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Texture Tuesday - Let's Enjoy More....

textured with waterfront 1 - mouse over to see the original image...quote by Kobi Yamada

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...... Still keeping it simple.

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


Did you hear the news? The Waterfront Collection is in the Shoppe..... Woo hoo.

Click HERE to check it out.



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November Trio

Today I have 3 New textures for you to try.....

Bonus - Super high-res (7360 px x 4912)

List members, watch your email... the download link will be coming your way.

One more happy little pic...... 

textured with today's kk_1111 


It seems the closer we come to the possibility of ‘the end’ ….. the further it seems…. Something about the finish line I suppose…. If nothing changes.... we should be officially home sometime in January.....

I’m aching for home… for Ben…  He has a way of making everything ok. It’s been almost 4 months since I’ve seen him. 4 long months!! I can't go home... until I can spend at least 5 days...maybe a week with him. Otherwise it will be too hard to come back.... Maybe that's crazy...But I know myself.....I know saying goodbye all over again... is going to break my heart..... 

could he be any sweeter?

When sadness strikes….and my heart is achy… I begin to feel guilty…. I’m not the one who has cancer… I haven’t had to endure excruciating treatment…. have all my strength...and energy .......snatched away…… I’m strong.... healthy. I get to come and go….take photos….go for walks.... make art... Cancer just isn't fair!

But.... as we like to say.... It is..what it is....

and...I'm only human... and guilt ..... is.... truly a waste.... 
So I do my let it go.... I feel the sadness.... ride it out........ then pick myself up and start anew.... (over and over step then 2... )

Good grief....Life sure can be complicated….. Yes indeed! 

What I know for sure...these days....

We are blessed beyond belief. Even here in the city…in this little space….so far from our ‘real life’…. We have so much love and support…. from friends and family….near and far….. new and old…. blessings each and every day....

And so…. we move on….
one week closer to home sweet home…..and for that… I say… Woo hoo.

How 'bout you? Are you ready to face another day...another week....Head on... are you ready to enjoy more... endure less? (gosh I love that quote)

What do you say.... ?? Let's ... do it together.


with gratitude.....always.... Happy Texture Tuesday.... Link friends.....




Reader Comments (37)

I can't even imagine what you've been experiencing, but I'm so hopeful that your return home will come soon.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn in Oregon
I know what you mean about Ben and how it's hurts to say good-by. This reminds me of when I was in a divorce care group. Some of the dad's wouldn't see their kids because they couldn't stand to say good-by. It was heart breaking.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxi
It must be so nice to know that you're both at home within a week! I imagine Ben being so happy .... Swinging his tail and just running back and forth around you both ... Such a joy to look forward to! Thank you for the beautiful set of textures!
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina
Lovely dog photo!
Greetings, RW & SK
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRW & SK
Your spirit and positivity is such an inspiration. Lovely images - Ben is so adorable. x
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecs
It's good to hear that you and your husband will soon be returning home. What a wonderful reunion you will have with your sweet Ben! The quote and accompanying images here are lovely. Thanks so much for the beautiful new textures.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Kim you are truly an inspiration to so many. Cancer is so hard, but you and your family have endured this with so much grace and dignity! Know i t has touched many. Also so happy that even though every day may seem like a long time being away from home, that it IS GETTING CLOSER, and you are on the slope down on this.... getting better every day and being closer to going home. Wishing strength and wellness for both you and your husband. Hope you do get to take a little break and go home soon as I know it would be good for you, and it is hard to keep giving... when you don't get the time to fill up your own soul. Blessings to you, and remember, Ben is getting closer every day!
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjeanne stone
Sweetie - I really hope John heals quickly and feels better and stronger every day so that you both can finally go home. This is so much harder on him and I'm sure knowing you are there for him is a great inspiration. Stay positive. It will happen soon. Give thanks every day Kim, because you have so much to be thankful for. Your husband is getting well!! What could be better than that?
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo
Ben will be so happy to see you and John and he will help fill to those painful spaces with joy. Here is a little meditative piece for you you try…visualize eliminating the words 'guilt' and 'should' from your vocabulary and see where that feeling takes you. It can be very liberating and can open up all kinds of possibilities. Repeat as needed…Be good to yourself, sweet Kim. You ARE stronger than you think and stronger than you give yourself credit for!
Lovely photos (as always!) and thank you for the fabulous new textures!
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet
Kim, to all that you already have to endure, please don't add guilt. You don't have any reason to feel guilty, NOT AT ALL!!!
I have often asked myself how you are doing without Ben - that, on top of everything, must be so hard. But with every day that passes you're getting closer to seeing him again. All my best wishes to John.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarola Bartz
You've endured so much over the past months. And you've done it with such grace. Your words have been an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing your journey...the good and the bad. I understand completely about wanting to get back to a furry friend. I love what you did with the shot of him on the white background.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa
You are such an inspiration!
Ben is adorable ~ love that photo of him looking so handsome in his kerchief ♥
Blessings to you.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeb
So good to hear some hope in your voice! And oh, my, are your images ever spectacular today!
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
gosh I miss Ben Too ! Gods speed in continuing recovery
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Underwood
Kim! I am sending you love and light and strength and yes... endurance! I will add you to my daily prayers. Don't be so hard on yourself. You are a beautiful person going through a really hard time. Give yourself some slack... plenty actually dear friend. Hang in there and watch for the beautiful little things that happen in each of your days! XOXOXOXOX
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoyuslion
When John gets home, you can celebrate the US Thanksgiving. There is still time! You will be so happy to be in your own home knowing John will be more comfortable there. And Ben will be so happy to have you both there. Since they say dogs have no sense of time, he'll think you've just been shopping. You're both in my prayers. Soon things should be back to normal for all. I hope you're able to relax some soon. Thanks for keeping up with your site. You are so strong.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
I'm so grateful for your sharing, heartfelt authenticity . . . you are the hope for others that they too can face anything life throws at us. And no, I don't think he could be any more adorable. He truly has the sweetest face. The one thing I know about dogs, after my daughter has gone to college this first year is that when she comes home he is just happy to see her. There are no questions about where you have been or for how long, they don't understand guilt . . . they just understand happy.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Stevens
Thank you so much for these beautiful textures. I am wishing that these next weeks pass quickly for you and you are soon home. Until then, I will keep praying for you and your family. God bless.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Thank you so much for the lovely November trio. I just posted a picture of my cat using one the first one of the three.

I can see how you are missing Ben and your own home. You will all be so happy when everyone is back together at home.

November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeAnne
My Dear Sweet Kim,

I have stepped back and not commented on this long journey you and John are on until now. But I have been here, reading and praying and thinking of you all every. single. day.
Cancer is not fair... I know this first hand. But it will teach you so much. And to see how you embrace all the goodness around you, when your life is in turmoil is beautiful and inspiring. We all can learn so much from you both.
I get this about Ben... the waiting to see him, but knowing you can't. I get how snuggling with him would help you so and some people will think... he is just a dog. But you and I know that is not true. Your ability to put everyone before you is a gift. And the quilt is normal. So normal. It makes my heart full today to read this post, knowing you are getting closer to coming home. The good you have discovered, the way you bring forth this uplifting insight to your posts... well it is full of grace and hope and love, and I feel proud to know you.
Love, Cathy
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercathy
I only recently discovered your beautiful textures. I really appreciate your generosity in sharing them. Your post today touched my heart. I hope you are both able to go home sooner rather than later. Your followers have said it all-you are an amazing person and your family's story is very touching. Ben can wait easier than you can, of that I am sure. He's happy in his doggy world, as dogs are. They seem to have a special gift for happiness. You'll get lots of wet doggy kisses when you return home in the new year. Until then, I wish you serenity and peace.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLou Anne
thanks so much for the inspiration...the words...and the three lovely new textures!
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteramy of four corners design
Wonderful post today Kim. I can only imagine how difficult this has been (is) for all of you. I'm so glad that you will be home soon and that John is doing well. Big hugs!!! And of course, thank you for the beautiful textures!
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Kittmer
Thank you Kim. Life is "truly" just too short and frustrating, sometimes at the best of times and often during our most difficult challenges. And, the older we get the more we face for ourselves and for our family. Please know that my love and prayers are with you to have you continue to take care of yourself, be the strong woman you are, and to hold onto that beautiful loving and forgiving heart and soul you embody. Hugs from Alaska. Karen
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkareninkenai
Kim, it was so nice to read your post today and feel that you can see light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. I hope you can go home soon and be reunited with your beloved Ben, I can't begin to imagine how much you're missing him.

Thank you so much for the new textures, I love them, you're so kind and always thinking of others. Take care and be kind to yourself.

Big hugs !
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaz
Kim, your images, textures, and your willingness to share your life with all of us never ceases to amaze me. I can feel your sadness of being away from Ben. I totally understand, have 2 furbabies of my own.....I couldn't imagine! BUT I also feel your strength. So you and John hang in there just awhile longer while we continue to pray for you both. Sending along warm wishes and big hugs!
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl M
Sweetest Kim ...

I'm only human... and guilt ..... is.... truly a waste....
So I do my let it go.... I feel the sadness.... ride it out........ then pick myself up and start anew.... (over and over step then 2... )

The second I read this I said to myself ... Why ... this is the Christian walk!
You've been strong and you dont give yourself enough credit. And truthfully I struggle with who hurts worse in that cancer battle ... the patient or the person who adores the patient. And ... silly pet-loving person that I am ... I ache for you to just have Ben there again...that presence at your feet that works wonders in tough times. So much love to you and John. One day at a time girlfriend ...
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
So good to hear you say "one week closer to home sweet home". :)

Thank you so much, once again, for the textures.
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine
i continue to send prayers and love your way....xoox
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbeth
I can't imagine what you are going through. I am not participating in the link-ups but I read your posts to stay up-to-date on your situation.
I am an animal lover. This post sucked the air out of me. I think of Ben and wonder what he is going through. He is such a beautiful dog and so lucky to have you as his guardian...but I feel sad for how this affects him.
God bless you and John. Keep the faith and the love. You are in my thoughts each and every day...
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie
Kim, I continue to keep you and John, and 'the boys' in my prayers. For the God-given grace to endure this trial. All of you.

November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Swainson
I really admire your courage not only in what you and your husband are dealing with, but in how you share your thoughts and feelings with all of us. God bless you! I'm glad that it sounds like you are seeing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

I love how Ben keeps you diligent through all of this :)

Happy Tuesday!
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkaren c
Kim your a blessing to so many that visit. I am.. so blessed with your sharing. Thank you ..

Hugs and Smiles.

November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa RedWillow
I am keeping you all in my prayers and in my thoughts. Kim ~ when a person you love gets an illness this serious ~ you ALL have a hard road to travel. When you truly love someone it also becomes your fight, your path and your pain. Not the same as your husband's ~ but sometimes I think his is more concentrated and focused. You are forever left on the sidelines ~ helpless to always stand by unable to end his suffering and his pain. That makes it your path, too. Your homecoming is going to be so blessed and welcome. It will all be there to envelope you in the peace and comfort of it all ~ and that is where YOU will start to heal. Take care of yourself. The constant stress is also hard on your health in ways that you won't see for a while. So ~ keep the walks going ~ keep the camera in hand ~ do whatever gives you comfort while you are in the city ~ find peace, Kim. Hold it close and know you will be home soon.
November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn in Oregon
But that finish line is going to be the best ever finish line in your life. One well worth waiting for...anticipating...hoping. I pray for you and John and the boys every night.

Ben...oh Ben...he anticipates also. I don't know what i would do without my Lexi bit of inspiration.

Thank you for the textures and the as always...awesome inspiration.
November 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertrishannc
oh I'm praying for your "going home day" and for strength and endurance as you march towards it.

I LOVE your textures... thank you so much for all thee free ones. It is always so extravagant to receive one in the email.
November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
That Benny boy is something...he makes me swoon. xo
and yes cancer sucks.
November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

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