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Memory and Forgiveness

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” – Lewis B. Smedes

We’ve all heard of the saying “forgive and forget”. If someone hurts us in some way we are told to put the past behind us – that holding onto unhappy memories prevents us from moving forward, prevents us from living our lives free of bitterness and sorrow. If we hold onto such memories and don’t “forgive and forget” this can lead to a living a life focused on revenge. If we can’t forgive and forget, we can’t move on.

But perhaps a different way to look at it is to “forgive and remember”. If we want to make a fresh start, a clean slate and put our past behind us, we need to not only forgive, but also remember – as Lewis Smedes says: “forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember” and gives us “hope for our future.”

Finding peace within ourselves and making peace with others is all related to forgiving and remembering. Forgetting is not necessary; although once you forgive you will probably find you no longer need to remember.

How to order your keepsake.

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Have you been thinking about our pendants and other lovely products?  The ordering process is quite easy and we will help you through it. Here are a few things that you need to know.

Make sure you leave enough time for your Etched in Memoriesâ pendant to be shipped to you; a standard pendant will be shipped within a week. 9ct gold and sterling silver pendants are handmade to order by a master jeweller and take a little longer to ship. I think that you should leave 14 clear days to be absolutely sure that your pendant will arrive in time. It’s far better for it to arrive too early than too late.

The photo pendants come in a range of shapes and sizes and can be engraved on both sides with photos, logos, text and more. You will need to let me know the style you prefer as you order. Don’t think that you are limited to one face per pendant. More than one photograph can be merged on the single pendant and I can also remove background elements so that you are not distracted from the face.

Shipping costs are included in your pendant price. Etched in Memoriesâ also accept international orders, but remember to leave plenty of time for delivery! Full payment is required at the time of placing your order, using Paypal, a direct bank deposit, or a cheque mailed in the post.

Make sure that you upload your photograph at the time of making your order. If you forget you can email it direct to Etched in Memoriesâ, in either .jpg or .bmp format. You need to attach your original digital photograph file. If you don’t have a digital copy of your photograph you can scan a photo. Make sure you set your scan at a minimum of 200dpi. You can also send a hard copy of your photograph to Etched in Memoriesâ (up to A4 in size) and I can work from that. It will then be returned to you with your pendant order.

If you have a question about the order process ( or about any of the products) feel free to email me or even leave a comment here after my post.

My Favourite Top 10 Quotes for Fathers Day

1. Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! ~ Lydia M. Child

2. By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. ~ Charles Wadsworth

3. It is a wise father that knows his own child. ~ William Shakespeare

4. Until you have a son of your own… you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. You will never know the sense of honour that makes a man want to be more than he is and to pass something good and hopeful into the hands of his son. And you will never know the heartbreak of the fathers who are haunted by the personal demons that keep them from being the men they want their sons to be. ~ Kent Nerburn

5. It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. ~ Johann Schiller

6. He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~ Clarence Budington Kelland

7. My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” ~ Harmon Killebrew

8. A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house. ~ Paul Lewis

9. A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma. ~ Marlene Dietrich

10. A man knows he is growing old because he begins to look like his father. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Words Of Wisdom

Now that Father’s Day has been and gone, and the flurry of orders has settled back into a nice steady routine, I have been contemplating my preparations for Christmas. 

How much stock to order, boxes, mailing bags and whatever else I can prepare in advance.  So that when the Christmas storm starts brewing I will be ready with an easy system in place.  I so needed some inspiration, and motivation…so when I was reading Jacqui’s blog and stumbled across this quote…although not entirely directed at my cause, I thought it was very fitting…

“The future depends on what we do in the present”    Mahatma Gandhi

Every Woman

I have received this list (originally written by Pamela Redmond Satran) via email a few times and absolutely love it.  I saw it again recently on the She-essence blog, so thought I would share…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a youth she’s content to leave behind…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
one friend who always makes her laugh…and one who lets her cry…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a feeling of control over her destiny…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to fall in love without losing herself…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
when to try harder… and when to walk away…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that her childhood may not have been perfect…but its over…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to live alone…even if she doesn’t like it…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
whom she can trust,whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
where to go… be it to her best friend’s kitchen table…or a charming inn in the woods… when her soul needs soothing…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she can and can’t accomplish in a day…a month… and a year…

A little inspiration

I thought I would finish the week, with a little inspiration…

“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the ‘right stuff’ to turn our dreams into reality.” – James Womack

How true this is…Dare to dream, commit yourself to achieving your goal, focus your energies and reap the rewards!