Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

It’s a perfect day to celebrate life!

Isn’t ‘life’ a funny thing?

Is it possible that at any age we have arrived at a place where we have it figured out?

I can’t seem to get myself to write the numbers here, in black and white, that reveal my new age today.  When I think of those numbers I shake my head…I can’t believe it…I’m beyond middle age…When I was young I looked at ladies like me and thought that they were really old!

And yet, I will say that I love where I am in life.

There isn’t a day or a year where I wish to return.

Each year has offered more…has taken me to a better life…this life.

I’m not even sure that there was a time in my life where I felt better than I do today {or if I did, I just didn’t know how much I should appreciate it}.

There are aspects of those early years that I miss…I miss the perky, thinner version of me {that just had to come first}…I miss holding my babies…I miss the places where we lived that gave us friends that we no longer get to see…I miss my grandparents…

I love that everything in my previous 47 years brought me right to where I am today {there! that was a gently way of saying it}!

The current picture of me that you see above was included in a post that Amber wrote yesterday {great post, btw…check it out}.  My first response was that of shock that she would post a picture of me like that….no make-up…hair not done…etc.  This was a work day.  We were getting ready for the workshop the next day.  In fact, she was suppose to be taking shots of the bucket of milk that I was holding.   I believe my instructions were, ‘not my face!”

I love the little lessons that life sends our way in the form of surprises. 

One thing that I have learned in my life is that I want to be real…in every possible way!

Seeing that photo reminded me of that.  That picture is raw, real, natural…all of the things that I want to be each day. 

No cover-up!

I had to put the two photos side-by-side because there is simply no mistaking that they are the same girl.  I love that little girl ~ she knew how to love life… and I also love the person she has become.  {wow! those are hard words to say…it feels bold…but the tears streaming down my face right now makes it feel less so…}

photo by: Tres Birds Photography

I will still always prefer the pictures of myself where my my chin looks like one single chin and my make-up and hair are nicely done…where the lines around my eyes are softened…

And this will be just another wonderful day to celebrate life!

photo by: Tres Birds Photography

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
-Madeleine L’Engle

I would love to send one of you a gift! 

A bar of my hand-made soap…made from fresh goat milk! …and a CELEBRATE charm…{like the one I’m wearing in the picture above…it is personally, my favorite charm}

Leave a comment, answering this question…What is your favorite part of your life?  What brings a smile to your face on a regular basis?  What makes you celebrate life?

August 13, 2011 Posted by | birthday, life | 29 Comments


ser·en·dip·i·ty noun \ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē\

: the gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not looked for

Six mornings out of the week I meet up with a friend and together we walk 4 miles.

Living in the country offers so much beauty and on these walks we are able to drink deeply that beauty that surrounds us…daily…year ’round. We’ve seen moose and elk and each day we see deer and scenery that is breath-taking. This time of year it’s fun to keep a watch out for fawn…the sight I never tire of.

This morning we heard an earnest, desperate cry coming from a deep ditch. I climbed down and found this cute little kitten cowering at the bottom. I could tell that he had somehow been injured but it didn’t seem too severe.

I brought him home, warmed up some fresh goat’s milk and he ate and ate and ate and ate.

Now he is sleeping so soundly that nothing stirs him.

Although I don’t plan on keeping him, I’ve named him Serendipity as he was an accidental discovery.

This picture shows that he has a fairly severe mouth injury but he eats well, purrs well and sleeps well and I know that’s a good sign.

{that kind of has a ring to it…could I sell a sign that saysEat Well * Purr Well * Sleep Well…probably not}

My concern will be to watch out for infection as it heals. If anyone has any suggestions {besides the veterinary clinic} I would love to hear them.

July 13, 2011 Posted by | life, my neck of the woods!, pets | 4 Comments

Simply In Awe!

These little toes did indeed wiggle their way to freedom this morning at 4:56 am when Noah David made his very grand entrance into this world and our family.

There truly aren’t words to describe it all.  I was so blessed that my sweet daughter-in-law wanted me in the delivery room, along with her mom.  This was a first for me.

Let me boldly say this, “Don’t tell me there isn’t a God!!!”  Nothing else makes sense of this miracle we call LIFE.

I’m so proud of our kids.

Jackie…you were simply quite amazing!

Thank you so much for sharing this gift with us.  This little guy has completely captured my heart and I can’t wait to get to know him.

Here’s another bold statement.  

“Isn’t he just the most beautiful baby boy you’ve ever seen???”  🙂

May 2, 2011 Posted by | family, life | 15 Comments

Dear Fellow Rurals,

It would be so nice if you would add to your colorful sign that your ‘sale’ is 15 minutes off of the beaten path.  If I had known that this detour would have taken 40 minutes, I probably would have kept going.  So glad I didn’t miss the birth of my first grand child because of this deviation.

at this very moment he is trying to wiggle free from his safe confinement ~ his new world awaits

May 1, 2011 Posted by | family, life | Leave a comment

Royalty, indeed!

Last week I finished a Bible study on the book of Esther with a wonderful group of gals.

Esther, has always been my favorite book in the Bible.  It is such a beautiful story with so much content that we could have probably spent more than 10 weeks studying it.  Although orphaned at a young age her destiny was to save her people, the Jews who lived in Persia, from complete annihilation.  Through one miracle after another, Esther becomes Queen of Persia.  From there, through her own obedience, her life is used in a wonderful way.  The famous verse from the book is this:

Esther 4:14

14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

We don’t always know why we’ve been put where we are.  I personally know, without a doubt, that the Lord has had His hand on me from the time that I was a little girl.  With that belief and knowledge I can be assured that with each twist and turn my life takes He has a purpose and a plan for me.  I may not always ‘feel’ like Royalty but I still know that I am!

Yesterday, for Easter, we sang, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.  Because He lives, all fear is gone.  Because I know who holds the future.  And life is worth the living, just because He lives.

I’ll admit that I got a little teary when I sang those words yesterday.  This year has brought some challenges my way.  Challenges that touch my emotions deep {and daily}.  I will never tire of the reminder that my God sees all, knows all and deeply cares about all.  I am His daughter.  That right there makes me Royalty

I would challenge you to read this book.  It beautiful, interesting and very quick to read!

April 25, 2011 Posted by | life | 6 Comments

the little things ~ <3

Mr.T knows that I love cream in my coffee.  It’s so sweet when he buys it w/o even asking {obviously that’s what happened this week…lots of cream here}.

So often it’s in the little things…

the sparkly things

the happy things

the pretty things

the thoughtful things

and sweet simplicity

where life becomes so grand.

Watch for them…then smile!

November 18, 2010 Posted by | life | Leave a comment

Ready?…or Not?

I can’t say the I feel ready but it’s happening.

I’m moving my #3 child out of the house and getting her settled in Seattle right now.

After spending almost half my life being a full-time mom my life will be slipping into something…different!

I refuse to call it ‘empty nest‘.  When I return home it will be anything but empty.  My home is so full of our kids and the daily{ness} of our 24 years of being parents.  One of my goals throughout these years was to have a home that our kids would ALWAYS want to come home to {do you hear that, kids?}.  And I think that we’ve accomplished just that.  One of our biggest joys right now is to be together…I appreciate every moment.

My parting tomorrow could be one of emotional proportion but I think I’ll hold it together {at least until I get in my car and start crossing over the 520 Bridge to head east}. I’ll have 5 hours to think about how quickly this all happened.  I’ll certainly think about the sadness but I’ll also be overwhelmed {once again} about God’s goodness and faithfulness in our lives.  I love how He leads and directs.

Then I’ll dream about the future and listen to whatever kind of music that I want to listen to!!!

September 2, 2010 Posted by | family, life | 5 Comments

a calming affect…

I love summer!

Somehow throughout these months I find myself in a state of relaxed madness {those words probably are an accurate description of my [24/7/12] life}.

As it begins I’m frantically preparing for some of my summer shows as well as the outside work of winter-to-spring clean-up and getting a garden in.

Then I slip into a state of keeping up with ‘it all’ and enjoying life in the country, hosting guests, touching base with my kids as often as I can, and enjoying blue skies and sunshine.

Now, as I feel a subtle turning from summer to fall with a lingering coolness in the morning air and days that gradually are shortening, I find that my mind is settling into some thoughts of creating with colors, textures and mediums.

And that brings a different type of calmness to my spirit!

August 18, 2010 Posted by | life | 3 Comments

{not so} Carefree, yet Happy!

Saturday on my way home from the west side of our state I followed this car.

Even when I had a chance to pass I felt compelled to just follow them.

Two young gals with blonde pony tails flipping in the breeze…driving down a beautiful Washington road in their red convertible.

I couldn’t help but think of all the things I didn’t do before I took the leap {@19} into marriage and family.  It also made me smile at these care-free girls wishing I had a red convertible where I could let my ponytail flip wildly in the breeze but my smile more honestly expressed how, if I could go back 27 years, I wouldn’t change a thing.  As I grew up I always knew that I only ever wanted to be a wife and mom…seriously ~ that really was all I wanted and it was a goal that I fit into comfortably.  Parenting has been far more challenging than I ever imagined but I still find it my perfect fit.

Love This Life!

p.s.  I really wouldn’t mind having a little red convertible that I could journey down a windy road with my blonde pony and a special girlfriend!

note to self…while driving down the road of happiness, make sure that my camera is out of reach!

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It’s time to announce the winner of my last give-a-way

Natty left comment #20 comment for the give-a-way and is the winner!  Felicitations to you!  😉

July 26, 2010 Posted by | just plain fun, life | 14 Comments

I’ve got Peace!

As I watched the rain lightly drizzle over our pond this morning, my first thought brought a simple, sweet tune to my mind…”I’ve got peace like a river” ~you’ve got to admit that sounds way better than “I’ve got peace like a pond”.

I then wandered around my yard in my red, Mickey Mouse Crocs and wet toes, and my next thought was, “I am one lucky girl!”.

Father’s Day {which began in Spokane, WA and was celebrated for the 100th time this year} always causes me to be even more appreciative of my men…

I have a great husband who loves sharing this journey called LIFE with me!

And my dad…oh, how I love that guy! {I’m crazy about my mom, too!}

My kids are the BEST!

I live in a beautiful, country setting that faithfully consumes me with the feeling of HOME!

And, although our world doesn’t feel very peaceful and we can’t seem to move beyond RAIN in the Pacific Northwest, I still find that I generally have a smile on my face!  (maybe it’s because my teen just left for a week of camp) 😉

June 21, 2010 Posted by | life, Uncategorized | 1 Comment