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I'm so happy to introduce Love Stories to the blog. Every month I will feature a love story to uplift, inspire and encourage you. This month I have the pleasure of sharing one of my favorite bloggers, Desiree of Beautifully Seaside love story. She shares how she met her hubby, the proposal and wedding, words of wisdom and more. In Desiree's words here goes...
How We Met
My husband and I first met in PE class, when I was in 10th grade and he was the only senior in the class. We never talked; however, I knew he was a great guy, because he always respected the teacher and did his best in all the activities. Our paths crossed again two weeks before I graduated high school, and we've been together ever since. I fell head-over-heels in love with him, because he was smart, stable, full of faith and has a great sense of humor. And he still makes me laugh to this day!
Proposal and Wedding
My husband proposed to me a few weeks after the category 5 Hurricane Andrew hit Miami in 1992. None of our homes had air conditioning a few weeks after the storm, and he popped the question after I had been helping my mom clean the house all day with no air conditioning! After he proposed, I quickly showered and we drove around to find the closest restaurant that had air conditioning to celebrate our engagement over lunch. I was 20, and he was 22. I was still going to school, and he had just graduated from the University of Florida.
We had a huge, beautiful wedding with about three hundred guests, thanks to our parents who paid for all of it! Everyone had a blast dancing the night away, and we left the next day for our tropical honeymoon in Mexico.
My husband and I started having children right away; and within a few months of our marriage in 1993, we were expecting our first of three boys, who is now a junior in college. Our second son is a senior in high school and our youngest is a sophomore. All three boys bring so much joy to our lives, and I thank the Lord for blessing us with them. We enjoy all kinds of activities as a family, and it's nice to see that our boys still enjoy being around us!
Words of Wisdom
The most important thing in my life is my faith. I've always been close to the Lord, and my faith has seen me through many hardships and disappointments. My faith in God has also brought me joy that no one else could give, and I make sure to share the Good News of Jesus with my boys all the time. These seeds of faith I planted in them when they were babies have grown into a faith in God that they can call their own. Some of the scriptures I share with my family and friends are:
I am with you always. Matthew 28:20 Take your thoughts captive. 2 Corinthians 10:5 The joy of the Lord is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 and Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
The Single Most Important Thing
Jesus! He is my anchor and my rock in whom I trust. Before I do anything, I pray and ask the Lord to be in control.
My blog in itself is a blessing straight from the Lord. When my boys were little, I dreamed of doing exactly what I'm doing now-- sharing what I love with readers. Back then, there weren't any blogs; and creating a website proved to be too expensive for me to do. In 2010, I stumbled upon a blogger who was doing what I had dreamed of many years before. My heart sang, and I was thrilled to start my new blog the very next day for free! What began as a hobby with only a few readers, my husband and parents, has grown into something I would never have imagined. I thank the Lord for blessing me with the desires of my heart, and I'm so thankful to my family, friends and readers who have supported my blog throughout the years!
Three things behind the inspiration of my blog are: Coastal living, Hamptons style, and the movie "Something's Gotta Give." With these inspirations in mind; my goal is to share what I love in fashion, home design, food, and travel.I would like to thank Desiree for sharing her love story with us, it was inspiring! If you want to share your love story, please email a 500 word narrative to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just how well do you understand your birthstone? From the earliest of days, gemstones have been valued for their beauty and rarity. Both ancient Indians and Babylonians believed that certain gems carried strange and wonderful cosmological powers. Are you aware of your birthstone's many meanings and how it could help with your career?
January – Garnet
- Symbolizes friendship and trust
- Directional guidance in the darkness
- Ideal for frequent travelers
- Born leader – will do well in any career where you are in charge such as high levels of an organization or in politics
- Hardworking and productive
- Ancient Greeks believed that the stone protected the wearer from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset
- Peace, temperance, serenity, royalty
- Provides courage
- Creative and unconventional – difficulty with 9 to 5
- Better suited for career in the arts
- Symbol of youth, health and hope
- Promotes good health – thought to cure heart, liver and stomach diseases
- Cools the temper
- Popular and charismatic
- Career in entertainment
- Everlasting love
- Wearers thought to carry great courage, making it possible to conquer hardships
- Innocence and constancy
- Ambitious and charismatic – born leader
- Difficulty working with others – choose career where you can work alone or make most decisions for yourself
- Suited to almost any profession
- Fertility, Rebirth & love
- Perfect for mothers and future mothers
- Wisdom, growth, patience
- Intelligent and logical – business or the sciences
- Purity, chastity, marriage
- Increase of personal integrity & growth
- Career in arts or sciences (CEOs and Nobel Prize winners)
- Love, health and wisdom
- Most valuable
- Strength & nobility
- Protect wearer from evils in the world
- Signifies love and passion while attracting good friends and good luck
- Any career path your heart desires
- Power & influence – bring wearer magical powers
- Beauty, strength, morality
- Vocational work
- Use hands and stay busy
- Protect close ones from harm
- Loyalty & trust
- Shield evils that poison the body and mind
- Intelligent, flexible, organized
- Faithfulness & confidence to wearers
- Thought to guard against evil and protect eyesight
- Capacity to be a great leader
- Strength and healing for both body and mind
- Good mental health
- Clears the mind and gets the soul to action
- Understanding and empathetic
- Helping professions / teaching
- Promote a happy life full of good fortune
- Peace and relaxation
- Relieves and prevents headaches
- Risk-taker, bored with routine
- Any career that requires travel
Which birthstone are you? Does your stone fit your career? Let us know in the comments below!
Here are our top five fall decor ideas to spice up your home this season…
1. Warm up your home this fall with soft neutrals that create a relaxed, cozy environment for you and the family.Warm and inviting living room via Pottery Barn
2. Look great while keeping warm with a nice soft throw. Textural details bring depth and dimension and you will thank yourself in the later winter months.Faux Fur Throw via Pottery Barn
3. Add some extra comfort and intimacy to your home with a candle-filled centerpiece. For extra points, add a little extra fall foliage from your backyard.Reflection Centerpiece via Crate and Barrel
4. Utilize nature’s bountiful gift this season: leaves!Fall Flowers
5. Find the perfect balance between warm and dark. Add some more contrast to your home.Warm vs. Dark
Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing the women behind three of my designs from the Coral Collection. I named the majority of my debut collection after the fabulous women in my life. Family and friends are one of the most important parts of my life. When I was deciding what to name pieces from the Coral Collection I really didn't want to use generic names that had little meaning to me. I researched suggestions to help name your jewelry. It then hit me, “Why not honor the women in my life by naming this collection after each of them?". I started matching names with each piece, finding a commonality between their personality and the design. The two women that have inspired me for many years and the one that is inspiring now are my mother, my aunt and my sister-in-law.
The Rose mother of pearl stud earrings are named after my mom, Rosa. She is the kindest, most compassionate, patient, funny, humble, christian woman I've ever met and I'm not just saying this because she's my mom. Her personal growth started when I was 12 years old and has not stopped. She makes a conscious effort every day to love, forgive, understand, and show kindness to everyone she encounters. Through her profound faith, prayer, and meditation, my mom's life is truly filled with peace and joy.
The Maggie pearl lariat is named after my aunt Margarita, aka Tita. Her faith and optimism have sustained her throughout the years. She is a 10+ year breast cancer survivor. My aunt is funny, loving, and selfless. Everything she has done throughout the years has been for the good of her family. She always puts her needs aside to make sure her children and grandchildren are cared for. It is just what she does! I admire her resilience and positive attitude during the hardest time in her life. She has always had an open heart. My aunt, like my mom started on her personal growth journey at the same time, about 25 years ago. She continues to learn and grow, showing love, patience and grace along the way. These sisters truly rock and they happen to be my mom and aunt, how awesome is that!
The Esther cuff is named after my sister-in-law Esther. She is quite the lady. She is very family oriented, a great friend and has a strong spirit. Her 20 month old son is battling leukemia. Esther has shown nothing but strength and faith during this difficult time. She is the rock for her family and seeing how she has handled this devastating news has been inspirational. Her positivity and confidence has truly helped the family cope with the my nephew's illness and continues to be our source of comfort. Through her actions she has taught me so many things. Women are the rock of the family and I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many women who understand the importance of this role. Let’s embrace it, celebrate it, and most of all be role models for the younger generation.