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11.08.2012

THANKFUL...


Ya know...I hardly cried at all about my son heading to Afghanistan...


until I started writing...and then reading, all of your heart-felt comments from my last post which started a huge pity party.


And now...I can't seem to stop crying. 


Until this morning that is. 


I woke up SO many times last night...and each time...


I'd put myself back to sleep by thanking God...the Universe...


for all of my gazillion blessings.


And boy am I ever blessed! 


It made the difference between wanting to go right back to bed


and wanting to stay up and greet a brand new day.


With a joyful heart.


Thank you...



each of you...


for your support and prayers and well wishes for our family. 


Words just fail me at a time like this because they can't really express how lovely I think you are. 


Moving onward...


The first few pictures are of bookmarks and contact cards that I sent as thank you's to online friends


and then of course the continuing vacation pictures...


which I'm still not tired of looking at. 

Remember a few days ago when I told you I couldn't wait to show you what popped up out of the water?!?

These pictures... 


are of more art that I won by leaving a comment on one of Nora Clemens-Gallo's posts.


She does fabulous batik and sketchbook drawings and I always love looking at her colorful, happy art. I'm tickled pink to own some of it!


Thank you Nora!!!


And again...


THANK YOU!


You are WONDERFUL,


AWESOME


friends


that I treasure.


Create Your Life, 


annie!

I know this picture is posted twice in a row...but I just love it so much!!! - Next post, I'll try to add a video of my girlie manatee.

22 comments:

  1. I can't imagine saying 'goodbye' to my baby (he's 44!) but this is all part of life, isn't it! Still a mom's love for her children is never ending. We will all be by your side, waiting for the safe return of your boy. He'll be safe because we'll all have our arms wrapped around him just to keep him safe for his return to 'mom'!!!

    Now onto your wonderful artwork!

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    1. Yep - the hugging was done that day with no tears but a big lump in my throat - as another lady put it - the size of London. Thanks for your arms...so much!

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  2. you made me cry yesterday and me today too, but they are happy sad tears, please take care and keep us updated on your son, he is a real hero in our eyes, ( Canadian here), the patriotism in the United States is such a wonderful thing,

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    1. Thanks again Laurie! No more tears!!! Love you sister.

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  3. We all stick together.....that's how it should be. Oh you lucky to see the manatee and it's happiness. xox

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    1. Yeppers! Thanks Corrine. xxooxx I've seen many manatees in FL...but this is the first time I got one on camera. So cool!

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  4. Thanks for sharing you thoughts, photos and art :)

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  5. Beautiful artwork you received and pictures!

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    1. I know! Don't you just love Nora's art?!? And the manatee?!? Thanks Adriann. :)

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  6. What a wonderful page. I went through every high and every low and now I'm off to see if Nora wants to join SKETCHBOOK FRIENDS.
    Thanks for showing her to us Annie
    Lynn x

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    1. Thanks so much Lynn! No more tears here...I'm focusing on good stuff. Only. Like Nora's art. And sketch books. :) Yum!

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  7. joyful annie gets back what she gives.

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    1. You're right...so I'm gonna concentrate on more joyful. xxoo

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  8. My thanks and prayers go out to your son and all his comrades.
    Your pictures are beautiful, the sunsets are pure joy.
    Your work is delightful - I must make time for a good look around here. Thank you for your lovely comments on my flickr :0)) Mo

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    1. Thanks so much Mo! For everything. :) (And you're welcome)!

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  9. Lovely post - lovely words. I love that bookmark with the feather.

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    1. Thanks Lynette! Good to see you back online. :)

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