Thursday, August 12, 2010

inspiration and gratitude

Well this week sure did not go as I had thought it would. Oh my what a hard day it was yesterday. Why does there have to be such not nice people in the world? And please can they stay away from me and my family?

Unfortunately there was a brief period of time yesterday when I felt totally defeated. I was trying not to be unnecessarily emotional, but I wanted to just run away and hide. (Where to I have no idea. The forest seems like a good idea...) I am not usually like that. Jason was dealing with the unfortunate situation much better than I was, usually he is the one to get more upset and so I guess I have to stay calm, try to be the one encouraging positivity. I never cry if he does, I don't know how it works, it's just how it happens.

It would have been simple to not be mentioning this here at all, but you know, life does not just always go on perfectly smooth.

And I am happy to say that I think I am all better now! (Situation not perfectly fixed, just me and us okay.)

Because you know what? There are really nice people in this world too. We have lots of them in our life. And they reach out with kindness to us in such a generous way. Somehow their simple words help make everything better.

There have also been some kind thoughts and words from sweet friends this past week that brought a smile to my face and just the times I needed it.

So grateful.

I was also cheered by playing with fabric.

Passing by the ironing board, these fabrics were laying out, I had set them together the other day. They make me happy. Started thinking about what I am going to make with them, started feeling better. Got lost in sewing thoughts.

And speaking of friends, we have had company this past week. One of Jason's skateboarding friends that we have known for many years now, he doesn't live here anymore but comes back to visit every summer.

So last week they went on a backpacking trip. Up a river, or, you might say, up a gorge. Since Jason had our camera I thought I would go ahead and share with you some of his pictures.

Jason says it was so incredibly amazingly beautiful (or something like that) and that he wishes we could all go there. But we never will. Because it was one of the craziest hikes they have ever done and they will never be going there again either!

This is near where they camped.

They took the easier way home.

(You may still enter the giveaway through the weekend. Thanks to all who have left comments so far...)

Wishing you many beautiful and inspiring days ahead!



Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Oh Renee, you are the sweetest of them all, you must know this! <3 I am so sorry for what you went through and felt yesterday :( I wish I was there. You are one of the kindest souls I know and I can not imagine anyone being anythingbut nice to you! Well, that'show it should be, anyways. <3

I can't wait to chat with you more about the trip and everything else ;) As you can see I didn't get the chance to email the other night but will asap! Sending you lots of love!!

Nicole Benjamin said...

Dear sweet Renee,
I cannot imagine how anyone could ever treat you poorly, you are one of the most gentle, kind, sweetest people that I have the pleasure of knowing.
I am so sorry you experienced someones hurtful attitude... Sending you lots of love, hugs and warm wishes! I LOVE the fabrics you chose to place together so very much! They have a 1920's vintage feed sack look to them! Lots of love to you and your family xoxo I look forward to catching up to your email SOON! I have been sick ugh and trying to be mindful of rest. Love, Nicole

Kelly said...

Oh dear, thinking of you gentle, kind and loving Renee! Such a beautiful place Jason visited.

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Oh Renee,
I feel so sorry for your family's hurt.
So glad to see that you are seeking out things to be thankful for and to find joy even when there is sadness.
I love the fabrics!
Warm wishes, Tonya

Linda said...

Sending you love and light Renee. Such beautiful photos:)

Dawn Dutton said...

Lovely photos. I am sorry for the NOT SO NICE people. Too bad... just keep on doing good...
My thoughts are with you...

momma rae said...

so sorry about the ickiness of someone else's bad attitude. you know you can call me anytime. sending you lots and lots of love!! xoxoxoxoxo

Melanie said...

Oh Renee, you said something about this in your email! I'm sorry something happened that was so hurtful to you and your family! But you are right, there is so much to be grateful for, so much more beauty and lovely things and people!
I love the fabrics too, we have such similar taste!
And the pictures of where you live are stunning. Gosh aren't you lucky?! Surrounded by such miraculous beauty!

AG Ambroult said...

oh those fabrics look so good together. Can't wait to see what becomes of them.

There is a phrase I see on bumper stickers often. Not something I might put on my car, but some days I have to agree: Mean People Suck
Glad to know you are feeling better about things now.
and can I please be at that campsite right now?! looks SO peaceful.

earthboysblog said...

Renee, I do hope you managed to resolve all your unnecessary problems, we've been going through a few here in our little farming area! We all seem to work them out, even though we all wish to live without them.

Jason's trip looks incredible, so beautiful and wild! I can't wait to hear about it.

Sara said...

So sorry to hear you had such a crappy day but happy to hear that your spirits are lifted. Your husband's adventure looks amazing. peace and harmony to you and your family~

camille creates said...

You make my days happy!
Love, Camille

onepinkfish said...

I am sorry you had to deal with human ugliness. I too wish they would stay clear of my loved ones.

Looks like your husband had a beautiful time with his friend.

Let us know what you make with the fabric. It just calls to be touch.

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

I am sorry you had an altercation with the meanies of the world, but so glad Marina and Nicole had all the right words.I know Marina in real life and she never makes me feel anything but calm in the most genuine way. (Wish I had that talent!) The scenery Jason was in is just gorgeous. What a dreamy trip!
Warmly, Nicola

Marina said...

Oh Renee... I am sorry that you had that experience, you are one of the loveliest, sweetest and kindest people I have ever met! Mean people stink... Let me know where they are so I can kick them for you...grrrr ;}!

That fabric is so happy looking and I'm glad it can lift your spirits.

You are so beautiful inside and out and I'm so happy that I could share the sunshine you always bring to my days :)

xoxo, Marina

Tahara said...

Renee, I can relate to having a difficult time last week...I am sorry that you had this negative thing happen to you...You are such a great mom and I wish we lived closer together...You are such an inpiration to me and others...