Some Catching Up and a Tribute to My Friend

Boy, I have been feeling so disconnected from you guys over the past few months. I feel like I have just not been totally here. Let me debrief you. I have had so much on my mind. We said good-bye to my sweet friend Summer in an emotional but joyful tribute to her life and her home going on Tuesday morning. She wrote a beautiful letter that I am going to share with you as soon as I can. I want you all to hear from her, especially those of you who have followed her story and prayed for her over the past year.

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My pastor did an outstanding job reeling us all back in to being completely focused on eternity. My eyes were swollen and my contacts filmy after the day, grieving for Summer’s sweet family. But I do know, they are being held in the arms of our Savior and his grace is sufficient. Thank you all for your sweet words, comments, prayers and support for the Kempfer family. I ask that you continue to pray for Jeremy and the kids. They have a lot healing to do. I am sure the holidays will be especially hard.

The next thing on my mind has been my house. We have been contemplating putting it on the market. There are so many picky little things that are totally boring and unexciting like caulking windows, filling holes, cleaning out closets, purging junk etc etc… These things are getting all the attention around here. My painting time is limited and my decorating skills are in my back pocket. I’ll be pulling them out later, I just have to finish the not so fun things first. Where will be go? Only God knows, but I’m saying a little prayer for a cute little farm house not to far away from civilization. Baby steps.

My booth also needs A LOT of attention. I said good-bye to one of my favorite pieces I have ever done, my faux zinc coffee table.

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It is in the shop today. I’m also pulling out Christmas. I can’t believe it’s time for that again! We are getting ready for our Holiday Open House that will happen on November the 8th. I will have burlap bows and sheet music wreaths as well as some hand made ornaments. I’m even ready to decorate my own house! I am ready for some Christmas music and some good hot chocolate. I would say fire, but fireplace I do not have, {SIGH} YET… It’s on my list of must haves for our next house.

I will also be putting up my shop on the blog in the next few weeks for you to be able to purchase MMS paint and other goodies. I’m still working out the details with the store.

I hope you have a wonderful night. I am going to sit down with a cup of coffee and rejuvenate before AK’s tennis lessons. Until next time…..



  1. I know how hard it is to lose a close friend to cancer, when they are so young and leave a family behind. My prayers are with you and her family…and know that you will see her again one day. 🙂

  2. I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet friend Summer. What a courageous woman she was. I will keep Summer’s family, and you, in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. FYI, I have the entire text of the letter typed up, so if you’d like, I can email it to you. Maybe save you some time, depending on how much of it you want to share here. Just let me know.

  4. I am so sorry about Summer. I am praying for Summer’s husband and children and for you as well.

  5. Oh, Kelli-
    I’m so sorry for her family.

  6. Hugging you dear one.,.,..Yes, God’s grace and love is sufficient. But it still hurts and vacuums. form that have to be filled. I hope and pray that they are filled to overflowing with His joy and peace!!!

  7. Botanic Bleu says:

    I have fought the fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. [2 Timothy 7-8]

    There are no words that can take away all the pain from losing a loved one, but may you and Summer’s family find some comfort in these words of faith.

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