On March 12, 2020, as Joe and I drove off of the beach together for the very last time, we received the email that would be the catalyst for a tough year ahead, to say the least. The email told us that our upcoming show, Forever Vintage Market in Belleville, IL, a show we had done since starting our ... Read More about This Is The Season About Becoming.
Mutual friends introduced us. He didn't know my story, and I didn't know his. But after only a short time together, we were in deep conversation. I was talking about Joe and said something that made him question where he was. When I said that he'd died by suicide in June of 2020, I think he was ... Read More about We Are The Balm
January is the month for hunkering down and getting cozy. More time is spent inside (if you're in the north), and it's a great time to reflect on what the past year was or was not. A time to re-calibrate, freshen our perspective, and set new intentions. A time to plan for the year ... Read More about Acceptance.
Today is Christmas. Tomorrow, December 26, marks the eighteenth month of Joe's passing. I love that it's not today. Not Christmas. We get to have this day. Everything has changed, and yet everything remains the same. Since losing Joe, I haven’t altered or moved much of anything in the house. ... Read More about Everything
Just one year ago, I sat outside the fence of the Belle-Claire Fairgrounds in Bellville, IL, in the Hardee's parking lot. I sat there reflecting on all of the years that have passed since Joe and I first stepped into that building for the Country Treasures Craft Show so many years ago. Jan ... Read More about Belleville, IL. Friends. Family. Home.