Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gratitude and Grieving

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I wanted to let all of my readers know how extremely grateful for all the sweet and wonderful comments that have been pouring in for my recent posts, including my daughter's room.  I feel so fortunate that it was featured at some wonderful blogs this past week.  Even though I've had this blog for the last couple of years, it's only recently that my life has settled down enough to nurture it and I can't tell you how much I've enjoy it!  In many ways, I'm a newbie blogger and I'm still at the point of feeling so much excitement for every comment that is left for me and thinking, "Wow, they really like it?!"  Since moving across the country and leaving behind family, friends, and all the wonderful antique shows that I was able to be a part of, I've feel as though I've lost a little part of me, but blogging has really helped give this stay-at-home mom a bit of purpose and the ability to connect with such kind, talented people.  I really look forward to all the sharing, learning, and inspiration that the wonderful world of blogging opens up for us.
On another note, I apologize for being a bit absent this past week.  My heart has been heavy and my thoughts on family for the last several days.  My beautiful, vibrant cousin has been battling leukemia for the last several years and her prognosis took a turn for the worse late last week.  She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend to many.  In my childhood years, she lived right down the road from me and we share some wonderful memories of times on the family dairy farm. I feel fortunate that I've been able to visit her this week as she relocated to North Carolina several years ago. 

I struggle with times such as this... to trust in God that He has a plan when those in the prime of their lives are returned to Him, leaving behind young families.  My own father passed away from cancer in his early-40's when I was 15, so naturally my thoughts turn to her husband and children and I pray for peace and strength in these days.  Times such as these are a reminder that lives can change at the blink of an eye... Hug your babies, young and old, say "I Love You", and cherish those moments with loved ones.  I don't think we can ever be reminded of this enough...



Jess Roy said...

Kristen, I am so, so sorry. My Mom died right after I turned 18, and my Dad a few years later. That time of life is so, so hard to lose a loved one, especially a parent. I am praying HARD for your entire family - please let us know if there is anything we can do. Sending you love!

Jen said...

I know it is not easy to put something like that into words, but you said it beautifully and I will be thinking of you and your family. On a happier note, I LOVE your blog and your style and can't wait to see more! I too am a stay at home mom and blogging has opened up a whole new world for me as well!

Andrea said...

Cancer is such a horrible, scarey thing to watch someone go through. My Aunt passed away a year ago from Ovarian cancer. I sure hope that there is a miracle for your cousin.

Tammy said...

First I want to say I am so sorry for your situation. It is never easy to watch someone you love hurt. And knowing that the prognosis is not good makes it even more difficult. You expressed your feelings in a wonderful sympathetic way. And thanks for reminding us all that in these busy times that each day- each moment is so precious and should be treasured.


Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, Kristen.
It's a terrible thing to watch someone you love suffer and to feel powerless to help them.
She's lucky to have such a loving family.
Sending prayers for all~

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

It seems to unfair the that rest of the world blithely goes about its business while someone close to you feels like their world is crumbling.

As you say, it's important to live and love and enjoy while we are given the opportunity.

Sending good thoughts your way!

dee dee said...

So glad to be part of your blogging world! You are inspiring! Thank you for reminding me that life is to be enjoyed and held onto for the time we have been given. Lifting you all up in prayer...
dee dee

Blissful Blooms said...

I am so sorry Kristen. I can't even imagine how you and your family feels. Please know that I will be praying for you.
I love that I found your blog and that I already own one of your amazing bracelets from Farm Chicks. You are incredibly talented and I look forward to seeing all your creativity.
Blessings to you!

Debra from Bungalow said...

Hi Kristin,
I'm so sorry to hear this news. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean on Him especially in times like these. I will pray for the family. I lost my Mom last year and it's hard to got through, as you know.

The bracelets are amazing and so is your decorating style. I'm looking forward to seeing more!


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