40 Years of Reflection!

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As Ty and I are in our 40 Years of Marriage Celebration time, (June 6, but hey, we are dragging it out), I have been doing some reflecting, and thought, I’d share. **For the very few who will actually read this all the way through, just know that my heart is heavy, and I really feel led to pour out my “self”, and for once, actually have the time to sit down and do it. I have a lot of friends and family who are going through changes, and struggles, and hardships, and thought this just might help someone.

I’m going to be real, because I want to help anyone reading this, who is going through changes, complete changes, different seasons, moving somewhere totally different, and if nothing else, you’ll know that I do understand. Life is NOT just a bowl of cherries, which sometimes is portrayed on Social Media, etc.

When I met Ty, I was a junior in High School. He was already out of High School and had served in the Marines, and had been in and out of trouble with drug use. He is right at 6 years older than me. He came with friends to our Mission Church, where my dad was the minister. He made a decision to follow Christ, and changed his life around. And…here we are…some 43 or so years later…

I married a man called into the ministry when I was 18 years old. We spent 12 1/2 years of our lives either preparing in Bible College, or in actual church ministry, in two churches, in Wichita Falls, TX and Pueblo, CO, with Ty as pastor. Then, our lives took a HUGE turn. Ty and I had prayed for about a year, and he felt that he could minister outside of his specific calling, and felt led to move on to another career choice. We moved back to Texas (from Colorado, where we were at that time), and Ty worked for a vending company owned by friends from church, and relatives of friends Ty had worked for during college – Harry Seif, (Regal Vending, with Rex, Liz, Mike and Darla Darla Trull at the helm, for many years (11 at least). They were amazing to work for, and he felt blessed. During that time, he worked all over Dallas/Ft. Worth, and ministered to so many people. I worked for Baylor Homecare as an Office Manager, with Kari Hickman at the helm, who I loved dearly, and still do, and is amazing at everything she does.

Ty had always felt that he would love to travel, and loved driving, and considered over the road truck driving. We went to a few meetings, and with both children graduated from high school and in college, he went to Truck Driving School. My company, Baylor HomeCare, was closing, due to Medicare guidelines, and so it seemed a perfect time to change directions. Our daughter, Jessica, had told me about a job opening at the university where she was attending.

We moved to Arkadelphia, AR, where Jessica was in college, and while Ty drove over the road, I worked in the Admissions Office at Ouachita Baptist University, where Rebecca Jones and David Goodman were at the helm, and I can’t say enough about how wonderful they were and are. Ty had a real ministry with truck drivers and still does. I loved working with the students, and counselors, and learned so much from them, not to mention being close to our daughter and future son in law.

We loved the Dallas area, and our kids lived there or close by, and Ty realized that he could transfer to a different truck lines, so we moved to the Dallas area, and have been here ever since.

Ty has continued in Trucking, and I worked for over 10 years as an Avon District Sales Manager, and Church Secretary at Ovilla Road Baptist Church for 3 1/2 years. We loved our church, and served there for many years.

I was in a horrible-life changing car accident a little over 2 years ago, and 5 surgeries later, am still healing, and facing more surgeries. My life has drastically changed, from being very, very busy, to actually being able to stop and smell the roses once in a while!

We have lived in Waxahachie for a long time, and love our home, new church, and our wonderful family and friends. Ty is a local truck driver now for Timco, here in Waxahachie.

There have been times in these 40 years that we have wanted to strangle each other, leave each other,  cried with each other, been furious with each other, had our hearts broken, been blessed beyond measure, sought comfort with each other, ran into each other’s arms, and prayed together.

We have ten grandchildren (notice I started with them- ha!), two children, who we can’t talk about enough, and love so much, Jessica and Aaron, and two amazing, wonderful and awesome children in law, Doug and Jill. Wow! So blessed.

One constant, and one never changing detail of our marriage was and is the Lord. Oh, how He has seen us through, sharpened us, taught us, restored us, used us, disciplined us, molded us, had patience with us, and I could go on and on, and there’s still more to come…

Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Art Deco, Glassblowing, Fabrics, Children’s Books? Inspiration for Buttons…Who knew?

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We have always needed buttons to keep our clothes fastened, haven’t we? And, did you know that buttons can be made out of just about anything – from bone, glass, metal, stone, ceramics, and even antlers. There are “Diminutive” buttons (less than 3/8″ across) and “Large” buttons (greater than 1 1/4″ wide), “Old” buttons (pre-1918), and “Modern/Vintage” ones (post-1918).

Military buttons are kind of in a class by themselves, and made of pewter, lead, or two-part buttons that are curved outward, and specific buttons produced for officers. Buttons seem to fascinate so many of us, because of all the materials, age or size.

Buttons don’t have very many parts. There is: the face of the button; the back of the button, and some have shanks. The shank is a loop that helps you attach the button to clothing, etc.  It can be built into the button, or made out of metal. Brass picture buttons from the Victorian era are very collectible. A lot of these had images on them taken from operas, children’s books, etc.  One reason that people would wear these buttons on their shirts or coats, is that you were telling everyone that you loved literature. Some buttons came from nature, astrology, or even mythology (fairies, etc.)

Some glass buttons were detailed to look like animals or plants. Some were created to appear like fabrics. Some were given an iridescent luster or silver to imitate crochet or needlework.

Another collectible type of glass button comes from what is now the Czech Republic.  Many artisans from this area made buttons to resemble Art Deco.  After World War II, Bohemian glassblowers produced “moonglow” buttons, which looked opaque and clear.

I will come back at a later time and discuss more types of buttons and their particular era. I think there is enough interesting information this time! ha!

One thing is for sure, we all use them…and even appreciate them, for many different reasons!

God is like buttons…long lasting; give security; join and bring together.    –anonymous

Butterfly Button Map Magnetic Message Center

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This metal vintage/antique button magnetic message center is an Ethnographic Map of the Balkan Peninsula, by Jovan Cvijic (1865-1927), who was a Serbian geographer, and is considered the founder of Geography in Serbia.

The word Balkan is Turkish and means ‘mountain’.

This creation is amazing. There is a beautiful butterfly welded to it (for all you butterfly lovers).

I have chosen and adhered some beautiful vintage and antique buttons in this piece. If you look, you’ll see a gorgeous antique anchor button in the Ionian Sea, which is an elongated embayment of the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Adriatic Sea.
*I am including 2 exquisite stacked magnets with this piece.

This is a bigger metal hanger – which is wonderful for notes, memos, keeping you right on track! It measures 10 1/2″ x 15 3/4″.

Price: 32.50

Vintage visions!

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These gorgeous vintage buttons are just a sampling of my latest finds. Dyed mother of Pearl, molded plastics, etc. If you collect buttons, be sure to let antique dealers know about it. Leave your name and number, and check back with them. I had left my name and number at an antique mall in the area, and normally have never had any success of finding anything there, but got a phone call from the owner, and there was a huge bunch of amazing buttons. The buttons shown are from the 1920’s-1950’s.

Interesting Button History

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You’ve heard me mention royalty and buttons before. Buttons have been a favorite of royalty for generations. Legend has it that King Francis the First of France had a favorite suit that he wore with over 13,000 gold buttons during a special meeting with England’s Henry VII. And, get this – Louis XIV spent $600,000 on buttons in one year!

When new materials came on the market, new and different buttons appeared. Shellac was the very first “plastic” used for buttons. It was replaced pretty quickly by celluloid, but celluloid yellowed and cracked over time and was flammable. Bakelite was discovered while a chemist was looking for an alternative to celluloid to coat wires in electric motors and generators! Bakelite is considered the first true plastic, being made completely from synthetic materials. It was hard and durable, so a great choice for buttons!

(*Information gathered from ‘buttonware, Amy Barickman’.)