Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"At Peace" and "Show me the Way"

Good morning to all of my blogging friends out in blogland.  These photos on this post are ones I took this past Saturday early evening while out at our cabin.  It rained and than suddenly appearing around dinner time was this gorgeous double rainbow.  I don't remember another time in my life that I've witnessed a complete rainbow such as this.  What a cool experience!  The foreground is a parking area in front of our cabin and than our land runs down past the far end grove of trees past the light green lawn expanse.
My camera didn't captivate just how intense this rainbow was, but I'm sure as I learn my new camera if I ever see another double rainbow it will be photographed better the next time.  There is something calming about a rainbow to me, as I've always been raised with the biblical meaning of rainbows and it being God's promise to never again flood the earth.  To me it means more than that.  It is a symbol of His majestic power, and his caring enough for us His followers to give us something of such beauty to view and enjoy.
I recently met Karen, a new friend that happens to be a new jewelry customer and she shared something that she does each day as she starts her day.  She asks God to "show me the way".  I just love these four simple words she uses and asked if I could share it in a blog post.  The rainbow, God's promise and the "show me the way" phrase have brought peace to me this past week, as I change some things up in my life.

I am trying to be less busy in my life, more in the moment, available to my daughter, Emily (turning 16 in September), and take some time to just relax and enjoy life.  My life has become so revolved around creating jewerly, that I take it every week-end with me when we go up to our cabin, just to keep up, and life shouldn't be like that.  So I have recently given up my space as a vendor at the monthly events at the French Flea in a nearby town.  I am relieved, but yet sad as I loved the customers, the venue, the interaction with people, but feel like too much of my creative energy was being zapped with the commitments that went along with my being involved.  So for now, I will be just doing a few large events per year, and will try to sell more off my blog and have things available to purchase in this way.

I am looking forward to the Junk Bonanza show in September the 16, 17 and 18 at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, MN.  I will have a jewelry booth space inside this year.

I also have the AA/JMS event October 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 at Art and Architecture in Minneapolis, MN where I will also have a jewelry space as a vendor at this fabulous show.

Plan to visit me at one of these two shows.  They are both fabulous venues and I'm so thankful to be a part of each of these events.

I hope you are finding peace in your life today.  I can't always say that I have or do, but this week I am certain that my recent changes and choices are the right ones for me personally.  There is just a certain peace and calmness that I've not felt for a long time.  "Show me the way, Lord."


  1. Gretchen...wow, just the kind of post I needed to read today - you have NO idea! THANK YOU.

    Talk soon,

    p.s. Enjoy your daughter. Before you know it graduation is here and she's off to college!

  2. Yeayyyy! I'm so glad Andrea. Thanks for dropping me a comment too.
    I am trying to get my priorities in line before its too late. Only 2 more years and Emily is off to college. Time goes wayyyy to fast!

  3. Hi Gretchen, it seems as if it has been forever since stopping by. I understand what you are saying...it's always good to step back and re-focus on what's important. Take care and have a great week. Rebecca


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