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chrome dome sunday

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Last week I shared devastating news regarding this longtime client and friend (click HERE for details). Mellissa was told she would lose her hair as a result of chemotherapy and wanted to do so on her terms.  So she invited a handful of family and friends over for a Chrome Dome Party.

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Her friend and stylist Lori-Anne was absolutely wonderful, helping Mellissa’s son take an active role in the process.

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Mellissa’s husband helped too as their daughter took things in from a distance.

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While watching these two, the significance of the day hit me like a ton of bricks.

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Mellissa’s lovely chrome dome will be her “helmet” in the fierce battle ahead.

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And she wears it like a champion, don’t you think?

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You can follow Mellissa’s journey in her own words, by clicking HERE.

Tanya - February 8, 2017 - 11:10 am

Beautiful pictures, and a beautiful, strong woman!

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many of you know her as ‘motorcycle mellissa’

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Because way back when, she used to own a motorcycle (with its own scrapbook even!) and we would live vicariously through her stories of adventure at the crops and retreats I would host.  Then she met Kyle and together they shared even bigger adventures: a megatrip to New Zealand, their secret wedding that even made the news, two beautiful children, homeschooling, and the coolest tree fort ever… with all sorts of romance along the way:

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Needless to say, Mellissa was not expecting cancer to be part of the story.

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And dang it, neither was I.

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It has taken some time to process but the girl is hitting this next “adventure” head on.  With the same strength and determination that has marked her from the very moment we met.

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You can follow Mellissa’s journey in her own words, by clicking HERE.

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2017 winter weekend crafting & relaxing retreat

I have been hosting this December weekend retreat for more than 10 years now.  Weekends have included a mix of scrapbooking, making cards, crocheting, sharing meals, photography workshops, photo sessions, and even baby showers.

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It’s been good.  A couple of years ago we switched things up with a one-of-a-kind weekend at Lake Superior Barn.  Though very special, Lake Superior Barn is not likely to happen again for some time.  So last year I thought it would be nice to begin anew at Memory Lane.

Some things remain the same – like Christmas music, egg nog chai lattes, and Saturday Night Pizza.  But similar to our retreat at Lake Superior Barn, there are Christmas gifts for everyone in attendance and crafting breakouts.  My goal is to create a new kind of special for us at Memory Lane.

The retreat is limited to nine woman total and spots usually go quickly.  If you are interested in signing up, details are below:

WHEN:  Thursday, November 30-Sunday, December 3, 2017

WHERE:  North Branch, MN

COST:  $200 (a $50 non-refundable deposit due by 4/1 reserves the spot with remaining balance due September 1, 2017)

Most meals are included, aside from one item you will bring to share (details will be posted to SignupGenius two months in advance).  There will a hot beverage bar & an assortment of snacks and treats on hand as well.

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Two (2) spots are still available [the retreat is FULL!]; if you are interested in reserving one, just shoot me a note and I will send you my address for the deposit.  Hope to see you there!!!

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SJB reunion 2016

My 8th grade class reunion took place over the summer, giving me the chance to reconnect with a dear childhood friend.  Kelly contacted me a short time later to schedule a family photo session over the holidays and I was delighted at the thought of meeting her husband and son.

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Not to mention seeing the rest of her family.

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Her brother was in town for Christmas and Kelly wanted to capture time with him.

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It was so much fun spending time with them.  Kelly’s son has a laugh that reminds me SO MUCH of his momma at that age.  Her husband was hilarious.

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And Kelly’s mom happened to have a birthday the very day of the session.:D Here’s a peek at the rest of our time together:

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Thanks again for the memorable day, Kelly!

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