I am moving on…

Life is good.  I am not going to waste one more day, minute, second on what could have been.  I am so blessed by God and the Holy Spirit with their grace.  Life has been so challenging for such a long time.  I really can’t believe that I have made it this far w/o just giving it up.  It must be prayers.  I say the rosary almost daily.  Even though I sometimes think it isn’t working, I sit down and and pray it anyways.  I have a prayer corner in my room that brings me great peace.

I will tell you a story about my rosary.  I bought a new rosary in the spring.  One of my favorite things to do is to go to Wheaton Religious, a Catholic store and just peruse all of the books and Rosary’s.  The beautiful religious statues, the holy cards, the Angel’s and the saints.  I always spend too much money when I go in there but I love all the trinkets.  I’ll usually have a nice lunch out too.  It’s a day trip for me, a treat.

 The Rosary I bought was a Divine Chaplet of Mercy Rosary.  The Divine Chaplet of Mercy is a prayer you say on the Rosary that prays for forgiveness for the world.  It is a very powerful prayer.  I use it for the praying the Rosary too.  My new Rosary that I purchased that day, when I got it home had a knot it.  This did not please me.  I tried and tried to get this knot untied.  The husband tried and tried to no avail.  So I put it back in the box and said well I’m just going to take it back and get a knew one.   Which I thought was a good thing because that is one of my happy places so another trip so soon, well that made me happy.

 I have always had a love for the Rosary.  It is a meditative prayer that it soothes and calms.  It also makes me feel like I am holding the hand of Mary and that brings me closer to God and his son Jesus Christ.  When I first started studying and reading about the Rosary, it talked about the miracles of the Rosary.  How some or the Rosary’s beads would change color or the chainlink would change color.  I always wanted a miracle with my Rosary’s but I never got one.  I figured I didn’t really need a miracle because I loved the Rosary with or without the miracles.

Then I started reading about another prayer/novena, Mary and the untying of knots.  That was the first time I’d ever heard about that.  Well I started doing that novena and praying to Mary to help me to untie my knots.  I loved it.  Here I was praying the prayer of untying knots on a Rosary that was tied in knots that I couldn’t get out.  One evening when the husband was working late, I sat down in my prayer corner and started to pray the Rosary.  It was the first time that I had prayed with that Rosary for a long time because I didn’t like the knots but I thought I would just do it because I had missed praying.  So as I was praying the Rosary I started fooling with the knot and trying to get it untangled.  Still it didn’t work.  I could feel the Holy Spirit pulling me back into the prayer. Forget about it and pray, concentrate on the mysteries the prayers.  So I did.

I finished with the Rosary and spread it out on my table  and right as I did that it fell into perfect shape.  Mary, Queen of Heaven, Un-tying the knots.  It was the most beautiful moment I have had with my Rosary.  She was with me and holding my hand and un-tying my knots.  I got my miracle with my Rosary.

“Hail Mary, full of grace the lord is with the.  Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus (bowing head).  Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinner’s now and the hour of our death.  Amen 


Road Trip/Throw Back Thursday

I definitely need a song to get the energy level up.  This one usually is better than a cup of coffee.  

I just realized that I did very little blogging on our road trip out East last year.  It was one of those things that I said, “I’ll do it when I get home.”  I never did.  I was looking at my pictures this morning and I have so many pictures that make me feel so good.  The story of a life, pictures really do tell it all.  It’s usually of a very happy time.  I don’t know many people who take pictures (personal)  of the bad times in life.  We usually don’t want to re-live those feelings.  Anyways, I’m going to put some of the pictures of our trip out East last year.  Final destination was Bar Harbor, ME.  It was a glorious trip.

So our first stop, when we got to where we were going was Portland, ME.  So many good memories.  We lived out there at one point when we were raising our kids.  I had one in Kindergarten, 1 in elementary, 1 in middle school and 1 in high school.  Probably why I don’t remember my 30’s or 40’s.  Just woke up one day and I was in my 50’s :)…  We stayed at the Portland Harbor Hotel.  Much better to stay at the Boutique hotels rather than a chain.  So much more personal.

The first day in Portland we went to the husband’s favorite place in the world, Higgins Beach.  His rock is out there and evidently the house we are going to live in one day.  Saw an artist selling his painting’s.  Such a New Englander !!   All I can say is it was a beautiful beach and never have I been anywhere else in my life that has so much character.  If I ever disappear (which is entirely possible) this is where I will be.  God brought be to this place many years ago.  A place which literally saved my life and I am so happy that the husband loves it too.  We will make many memories in the years to come I am sure of that.  Most likely we will retire up here because both of us have a little piece of our soul in the sand at Higgins Beach.

Our next place we visited was where we lived.  It was in Scarborough, ME.  It was a beautiful subdivision.  The bus picked everyone up right in front of the house.  As a homemaker and mother of school age children, that was a beautiful thing !!!  I loved the smell of the sea breeze every morning.  The winter was even beautiful.  Everything in Maine was breathtaking.  The people were also very friendly, you were a Mainard if you were born and raised there other wise you weren’t. Still they were very kind hearted people.  That was a sandwich shop down the street from us with the very best what else, Lobster Rolls and really good pizza bites which the husband loved.  Also we were members of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church which is also shown above.

We ended the day with dinner at Demmilo’s.  This of course was our favorite floating restaurant of all time in Portland.  I had the Lazy Lobster and the husband had Haddock which I’m sure both were caught that morning.  So fresh and delicious…

A couple of more pics from the restaurant.  Food was out of this world !!!  That was just a let’s say whirlwind of our time in Portland.  On the road again to Bar Harbor…  Really looking foreward to that.  I’ll end it for here now.  I do need to do some work.   Planner, ground zero, pay some bills (get a balance, ugh) and let’s not forget that ever important permission to nap.  Have a great day, love ya ❤ …  

Don’t forget to go over and check out the store..

http://elancreationspainter.com and if your shopping on amazon remember my link, Blessings Bloggers ❤ 



Wednesday Words of Wisdom

So these are my words for today.  Well actually they aren’t mine but I just need to use them.  I always go back here when life seems overwhelming  to be reminded of the fact that it really isn’t .   Just one more day ❤

 Don’t Quit!

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
~ author unknown ~

Jealousy really is a terrible thing.  It will poison the soul.  My mother always told me, “When someone is hateful to you that usually means they are jealous of you.”  It’s still hard to take though, and it still feels really, really bad.  Push through it and don’t ever, ever quit !!!


They call me Metal Momma

Really it’s true.  I’ll tell you story.  We all know what it’s like raising our kids.  We all know how they can take the truth and let’s say soften it, bend it to get things going their way.  Mine are no different.  It’s been awhile since I have heard their stories.   They are all grown now and I think we did a pretty good job if I say so myself.

This was about my 2 youngest, the professional dancer’s, the theater guys.  It was when they were in Milwaukee that I was first introduced by them to their love of Metal Music.  I didn’t know what it was and quite frankly I didn’t care.  They were good guys, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t my thing and also my control over their choices was over.   They referred to it as, “Christian Rock.”  One of the bands name was, “Lamb of God.”   As a mother (and really I don’t want the details) I thought go for it.  I knew it was probably pretty out there, so I just looked the other way.  They were adults and hey the older brother was watching out for the younger brother.  They were together so I figured they would keep each other out of trouble and keep other honest.

Long story short, they moved out east and became friends with the lead singer of Lamb of God.  On a couple of our visits I had the pleasure of meeting D.Randall Blythe who is also a published author.   His book is, “Dark Days, a memoir”.  That is a picture of the family at his book signing in Richmond It is a very interesting read and you should really get it and read it.  Very, very cool guy ❤

I’m sure if you have followed my blog you know about the husband’s artwork.  He did a picture of Randy (the metal rocker dude) and his band’s name Lamb of God.  I asked him if we could promote the picture on our website http://elancreationspainter.com and he said he didn’t mind.   We gave the picture to him when we were out there last year.     


So if there are any metal heads who read my blog, go give it a look.  I think it turned out really great.   He’s a great guy and I’m proud to say he’s my friend.   For my boys, he’s a brother from another mother <3.  Thanks Randy, Love ya ❤    




Summer’s Over Mr. Knight-Linger

This is my prayer to start the week with.  It brings me a peaceful start, “Hallelujah.” 

Good Tuesday morning out there in the blogging world.  I hope you had a fantastic weekend.  Ours was glorious !!!  We sold 2 pictures from our Amazon Site.  This is our Handmade by Amazon link:


I know, strange looking link, but it works.  Hey people there is a learning curve for this 50 + something grandmama 🙂  But the link will bring you there.  You can also go check out our own site.  http://elancreationspainter.com where we’ve cut out the middle man and it’s more streamlined.  Here is one of the pictures we sold this Labor Day Weekend.

The Passion of Christ
The Passion of Christ

I have to tell you it is so exciting to wake up and look at my email for my stores and see a sale.  It gives me hope and my dream stays alive ❤   

He has also started woking on oils and they are looking really good.  I could be a bit prejudiced, but I don’t think so.  When I see the love and the commitment that goes into just one painting, well then you understand just what a special piece of artwork it is.  He fusses over every little detail to make it just perfect.  I must say it drives me a little nuts.  Sometimes I have to tell him to sign the picture and put an amen to it 🙂  He usually does ❤  

Like I said we are going to put a full court press on our store and I’m going to freshen up the blog.  Here’s a couple of reminders.  I already posted the links up above for our stores on the web.  Remember though on my blog to shop through my link at amazon.  It really helps.  We are hoping that with the fall/winter season people we be in more shopping on-line and getting ready for the holidays.  I also posted a, “Blog Candy,” give away.  There’s still time to enter.  It’s open til Friday, no purchase necessary.  I’ll re-post it in case you missed it…



It’s a holiday weekend, its the end of summer and I’m feeling SNAPPY. I’d like to do our first ever BLOG CANDY giveaway here at Elan Creations. Here’s how its works:

Leave a comment on this post
Share this post on a social media site (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Comment on our Facebook Page
I’ll number each comment and by random draw for the winner next Sunday, September 11, 2016.

The winner gets an unframed print of his/her choice.


Have a great week !!!  ❤   


Blog Candy @ Elan Creations


It’s a holiday weekend, its the end of summer and I’m feeling SNAPPY. I’d like to do our first ever BLOG CANDY giveaway here at Elan Creations. Here’s how its works:

Leave a comment on this post
Share this post on a social media site (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Comment on our Facebook Page
I’ll number each comment and by random draw for the winner next Sunday, September 11, 2016.

The winner gets an unframed print of his/her choice.


Hello Fall

This is my absolute favorite time of year!!!  The weather is perrrrrfect for just about everything.  Low stress season.  Holidays are still far off, days are getting shorter.  The planner is just waiting to be opened and reading a book and watching tv is something to look forward too.  Cooking, baking, menu planning is starting.  I love making a pot of soup or baking an apple pie.  It’s too soon for pumpkin pie but the apples are just great this time of year.  Let’s not forget the carmel apples.  The candy shop in town makes the best !!!  

This weekend will be great.  We are making it a 4 day weekend instead of a 3 day.  Husband has to go to Doctor’s tomorrow.  I’m making him get this mole taken off his face.  Don’t like the looks of it so that will be tomorrow.  Then working in the garage.  Saturday going to the farmer’s market to get that last bit of vegetable goodness.  So sad that has to end.  Didn’t get there nearly enough this year but I’m grateful for getting there at all.  Sunday going to the movies and that’s always a blast.  Oh I forgot about all the sleeping in and nap taking this weekend, that’s always welcome 🙂 … Then on Monday, Labor Day just tying up all the loose ends that we didn’t finish on the first 3 days.  I hope we get the garage done enough to at least pull the car in.  We still have so much to throw away.  I refuse to find a space for it and I’m not going to rent a space.  It’s going in the garbage.  I’m through moving it.   

The only thing I’m moving from now on is me.  Well that is I’m moving on in my life.  This really is my new start, my box.  I should say, “Our” because I’ll keep the husband around.  He’s good for a lot of stuff.  He takes care of me and the family, he works very hard.  He’s so much fun to hang around with.  I wouldn’t have anyone to go to the hockey games with.  He makes me smile and laugh and who would take the dogs out when the weather is bad and change the kitty litter ??  So he’s staying ❤  Life is good and I am grateful.  Gratitude is the best medicine for life.  My sister reminded me of that yesterday, thank you sister ❤ …

Going to do my planner and get this day rolling.  Weekend maintenance today, a few errands and I’m going to try to get dinner made.  The weather is suppose to be fantastic this weekend so we will enjoy that.  Have a great day, love ya bloggers ❤