Any of you who have been around for any length of time know that I want this little corner of the internet to be a positive, encouraging place to go. There is so much negativity in the world that I don’t want to add to that. But today I have to be real. I feel like 2014 has not gotten off to the best start.

nashville1-blog There has been health issues for most of the year (which thankfully are seeming to work out right now – my digestive issues are healing thanks to Whole30 and I also got positive news that a lump that I found was just a cyst. my mother being a breast cancer survivor makes things a little more nerve wracking when something is amiss). There have been really hard things going on with people around me that I’m continually burdened by. I can’t elaborate on any of them, but they’re just so heartbreaking. My paternal grandmother passed away a few days ago. Dave’s car pretty much died earlier this year and rodents wreaked some havoc on my car when we were on vacation. My website update has been 4 months of continued aggravation. Of course, there were some amazing things that have happened in the first half of the year – vacations taken, records broken, bills being paid. I’m so grateful for all of those things. {and yes, I know that there are plenty of people that are going through MUCH harder things than these that I’ve mentioned}

nashville3-blog I’m just weary. So I’m admitting that to you all today. I’m tired. I’m sad for some situations around me. However, today we got to get away with my parents and my niece & nephew to relax where there was no cell service. It was so needed and lots of laughs were heard echoing through the trees. I got to sip my IZZE and watch my daughter do the stand up paddle board for the first time. I got to see my dad catch the biggest blue gill that I’ve ever seen. I’m so grateful for moments like this where I can just float, pray and enjoy the beauty of it all.

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And love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on YOU

{fix my eyes, for king & country)

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amy.cornwell.behind.the.scenes.2014_0018 Last week one of my customers turned friends, Lindy, came over to do a photoshoot of me in my studio working and she also interviewed me for her blog (she’s so sweet, be sure to check it out). I love all of the things she captured because I don’t have any pictures like this of myself doing what I do almost every day. I thought I’d give you guys a little behind the scenes look at what my work day looks like: from stamping & cutting bands, to soldering and shipping.

amy.cornwell.behind.the.scenes.2014_0003 making-bands amy.cornwell.behind.the.scenes.2014_0001 soldering-rings amy.cornwell.behind.the.scenes.2014_0020 amy.cornwell.behind.the.scenes.2014_0007Now that you’ve experienced a day in the life, go over to Photos by Lou and enter to win (and snag a coupon code too!). Don’t miss out!

summer2013sGoodbye summer…you were so good to us. You brought us a new house, lots of outdoor time, fishing, swimming, strawberry picking, seeing my brother in law off to Afghanistan, trying my hand at a garden, mini-trips here & there and lots of adventures. I’m sad to see you go, but excited for what the school year & autumn brings. Goodbye summer, until next year!

Dear Weekend,
You were really fun and busy and relaxing all at the same time. Thank you for being a pretty enjoyable last weekend before school starts!

weekend2Dear starry-eyed boy,
Your love for your sisters BFF is so cute. The way that you do everything she does and like everything she likes is precious. You call her your “goyl-fwiend” and believe you’ll get married someday. Time will tell, son…time will tell.

Dear camping out in our backyard,
I didn’t like you last time because our air mattress went flat at 3am, but I’ve come to {almost} enjoy you again thanks to a comfy new bed in the middle of the tent. Thank you Meijer sale!

weekend1Dear Planes movie,
Thank you for being a fun movie to show to my two airplane-loving boys…and you got the facts right about the airplanes too which made hubby smile. Seeing Bubby hold his Dusty toy while watching the movie was adorable.

Dear s’mores with Reese cups,
I love you.

Dear land,
You’re hard work and you take a lot of our time, but we still love you. Sitting on the porch watching the kids run down the hill makes me smile. Feeding Snapper in the pond is a daily enjoyment. Watching the birds and hummers is my new favorite pastime. You may be a bear in the wintertime, but I’ll choose to believe that we can take whatever comes at us.

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Dear Sunday,
You were a rollercoaster of a ride. From mishaps on our way out to church, to a great sermon on marriage, to Starbucks, to finding a hair in our lunch at a restaurant, to short naps, to potty accidents…you were not my favorite day ever. But I choose to count my blessings, because it could have been a much worse day – of that I am certain.

Dear week coming up,
You bring both of my children going to all-day school. This is the first time ever that I’ll have both kids in school every day and while that will be really weird, I also know that my introverted self is looking forward to some focused time after a busy summer.

How was your weekend?

{celebrating the weekend with Snappee Turtle for
Dear Weekend… and linking up with Wild & Precious}

photo…to not use some smoke bombs and attempt a stunt scene.
{it really is a shame that you can’t see that with my red, white and blue I’m wearing
bright yellow rain boots…that would have made this picture SO much better!}

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