Renovating Historic Homes in Phoenix

Born and raised in Connecticut (a Yankee at heart) I have been living in Arizona since 1992.  My way here was very circuitous but it is now home for me and my husband and 3 children.

I believe I was born to see the beauty in things-as a child I rescued animals; as an adult I’ve rescued broken furniture, old homes – I am the one who believes in second chances.  I try to see the good in people and I truly fear evil.  Happiness comes naturally and on the days when happiness is scarce, I seek it in the simplest of things- the warmth of the sun on my face; the breeze through the trees; the hugs of my children; picking a warm tomato from the vine.

As we all know that life isn’t a bowl of cherries.  I have come to accept that life is bittersweet.  And the bitter times make the sweet ones even sweeter.  I realize that a kind word or a smile can make someone’s day-it costs nothing but the benefits are tremendous.  I’ve learned to love what God has given me and I try to take care of it, well most of the time.

My reason for blogging at this stage in my life is that I feel like I have something to say.  Life at Bella Terra seems worth documenting.  After I lost both my parents, there are times I wish I had known them as Ed and Julie, vs. Mom and Dad.  What will my children know about me or what will they remember after I am gone?  We always hope to live a long and fruitful life, but there are no guarantees.  We have today, only today.  I absolutely feel that my greatest accomplishment are my three incredible children but my role with them is always changing as they grow.  So as I continue to weave the tapestry of my life, I want it be rich and colorful, snags and all.

I hope you will join me and enjoy Life at Bella Terra-perhaps we can learn a little something from each other along the way.

With smiles,

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