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Thursday
Jul042013

Friday Finds - Light bulb Moments

I Heart Daisies.....helter scelter....here... there...everywhere.......so....free and happy..... Love.


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 find...link 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......

Share the Friday Finds Button

kim klaxon dot com

 

 

the home across from us..... on the left,  The Pooles...who so graciously tend to our gardens....on the right my parents, who care for Ben, cut the grass....and so much more.... big gratitude....

My Friday Find -  True Confessions .... light bulb moments....

We all have a dialog playing in our head….Don't we? I'm not alone… Am I??

:)

Lately, mines been running overtime….. in fact its keeping me up at night. I've gone from a peace-filled sleeper…..to a wound up, wide eyed…. insomniac.

And, I'm ashamed to admit…. a lot of my inner dialog has been really negative…. 

poor John, poor me…. i can't do this, why us? how? what's next? why is everything going wrong?………what are we going to do?  

This voice…. goes against everything I believe……..

A favourite mantra of mine is…..'it's good… it's allllll good….'
lately....not so much.

Hmmmm……. time to change things up…....The pity party ends now…….  

I'm here to say... I'm shifting gears… finding gifts….. embracing this challenge….. It's time to reboot.... I must count the blessings. 

Funny, that reminds me......…. I've even been stressing over all our blessings….  Yikes....

  • 'how will we thank everyone?'
  • 'how can we truly express our gratitude?'
  • 'there's no way we will ever be able to repay everyone.'

on and on…..


It's easy to preach positive when life is zipping along …..all sunshine and roses……but when the going gets rough….. it's a whole other story.

Cancer wasn't on our life list.....
now it's a part of our life… But, it's not our whole life....We have so much more …….

We have our boys, our family, friends.... all of YOU...…. we have Ben….  (I mean seriously…. Ben … oh my….)....We have our home… we have everything we NEED and so much more.

Have things changed? Will we have to make some changes? Yep…. but I'm thinking these changes might even lead to a richer more beautiful life?

And so….. bring it on…..Thank you for this……. It's going to be okay….I pray I will continue to find and share the beauty in my life…. pretty pictures, tiny treasures…. Ben…. our simple quiet life.

I had one more BIG revelation today…… hit me like a brick……gotta share it....

Oh my gosh…..
I've been so busy thinking about what might happen, how things will change, how we will manage, how I should organize this or do that……. on and on…..I've been so busy with all the details of life….. that….

I totally missed the BIG GIFT….. 

Praise God……they caught it early…. it is treatable….. with time (a whole lotta time) and patience….we can beat this!

Believe it or not (hanging head)….. I gave this amazing GIFT about 5 minutes of my time…. then moved onto the how, the why, the what-ifs……

WOW….. I'm so thankful I finally got it…..

And so ... this week's Friday Finds...for me....came from within...a shift, a revelation.... light bulb moments..... a message from above.....

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Please tell me/show me your Friday Finds....  in the link up below.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here…. for the emails…. the gifts….the patience...your encouraging comments….

EVERY SINGLE thing....not just now... but ALWAYS.....

As my sweet friend Prairie Girl would remind me......We are blessed beyond belief…… 

It's all good....... 

love & gratitude........from my heart....to yours....

xo,

 

p.s. John had an overnight pass yesterday..... It was such a gift..... He starts round 3 of chemo today... Anyhow, we were out driving and dreaming....and well.....here's a quick pic of my dream house....... Oh my...Isn't she lovely?

 

 

Reader Comments (26)

So right, Kim, it's much easier to think positive when all is going well,
glad you're trying ... and enjoying pretty things ...
and Ben, such a sweetie, I do understand your feelings for him ...
Thinking of you and John ...
Sylvia
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
So glad that you have found some hope my friend. With all the people praying and caring and God on your side how can John NOT beat this :) That being said I would be thinking and worrying about all the same things that you are, always making a back up plan, a what if plan. Praise God for your Light Bulb moment!
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
From what I have read of and by you before, I knew you had so much inner strength, that it had to resurface.
So glad you found it when you needed it most.
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergirl friday
hi Kim...thank you for sharing you "light bulb moment" with us. I am so glad you are regrouping and staying so positive. It is a reminder to us all to not swept up into all the "what ifs" and to focus on all the good...
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternancyjean thompson
I do hope all goes well for your family
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiaras & Tantrums
It's tough to stay strong and positive all the time. And it's refreshing to know others out there can't as well. I know I've admired how very upbeat you have been all along this lengthy road. Strength to John as he tackles round three. And , oh my, what a fantastic house you found! It belongs in rural England I think, with a few sheep grazing in the background. Warm thoughts for you!
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
you are so right...it's easy to be positive when life is good. during a recent, particularly difficult time, a friend of mine shared something with me that really helped. and that is this idea of impermanence. you know...life just keeps chugging along. and although i would prefer if good things didn't have to come to an end, it's nice to know that works on the opposite end of the spectrum too...bad things don't last forever.

so glad that you've been able to find some peace in your difficulties. sending continued prayers for comfort and healing. love, kelly
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelly
You know Kim you are such an joy to have in my life you are my blessing. Even when you are going through Hell you have such insight. I wish everyday that you and your sweetie will have a good day not a fantastic day but a good day. I keep that in my heart and I hope that my little bit helps you in some way.
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst
My husband's cancer (well an infection he got during chemo) almost killed him, and the effect of the disease on my teenage daughter almost destroyed her and our family . . . . BUT, now that we are on the other side (and, yes, you will get to the other side), one year later, we are stronger as a family. My daughter is a better person. It is crazy to think that there could be any blessings from this terrible time, but there are many to be found.
Hugs and prayers for continued good news,
Rinda
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRinda
Love .....
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell
Kim - you are so brave to share your thoughts. Even as you write them down they will be an encouragement to so many people going through difficult times. You and John are in my prayers.
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
Kim- my continued thoughts and prayers to you, John, your family & friends and John's medical team. You CAN do this!

I, too, found myself dwelling within recently (with "minor" health issues), the thoughts, the unknown... and then I found a book at my thrift shop. It may be of interest.

"One thousand Gifts -A dare to live fully right where you are"- by Ann Voskamp

It is changing my inner conversations and my outlook in general.

May you be blessed! You are a blessing to all who know you!
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol N.
Congratulations on your "Light Bulb" moment and I hope that you continue to find joy in your life in spite of the challenges you and your family are facing, Ben included. He looks like a real sweetie!

And thank you for reminding all of us to count our blessings!
July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnita
May all your dreams come true.
Thanks for sharing.
July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeannine
Kim, I love how you think out loud. While the purpose of this blog may be to share photos and teach, it goes far beyond that function. Right now, this blog gives you a safe place to work out your feelings and write and talk yourself to a peaceful place with gratitude at the center. Yes, it is all good. Like you, I quickly gloss over the blessings and progress to worrying over the what if's and spinning my wheels on how we'll make it, etc. So proud for you that you were able to reign in your thinking. I'm praying for you and John everyday . . . .

PS I'm reading a great book, Why Worry? by Kathryn Tristan - might be a helpful read for hours spent in medical facilities as John receives treatments. It's helping me tremendously.
July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
Love. My thoughts and wishes are with you.

Your dream house is beautiful.

Earl
July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEarl
Oh thank God for light bulb moments! I am so glad you were able to see the good that does permeate this difficult time. I know this is not the road you would ever have chosen but counting blessings in whatever form the show themselves surely is the right path. Sending you, John, and your family my prayers. You are such a blessing. Love to you my friend, xo
July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Kim, I am on a similar journey with my daughter, and I feel as though I could echo many of your thoughts. Thank you for having the courage to share this with us.

Continued prayers for you and your family.

xoxo
July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Swainson
Kim, knowing how much you enjoy quotes, here's one for you.........“There is a light at the end of every tunnel. Some tunnels just happen to be longer than others.” Keep strong.
July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandi
Kim, knowing how much you enjoy quotes, here's one for you.........“There is a light at the end of every tunnel. Some tunnels just happen to be longer than others.” Keep strong.
July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandi
Thankfulness... our only way to feel right with our lives!
I wrote a bit on my blog today about prayer... as we journey on.

http://highwayc.wordpress.com

May you draw near to Him, with continued thanksgiving!!
July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina G.
Kim, I'm just dropping by to say I'm continually sending prayers - you and your family are in my thoughts. My summer has been so busy and I've fallen completely behind in the blog world, but I try to visit my favorite people when I can. You are dealing with so much and you're human - sometimes the worries temporarily overtake the blessings. Your positive spirit will see you through, though - I just know it. Wow, that dream house of yours is truly gorgeous...! Have a great week - hug Ben often! :)
July 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
I am experiencing the same kind of doubts and fears, so I know exactly what you are going through. We, too, are trying hard to concentrate on the positives. DH had his 2nd chemo treatment last Friday, and so far the only ill effect has been tiredness. Thank goodness! I will keep your DH in my prayers.
July 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.
Hi Kim my heart goes out to you, this is just a little, very little thing that helped me when going through a tough time every day I wrote down in a little book five things I was grateful for, sometimes they were very small but it did help me and when time went on I was able to look back. Much love and gods peace be with you chris xxxx
July 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris
Praising God for e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Not easy. But so full of consolation when you do. So, it lasted for 5 min. ? Better than 3 minutes!
July 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjill
Kiim I missed Friday's Find this past week but so glad I came for the reading of it...your words are wonderful and you know, I already noticed the difference in you before I read the words...that shift that you are talking about already happened...that little spring in your voice...that tad of excitement about Start to Finish...subtle, little messages of hope.
Good for you, I know it is not easy but you are brave and strong....welcome back...xoxo
July 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

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