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Friday Finds & if Truth be Told


Welcome to Friday Finds.....

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

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 klaxon dot com


My Friday Find

I took a walk the other day and found this quiet spot....... I sat down and had a big cry...... It reminded me of safe.

I found the quote that same evening.....I wrote it on several post-its and placed them around the apartment...on the door... the mirror...the counter.....on my make-shift desk.

I'm holding tight to the words.... repeating them in my head when I feel sad and alone....

Where thou art....that is home.....
Where thou art....that is home.....
Where thou art....that is home..... 

It's been 5 weeks since this journey began. If truth be told, this past week has been the most difficult for me. I'm a bit of an emotional mess....But, I'm trusting 'this too shall pass.'

I miss our home, our quiet life....I miss the boys, I miss Ben..... yet at the same time I'm so thankful I can be here with John.

John was supposed to have 10 days off, between treatments.......less than 2 days out, he developed an infection and was back in the hospital...... This weeks been time....almost more than my heart can handle.... but we're hanging in there.....

I'm breathing deep...moving by day..... trusting all will be okay.....

I know I'm not alone....  I know many of you are going through difficult times as well. I just want to say....I'm sorry..... hang in there...... We can do this thing!

Wise words..... pretty pictures... beautiful things..... They lift me up......... give me hope.....

For today, I will hold tight to just that....H O P E......
trusting tomorrow will be a brighter day.....


Okie doke....Let's begin....Friday away.... everyone is welcome.....

Before I sign off...thank you again for all your patience..... love and support..... I am sooooo truly grateful.

love & gratitude..... always....




Reader Comments (47)

Oh Kim, the infections are the worst. My heart goes out to you. I'm a spiritual person (though not conventionally religious), but I found myself digging a rosary out of a drawer and keeping it with me in the hospital. I'd say my prayers in an absent mided, rote way during the worst of Paul's hospital stays, and it seemed to help me find a bit of peace. Hang in there. Have faith that you will make it to the other side. And, yeah, I cried. A lot.
Hugs to you,
Rinda (whose husband went through seven months of very active/intense chemo for lymphoblastic lymphoma this last year; he's now in remission but receiving maintenance chemo for another year and a half while we continue to hope and pray that it does not return).
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRinda
Praying for you and John, Kim. Believing that God's love will be so very real to you during this hard season.
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
Dear Kim - praying for you and John and for a real peace for you both. I'm adding a quote from the book "The Shack" which I often turn to, even though I am not experiencing what you are at this time. I hope it might give you some consolation -
"Jesus?" he whispered as his voice choked. "I feel so lost." A hand reached out and squeezed his, and didn't let go. "I know, Mack. But it's not true. I am with you and I'm not lost. I'm sorry it feels that way, but hear me clearly. You are not lost."
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
A few weeks ago I happened to come across your sad story. It was the reason I started this link-in, to be part of the group that tries to keep you company on this arduous journey. In a very small and possibly insignificant way, I know. Your choice of link-in is so good as it makes us and hopefully you, focus on small things in everyday life that can be a timely comfort. Every little helps. It seems we focus our thoughts and for some people, prayers, on you and your family, each time we visit here as well as during the week when we look for a cheery find. Wish we could come across a magic wand.
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergirl friday
My positive thoughts and lots of love, Kim !
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
You will be well served by a good cry and the solace of friends, whether online or in person. The times your are facing are so frightening, but you are so right . . . you can do this! Now that my husband is in remission and life feels free and easy, there are still days when I shake with the memories of those challenging days . . . and I hug him and thank God for every day we have together. And so will you . . . Love and prayers to you and your family
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
I'm so sorry to hear about this - prayers out to you
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiaras & Tantrums
I think about you and your husband all the time, Kim. This past week sounds like it was extremely trying. I'm so sorry, and I'm sending my positive thoughts across the miles. I think crying and writing are the two best things you could be doing right now.
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
thinking of you Kim and sending all good thoughts your way...I can only imagine how tough it must be facing such challenges without the comfort of the space that feeds your soul...keep being brave and strong...we are all there for you...
dear kim, just echoing everyone else in sending your prayers and positive thoughts. i know what a difficult journey this is. finding and celebrating these little moments of beauty a midst the suffering has a way of keeping hope alive. you can do this kim. you are a strong woman with a beautiful soul. as always, you and your family are in my prayers.
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelly
Dearest Kim,

You have no idea how much you mean to all the people you touch through your blog and classes. Hang in there the best you can and keep putting one foot in front of the other. My thoughts are with you, John, and the rest of your family and Ben too.

Cindy M
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy M
I was so concerned after your last post of the ICU, glad things are turning around or at least he is where he should be at this time. I so wish I could make this better for you and sweetie. Take care my dear friend and as you said hang in there.
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst
Dear Kim.

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. I hope you realize how much you mean to all of us out here in our blog world.

My thoughts are with you, John and the rest of your family.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEarl
Silver linings, Kim, they are there ... truly.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSweetpea
Thinking of you Kim, and sending love, (((HUGS))) & healing mojo for John!!!
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandi Terry
Hang in there, Kim ... there are better days ahead.
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
My Dear friend -- May God be with you and uplift you -- that is my heart felt prayer for you... May you see often the tender mercy as you do now..
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKrsiteen
Kim, thank you for honesty and helpful words. I know how it feels when all you want to be is home and back to the way things were...simple and quite...that's what I hope for you and your family...simple and quite.
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Dear Kim, My thoughts and prayer are with you and John. Don't give up Hope - It's often the only way that keeps us going and knowing there will be better and brighter days in the future. May God's peace be with you - may He give you the strength to conquer each new day and John the healing you both want and need. Best wishes from Florida
June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRose
There will be good times, and hard times on this journey. You will get through the hard times and smile again - together. Hang on in there.
June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine
You are so very much in my thoughts and prayers. May God be your strength.
With Faith, Hope, and much Love...

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Swainson
Hi, Kim -- I'm so sorry to hear of this new problem of John's infection. My husband Curt had another infection due to cancer / surgery last week. It can be so discouraging. More antibiotics (so thankful for miracle drugs!) and he's feeling better. I know it's wearing on the family, too. I'll be lifting up you and John in my prayers. This cancer journey is not straight, I've learned. You think it's going well, then it isn't, then it's looking up. "Hugs" from California :)
June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
So sorry to hear of John's infection. Sending all good thoughts your way.! xo
June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKia and Zeno
I shall keep you both in my thoughts and prayers..... take care of yourself and each other..... that is all that matters at this time.
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoris
All we can do is hold onto hope, at the same time trying to do our best to keep our world from unraveling. We all have our crosses to bear, don't we? You are doing the right things: cherishing the small gifts, holding your family in your heart, and hoping for the best outcome in all of this.

btw - my brother suffered several infections when he battled leukemia a few years ago and they each required a hospital stay. one, in particular, was a lengthy one (a month). my niece had a clever idea: she sent us all cards to fill out, and each had a different word on the front. cousins, aunts & uncles hurried to write words of encouragement and inspiration inside and signed our names. when they arrived to her house in philadelphia, she took them to the hospital and hung them on his wall. it was wonderful ~ i sent bird photos too.
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate
My Dearest Kimmie!
So sorry to hear about your husband John.
Sending love a prayers your way.
Big hugs
Mariette xox
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariette
i have not been around here much at all....blogging land....and i'm catching up a bit. your faith is amazing. thank you for being such an thoughts and prayers are with you and hubby.... xo
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbeth
Sending healing prayers your way 💗
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Anderson
I am so sorry for the troubles you and John are going through. I wish you all the best of strength and health and hope.
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah
I'm so sorry you've had a difficult week, Kim , sending you both lots of love and healing thoughts.
These two words helped me through my own journey....Take Heart.....I truly believe that I heard these words in a dream before my surgery, and they are my mantra, and are mentioned several times in the Bible. xxx
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaz
My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending positive thoughts and vibes out into the universe for you. Hugs!!!
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlee
I have visited your blog many times and have loved your generosity in sharing your beautiful textures. Now, I will hold your family up in prayer. "Our God is strong and mighty, our God is faithful, my hope is in the Lord, for he is able!"
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranita johnson
So sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis. Just wanted to join in and give you my thanks for what you do and for being who you are. Be strong. Be strong.
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAino
Prayers from California....May God heal your husband and bring you strength
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl
Only just catching up with your sad news Kim I'm sending love hugs and prayers from England. I hope you and John will find strength in each other to get you through this difficult time.
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlin
From my little corner of the world, I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and your family and keeping your journey close to my heart. Wishing you peace, comfort and love during this difficult time. xx
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterj.c.
Oh, Honey! I am so sorry to hear this news! My prayers will be with you and John as you walk through this difficult time. Thank you for sharing this trial with us. You are generous with your texture designs, but it is also true you have been generous in sharing your life with us, as well. We are your "support group" online!
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjayleigh
Kim, so sorry to hear about John. I was wondering why I haven't heard from you, hoping you were just busy with your business. Your family is in my prayers and it is so nice to hear how your neighbors and even strangers have helped you through this. ((hugs)).
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFTM
Just learned about John - so sorry and heartfelt wishes for his recovery. Glad you have been able to gather strength from the many who care about you~
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta
Kim & family & Ben,
You keep hanging in there. Wish there was more I could do - like take Ben out for a walk, or something. Thinking of you all with positive thoughts.
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee
Sending warm wishes and praying for John's recovery. Go mbeannai Dia duit (God Bless you all) From the Emerald Isle
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdiginan
Sending Positive Thoughts to Lift you ... Mind over Matter my dears ... really!
I came across this wonderful piece again and decided to share it with you. It really helps put things into perspective sometimes and at the very least it is comforting and may help you get through some of the tough stuff you and John have to endure. Everything for a reason ... whether we like it or not. I truly hope each day is better than the last as you get closer to the end of this ordeal into a happy and healthy outcome. Don't worry, you'll get your life back ... I know it!

Here is the story or rather an analogy on life:

Grandmother says... Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; "Which are you?"

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.
She then asked her to take an egg and break it.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. "What's the point grandmother?"

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity--boiling water--but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her granddaughter.

"When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?

Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

~Author Unknown

Now Kim ... I know you are the coffee ... and so is John! All my love ... be well, think well ... and you will be.
xo Joy
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoy Gerow
Kim, so sorry to hear your news. Life is a bit of a sod sometimes. Just take one day at a time, breathe deep and focus on what's important. Wishing you all well. TC
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTC
Sigh. You know that Billy Joel song "You're My Home?" You are doing SUCH an amazing job and it must be wearing you down to be so strong all the time! I am glad you are keeping in touch here. John is one lucky person to be spending his life with you. "That's all right my love, cause you're my home."
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi
My prayers are with you, stay strong.

a survivor
July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
So sorry to hear what you've all been going through, and that John is back in the hospital. I've had my share of hospital days, too, and I know how difficult some days can be. Sending positive thoughts and energy your way.
July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Storey
So sorry to hear of this. God will watch over you both, I know.

Ciao bella,
July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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