Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Life's Twists and Turns . . .

I had every intention of posting a fun blog today. Here is what I thought . . .


Remember this cute little red suitcase?

And my cute little red car?

Well - this would explain it all!
I'm off for a fun filled weekend! All by myself . . destination . . . a SURPRISE!

But . . . I've heard from three different women in the past two days, each of whom have touched my life in a different way . . . and each of whom are going through some extremely difficult times. Two of them - I cannot even fathom . . . another, well . . . I've experienced that - kind of - not exactly - their situation I think is worse.

To lose a child - to miscarry - heartbreaking - I know. But in the back of my mind was "The Lord knows what He's doing. There is a reason for this - what? we just can't see right now."  The Hope I clung to was there can hopefully be another baby. For me - there was - for this young woman - maybe not.

To have a sick child. A very sick child. After a glimmer of hope, to now see nothing but despair. My heart breaks for her and her husband, and their only child.

To experience an extremely sick parent. Hmmmm. Lived through that. Was a living hell. Threw myself into an eating oblivion and depression which I am surprised I came out of, healthy and happily married after all. I'm so glad it's over. . . But not for her . . .

So as I drive away tomorrow morning, toward my weekend of relaxation and enjoyment, one that I have SOOOOOOO been looking forward to for the past couple of weeks, to my six hour drive by myself, these three women will be on my mind. One of them, I don't even know. One I've met twice,  now she feels somewhat like a daughter to me even though we are probably no more than 8 or 9 years apart in age. And the third, God only knows how and why we "clicked" the way we did, but I feel like I've known her forever. I wish I could just give her a hug . . .

Please pray for these three women. To find strength. To find courage.
And may each and every one of us go to sleep tonight - counting our Blessings.

XOXOXO
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28 comments:

Dawn said...

Touching post Karen. I'm seeing more and more that everyone has a chapter in their lives that seems almost unbearable. Yet we go on, for the most part. When I met Gloria from Happy to Be we talked about blogging and she said the most important thing is to always be kind to each other because you just don't know what's happening on the other side of that screen. The words you use may be the very ones needed to lift someone and give them the hope they need to get past what ails them. I'm sure these three ladies appreciate your friendship and the concern you've shown.
Big Hugs,
Dawn

debi said...

Very touching...you're a kind heart indeed.
You don't have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders all the time though. I'm sure no one expects you too. I know it's hard when there are so many who need us.
But, you need to pack that cute little red bag, put it in your cute little red car, and give yourself your much needed break. If we don't take care of ourselves, we can't help anyone else.
When you get back home, all nice and rested, you can worry again.
Take care and enjoy!
Hugs, Debi

Connie said...

Karen you have the most kind and caring heart. It is hard to see or hear about someone going through so much. I know your encouraging words and your hugs help. I just made that drive last Friday and this Tuesday. Plug in a good CD and sing as you drive...it all goes by real quick! I didn't even stop to pee!!

Have a great time! Love you, COnnie

Theresa said...

I will be praying for your friends! Having people who care and offer support is a blessing! Please be safe on your surprise journey in your cute little red car:) Love you!

Jodie LeJeune said...

You are a little angel Karen, with feathers made of gold and a heart made of chocolate.
My wish for you this weekend is that you have a wonderful trip, but most of all, be safe!
This was a beautiful post and I want you to put all of your worries behind and concentrate on enjoying your little weekend get away. I cannot wait to hear all about it and where you've been.

I love you girl, be careful!!
everything vintage

ps...You look like a little hot mama in that cute little car!!! ;)

Lisa said...

Karen,
You are a sweet friend and those 3 women are so blessed to have you in their lives. :)

Shelia said...

Oh, Karen, bless your heart! There are so many with aching hearts today! I think sometimes we go through our struggles so we can help others when they are hurting!
Have a safe drive and enjoy yourself.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jacqueline said...

My prayers follow you.

ceekay said...

This must be the week for girlfriends and heartaches.
It is hard to feel the hurt for them and be limited as to how much we are able to help. But wonderful for you to be able to "get away". Another one of the gifts of life! Enjoy your weekend!

Blondie's Journal said...

Karen~~
A very poignant post that clearly reveals the powerful bond between woman, no matter the unconventional way we know each other. You have a heart of gold to be so open in letting out your past grief to show how you identify with these three women. My prayers go out to them.

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my last post. Your words were taken to heart and I so appreciate that you 'got it'. What a sweet, insightful lady you are.

Hope you have a wonderful trip and weekend getaway. Be safe, my friend!

xoxo
Janie

Ginger said...

Karen you are one of the sweetest gals I know. I wish we lived closer to each other. At one time we did, but that was years ago before we met.
I hope you have a safe trip in that hot little red car. I know you will have a fun weekend.
I think I am one of the gals you are talking about in your post...I love that you care that much.
They say everything happens for a reason, and we might not know the reason right now, but we just have to deal with whatever life hands us.
Love ya...
Ginger

Sandra said...

Aw, i'll say a prayer for each of your friends. You go have a relaxing time too. You really are going by yourself? Just be careful out there.
Blessings,
Sandra

June said...

Hi Karen, What a beautiful post. So full of love for your dear friends. I think it is wonderful how we can carry one another's burdens even if we have not met in person. This sisterhood is a wonderful thing.
Hugs,
June

blushing rose said...

Enjoy your trip to the 'gathering' tomorrow ... dying to hear how it goes. They are going to be very surprised.

Hopefully these 3 families will all be carried thru their moments of sadness in prayer & He will lift them.

Have a BOO-tea-FUL weekend. TTFN ~ Marydon

Leann said...

I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Leann

Mrs. Dunbar said...

I'll be praying. I hope you still get to relax and enjoy your weekend. Glad to know a woman like you with your caring heart is a friend of mine in blogland.

Nina Diane said...

thanks for stopping by my blog Karen! I can't believe I walked out of Home Goods with only one item too but I was in a hurry and mostly was just checking it out. I shall return....and I too am a dishaholic. Johnny boy just keeps asking.....how many do you need??? haha.....I actually walked by the dishes @ Home Goods with my face turned the other way. I knew if I looked, I would buy! Trying to be careful this close to Christmas. have a safe journey...have fun....hugs and prayers to you!!

Calming Scents said...

great post and so true. I tell you, doing the work that I do, my mind is on others and their suffering all the time. I DO know when I am blessed and when I am going thru hard times that at some point they will end and once again a rainbow of respite will come. I'm in my rainbow of respite and I'm grateful to god. But it doesnt mean for a moment that I'm not aware of those who are hurting. I hope you have a nice trip and I to will think of these women.

T=ME said...

What a lucky group of ladies to have you on their side. Prayers for the four of you. Sometimes one just has to get away. You will return a stronger person for your lucky friends. Hugs, Terri

Karen said...

These women are in my prayers.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Dear Karen,
Ok girl, that was the surpise of my life!! I am just tickled pink that I got to meet you and that you came all that way! I could have sat and talked with you all afternoon! What a fun and memorable day. I still can't get over looking to my side and seeing you there! Your good at keeping a surprise! As soon as I got back to the hotel we took off to see my son and wife, time is going too fast here. My daughter is sick with the flu and she is calling me and of course I'm feeling guilty I'm not home to take care of her. She is on the way to the ER as I write this, a friend is taking her to get checked out. I am so glad I got to meet you and we will do it again, I feel like I've known you my whole life! Oh, and you do have a hot little red car, I love it! Hugs, Cindy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Karen, what a thoughtful and touching post. There are so many going through such difficult times right now. I will keep these precious ladies in prayer. I know the Lord is in control, it is just hard to understand.

I absolutely had the best time at the lunch and getting to meet you. You are such a fabulous lady and such fun. Thanks for coming all this way, you just made it special for all of us. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann!
Wow, I feel like I just hit the lotto jack pot! I have been reading ur tweets for some time but for some unknown reason, I had not ck. out ur blog. OMG! what can I say? I really, really love it. It is my very favorite.
Its like the best kept secret, that I just found out about.
Some Days Are Diamonds just had really had an impact on me. Its all so true. Life is full of twists and turns. I just keep hoping I am making the right choices.
I love everything about ur web site and ur blog.
Please keep up the wonderful work.
I am so inspired!

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I saw on a blog earlier where you went! (This is now Saturday, and I'm catching up on the weeks blog reading.) Looks like you guys had tons of fun!
Brenda

Karen said...

Hello Anonymous! I wish I knew who you were - even just a first name.
I'm speechless by your comment. Thank you so much. I guess it's comments like this that make it all worth while.
Do you have a blog? It's very fun you know!!!
I hope I hear back from you. You can always Email me if you want to "talk".
Happy Halloween! Karen

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Karen, I had the best time and you coming was just the icing on the cake. It made the day and what a great surprise for everyone. You are just as cute as a button and such fun to be with. I can't wait until we can do it again. So glad you came. Hugs, Marty

linda t said...

Hi Karen,
So wonderful meeting you at the AZ bloggers luncheon!! You are so dang cute and your blog rocks!
I'll need to read every post now so I'll be caught up on your life.
So glad you made it back safe and sound.
linda t

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