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Texture Tuesday - From Here Forward

before & after .... textured with waterfront 4.... from the soon to release waterfront collection...


Dear friends,

Welcome to another Free & Easy Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

I've decided to continue the Free & Easy TT theme for a while longer...... Keeping it simple these days.

I'm so grateful you all continue to pop by and link up your beautiful textured photos...... THANK YOU.


An Autumn Walk through the trail ..... along the river.....
and a Revelation.....

Sometimes I wonder what I wrote about before cancer.....

Everything seems to center around this disease..... not just the bad...the good too.... It all connects to cancer... It's the strangest thing.

From sadness to beautiful's all intertwined... cancer seems to live in the center of it all.....

Way back....when this all began.... I said I would not make this a cancer blog...... I see now how ridiculous that statement was.....This blog has ALWAYS been about my life.... our life.... Why I thought that should/would change.... when cancer hit... I have no idea???

This space was never...just pretty pictures and processing.....It's always been an extension of my life.. my heart... my passion... my family... our ups..our downs ..... and everything in between.....

Right now.... my life includes apologies... 

I'm choosing LOVE... Self-Love in fact.... the kindest thing I can do .. 

No more promises I can't keep.... One day at a time.... is all I've got....

From here forward I will share what I can.... when I can.... as best that I can....

What will I share? I'm really not sure…. 

It may mean street photos…. people photos….. café photos….It may mean textures... tutorials....maybe even video… It may mean things I haven't even considered

It may be a little… it may be a lot….. 

One thing I know for sure…. It will be true…..   

I believe this pledge...this promise...this self-kindness…may open up a whole new world of possibilities…… perhaps even for some of you…..


Before I go.....An Update on John

John will head back into the hospital this Friday. He will begin the Stem Cell Transplant process. He will remain in the hospital for approximately 4-6 weeks. After that he will come back to A Port in the Storm (where we are staying) to recover..... for approximately 2-3 months..... This will be a difficult journey.... one he/we are not looking forward to.... We are grateful for your prayers and support as we move into the next phase of this journey......

with so much gratitude…. 



Reader Comments (28)

What a beautiful post - that first image takes my breath away!
And a quote for the soul . . .
Best wishes to you.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSivinden
The light will always be with you, even if you can't see it.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia
Big yes to self love! Holding you and John in my prayers for this next part of the journey. x
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecs
Stunning Kim...
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv
A beautiful and very touching post. I will be thinking of you and I wish you the very, very best.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatarina
I feel your words through the screen Kim. You have my continued love and strength being sent through the Universe for you and John...and your entire family. Beautiful, heartfelt post. xo
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
You don't know how glad I am that you have reached the place you are now, that may sound strange for me to say to you but I think you know what I mean by that. You have finally I believe, gotten to the place where you have decided you can't do it all just do what you can do and that is enough. You are such a sweet thing my dear sweet friend, so precious to me even thought I have only known you for such a short amount of time. I feel like I have known you for ever, is that strange, maybe but that is how I feel. Your work is showing such strength and beauty it just speaks such gorgeousness. I hope you can see it and how you have grown through all of this and what God has given to you through this ordeal. I know he will continue to give you all strength through this next phase and process to weather whatever it is you face. If the images above are any indication of what is to come from you later we are all in for such a treat when the recovery has been complete. Love you.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarBbara Hurst
Kim, I've been amazed at your ability to keep showing up here with everything you have going on with your family right now. I know for me, when I was in extreme pain with my facial neuralgia and couldn't get off the sofa for a year because of it, my blog was a lifeline. You are a remarkable woman with incredible strength and a big heart. I know this journey you, John and the rest of your family are on is not an easy one but know that there is much love, strength and peace being sent your way. Hugs my friend.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Dyche Dechairo
I know it seems like an eternity, Kim. 4-6 weeks... 2-3 months... but it's not. You'll look back from the other side, and it will be a new year and you will all be in a new {better} place. Ready to begin again. With hope. Many blessings to you and John. Our prayers are with you.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJune
Yes, this blog is you, about you and I can't imagine it any other way. I am glad that you can come here and share with us and I hope that in sharing it helps in some way. I know that in the last few months when my son was really sick, just knowing that there were people on the other end of my keyboard rooting for him and our family that we did take comfort in that... self-kindness is good and so is one day at a time. Your images are beautiful and I echo a lot what Barbara has already said. Hugs to you!
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Stevens
That is what art is I guess, an extension of you. We will journey with you, praying for you, cheering for you, and completely understanding that you owe us nothing. You only owe yourself... to take the blessings and love that God wants to lavishly pour out to you, to John, and to your sons.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjill
Kim, You are so wonderful in how you share your soul. I think about you all the time, and I've never even met you. I love the wisdom in this post. And I love the tone in all these pictures, which seems like nothing I have seen before. I currently am working with a client who is 10 years past a transplant similar to John's and I am praying he will recover as beautifully as my friend has. I wish I had a magic wand that could release you from all of this - but we can only be here for you - anonymous and yet not. Bless you and John, and thank you for being a part of my journey.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Albers
Kim, I have traveled your journey and the lesson of self love is one that stays with me to this day. There is life after the stem cell transplant where everything is different and yet somehow sweeter. My husband took early retirement recently and we have less stress, less money and yet more fun. The perspective of life after cancer is an unexpected reward from such a horrific time in our lives. Please accept my prayers and love. Donna
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
May God be with you and John during this difficult time. You both are taking big steps, together, and God is there with you all the time. I don't want to say I know what you are going through, but I do know some of it, 4 years with a loved one and it was all good, worth every minute. I would't trade it for anything, it is part of me and I have grown stronger. Sometimes, I think I can't move, but I allow myself to just be. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you every step of the way, and thank God you have this gift of photography, and you are showing such passion in your images, images of strength, and the delicate thread of life. Take care dear person, hang on.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNEETS
I hope my blog reflects me someday as well as this blog reflects you...It's really what a blog should be all inspire me so teach lessons even without tutorials, you are now sharing such stunning photos....I see a new S2Fpart 2 after this stinking interruption is over and you are all nesting back in your home...What would part 2 look like, exactly like your post above...glorious light, city scape's subtle color...Start to Finish...I'll be your web-planner while you take this much needed break...LOL
Truly Kim this is beautiful work..some of your best my humble opinion...It does seem like a long road ahead..but you and your family have already traveled a longer road...the tough part is in front of you but John has done the work..soon, hopefully and pray fully, you all will reap the rewards...I send Blessings to all of you...and I'll be talking to the Big Guy in the sky every day...I hope he doesn't get tired of hearing from you...xoxo
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.
ahhhhhh...... photos to drool over.......... Wishing you a rest for your heart and soul.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxi
I appreciate your vulnerable honesty----you are in my prayers with every texture I use.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
Praying for John and for you and your family. This is always a beautiful place to come, and the beauty of God in you has shone through during this difficult journey you're on. Just keep sharing.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
My heart aches for you, Kim. You are such a beautiful, kind and generous soul, and it makes me sad that you have to go through such a painful experience with your best friend and soul mate. I hope you continue to see the light, to keep your faith and to keep lifting it all up to the Lord. xoxo PS. I adore the photos of you and your boy out on a photo walk : )
September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Hanks
Ким,я постоянно на Вашем блоге.Ваша боль,мысли и надежда мне хорошо знакома,мы столкнулись с раком в нашей семье во второй раз,у меня была операция и облучение,теперь мужа прооперировали,прошел месяц и мы надеемся на лучшее. Мне так близки ваши высказывания. Дай бог у Вас все будет хорошо! Ким,подскажи ,пожалуйста,последние несколько вторник текстур я не могу скачать-почему не пойму-не вижу ссылки,была подписано,может быть надо снова подписаться?
September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterГалина
When my husband fought for his life against his cancer I felt compelled to blog about what we were going through not to garner sympathetic comments but to put it out into the world. I also e-mailed friends and relatives about diagnoses, procedures and results for the same reason, mainly to get it out of my head. Sadly, my husband did not survive. When I thought that I could begin to get on with my life, I had my own brush with a cancer that was caught very early. I'm now dealing with a back injury that is very limiting. We go on and do the best we can. You will get through it, your husband will get through it and someday it will be a distant memory. My thoughts and prayers are with you and John and your boys. Keep on blogging your truth and know that we are all with you.
September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMadelin C. Wolf
Dearest Kim;
my prayers and thoughts, my whole heart goes out to you and John. You do the right thing; just take one day after the other and don't give a thought to 'what one ought to do' - the ONE thing that's important is John and yourself. I've two 'amputated' sisters with breast cancer and I survived a touch of it too; priorities shift... Stay strong and cheerful as much as you can.
With much love
September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKiki
Best wishes to John.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManderley
Kim, I can't say anything more than what has already been said in the lovely posts above. These photos you share today are stunning, loving the processing for sure!
John, you and all your family are in my prayers!
September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl M
Kim! These seem to me... your most beautiful art yet! And in your pain and strength and love you are clearly growing into an even more incredible human being than you are ready appeared to be. Amazing, to be able to witness such perfecting in a person that I only know thru some shared pieces of her heart!
May loving, protective arms seem to enfold you all right now and in the moments to come as you navigate thru these trials.
September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
i love and adore your heart ... and how you express from it wholly in word, image and spirit ...
oh honey ~ holding you, john and the boys tight as you take these next steps.
love you xxxooo
September 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterprairiegirl
My dearest Kim,

It has been ages since I commented on anything but I try to pop in and keep up on the latest developments as often as I can all along continuing to keep you and John and your boys in my thoughts and prayers. We've had some scares of our own this summer with my husband so it's been a sporadic use of time at the computer.

You are where you need to be in your life right now and it is good for you to realize you prioritize and take care of you first. All of us out here will still be here when you complete this most important journey.
When John undergoes this procedure, remember to visualize all going well and really SEE the two of you doing something you love to do at the other end of this. It's a long and tedious journey but necessary. By next year at this time, you both will look back and wonder how on earth you managed to survive all of the obstacles. You're both strong and have the power to overcome and I wish to thank you for sharing all of it.

You always have my most heartfelt wishes to see a healthy recovery for John, your Boy and ... that you remember to take care of you. Knowledge is the key.
Thank you for sharing the visual journey too and all that you are learning being out of your comfort zone. Everything happens for a reason, all with a purpose and I believe you are finding your way through this just fine.
Be well my friend.
I wish you Light, Love and strength to endure so that contentment is realized on the next page.

With love and friendship, HUGS, Joy
September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoy Gerow
Thank you Kim for the continuous updates on John. Because you have chosen to share we can add our support and prayers as well as our love and send positive thoughts to you and your family while you are facing this tough challenge. All the while you are continuing to use your camera and show us that even in the darkest time beauty is around you if you just look. Good luck to John in his treatment. Hugs to you through the web.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy from PA

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