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The 5th Belongs to Calvin: Phoenix Fire


This year, I was determined to carve a pumpkin, because I’ve never done it before, and I wanted to do so for Calvin and for me. Maybe I tried it once a long time ago, but that memory is very vague. After checking Walgreens (because it was nearby), going to Safeway where they were sold out, we finally found pumpkins at Lucky’s. Vic (roomie), Louie (husby), and I picked out our orange canvases, grabbed some carving kits, and found some candles.

Not bad for first timers, huh?

I made the Phoenix for Calvin, because even though I will never get the chance to dress him up for Halloween in this lifetime, I can still show him how much he inspires me. How else could I have carved such a design, were it not for my sweet boy? So, though, it may not have been the best Halloween (nothing will be the “best” until my family is complete again), but it wasn’t bad. And yes, that’s a good thing. And yes, that’s enough.

And speaking of Calvin being my inspiration…

I thought the 5th would be an appropriate time to officially announce the launch of my site:

I know some of you have already seen it through my one of my late night Tweets. What I haven’t really shared, is that my son inspired me to start creating these (which I’m debuting here on my blog):

Necklace Giveaway

These resin pendants were handmade by yours truly using prints of some of my paintings. And today, on Calvin’s special day, I’m throwing in a special treat. (See the connections? Halloween? Treat? Treat rhymes with Tweet?) I want to share my son with by sharing these necklaces, so if you would like one of them, all you have to do is just leave a comment on this blog post (not on Facebook!), and I will randomly choose a winner who will get his/her choice of necklace. (This giveaway is closed.)

Happy 8 months in Heaven, my sweet Calvin Phoenix! Thank you for being the fire in my heart. I hope that mommy makes you proud.

Crystal is a mother-wife-writer whose explorations include parenting, grief, food, and semi-crunchy living. She is currently an MFA in writing student, a content editor for Still Standing Magazine, and the technical editor for Switchback.

0 thoughts on “The 5th Belongs to Calvin: Phoenix Fire

  1. Let’s quit our day jobs and do arts and crafts full time!!!

    You and Louie are obviously great at it. Hey.. do you want to go here – – on December 19th?! Nels and I went to one of their sales in the summer and I LOVED it. One day I’d love to have a booth here. We can all share a booth! You, me, and the gang:) Also check out You can sell your stuff there too.

    Love yah!

  2. wait, that was your first time carving a pumpkin and you came up with that?! i would be jealous if i didn’t know you were already an artist. sure puts my sad pumpkin happy faces to shame!

  3. Hi Crystal,
    I love your pendants, and would love to win one. We had a burglary here a week ago, and the thieves emptied out my jewelry box (things from my mother before she died, gifts from sisters, treasures I gathered from travels). I’d love to start over with something lovely and handmade.

    I am very excited about your new art/business venture, and will be watching it take off–like a phoenix.

    with love,

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29)

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