Wednesday, May 12, 2010

26 glaze tests and other stuff

I've been playing around with glazes again. 26 tests went into the kiln and one came out acceptable. But it's a colour I've been trying to make for a long time now. I even think I can repeat it. I hope so! There are other possibles in there but it will take a bit of fiddling with the formula. But I like doing that.

In other news, the beads and I are off to Wichita for our daughter's graduation with her Bachelor of Nursing. We couldn't be prouder of her. She graduating cum laude from the university that she did very poorly at years ago when she was probably way to young to be there. Then it's graduate nursing school in the fall. I just love seeing her get where she's always wanted to go!

Then it's up to Mum's to sort a few things out. She was recently admitted to the nursing home and now it's time to see if this is a permanent arrangement. It is a little tough seeing my mum at this stage of her life.

I'm also more than a little sad for other reasons. My son deploys to Afghanistan later this evening. It seems like such a short time since he came back from Iraq (15 months). He's off to Kunar province on the eastern border with Pakistan. I know very little about the area, except that it has been an area of intense insurgency and a cross roads for smuggling. But we've been through this before. It will be alright.

My son with his lucky charms, my dad's dog tags


22 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Prayers and hugs are winging their way to you! That picture of your son is so beautiful and moving. God bless him and your daughter on their chosen paths in life. And God bless you, too!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Silver Parrot said...

What an amazing picture of your son. Thank God for him and all of our brave men and women who risk their lives on our behalf!

On a separate note - it makes me feel so good to know that I am not the only one that can do 26 experiments and only be happy with 1 final piece ;-) I love the color on the one you showed - would like to see what the rejects actually looked like LOL!

SueBeads said...

Please tell your son that all of your friends are thinking of and praying for his safe return to the US and that we are grateful for his service to the US and our safety! I'm so sorry you are dealing with the two sorrowful things, but I'm glad your daughter is happy and doing what she was meant to do!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

What a mix of emotions, happy and sad. Best wishes to your son, and all the military personnel, for a safe return. And congrat to your daughter. God Bless.

Pearl and Pebble said...

That is a beautiful picture LeAnn! Amazing. You all are in my prayers:) (Oh and your glaze is pretty spectacular too.)Have a safe trip and congratulations to your daughter

Marie Cramp said...

We will keep you all in our prayers and Hope he will stay safe :) Thank him for being so brave and helping defend this part of the world. Even though I am from Canada, I believe that the work the American Military does benefits us all.

Great glaze BTW love the button!!

Hugs
Marie

Judy said...

Nursing is a wonderful profession, congrats to your daughter. Hugs to you and your brave boy, please keep us posted. I love the picture of him!
Good luck with your Mum,such a hard decision to make. Thinking of you with lots of hugs!

mairedodd said...

what a loaded post - it's amazing you are keeping it all together... but such a perfect example of the bittersweet of life... joy and sorrow, transitions... hope you got the best hugs ever from your son... i am so glad you have the graduation to celebrate... nursing is such a wonderful career... we have many special ones in our life that have become family friends...
beautiful glaze and button -
xooxoxoxo

The Joy of Nesting said...

Oh my Gosh LeAnn all in one day to experience all the emotions that define a mother!!! Know that we are here for you Little Sister!! Please find comfort in our love,care and concern.

I certainly congratulate your daughter with her accomplishments It's a long but rewarding road not many follow! :) I will keep your son in my thoughts. But I will certainly add you to my mornings thoughts and concerns I am in awe of your quiet bravery!! As the mother of 2 young men, I can only imagine the roller coaster your life is. But I do not have to imagine the sacrifice you have been ask to make, for no mother willingly wishes to place her child in harms way!!! No one can walk in your shoes but please know that I will walk beside you and willingly lend you my support!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

The photo of your son is so moving. I wish him the very best during his deployment and a safe return.

Love the glaze color. Almost golden, very striking.

sharon said...

The lump is in my throat as I finished reading this, for son , daughter, and you. I hold a spot in my heart for you and your family LeAnn.

Rosanne said...

Congratulations to your daughter and prayers for safe keeping to your son. XOXOX

stregata said...

What a post, LeAnn! Congrats for your daughter!!! Prayers for your mum and specially for your son.
And some really big warm hugs for you, brave girl!
I do love your new glaze - but I am curious about the "rejects"!!

Esther said...

congrats to your daughter leAnn, and all my wishes for your son.; you can be proud of your children.. It must be very hard for you to think that your baby is in a war zone..

Kella said...

Such a ying yang moment Happiness and Sadness

Wishing your son God's speed back home and safety and blessings while he is there.

Wishing your Daughter all the best in her new endeavours.

And wishing you peaceful blessing re your Mum.

Kella said...

Such a ying yang moment Happiness and Sadness

Wishing your son God's speed back home and safety and blessings while he is there.

Wishing your Daughter all the best in her new endeavours.

And wishing you peaceful blessing re your Mum.

kelleysbeads said...

Congrats to your daughter for her educational accomplishments...so wonderful!

And prayers to your son and the rest of your family over his deployment

Greer said...

My heart aches for you LeAnn. I admire greatly your strength and fortitude over your sons departure.
And hurrah for your daughter! It is so wonderful that her time in the wworld has come as it did for my daughter.

Rose said...

My brother was sent to Afghanistan right after 9/11. My love and prayers go out to your family.

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Barbara Lewis said...

Prayers for you and your family, LeAnn. A very reflective and soulful picture of your son ... one I'm sure you'll always treasure ... and so will he.

Pretty Things said...

I'm thinking of you and yours.