Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Cottage Update

January 2011 has started off with much busyness at Southwest Cottage Designs! Allow me a moment to fill you in with my cottage update.

Have you heard of Phantom Seven? It's a collection of memoirs from WWII veterans who were formerly involved in a WWII underground army or OSS (forerunner to CIA) members who decoded and encoded top-secret messages during WWII. My father is one of these WWII veterans.

Phantom Seven is about to be released! That is why I've been super busy this month. Pre-orders for this book have begun. (To pre-order a copy, visit my website at

An interesting phenomenon of Phantom Seven is the lifetime marriages by these men and their spouses that lasted over 50 years - and mostly over 60 years! The women have been like you and me - their families and homes held priority over everything else. One of those women was my mother. How I miss her! She lost the battle with cancer almost three years ago. I loved to hear her and my dad talk about their courtship, their  letters during the war, and their many experiences through the years.

Mother was an excellent seamstress and a fabulous decorator; and she was the best cook! Nine years of my married life were spent in an RV. While I traveled with my husband and daughter, ministering in churches across America, my mom would send special things to make my RV home a little more comfortable. For instance, once she sent me a little washer for washing small clothes. Another time, she sent me a microwavable container with a lid to cook vegetables in. I still have both items and cherish them.

Decorating a cottage, a home, is all about making our homes pleasant and inviting to our families and friends. When I think of home, I think of comfort, family, love. I am grateful to the Phantom Seven men and women who set an amazing example of love and loyalty to family.


Donnie said...

Congrats on the release of your book. You wrote a beautiful tribute to your mother and your father. Have a lovely day.

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

I can't wait to get my copy!!