Cola's Cottage

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I enjoy this Holiday and giving thanks for all the goodness in my life.  I love sharing these times with my family and loved ones.  As we get older and are children are into more things our lives become hectic and busy.  Unfortunately we don't get together as much anymore.  It is when the holidays come around that we can slow down to relax and visit.  Ok, maybe relaxing isn't quite the truth LOL!  We are usually running around like chickens with our heads cut off, getting everything ready for the big feast.  But when the table is set and we gather to pray, we relax and we enjoy the good food and company, and count our blessings.

My daughter Alison is six years old.  She is a "mini me".  She is a girly girl and loves to draw and decorate.  Today I was shopping for some last minute turkey day stuff when I saw the cutest little pink Christmas tree.  Of course it was on sale and I knew I had to buy it for my little girl.  I had only $16 on my debit card and I had a dilema.  I needed to pick up some neccesities and so I had to be a frugal shopper.  I found everything I needed for my meal and had just enough money left to buy the tree.  I felt so elated I couldn't wait to see her reaction when she saw it.

When I did show it to her she jumped and clapped and squealed.  Then she said she needed to go out and scream outside because she was so excited (I don't let my kids scream in the house lol!).  As we were decorating it my daughter said " Oh thank you Lord!", in the most sincere way.  I say that daily as I always give thanks to God for every good thing in my life.  Hearing her say that filled me with so much joy, to know that she has God in her heart and that she expresses her gratefulness so genuinely.  Later today she said this was the best day ever... what more can you ask for?  I have a lot to be thankful for, and I am happy.

I have been painting up a storm this week to get some new things listed for holiday shopping this weekend!  Here are some of the new items that have just been added.... : )

It has been nice to paint again.  Working on sales in my studio is fun, but having time to paint again feels good.  I hope to keep doing so and building my inventory.  I will be busy creating some pieces for Christmas gifts and custome orders, so I hope to keep in touch with all of you during the holidays. 

I wish you all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.  I am thankful to have all of you to share with and I am thankful to you all for sharing with me too ; )

Many blessing and hugs to you all!  Love ~ Nichole


  1. Hello Nichole... your story about little Alison is precious! How adorable she wanted a pink tree, and how wonderful you planned just how to purchase it! That is too cute she went outside to scream! And how priceless that she thanked our Lord... your new items for your shop are so pretty! Wishing you and your family a beautiful, blessed Thanksgiving... Bisous... Julie Marie

  2. Hi sweet friend!! I got tears in my eyes reading about you purchasing the pink tree for Alison and her reaction! This is one of the sweetest things I have ever heard. So heartwarming! I hope you show pics of her pretty pink tree!
    Nichole, I LOVE your new items, they are just STUNNING!
    Have a beautiful Thanksgiving sweet friend
    Love you,

  3. What a sweet story about your daughter and the pink Christmas tree! So precious and innocent. Your painted roses are absolutely beautiful! Glad to hear you have found time for creativity. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving! :) Tammy

  4. I've never seen a pink christmas tree but I can totally understand how Alison felt when she saw that tree. You are such a wonderful mom! This story certainly warmed my heart. Love all your new items too, Nichole! You're amazing.. Happy Thanksgiving! :)


  5. Hi Nichole! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment :) I have missed you and been thinking about you. I am so sorry that you have been going through a hard time. Please know that you can email and vent to me, any time you need to! I always here for you sweetie!
    Love ya lots

  6. Hi Nichole... your painting is just so beautiful... you are so talented!! I am so happy your little girl loved her pink tree. What a sweet story of her saying thank you Lord. It is always nice for us Moms to know our children are truly thankful.

    Hope you are doing ok... and have a great weekend.

  7. Merry Christmas sweet friend! I hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful holiday together!
    Love and hugs,

  8. Hi Nichole!! Merry Christmas!! I am so glad you and your sweet family had such a wonderful Christmas, it just warms my heart! I could "hear" the excitement in your words and I felt so happy for you! Your brother is so sweet to have gotten you a net book!! Whoohoo!! You are going to love it!
    Happy Holidays sweetie,

  9. Hi Nichole,
    I tried to email you, but, it wouldn't let me .. darn computers .. BUT, if you will send the cost of those 3 items, I can tell you what exactly I want .. I forgot what you said the box would be .. hahaha .. you can email me at .. or blog .. I check both .. It's been so busy for all of us .. whew .. we made it, now on to a New Year .. Blessings and LoVe to you and your sweet family ~
    big PiNk hugs ~tea~xo