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Oct032013

{Friday Finds} The Gift of Community

 

beautiful image by Henry Lohmeyer

 

 

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 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......

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Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

My Friday Finds - A Gift

My life has pretty much always... been an open book around here.

I didn't hesitate to share when cancer hit. Call me selfish... I wanted you behind us.... cheering us on... lifting us up. Your love and support.... your prayers and well wishes..... Oh my.... what a gift....... I can't imagine being on this journey without your support. Our family is so grateful.

There are some that do not understand the online friendship thing..... some may think they aren't the real deal..... But, some of my dearest friendships began online. I know I am not alone in this.....

Today (Thursday) John received his stem cell transplant. His brother Rick was a perfect match....the transplant went off without a hitch......

This online community....... has been holding us close throughout the journey..... So many friends reaching out.....emails, cards, comments..... beautiful gifts..... flowers.... endless encouragement, special images just for John........on and on.....we are speechless......time and time again.

Yesterday my beautiful friend, Myriam Joseph, posted this photo and message to the IG community. Once again, I was moved beyond words.

beautiful image by myriam joseph

Our dear friend and cherished contributor to our photography and creative community, Kim Klassen (@kimklassen) needs our collective love. Her beloved is a cancer warrior braving a major surgery tomorrow (Thursday). Won't you take a moment, light a candle, take a shot and post it here so they can feel our collective energy holding space. If you do, tag it #lightforjohn and spread the word. Lets light up their lives with photo love by creating a space they can visit and know we are together.#lightforjohn

From there.... the incredible Henry made the beautiful uptop image...... and on it went....

A flood of love....and light....... beautiful candles burning for us..... as I write this...there 180 candles burning bright on IG. (oh my.....)

I showed John the images.... several times..... he was so moved....and grateful for the love...... we both were..... tears of gratitude.

I am so thankful for a creative community..... I love how we 'get' each other... I love how we are there for each other.... I love how we 'love' each other...... I will never regret sharing our story.... the good, the bad.... even the awful..... 

We feel your love.. your support.. your prayers....

we say THANK YOU....truly.... THANK YOU.

Before I go....

I know we are not alone... in fact my cousin's husband, another cousin's 2 year old daughter, a close family friend ..... and our new friends here at A Port in the Storm.... are all fighting cancer ...

I know.... there's many reading this....fighting the battle too.

Life is full of trials and tribulations...with the good....comes the not soo good....
Please leave a comment below..... share your trials, whether its sickness or sadness, whatever it may be.....feel free to share with us.

John and I will include you in our thoughts and prayers.... a small gift back for all the love and support we have received.....

Let's continue to lift each other up...... with love and light.... It's a powerful thing.....

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

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Please feel free to link up your Friday Find below....... Seeing your images stream in.... such a gift....

xo,

 

Reader Comments (27)

Kim...I was only too happy to light a candle and share my image on IG for you and John...it is my small gift to you...to thank you for the inspiration and support you have shown me...am so happy to hear that the surgery went well...hoping all good things continue...
So glad that the transplant went well. Though I'm not doing any photography right now, I'll continue to light the candle of prayer for you, John, and your family. I've been on this journey with you from the start and will continue to pray for you.
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBetty
I was so honored to be a part of LIGHT for JOHN on IG. That community has gotten me through a horrible family nightmare I've been living and still living. I'm so glad the transplant went well. We're praying for strength for you all. xoxo
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
God has truly blessed you with the successful transplant and all the love and support that this on-line community so lovingly has given to you, John and your family, just as you have so lovingly given to all of us. My on-line community has lifted me up countless times as I journey the road of my husband's Alzheimer's, another dreadful disease.
So glad that the transplant went well. And sending more prayers your way.
Rinda
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRinda
Kim, I'm so glad today and the transplant went well. That's a major step and now it's behind you. Praying for you and John and your family. We've had our fight with cancer this year. My husband had 2 surgeries and many infections and complications. But I can't imagine spending weeks in the hospital as you and John have done. You are loved and prayed for. Every day!
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
Tears in my eyes reading this I'm so glad that it all went well I went to bed (UK) thinking of you all. I was so pleased to be part of the IG crowd adding my candle to the others. it's true some of the best friends I have made are online, part of the KK Groupies.
I have had breast cancer and although I didm't have to have chemo I did have radiotherapy, so I know a tiny bit about the hollowness in the pit of your stomach when you are told the diagnosis. Wrap yourselves in the love and best wishes of us all.

xxxx
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv
Good to hear the transplant is complete. Time to focus on healing thoughts!
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeyond the Dog Dish
I'm one of those who are glad to hear of your good news. Our prayers go to you and your family.
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHalie
So glad to hear the transplant went well, Kim !
Thinking of you all ...
Sylvia
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
So glad to hear the transplant went well - sending healing thoughts to John and your whole family!
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
Sending prayers and love from Georgia.
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDina
Glad everything went fine and I wish a fast recovery for him.
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRamona
I was very happy to come out of retirement of IG to light a candle for John, haven't been on IG in a year since Shutter Sisters. Such a wonderful way to come back and light up the IG community for someone we all care about. Hope continued success for all who suffer from this disease and many prayers go out to all of you. Love one of your Shutter Sisters.
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarBbara Hurst
My link up picture is rather uninteresting, but it does relate to your comment about life's trials and tribulations. I pray for success in your husband's battle; and strength for both of your as you travel this road together.
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." and "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person."
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiaras & Tantrums
So glad to hear that the surgery went well. We too have had our battles with cancer, in this family, and I have some idea what the families of those who are fighting feel, and how hard it can be feeling that you are standing by rather helpless and waiting for the next doctor's report to find out where you life is going. Sending you and John good thoughts for strength and understanding of one another, as you make your way through this challenging period, and out the other side.
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne D
I'm another one of your online devotees who is so glad the surgery went well. Now you can put the fears and apprehensions of that event behind you and focus on healing and recovery. We are all there for you, just as you always have been for us. Sending hugs, love, and prayers.
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Enright
Kim- I have been following you as an artist for sometime now, but not so much your blog. That has been recent. I wanted you to know how incredible brave I think you and your family is and that I am praying for you during this storm.
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ FSL
So glad to hear the transplant went well! Continuing to send prayers and love your way.

xoxo
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
Oh Kim I am so happy the transplant went well but I am so sorry you and your John are going through this and my heart and all the hugs I can send through the airwaves are with you and your family. I do know that the Blogger world is truly a family like no other and I am grateful for their support and love. I do wish you and your family well and take care. HUGS B
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbuttons
Kim, my prayer for you, John and your family is on going. I pray that God is wrapping his arms around you and you are feeling his love. Very glad that everything went well for John. What courage you have to share yourself with everyone. Hugs
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia
Oh - my that last poster/photo on your post is SO true about Prayer!! Can tears flow any faster I might start a river -- thrilled to know the surgery went well - that's a huge blessing! Kim -- you and John have shown so much strength to get beyond this challenging time.. what a beautiful example you both are to us all.
My thoughts and prayers are with you dear friend..
HUgs
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK and S Inn (Kris)
I'm SO glad the transplant went well, Kim, sending love to you and John, and to all your family .
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaz
What a beautiful tribute to John! The candles~ the light of love for all of you, is such a wonderful idea. I'm so glad the surgery went smoothly. Wishing you all peace and love, as you bask in the glow of so many people who care for you....and that includes me. ;)
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
So sorry I've been away and missed so much news....I am thrilled to hear the awesome report that the transplant procedure went so well - a real blessing for sure. Myriam is such a dear friend to light the candle and start a flame of thoughts and prayers for John and your family. You are truly blessed with very caring online friends and family! I count it a blessing myself to have met and be included in this wonderful group of common interests. Love, hugs and continued prayers! xo
October 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
I am so glad that the transplant went so well and that John was fortunate to have a perfect match. I can relate to your need to post about this life-altering event. I went through my husband's fight knowing that there was a 5% chance that he would survive. So often people hide their worries and grief from others. Sharing sorrow, worry and sadness and just the litany of events, tests and procedures makes it easier to bear. We discover that there are people who share our pain, or who have trod the same path and give us their love and prayers. I needed to get everything out of my head so I could sleep or just do the day-to-day tasks. I received caring comments and love from strangers which helped. I hold you, John and your family in my heart and pray for the best possible outcome. Lighting a virtual candle forever burning.
October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMadelin C. Wolf

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