Friday, July 3, 2015

New Chapters Begin in Our Family Life

When I first started this blog almost 1 year ago, I opted to call it Seasonal Chapters for several reasons. Home and family are very important to me. Living in the northeast, we have the joy of being able to experience the lovely differences that each season has to offer, and I have always enjoyed doing special things that created fun family memories for us during each season of the year. I was in a severe life threatening accident before I started this blog, and it caused me to step back and take a close look at everything that I had to be grateful for, and how it was important to appreciate all of the little moments in life as well as the big events. I also realized that my kids were becoming young adults and I started to reflect on the different chapters that life in general has, and how each chapter is like a season in life. Hence the name and blog "Seasonal Chapters" were born. Although I had read and followed some blogs before, I really didn't know anything about writing one at the time. With the encouragement of my family and a dear friend however,
 I decided to take the plunge and start a blog of my own. There has been, and still is, a lot to learn, but I am enjoying the process and love the friendships I have made along the way.

That being said, June offered some very significant milestones in the chapters of our family story. My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and my daughter graduated high school. We are so happy for my parents and so very proud of Pam! I can hardly believe my "baby" will be starting college in the fall. Where does the time go?

Just when I thought we had more than our fair share of happy milestones to honor this summer, my son gave us one more reason to celebrate...he launched his Kickstarter campaign in hopes of getting his business started, and beginning the process of obtaining a patent for a unique furniture design he created!

He creation is Hexacomb, a modular shelving system that uses neodymium magnets to connect the individual shelf "cells" or hexagon units together. It is a furniture design that is sculptural, unique, flexible, and can be adapted to meet your changing needs.

David is about to enter his senior year in college, and is pursuing  a double major in Art and Education at my Alma mater, William Paterson University. His goal is to become an art teacher, but he has also always had the dream of pursuing his own creative endeavors as well.  As an artist, he is gifted in that he has been able to excel with more than one medium and has enjoyed them all...drawing, painting, sculpting, textiles. During his junior year in college he had the opportunity to take a furniture design course with a professor who also happens to own his own company. One of the assignments was to examine a common piece of furniture found in homes and to make it more appealing and practical. From that assignment, the creation of Hexacomb was born. At the urging of that professor, Dave entered his design in the 2015 University Business Competition, and with the help of his girlfriend Lisa, won the contest! With that accomplishment, the spark was ignited and the journey of a new dream had begun. You can view a video of his project here.

With the July 4th holiday upon us, my personal goal is to spend time with my family, reflect again on all that I have to be grateful for, and to look forward to all of the fun memories we will be creating together this summer. I also want to take a moment to say "Congratulations" to Pam and Dave. I am so incredibly proud of both of them and I look forward to watching them become the authors of their own life stories. Their love, hard work, and accomplishments have added great chapters to my personal story, and they have created many amazing memories for me in the seasons of my life!


  1. Hi Doreen - I love this family story - so many wonderful things to celebrate! Congratulations on your parent's 50 years together, your daughter's graduation, and your son's new business! Lovely, happy news! xo Karen

  2. Hi Karen...Yes, we have been blessed with many wonderful things to celebrate. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment....I really appreciate it.
    ~Hugs~ Dorene

  3. I'm still exploring your blog...and I believe I've found the shelving system you told me about earlier today in a comment to my blog. These are amazing! You should be very proud of your son...These look like something that would be found in the high-end stores. I'm sure he will make it happen!

    1. Thank you so much Judy! I am proud of Dave and the effort he puts into each project he undertakes. I have no doubt that he will succeed with this endeavor as he works hard to make his dreams come true. Your complement means a lot coming from someone who is an artist and designer as well...I'll be sure to share your kind words with him!