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Thank you to everyone who placed an order this year with Fleurenasci, told a friend about us or simply like us on Facebook. We just can’t say thank you enough! We’ve enjoyed creating your keepsakes, and we’ve enjoyed getting to know people all over the United States. It has simply been an incredible year.

As 2016 comes to a close, we are hopeful that you will remember Fleurenasci for all your gift needs in 2017. Nothing makes us happier than providing a gift of a lifetime for family and friends!

Just as a new bloom spreads fragrance and freshness around… May the New Year add a new beauty and freshness into your life. Happy New Year!

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Gratitude

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I love pictures, capturing the moment, looking back and reliving the moment, building a timeline of events. Having said that I am somewhat sad this morning to have not taken advantage of a photo opportunity last night.

Last evening Fleurenasci had the pleasure of attending the Marietta Art Walk as a participating vendor.  As I watched the bewilderment of shopper after shopper as they worked to digest our sales pitch of “all the color you see began as a live flower” and “everything starts as a live flower”, I was happy to see a familiar face.  A customer from our early days! My heart warmed as she expressed her excitement that Fleurenasci is still in business. Apparently she and her husband had driven past a prior location and were sadden to find that we were no longer there. “I am so happy that you are still around and even happier for you that you are growing and expanding!” she said.

Thank you Christine for taking the time to stop and say hello!  And more importantly, for your kind words of encouragement and appreciation for Fleurenasci!  Customers like you are the reason we love what we do… celebrating the essence of life through the essence of flowers!

The Coolest Thing about Gratitude

I am in complete agreement with Lucy Animus when she says… one of the coolest things about gratitude is the way it affects the heart.  Most of us have heard or read multiple messages reinforcing the positive emotional benefits of practicing gratitude.  Messages such as, begin each day by being grateful, count your blessings, be grateful for what you have, etc.  But have you heard or read about the physical benefits of positive messages, specifically gratitude?

In her article The Coolest Thing about Gratitude Lucy shares, “The heart creates an electromagnetic field that expands up to five feet from the body. Its electrical field is 60 times stronger in amplitude than that of the brain.”  While studies show that most positive feelings are capable of changing the heart’s frequency and waves making them smoother and more consistent, researchers also note that gratitude changed the heart’s rhythm more easily and faster.”

Even more interesting is this positive frequency’s capacity to modify nearby hearts and brains.  It seems our hearts are not only constantly communicating with our bodies but with those around us as well.

This brings a whole new meaning to the question… What’s in your heart?

Memorial Day ~ A Day of Gratitude

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As the founder of Fleurenasci, I have the pleasure of celebrating the essence of life through the essence of flowers, and many times a customer’s creation originates with flowers sent to celebrate the life of a loved one. As I began my day today I must admit my focus was on the upcoming extended weekend. However, in grinding through some administrative tasks necessary before enjoying the weekend I found my thoughts progressing toward the essence of Memorial Day.

Having grown up an Air Force brat, I remember well my father being absent for extended periods of time. A year served in Thailand was the longest absence I recall. I was one of the fortunate ones though in that my father returned from each and ever mission he served, and we honor his service and many other ancestors who served on Veterans Day. Memorial Day, however, is a day to stop and remember those who will not be returning to their families and loved ones. It is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. As is true for so many of you, my sweet niece, Erin Stalnaker, and her family have known this loss. The sacrifice made by her brother, U.S. Marine Corp, LCPL Noah M. Pier, who gave his all for his country on Feb. 16, 2010 is a loss shared within her family each and every day. My heart reaches out to them many days, but this weekend especially as we pause to remember…

This holiday, Memorial Day, was formerly known as Decorations Day and originated to commemorate the soldiers who died in the Civil War. Many volunteers continue to honor our soldiers today by placing an American flag on each grave in the national cemeteries. I would like to take a moment to thank these volunteers for their time and efforts but most importantly for helping us to remember what this weekend specifically Monday is truly all about, honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I would also like to take a moment to thank and honor the families and loved ones whose support made their soldier’s service possible.

Whether your weekend plans include a backyard barbecue or you are kicking off your summer with an annual vacation, please pause and pay tribute to our fallen soldiers. And while you cannot tell them thank you directly, you can take a moment to thank their families and loved ones. Share a kind word of gratitude, give a loving hug or simply bow your head and say a silent prayer of comfort for all those whose loved ones are not returning and are most certainly missed so dearly!

Thank you Erin! And thank you to your family for your support of Noah as he chose to serve his country. You are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers….