Memorial Tattoo


This is the tattoo that my eldest daughter just got in memory of my parents.  Dad died December 4th, 2017 and Mom followed 2 years and 1 day after on December 5th, 2019.  The 7 shamrocks represent them, myself and my 4 other siblings. O’Brien was my maiden name.  What a testament to her love of us all!
The center symbol is the Claddagh which holds a special place in the hearts of our family.  A little background for you:

The Legend of the Claddagh

The story of the Claddagh is based in rich Irish culture. It begins about five centuries ago in the fishing village of Claddagh, just outside the city of Galway. Men of the village, much as they do today, would go out to the sea, each day, to fish for food for their families and other villagers. The sea presented many dangers. On some days the sea was high and on others the current was strong. The greatest risk, however, was that there were pirates. On one such day, the story goes, a young man was fishing at sea with other men from his family. Suddenly, from their small boat, they spied a Spanish pirate ship. That sight, the men were certain sealed their fate. The pirates captured the men from Claddagh and brought them to the far off North Coast of Africa. It was there that they were sold into slavery for what they were sure would be the rest of their lives. Richard, the youngest of those captured, was the most distraught. All men had left loved ones behind, but Richard had just met his true love and now feared that he would not live to see her again. Years passed and several of the men died. Others accepted their fate. Richard worked as a slave, but continued to long for a return to his village and to his beloved. To keep his spirits up and to keep hope in his heart, each day Richard stole a tiny speck of gold from his slave masters in the goldsmith shop where he tended the fires. Years passed and, with his tiny pieces of gold, he was finally able to fashion a ring. It was his hope that, despite what seemed nearly impossible, he would return to his village and present the ring to his true love. No one really knows if Richard escaped or earned his release from slavery, but in either event, the day finally came when Richard could begin the long trip back to his village in Ireland . . . to his home. At his journey’s end, Richard was overcome with joy when he learned that his beloved had remained true to him in his long absence, waiting faithfully for him to return. It was on that day that Richard gave his beloved the ring he created that is now known worldwide as the Claddagh Ring. The Claddagh design appears not only in rings, but in other types of jewelry as well. The heart in the cladadgh symbolizes the love Richard longed to share with his true love. The crown symbolizes his undying loyalty and the hands symbolize friendship, which is, after all, the very foundation of love, with loyalty holding the two hands together. The Claddagh design became popular as an engagement or a wedding ring. It took on even more significance when Claddagh rings began to be worn widely by women throughout Ireland, on the west coast and the islands, where the claddagh may well have been the only major “investment” in a fishing family, an heirloom handed down from mother to daughter.

There even is a guide which explains the symbolism of how the ring is worn. If the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart pointing out, it means that the wearer’s heart is uncommitted. Worn on the same hand with the heart pointing inward, the Claddagh ring means that the wearer’s heart is taken. Worn on the left hand with the heart pointing inward, it means “Let Love and Friendship reign forever, never to be separated.” The Claddagh has a rich heritage and will surely be in vogue for many years to come.

Peace and Love,

Teresa Marie


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New Family Photos

My eldest Shawna and her new beau; isn't she beautiful?
My eldest Shawna and her new beau; isn’t she beautiful?



Emily Grace and Christopher James; her babies
Emily Grace and Christopher James; her babies


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My youngest beauty, Sara Jayne with one of her many hair coloring jobs.

My youngest beauty, Sara Jayne with one of her many hair coloring jobs.


Us three girls and one of the few photos that you will ever see of me, lol!
Us three girls and one of the few photos that you will ever see of me, lol!




My second child; son Blaine and his wife Cait.  Another gorgeous couple if I do say so myself :)
My second child; son Blaine and his wife Cait. Another gorgeous couple if I do say so myself 🙂


If you are wondering about the tat's:  that's a Gaelic cross  in the center and the Serenity Prayer on his shoulder
If you are wondering about the tat’s: that’s a Gaelic cross in the center and the Serenity Prayer on his shoulder


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Their eldest son Trenton is in the yellow tank top; with cousins Emily and CJ and someone I don't know.
Their eldest son Trenton is in the yellow tank top; with cousins Emily and CJ and someone I don’t know.
LIlly Jo
LIlly Jo
Hayden Ray
Hayden Ray
Twin love
Twin love

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And The Hits Just Keep Coming!

Well, the title says it all!  First off, let me just say again that I appreciate all of the wonderful comments that you have left me since the last time that I posted.  Your kind words, thoughts, prayers and encouragement mean the world to me and I wouldn’t know what to do without them!!!

On Thanksgiving day, right as we were getting ready to leave to go to mom and dad’s to meet Shawna and the kids so that we could follow them and my parents to my sister’s house, the phone rang.  It was my mom calling to tell me that they had just gotten home from the emergency room.

Dad had gone out to get the newspaper out of the driveway and fell.  He broke his other collarbone this time (and his ribs, we think, even though they said the x-ray didn’t show that they were).  He is in a lot of pain.  Mom said she almost called 911 last night because he was practically screaming from the pain.  They went to his doctor’s office and saw the nurse practitioner and she gave him stronger pain meds and dressed his arm that he had skinned up so bad that it peeled his skin all the way off and now they are afraid it may get infected.

Then I get a crying phone call this afternoon from Penny, I asked what was wrong and she says, “I’m in the hospital”.

Come to find out, Sat or Sun, can’t remember which one she said, she was leaving her son’s house and tripped on the sidewalk outside.  She did what we are always afraid dad’s gonna do, she broke her hip!  Through to sobs and gulping for air, she said that it hurt so bad that she didn’t know what to do but cry.  They took her catheter out today and they’re making her get up and walk to the bathroom!!!!  I know they want to keep that hip from freezing up on her but come on!  She said she cries all of the way there and back ’cause it is excruciating.

God bless them both!!  I feel so bad about it and am helpless to do anything for them.

I’ve had almost 70 visitors to the store but haven’t sold anything yet.  😦  It’s discouraging but I’m being as patient as I can be.  I know that I’m not overpricing things.  Compared to what others are charging on their stuff, I’m way under-priced but I want to start getting customers before profits.  I’m just looking at the positive side of it, at least people are looking at what I have on there!

I am working on some more stuff and I have sent for some books, supplies/tools and DVD tutorials about working with clay to that I can start making my own kaleidoscope canes and such.  I really like working with this type of medium and it’s good for my hands.  I get up all stiff and sore but after I’ve worked with the clay for a while, they loosen up and feel better.  Good therapy I guess.  🙂

I will leave you today with a few quotes to bless and encourage you.

I miss you all very much!

Love, mega hugs and abundant blessings,



Bible Quote for today

 “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.”
Deuteronomy 4:2

Love Quotes

 “Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”
Thomas Aquinas

Inspirational Quote of the day

 “My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.”
Charles Lamb 

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Monday’s Thought From James M. Tulloch

Saturday’s Thought From Katherine Mansfield

Tuesday’s Quote From Lord Byron