Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Exciting News about My Latest Venture!

Good morning friends!

It probably doesn't come as a surprise to you when I say that I love taking pictures.  You could say that I'm a bit obsessed with photography (everyone at home seems to think so!).  The capturing and preserving of a particular moment or occasion, never to be seen exactly the same way again, is part of the allure for me.  Rarely does a day go by that I don't pull out my camera for one reason or another; be it to capture the birds visiting my feeder, flowers blooming in the garden, wildlife, full moons, sunrises, sunsets, road trip adventures, even the food on my plate! 

I thought it would be a wonderful idea to combine my passion for nature and photography and pair it with my love of old-fashioned letter writing.  Although snail mail has become somewhat neglected in today's fast-paced world; with speedy emails and e-cards chosen as an alternative, it is still my preferred method to keep in touch with friends and loved ones.  Nothing says personal like a hand written letter or greeting card.  I mean, who doesn't enjoy receiving a greeting in their mail box?  There really is nothing like it.  

So, with that being said, I am delighted to inform you of my latest little venture.  My beloved photographs-turned-greeting cards are now available for purchase, if you so desire.  I have introduced four images to start and will be adding more collections in the months ahead.

All photos are original and taken by me.  Each greeting card has been professionally printed on heavy, glossy card stock with my personalized digital signature on the front.  For more information and to see the cards available, click on the tab "Photo Greeting Cards" at the top of the page.

I have also opened up a my own little Etsy Shop, LaVieEnRosinda , where you can find my photo greeting cards for sale, as well. 

Thank you for stopping by!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated.  Have a lovely day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Remembering My Father-in-Law

Hello friends,

Thank you for stopping by to catch up with me. So much has happened in the weeks following my last post. The most poignant of all, was the passing of my dear father-in-law.  His influence was so significant in my life, I wanted to share more about this wonderful man, for those of you who didn't know him.

Exactly one month ago today, my father-in-law lost his battle with Glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer, which he had been fighting for nearly two years.  He was and continues to be an inspiration to me, and to so many others. 
Miguel was a passionate man; overflowing with love and pride for his family.  He loved the outdoors.  Fishing and hunting were his favorite pastimes. Sadly, he was diagnosed with cancer in December, 2012, at the age of 56.  He embraced life and lived each day to the fullest.  Never did he dwell in sorrow or feel pity for his circumstance.  He battled on like a soldier, brave and hopeful, even on the darkest of days.  One could always find a smile on his face, and a kind word on his lips.  He was a loving husband, a wonderful father to his three children, a best friend to my husband, an affectionate grandfather, a kind and caring father-in-law to me. Miguel touched the lives of so many people.  He was friendly, funny, hard-working, and always wanting to help anyone in need.  He loved to talk and make new friends.  He laughed and joked with his nurses and caregivers.  He had a genuine spirit and a heart of gold.

I feel his absence daily; in the most mundane situations.  Everything reminds me of him...Foods and desserts he liked to eat, (he certainly wasn't picky), the empty chair beside my mother-in-law when she comes to visit, the absence of that quiet knock on the door when he stopped by for an unexpected visit, not seeing his car pull up in front of the house, our akin passion for gardening, the Rose of Sharon bush he gave me, now almost ready to blossom.  I could go on and on.

Although my father-in-law is no longer with us, his spirit lives on in my heart and in the hearts of all those who loved him.  Till we meet again...

God Looked Around His Garden
God looked around His garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn't go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.