My First Blog Conference… Ever

The Haven (south haven)You aren’t going to believe it.  I can’t believe it either.  Take a breath…

I’m going to my first blog conference.  Yep.  It’s true.

I’m excited.  I’m nervous.  But I’m much more excited.  I’m ready to learn so many new things that my brain will start to hum from information overload (or is that the bubbly?).  I hope I’ll make some new bloggie friends.  I know I’ll laugh and cry, because I’m laughing so hard (with my new bloggie friends).  I can’t wait to be awestruck by all the creativity and positive energy.  I’m sure so many amazing things will happen that I can’t even begin to imagine at this point in time.

In one day… I’m going to my first blog conference.  And not just any conference.  I’m going to Haven in Atlanta, Georgia.

I know.  I’m still pinching myself.

If you’ve never heard of Haven, its tagline is “because there’s no place like home”.  How cool is that?  And don’t you believe it too?  There IS no place like home.Rainbow over gazebo

Haven brings together like-minded DIYers and interior design bloggers who like to  build window seats or paint furniture or sew window treatments or accessorize a bookcase… anything to make a house your own special home.  Doesn’t that sound awesome?  A group of people who love their home and want to make it beautiful and uniquely theirs come together to learn and share ideas.  Sweet!

Ok.  Ok.  I know you’re wondering “Why the heck is Michele going to Haven though?”  She’s never used a drill or a saw or any sort of power tool.  She’s never painted a piece of furniture and she took home ec about a million gazillion years ago, which means she hasn’t sewn a stitch in that long too.  Ok.  Fair point, but…

Can you keep a secret?  Shhh…  I’ll tell you.

I want to learn.  There.  I said it.  I want to LEARN!

As Big Sis M says “Mom you’re the best cooker!”  Well I wasn’t always the best cooker, but I learned.  I took classes.  I practiced.  I burned a few pot roasts.  And I learned.  I want to learn how to use a sander.  I really want to learn how to use a drill, because those things kinda scare me.  I want to paint a piece of furniture and have it stand beautifully in our home.  I want to look around my home and spy the extra special things I did to make our home the best place for Mr. Rosey, the Girlies and me.  More sweet!  Right?

But wait…there’s more.  There will be classes on how to make this rosey little blog a bloomin’ garden of roses.  Yep.  Our Rosey Life will be coming up roses… or something like that.  I’m just so giddy like when the Girlies walk into a candy store… eyes wide open and smiling.Chocolate cupcake

So that’s the good news.  I’m going to my first blog conference this weekend and I can’t wait!  And do you want to know about the icing on top of the cake (I’m staying with the sweet theme here)?  I’ll bring back all the creative goodness I learn and share it with you too.  I’ll post pictures to instagram.com/ourroseylife over the weekend, if you want some sneak peaks.

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Right Now – January 2013

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Sunrise at home

Right now in my little corner of the world, I’m….

  • rejoicing in my one little word project.
  • reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer.
  • curious about finding the best chocolate chip cookie recipe.
  • happy that Mr. Rosey is able to come home for dinner and relax on the weekend.
  • excited for Little Miss C, who lost her third tooth.
  • pleased Big Sis M had her expander removed from her mouth.
  • loving cheering Big Sis M at her basketball games.
  • smiling when I see Little Miss C reading with Mr. Rosey.
  • exhausted and glad that Catholic Schools Week is a success and over.
  • watching the rain fall and seeing the pond fill up with water…finally.
  • wondering if it will ever snow.
  • melancholy sometimes.
  • organizing the disaster area also known as my creative space in the office.
  • looking for curtains for the guest bedroom.
  • planning the Super Bowl party menu.
  • journaling with the Day One app – love this one.
  • taking lots of pictures and learning.
  • beginning to document with Project Life.

Hi There One Little Word – 2013

It’s a new year and I want a fresh perspective in 2013. So to help me… I decided to take an online workshop by Ali Edwards called One Little Word 2013. I came across the One Little Word concept in the middle of last year and have been thinking about the idea of one little word influencing my year…my life for a while now.

I’m going to try to tell this next story with honesty, without being hurtful, although it’s a fine line. For the past four years, my dad had been living with us out of necessity. When he moved in, I had high hopes for a positive experience and was excited about our Girlies really getting to know their grandpa (and vice versa). Within a short period of time, it was obvious my hopes were unrealistic. Even though I love my dad, he is a difficult person to live with. It’s very hard to parent your own parent and that’s what I felt like I was doing, except he is an adult and not my child. I thought I was doing a good thing, by inviting my dad to live with us, but it created a negative home environment for our family. This is a difficult truth to admit. I was miserable and so was my dad. I felt empty. My usually happy disposition was unhappy. I hated coming home to my own home.  I put up a good front…or at least I tried.  And yet, I knew things had to change…for me, for our Rosey family and for my dad. Fortunately, in August my dad was able to move into his own apartment and I felt like a weight had been lifted off my heart. It was huge. I’m still processing everything that happened over the last four years and living with all my feelings – sadness, guilt, disappointment, anger, relief.

And I still thought about one little word for me and words like joy, joyful, joyous kept resonating with me. I want joy in my life, except… I couldn’t use the word joy. I’ve always loved the word joy. I have an engraved rock doorstop with the word joy. I have wood blocks that spell joy, joy, joy. Big Sis M’s middle name is Joy. And that is the problem. Little Miss C always asks “Why isn’t there a doorstop with Jane on it?” Jane is her middle name. “How come you don’t have blocks with Jane on it? Or Christmas stuff with Jane on it?” You understand. I love joy. I couldn’t pick joy. Now what little word do I choose?

At the beginning of Advent, during a reading at Mass, the word rejoice was said. Aha! That could be my word. R-e-j-o-i-c-e! I like it. A verb – to be glad, to take great delight in, to make joyful, to feel joy or to give joy to. Yes! I think I found it. It fits. This is the one. Rejoice!IMG_1747

And that’s how my one little word found me or I found it. Not sure which. I was certainly looking. I continued to think about my word throughout December and I know it’s the perfect word for me, for my family, for this new year. It encapsulates how I want to live… rejoice in my heart! I can’t wait to experience my one little word, learn about my one little word and see how I grow with my one little word. So over the next twelve months I will…

  • rejoice with my family.
  • rejoice in the simple, everyday things.
  • rejoice in creative stuff.
  • rejoice in friendship.
  • rejoice in quiet, peaceful moments.
  • live my life AND rejoice.

I’m excited to begin my journey with rejoice. If you’re interested in learning more about the One Little Word 2013 workshop, click here.  I’d love to have you join me.  If you picked one little word for yourself this year, what would it be?

January Goals

In December, I usually begin to think about goals for the year – financial, family, home projects, personal development, and other good stuff.  I found this workbook (free by the way) Unravelling My Year Ahead 2013 and it was a rewarding and thoughtful exercise for me to dream and set goals for the year.  (More about Unravelling here.)  Do you make goals for yourself?  Well, for me it’s a good idea and useful process.  I am a planner by nature and planners plan, so I gotta.  Right?  Of course.

Then a few months back, I decided to break my yearly plan into monthly goals instead of one long to-do list that ran on and on and on.  You see, I’d scratch off one thing and add two more.  Then I had a run-on list with no sense of accomplishment.  Just scratch marks.  Scratch, scratch, scratch.  I’d forget things.  Ugh.  Long story short, that’s how I got to monthly goals. (Read more here, if ya want.)

Beginning in January, I started taking a workshop called One Little Word 2013.  The word I chose for me in 2013 is rejoice.  (To read the who, what, why, click here.)  The January assignment asked us to think about turning our word into actions each month.  So one way I will do that is in my monthly goal setting.  I will say “I will rejoice and…” then list my goals.  I really do want to rejoice in my life, so this is a regular reminder for me to do so.  I also want my monthly goals to be achievable, so I’m going to try to limit the list to 5 things.  Who knows if that will work, because life happens.  But I’ll try and rejoice in the trying.Photo from Jan 7, 2013

Happy Anniversary Our Rosey Life

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Vail, Colorado

Happy first anniversary – Our Rosey Life!  It’s amazing for me to celebrate my blog anniversary today.  Please pinch me.  When I began this adventure, I would have never thought one year could pass so quickly.  It’s been an unknown journey for me – this blog writing thing.  I think it’s like when a snowflake falls from the sky, lands on a mountain top, melts somewhere along the way and changes to water and continues to float down the stream to….where?  Who knows.  I didn’t know.

One year ago I began writing my blog and I had no idea where I was going or what I was doing or if anyone would care what I wrote. I didn’t know if I would like writing a blog.  I didn’t know if I would have anything interesting to say.  Would anyone want to read my stories?  Would my pictures bring a smile?  Would you try the recipe or read the book I shared?  I was a little afraid to put myself “out there”.  I still am.  Only some folks know I write a blog.  I guess I need to be a little braver, rejoice in my blog and share.

On day one, the only thing I did know is that I wanted to record our family memories and experiences and my journey, as I wrote here.  So I jumped in.  One year down the stream, so to speak, and 70 posts later, I know my blog has been a wonderfully, creative experience for me.  I love writing.  Yep, I do.  I love writing about our funny, family experiences.  I love sharing the simple and mundane things in our life.  I love the challenge of writing and creating.  I know I want to write more stories, so there is a storybook for Big Sis M and Little Miss C of our Rosey life.  Mr. Rosey creates a fantastic “Year in Review” video each year…FANTASTIC!  The Girlies love it.  This is my compliment to his video.  This is my “Year in Review”.

Avon, Colorado

Avon, Colorado

As the day dawns on another new year, I have a blank piece of paper and a clean slate and a refreshed screen.  I have a few ideas brewing about how to record our Rosey life in different ways in the coming year… more stories, more pictures, more laughter, more joy, more everyday life.  Some ideas will germinate and come to fruition and some won’t.  As you know, it’s the journey and the challenge that’s most rewarding to me.  In twenty thirteen, I want to laugh. I want to smile. I want to rejoice. I want to forgive. I want to create. I want to write on a regular basis and I think that will help me to fulfill my “wants”.  Yes, I hear you.  Who knows if that will work with my self-induced crazy, busy schedule?  I’m a wife and momma first.  But I want to try.  I’m excited to see what twenty thirteen has to offer.  What excites you about the new year?  Thanks for reading and sharing.

Right Now – In November 2012

DSC02349Right now, in my little corner of the world I’m…

  • appreciating that our family came from Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and Iowa to spend Thanksgiving together and to celebrate Little Miss C’s birthday.
  • rubbing my belly, because I’m still full from all the Thanksgiving day goodness.
  • happy that Little Miss C had fun at her birthday pajama party and she loved the clam chowder, meat loaf, brussels sprouts and cheesecake at her family party.
  • printing the story of Jesus and different activity cards to get the Advent calendar ready for Little Miss C and Big Sis M.
  • thanking Sissy for wrapping all the Christmas books – 25 – one for each day til Christmas.
  • giggling when I remember how freezing cold and windy it was when we cut down our first live Christmas tree.

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  • grateful that Mimi, Poppa, Little Miss C and Big Sis M put up with Mr. Rosey and I as we ran from tree to tree to find the perfect one.  Our tree is perfectly imperfect and we love it.
  • crafting the pages for my December journal and really delighted to do this project all month.
  • writing my list and checking it twice and if you know me, probably three times.
  • thinking about the Christmas dinner menu.
  • wanting to treasure each moment during December.  It’s very easy for me to get ahead of myself and worry about my “to do” list for tomorrow and not be in the here and now.
  • praying everyone has a peaceful and joyous holiday season.