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my week in much change ♥

a big week with many goodbyes and many new beginnings

a little overwhelming at times

but I'm focusing on the big picture

while being grateful for the small things

culminating in a brand new year

today i'm 47!

we said goodbye to the best dad and husband ever as he flew off to Koh Samui for a 12 month contract

i had my very last day at work in special ed...I'm going to miss those kids
 especially this one, the wonderful Az!

who even did a little goodbye and thank you speech for me

 and then i did one and tried not to cry

i wrote a list of things I'm grateful for

and turned it into a little painting

then i played a little more and explored some ideas for my LifeBook lesson

 i took pictures of the sunrise to send to Marco so he wouldnt feel so far away

 and slept in our big new bed alone until Santana came into snuggle with me for her last two nights at home

 enjoyed sushi with Sienna

and played with my new Silks Glazes to finish off a painting that's been hanging around unfinished for months

 loved the luminosity!

and shimmer

the depth

and juicy colour!
 even the names of the colours are scrumptious

 spent some time in the garden

 taking in the beauty of the winter light

 thought about how filled our home is with love

 and spent lots of time pondering the big picture and seeing the perfection of the plan

 arranged my beautiful leaving gifts from work

and then said goodbye to this beautiful girl who is off to move into her very first apartment in Sydney three hours away!

i cant even begin to say how much I will miss her♥


enjoyed some pre-birthday champagne with our lovely neighbours while the kids played and the fire warmed our spirits

and then enjoyed a morning bath on my birthday today to take the chill off the Winters morning...... looking up found this sweet message from Sienna :)

I Dream of Possibility. Tracy Verdugo. 2012. acrylic/mixed media on canvas. 75x60cm.

“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . ”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson 

until next time.....

lots of love 

Tracy ♥♥♥


Jenny said…
You are such a beautiful human being
Sandra McCall said…
Cool blog idea. Love the pics
Cre8tvlyyrsGina said…
Wow Tracy! Amazing changes all around you including a start of a whole new year (your Birthday)! Thank you so much for sharing and for inspiring me...I'm kind of in a similar spot regarding you have in a way helped me with my own struggles of new beginnings...the dare to do dream bigger...thank you and may the Lord continue to bless you! Cre8tvlyYrs, Gina
You made me cry again Tracy...a beautiful post. Your girls are so gorgeous...I can't imagine letting one of them go...& can't imagine your special needs students letting YOU go! But I reflected on this quote just yesterday:"Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed." true, yet so difficult...Happy birthday by the way!! ....lots of Love Fix
Jodi Ohl said…
Happy Birthday Tracy, you are going through so many changes all at once and doing so with such grace. Everyone in your family is traveling down a path of new beginnings, and heartfelt's exciting as well as bittersweet during this time of transition, but you will always have each other..whether near or far and be there to cheer one another on as everyone spreads their wings and flies. :) xoxo
Jane LaFazio said…
full life. full of changes. all good. (well, except your husband being away for 12 months!) hope to see you in San Diego!
Vicki said…
Happy Birthdy Tracy!
I'm in the middle of getting my house ready for an open house today,but had to comment on your beautiful post.

You sound like such a lovely person.
I hope to take a workshop one day with you.
I'll get back to my painting when my move gets settled.
Good luck with all your changes.
All the best,
Julie Delves said…
Best of luck with everything Tracey! So much change in your life must be both exciting and stressful. I love your art journey and can very much relate to it. I hope I can take a workshop with you one day. Have a great week <3
marco said…
You are poetry in motion my love...Thank the stars for the internet, otherwise I would go crazy without being able to be close to you
te amo
Tracy Verdugo said…
Thank you all so much for your beautiful words..trying to just take one step at a time and remember how blessed I am ♥
PURA said…
Life is about changes and dreams come true.
Beautiful art work.
Shari Daniels said…
I'm crying, too. You are so blessed in so many ways and you savor every moment. Your heart must be so full of love. . . . that it hurts somedays.

What a beautiful post Tracy. Loved it. It gave me a beautiful glimpse into your busy, yet loving and beautiful life. You sound very, very blessed indeed.
Kyles =D

Thanks again for a great weekend. xo
I just found your blog, Tracy, but have loved your work on facebook. Wow- some changes indeed! It must be hard having your daughter move out while your husband is gone. When my daughter moved out, I got 3 dogs!
On a different note, I find it amazing that so many artists are special ed. teachers, as I am. I wonder why that is; there are too many for it to be a coincidence. And as always, I love, love, love your paintings!