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out of focus


how is it even possible? 
i don't mean to go on about time flying...but gosh, does it fly!

i suppose when you do what you love, it's going to zip by...



but, i admit, today i am a little O.O.F. (photography term - short for out of focus)

i need to get my sign painted for a magazine deadline that has come and gone.
this sinus infection has really hit me hard.
and sucked several hours a day out of me.

i feel a little out of focus... a little foggy.

i realize now, that i take my good health for granted.
when you feel terrible, it really


my youngest son, struggles desperately with an anxiety disorder.
everyday is a fight to get up and out of bed.
he says he doesn't feel human til around 3 in the afternoon.
he tells me that he often wishes he had a physical illness that he would not have to explain.
people are much more understanding when they can see the illness.

this little round of sickness has allowed me to find even more compassion for my son
and for all for those who struggle daily, just wanting to feel 'okay'. 

do you know someone struggling?
or someone who is always late, or behind, or not that reliable...
maybe they have a hidden struggle... 
just a thought....

perhaps you could share a little sunshine with that certain someone that comes to mind.

i know my son, always, always appreciates when someone takes a moment and offers him encouragement.
i suppose we all do...

i'm off to paint my sign...
and i'm going to share the video with you once i'm done...

wishing you a day filled with light and happy moments....

back soon....xxo, kim

Reader Comments (13)

the grace you offer and encourage others to offer in this post is so comforting today... Thanks for your visit to my place!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Langner Sauer

I deeply, deeply love this post, Kim. Yes, so many struggle just to feel okay. Maybe we all do at some point. For some it is a daily struggle, a lifetime struggle, while for others it is an occasional case of the blues. Either way, I think it is so, so important to offer encouragement, to give ourselves in whatever way we can to help. As you know, my last post was about grace. I don't think we can find grace without two things: 1) believing in ourselves, our own strength, and 2) helping others to believe in theirs.

You do both of those things every day with your art and your warm heart. What a gift it is to know you, even from afar.

xoxo g

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGigi

hugs to you and your son.....

and yes, i always try to remember that someone might have some underlying issue that we can't see...and to judge makes me a bad person....

my son has a.d.d. and has refused his medication for the past year.....

hugs to you, kim....i know, i know.....

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

hi sweetie!
give your son a hug from me and a hi five.

i send you all love and blessings.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Hello Kim,
What a deeply personal yet open blog post. I so understand the daily struggle. I completely understand where you son my home there are struggles of the same nature. Big hugs to you and your family.


May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina

hi kim -- it's no fun to be ill - i have just little bug that has sapped my energy and i turn into a teary weak mess. blah!

my son struggled from anxiety and fears throughout his childhood and a few years ago it was so bad that he decided to drop out of school half way through 11th grade. couldn't get out of bed with nausea and heart palpitations. after getting his GED and getting out into the working world (and setting his own pace, his own agenda) he is now taking courses at the college, working as a landscaper, and doing really well. he has a very spiritual take on the world and has come into his own. i hope your son can find that, in his own way and his own time.


May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlucy

thank you all so much... soo kind and encouraging....

lucy, thank you for sharing...
bryce is so deep and thoughtful...very unlike kids his age... he really is an amazing soul...
i'm so very happy for your son... truly... very inspring....

love, kim

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim Klassen

oh kim, you are such a kind stepson has some of the same issues, he is working his way through them, and my son has some different issues, working his way through them as well...and we offer our love and our prayers and our support to them, and hope that one day it will be better. And one day, it WILL be better.
It makes me wonder sometimes, why? This world, these times, are boys having a harder time finding their place in the world?
Well, we just keep moving forward, don't we? And knowing that there are others out there, feeling the same thing, that helps, too...

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly@thebluemuse

Oh sweetie...hang in there... I have been OOF myself. Just take deep breaths and stay in the moment. All will work out. Sending good energy your way! xoxo

P.S. Love your new header!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

'i feel a little out of focus'

... gosh, i lOVE YOU!

... and you know i LOVE and fully believe in bryce ...

'in his own way, in his own time' ~ lucy is right ...

*hugs* all around ~

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie Girl Studio

Thanks so much for sharing your struggles. Take care of yourself. I tell myself the same thing, take care of myself. Some days are just more difficult than others. You and your son will be in my thoughts.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

Dear Kim - thanks for this special post. You are truly an inspiration to all around you. God has given you a special talent to reach others and I know that I'm not alone in thanking Him for that. God bless you and your family.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertheegggather

Oh I love this post. I'm feeling exactly the same way Kim. It's such a fine line that I walk because most anything out of the ordinary can cause me to feel out of focus. That's the way I'm wired.
You tell that amazing boy of yours that his friend in the deep south is sending him love and prayers. I understand. I wish I could give him a big hug in real life.
Shoot, one day I'm gonna gather my nerve and head North to the prairie ...
love to all of you...
OH! These photos are some of my all time favorites. There is no end to your talent...have I mentioned lately...I think you're awesome!?

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

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