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1. sunflower in my garden
2. bella laying on her mexican blanket
3. a stepping stone my cousin made for my mom
4. violet chatting with some deer friends
5. wooden door from india
6. mama cardinal eating on my porch
7. flowers from my bestie
8. james playing guitar
9. bella being her beautiful self
10. succulents

Just a few more peeks into my home and daily life.   I never tire of taking photos of little things.  If there was more light in all of my house, Id probably have a million more.

So, today is friday.  My accomplishments so far: packaging two items & going to the po, outfit pics, pedi and mani, and creating a b-day wishlist on pinterest.  Yep.  So far, Id say very un-productive, but hey, its friday right?  Im thinking about spending some quality time with my sewing machine tonite to make some more gypsy tattered flags for the shop, its been too long, and I miss them.  Honestly, deep down inside lately Ive been pretty sad.  It finally came out last night.  I just miss my parents.  I feel like a broken record when I talk about them now.  Like geez... how many times do we have to hear this again?  Its just a feeling that will never go away, and some days (or several days in a row) it comes on stronger than others, and everything is a hairline away from a cry.  But, the only thing I can do is just keep on, everyday.  Do the best I can, and act like they can still see me and hear me.  And know that my love for them will never die.  Death, what a strange thing we have to face in this beautiful life...

To leave things on a happier note, check here to see if you are the winner of the From Under His Feathers giveaway!  Scroll to the bottom of the post to see if its you!  Thank you to everyone who entered!



  1. I think losing your parents is one of the hardest things one has to go through, so you should not feel bad about writing about it at all. I love that you're so honest on here, it's really refreshing and actually, you've inspired me to share more of my life on my blog.

    So keep on doing what you're doing! Love the pics by the way :) Have a great weekend Laura!

  2. Beautiful photos!

    xo Natasha

  3. every grief has a life of its own. i think the best we can do is honor it and give it space to be and breathe and not try to force it into any mold of how we think it should be, or what we think it should look like, or when we think it should be over. i think it will be like a silent (sometimes not so silent) presence in your life who just wants to be witnessed. and you can love that presence, and by doing so, bring comfort to it too. it's hard to explain.

  4. Oh sweet Laura...
    a quote that comes to mind and to which I hold true,
    "A sweet thing for whatever time to revisit in dreams the dear dad we have lost" -Euripides

    Revisit in dreams...begin a dream journal. Stay open to their possibilities

    sending much LOVE, Sheri

  5. Grieving takes its own time and manifests in its own way. You will probably always mourn their loss in some way. Speaking for myself, I never come to your blog and feel like you're repeating yourself. I also really appreciate your raw emotion and honesty in your posts. Keep doing your thing girl, and take care of yourself. :)

  6. I was quite surprised to find my name there, and I am entirely excited! Yay! What do I need to do now?
    Also, I just want to say, you should never feel bad about your feelings. You need to own them... embrace and understand them, and talking about it can play a part in that, and can also be a way to help the feelings flow out

  7. shelley, i forgot to tell you to email me! violet_bella@hotmail. then ill send over an email to brooke :) thank you!

    and thank you girls for your sweet affirming words...

  8. Even though we all lose someone close to us in our lifetimes, I don't think anyone ever really recovers from that loss. there are good and bad days, and times when we feel like the sadness in our souls is just going to tear us apart. the important thing is just to remember how much we loved them, and they loved us, and keep that love fresh in your mind so those you love won't be forgotten. i hope you have an incredibly joyful weekend, to push out some of your sadness & replace it with bits of sunshine. <3

  9. laura, you are completely justified in being down, & feeling sad about the loss of your parents. sending love

  10. I hope you will feel better soon..

  11. Hi Laura! Don't rush yourself to grieve. I lost my dad 5 years ago and I still get a little sad every day. Just remember something happy about them and get a go hug your animals and man. Also, don't feel bad for always sharing it. It's good for your soul to get support via the internet community. You are such a beautiful soul and your blog inspires me every day. xo

  12. I love your photography so much. It touches a soft spot in my heart, it's so beautiful. Your blog is one of my favorites already, and I only now started reading it. You are awesome :)

    We never get over things... but we learn to live with them. Day by day. Until we make peace with our grief and realise that it only made us stronger.

    Have a lovely day :)

  13. Beautiful photos as usual.

    Amanda Rose


Thank you so much for your sweet comments!