! What amazing photos of her for you to cherish always.They grow so fast! We were watching some home movies over our Christmas break.It brought laughter and some tears too!Where have the years gone?!
xx
Anne

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What wonderful photos of your daughter! I love that they celebrate the special bond that the two of you have and the both of you will always remember this day of fun and laughter when you look at them. I pray the lupus monster runs away during 2013 and that you have a very blessed and happy year!!
xoxo
Lisa

Sharing Shadymont said...

Sweet post and so true! Beautiful daughter! So carefree! Happy New Year!

stefanie said...

wishing you all the very best in 2013!!!!

Faded Charm said...

Wishing you the very BEST of luck in 2013 with everything....living pain free, your family, your business and touching so many lives with your beautiful words, my friend.

Take care,
Kathleen

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You're such an inspiration, Kate, and your daughter is beautiful. I wish you love, health, and happiness in 2013, and beyond.

"Create Beauty" said...

Beautiful thoughts and beautiful photos of your precious lovely daughter! I am sure that on her wedding day your thoughts will return to this day.

Your words of faith and victory are inspiring. Because, as Jesus said, in this world we would have problems, but He has overcome the world. As you turn your eyes upon Him, others are looking too.

Blessings on you and your loved ones this new God-given year!
~ Violet

Recycled Rita said...

Hi Kate!
Gracie is such a cutie!
I love your words, I find more strength in finding gratitude than dwelling on the hard stuff, You are good at seeing the blessings... Big hugs to you, I know you need them right now! karen....

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

Your daughter is just beautiful .. Like her mamma . Those pics will be treasured by her all her life (and you) What a precious gift that you just gave her. MY prayer is that someday she is blessed with a GODLY man who loves her the rest of her life and she gets to wear that DRESS .. just think of the memories... GOD bless you and thanks for sharing yourself with all of us... LOVE ... Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl

Jenni said...

Hi Kate!

Your daughter Gracie is adorable! What fun for her to dress up in your wedding gown, every picture is precious!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that pray that 2013 is the best year yet for you and your family! :)

Blessings,
Jenni

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

What a beautiful day you have had with your darling daughter.

Fondly,
Glenda

Cheryl said...

How Sweet ~ what memories this gives you for years..... I have a photo that was taken about 22 years ago of my daughter & nieces, all in wedding dresses~ mine, my sisters, and our oldest sister who was married twice, so enough dresses for 4 little girls... We went to the local photography studio complete with little bouquets of flowers I made that morning from the garden~ Memories I will always hold dear to my heart (even thou I am now divorced for many years) I still have my daughter in my dress..... Hugs to your sweet little one~
Cheryl

Brooke Kroeger said...

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Burlap Luxe said...

Oh, dear Kate, the beauty you grace through your Godly love. Your daughter and Mr. Is your biggest blessings and its so apparent in all you do.
Much love, and health, and blessing you have not yet experienced as of yet, this is my prayer.
You have sheltered us in your beauty, and words with all the glorious spiritual food thoughts.
I have been so blessed just knowing your love.

Your space is of wonderment.
Xoxo
Doré

Object of Maya*ffection said...

Gracie is blossoming into a GORGEOUS young lady - when did she get so grown up?!!?!? LOVE the pics of her in your dress! HAPPY 2013

must love junk said...

What a beautiful and special post! Your daughter is just gorgeous. :) Wishing you a healthy and happy 2013!
Susan

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

How fun to capture these memories with Grace playing dress up! She is beautiful! I wish you and your family a wonderful 2013 filled with good health, peace and love! I am looking forward to more inspiring visits with you!

T. Roger Thomas said...

There are so many things to like here, especially the sash across the dresses

Barbara Jean said...

WOW! What an incredibly beautiful and heartfelt post.
Your daughter is so......childlike, and full of joy.

Your words....music....

blessings
barb

Bilancia Designs said...

OH, Kate!!!
Gracie is sooo grown up in these pictures! She looks so beautiful...just like her mama! :)
This is a beautiful post...as I sit here teary-eyed.
You are always so "grateful" for what life has to offer, no matter what shape or form it comes in...
Your style, grace, and love of life is so refreshing to "feel" and I am so blessed to know you.
Cheers to a happy, healthy New Year full of wonderful surprises at every corner...you deserve the very best, my friend.
Love you!
Lisa xoxo

Mariaelena said...

That is THE most beautiful post...The photos and the words...simply lovely...

Cam said...

Gracie is stunnning. What a beautiful reflection of her beautiful mother. I love that you captured this moment.

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