We met Twig at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival this past fall. When we entered the gate to the grounds, Elliott spotted Twig and couldn’t take his eyes off her. She handed him a special fairy stone covered in glitter. He kissed her. I could tell he was in love. I was honored to learn that my image of Elliott and Twig would be included as part of the feature of Twig in Faerie Magazine. Grandma ordered six copies.
It’s always hard to find that line of just how personal one should be on their professional blog. I follow blogs, a lot of them, and I do appreciate when the writer offers a little look into what is going on in their ‘real world’. I think it helps to get to know the person better. And in fact, in marketing they say to be a bit personal on blogs so that people can relate to you and get to know you. But I have a hard time deciding just what to share, when to share and I never want to cross the line. But tonight I thought I would share with you what is going on my personal life.
Some of you may know that I am a volunteer photographer for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. If you are not familiar with this organization, we provide remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a newborn baby or child. As you can image, this is a terribly difficult thing to do however the parents of the beautiful babies are going through a much more terrible time than I can ever image and the images I take can help heal and help the parents remember just how beautiful their baby was.
I tell you this because tomorrow, Tuesday, my 27 month old son will have surgery at the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. I have never walked though the doors at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital in joy. I am there regularly for sorrow. In fact I was just there on Friday. It can be scary. Each time I’m there I never know what to expect; I am not aware of the condition of the baby or child until I see them. I have to prepare myself for the worst because it always is the worst. The last couple days I have been scrambling… almost as if I am in nesting mode. I cleared all the work I had going on, finished all my projects, cleaned the house, paid the bills, went to the bank and the post office. For one, I am distracting myself. Two, I’m preparing myself.
That said, Elliott is going to be well taken care of at Childrens. We are so fortunate to have this amazing facility in Minneapolis. Elliott is having a pretty straight forward surgery to correct a birth defect. He has something called a branchial cleft cyst. (Here is some more information about it.) He has the 4th kind; the most uncommon kind. I know the surgery is going to go just fine. It’s going to be fast and I will get to bring my baby home from Children’s. For that I am thankful. My heart goes out to all the families that have extended stays at the hospitals, multiple surgeries, complications and those who do not get to bring their babies home. That is why I do what I do for NILMDTS.
(Yes, yes… this is MY engagement picture circa 1999… pretty funny, huh?)
Music is huge to my family. Patrik, my husband, is a singer/songwriter and music producer. I met Patrik nearly 13 years ago. He had just finished producing one of Martin Zellar’s (Gear Daddies) albums and he was touring with Martin Zellar; playing guitar for him. I happened to go to one of the shows in Minneapolis. It was March 13, 1998 to be exact. The minute I saw Patrik, I was in love. As the days turned into years and holidays came and went, Patrik would surprise me with the most awesome gifts in the world; songs written just for me. What girl doesn’t want a song written about them, right? I’m a lucky girl!
One Christmas Patrik surprised me with this song — the song that is playing right now as you read this post. Now, I am Patrik Tanner’s BIGGEST fan but this song smacked me over the head it was so awesome. I just know this song needs to be part of a Hugh Grant movie soundtrack. Don’t you hear it/see it too?
Christmas is around the corner and the time is going to go so fast. I intend to enjoy every minute of the season with my family and my son, Elliott. Life is too short. So instead of shaking my head at the retailers who brought out the fake Christmas trees before Halloween and boycotting the radio until December like I am notorious for, I’m going to embrace it… all of it… the snow, the too soon Christmas lights, and the music.
This song, All Your Love (Is All I Want This Year), means the world to me. It has never been available on any of Patrik’s commercial releases and no one outside of our family has even heard it. It’s from our own personal archives. But this year we thought we would make it available for others to enjoy and listen to this holiday season. Below is an “add to cart” button. Should you want to enjoy listening to this song as you hang the lights, trim the tree and bake sugar cookies… please take a moment to download it. It’s a steal, only a buck! You can listen to it knowing it wasn’t manufactured by some big Nashville songwriting team.
It was written by a super handsome man who is in love with a pretty cute girl. I’m lucky to be THAT girl. I love you, Patrik.
Now… let the holiday cheer begin! XOXOXO!
(Click “Add to Cart” to buy the song. It will give you an immediate download! The Tanner’s love you!)