In my life’s darkest moments, each of our five children, in their own unique and unrepeatable way, have inspired me to persevere and overcome obstacles. In my greatest moments they have inspired me to truly embrace and rejoice. Our five (“quint” in Latin) children are most essential in my life. From this comes the company name, Quintessential Productions. The brilliant diamonds in the tail of the ‘Q’ represent each child.
My life experience the past 10 years as a wife and mother to five young children has been a journey. I’ve experienced moments of joy and inner peace convinced that I have attained the height of earthly human contentment, only to have those moments interrupted by moments of misery, confusion and the desire to drive to the airport and buy myself a one-way ticket to any city in Europe.
In marriage and mothering, for me, the hard work is in all the, “heart-work”. Working hard to answer questions like: How are each of them really doing? Are they feeling successful and how can I make their celebration greater? What are their struggles and how can I be of comfort or insight to them? These very important roles of wife and mother are of most importance to me, and to have a peaceful, joy-filled family is my hope.
Regardless of my very full life, a sense always remained that I was suppose to do something for women in my world. My heart’s desire began to take form, and it was a big dream: to host an annual event that brought hundreds of amazing women together. Not knowing how or why it would happen, I put the idea aside and instead threw myself into volunteering my children’s school and at our church, hoping the crazy, impossible idea would be silenced.
I could say that I became one of those young mom’s who took care of everyone else, and neglected all self-care. And that would be partly true. But what actually happened is that I became a woman who no longer had the courage to see what was really going on in my life and in relationships closest to me. By the grace of God I finally woke up and wise friends and professionals helped our marriage and family get through many dark moments.
Seeing what is, rather than what I choose to see is difficult, but this is the kind of life I want: awake and present living. Now, I live reminding myself of the following: to realize what is truly taking place – good or bad – in life, to remember natural strengths and abilities I have which give me the capacity to walk through any circumstance, and to reclaim my position on my life path and walk toward my dreams.
Out of that season came a clear vision and purpose of the kind of women’s event I wanted to produce.
The Diamond Tea is an event that allows us as women to stop and reflect on our lives. To take a few hours to listen to the quiet stirrings in our hearts, which we so often suppress and ignore. Deep within us we have the strength to accept the reality in our lives and take the steps we need to remedy the situation or pursue a dream we need to follow. But the journey toward those goals is full of challenges, and too often we give up. We are not here to fill you up with information or give you answers for your life. Instead, we are here to share hope. To encourage you to continue on your journey to live out your unique purposeful life with authentic self-confidence. To help you remember what you already know. To help you realize, remember and reclaim what you already know.
We are on this journey together, sisters.
I look forward to having you as a guest at the 2013 5th annual Diamond Tea!
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