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Friday Finds - Celebrating The Gift of Creativity

taken by Bryce

Welcome to Friday Finds.....

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new here.... please say hello....and share your finds below.... Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life's lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
it's endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your to Friday Finds (feel free to grab the button below).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

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Kim Klassen dot Com

My Friday Finds

Cancer is HARD... Aside from the obvious pain and suffering of the disease.... there's all the other 'STUFF' that goes along with it......
Months away, endless expenses, keeping both home and away, separation anxiety, heartache, sadness, the loss of once was.... the fear of what's to come.....

Honestly.... I had no idea it could be this difficult..... and I never imagined it could happen to us......

But I'm not here to dwell on the sadness.... I'm here to celebrate life's gifts.....

The top shot (taken by Bryce)... me taking photos in the woods.....
What I see ..... and something I am so grateful for.....

CREATIVITY.... alive....
in creativity.... my worries fade away.... when I'm taking photos... I'm completely present.....lost in the pro-cess.....
and for that I am forever grateful.

I'm sure you all feel the same..... Isn't it an amazing gift?

There's a cancer patient staying here that I take walks with....The other day he was exploring St. B and found a new trail for us to explore..... Wow.....I absolutely love it...
The next morning I asked Bryce to come along and check it out...... Oh my gosh...there we were...walking in the woods, exploring.... capturing autumn. What a gift.... I never imagined possible.....

I was completely present..... I wasn't thinking about what was....or what was to come....

Wow... click....
oh my.... click.....
how beautiful.... 

and so on...... 

Here's a few more shots from our walk.....

Bryce in action....... (oh to be so young and agile)

autumn takes my breath away.

me..... thanks Bryce....for capturing this.

the river...... in all it's autumn glory.... (this was taken the evening before.... so beautiful)


love the way the light is streaming over Bryce.....

A Quick Update

Today's the day.... John is going back into the hospital this morning. He will receive 5 days of intensive chemo and radiation.... During that time, his brother Rick will take daily injections for 4 days.... and on the 5th day the transplant will take place. We are so thankful Rick is a match... .and that he was willing to fly in from British Columbia to do the transplant.... (Thank you Rick!)

John will be in the hospital for approximately 4-6 weeks.... maybe less.... maybe more.... He's very anxious about going back.....and of course....what's to come.... But he says he's ready to move onto the next chapter..... it's get this done.....

The next several weeks are going to be the toughest of all.... We are so grateful for your prayers. Thank you for your continued love and support.... 

gratitude....always....and forever.....


Reader Comments (33)

Oh, to be amongst a pile of leaves. (Sigh). Wonderful shots. I'm glad you're able to be totally honest about your feelings and share with us. You're in my prayers.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxi
There is something about the crisp autumn air that helps clear our thoughts. Wishing you both the best.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeyond the Dog Dish
Gorgeous photos, Kim !
All the best, thinking of you ...
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
wonderful shots. How fun to have some one taking pictures of you while you take pictures. I will keep your family in my thoughts.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentera spirit of simplicity
Your photos are just stunning!
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeb @ frugal little bungalow
Love both photos bryce took of you - thinking of you and john today and this next, difficult, week - may it go as well as it can.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercathy @ ma vie trouve
Thinking of you all today and in the weeks to come, may God bless you. I love seeing you and Bryce in your happy place of photography. The images are wonderful, processing awesome. Love you
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarBbara Hurst
Holding you all in my heart and prayers.

September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
Kim, I will be thinking of you and John in the coming days as he begins his intensive chemo/radiation therapy...I'm sending many prayers. Your autumn pictures are breathtaking and I'm so glad you've had these special moments with Bryce. xo
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
sending prayers and positive thoughts to you and your family as you begin this next phase of treatment. love,kelly
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelly
cancer effects so many families - - praying for your family - -
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiaras & Tantrums
Keeping you and yours in my thoughts... may this next phase of your journey go smoothly!
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
Thinking of you all Kim as you move into the next part of your journey with love
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell
Stunning photos, sending you and your husband sparkles of hope and hands full of postive thoughts.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
These are stunning shots! Thank you for sharing this peek into your day. I'm sending my positive thoughts that all goes well with the transplant. Hang in there, Kim. You are doing beautifully.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
Gorgeous photos Kim, we are keeping you and your family in our prayers and wishing you the best.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbiti
Beautiful shots, Kim! You and your loved ones are in my thoughts. Just hang in there ..
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarin
This is such a beautiful selection of photos, Kim! I love the warm light of autumn you captured so brilliantly! I also love the photos, Bryce took of you - so wonderful to see you!
I'm thinking of you and sending a lot of positive vibes for you and John and Rick for this next step - all the best to you all from the bottom of my heart!
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosie Grey
Kim, I love the up top picture of you that Bryce took. Awesomeness!!
I also love your ground level "love autumn" picture too.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and especially John, as he goes through this next phase.
Hang in there...Love you...
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie
Kim, I read every post of yours and I so seldom comment. I think, "Well, she gets so many comments, why will she care that I have commented too?" But I finally just had to comment on this post. It is just so beautiful and it is wonderful to see you and Bryce finding some joy amidst everything you're going through. My younger sister had a stem cell transplant many years ago and I remember how hard it was so my thoughts and prayers are with you as you and your family navigate this road. I hope that knowing how many of us love and admire you, both for your talent and for your honest words, in some way help you through. xoxo
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Porter
All the best, Kim!
Thinking of you and your sweetheart. xo
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKia and Zeno
My prayers for strength and perserverance... may peace and love surround you, John, and your family.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Orban Dalton
Kim, I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and John and praying that the transplant will be successful. I am following your journey with interest and a little sorrow. Forty-eight years ago, I lost my beloved Grandmother Summer to leukemia. She had a very aggressive form of the disease herself. In 1966, treatments were so limited. She was given blood transfusions, which helped weaken her blood vessels and veins. She had a cerebral hemorrhage, which caused her death at age 66. I am so grateful that treatments have progressed, and leukemia patients have more options for treatment and more success. Next time I have the opportunity, I will remember John and you with gifts to the Leukemia Foundation and/or the American Cancer Society. Thank you for sharing your story and your journey.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia
Thinking of you Kim..stay strong.
September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
Just came back here again today... just to see you. All my love xxxx
September 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterxanthe
Oh boys and their tree climbing :) Keeping you in my daily prayers. Big Hug!
September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
My heart breaks for you all. I will continue to pray for you all, especially John.
September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
So thankful that Bryce is there with you, sharing in your creative therapy during this time. Praying for you all.
September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJune
My thoughts are with you and especially, John. I am visualizing health and strength for the two of you.
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev
Stopping by today to check in on your loveliness again. Holding you and John in prayer today, a most crucial day I'm sure.
Sending you my love...xoxo
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.
I just found your blog. Oh my, I am so sad about the cancer. We just had a 3month scare with my son in law of 6 months. He was misdiagnosed with lymphoma andt took 3 mos of testing to be certain that he actually did not have lymphoma. It was a very stressful 3 months too because it changed relocation plans for his job two days before they were set to move. I can only imagine what you all are going through and wish you the best of all medical care and cures.
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterrebeccA
You may not enjoy these photos as much since they're not what you're used to shooting (no Anthropologie bowls!) but I have to tell you how special they are to me. Being a transplanted Midwestern girl, living in Arizona, where the temp is still in the 90s, I really miss the crisp fall temperatures, the crunch of golden leaves beneath my feet, and just the smell of fall in the air. Your images convey all those feelings, so I THANK you from the bottom of my heart for reminding me what the seasonal changes are like beyond the desert. On another note, my thoughts are with you and John this week. Such a difficult time. You have so many friends, Kim, through what you do, and so much support. I hope you feel that. We are all pulling for John to regain his health and come out on the positive end of things in a few months.

Hugs from Arizona,
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDianetakespics
I'm so happy you have photography so you can be "present." Losing yourself there is such a blessing for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. It must be tough, but you have so many pulling for John! Prayers for Bryce, too!
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

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