Wednesday, November 12, 2008

a soft hush overcomes me...

The two winners are:
mandiegirl said...
Ummm....First of all, I *heart* houndstooth. I love your stuff, and I love u. :) So, I think I should win.

November 6, 2008 7:30 PM

christine said...
i'm a huge fan! =)

November 7, 2008 3:53 AM

Mandiegirl and Christine please e-mail me your mailing address so I can send you your lovely gifts :)

I am here sweet friends.
I've missed you.

Please accept my apology for not coming back sooner to announce the winners last friday. Friday was bittersweet for me. Of course an exciting day because I loved sharing my art with you with the opening of my new Etsy shop. (A huge warm hug to each of you whom purchased from my new shop and sent well wishes!) I am encouraged and filled with happiness. :)

And on the same day something both personal and professional fell apart. I received news due to the economic downturn my position as a graphic artist would no longer exist in 2009. I of course was devastated. I feel like I'm on an emotional roller coaster. And between telling myself to take deep breaths and believing this is a good change I really am trying to believe all of it. This news has made me well aware that not one thing in life is guaranteed. I am reminded to make a list of gratitude in an effort so fully see my life is full of blessings. I have health, I have found the love of my life, I have shelter, provision for my body and beautiful encouraging friends whom all believe in me. And I'm thankful. I am so grateful. I debated as to whether to share this here or not, but seeing as I'm sure I'm not the only one who is going through a tough time...well, I thought I'd share a word of encouragement and prayer for you and me both. Everyone needs a little bit of that :)

things worth remembering:
- good things are just up ahead
- live a life that is content and not defined by material things
- to be rich in kindness and love
- generous with an open heart
- learn to be full of grace and wisdom
- know your needs will be met by faith
- face your circumstance with grace and dignity
- step out, dream bigger, always look up
- do not dwell in the hurt, but learn to appreciate this valuable life lesson
- embrace encouragement and follow your heart

working on this every day is not easy. but this song helps calm me: Stay with me by Future Of Forestry
(I encourage you to make your own gratitude list to visually see your life filled with blessings and lessons you are learning.)

you my friend are lovely, beautiful and strong. i pray you live your life to the fullest. I hope you are in a place where you excel above your own expectations. Where you shine amongst darkness and love even through the most impossible times. I pray for your protection and for strength when you need it most.

In His Arms,


Unknown said...

I am sorry to hear this friend. I will be praying for you. Let me know if there are any specifics for prayers needed. :)

Thanks for picking me!

Christine said...

Thanks for picking me! :)

I am so sorry to hear about that. I pray that things will work out in the end for you. Thanks for sharing the list of blessings you are thankful for.

Christine said...

PS. please know that you do beautiful work and I am sure many wonderful opportunities await you!

Vee said...

so sadden to hear this d! :( but you are super talented, and I KNOW you will have a greater opportunity ahead of you! kisses!!! I am here if you need to talk ;)

Mandi Johnson said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry! I know that is a horrible feeling. My dad was laid off twice, just last year. Everyone seems to be downsizing. But the good new is, he found a new job, there are jobs out there, and you are a girl who just ooozes talent. So I'm sure since you've got God on your side that EVERYthing will work out for good. :)

Anonymous said...

Debee, I loved what you wrote and how you wrote it, thanks for sharing, but I'm so sorry to hear this. You know in your heart that you'll end up where you're supposed to be, so perhaps, in some strange way, this might be for the best? Thinking of you. Wishing you the very best. Helen

dainjb said...

i am so sorry to hear this ... my thoughts are with you and i'm sure that things will brighten up real soon.

Rhi said...

sweet friend,
you know i am here.
i need say no more publicly right now :)
just so you know i am always reading this.
and always hearing you.
love x

Louise said...


mandi said...

Wow, that's rough. Sorry to hear it. You've got a great attitude about it and I'm sure, no... I know that there is something big out there for you. You are amazing and inspiring.

Anonymous said...

sending love hugs & good wishes.

Denise said...

My husband and I have been going through this for some time now and I have to say my biggest fears have come true and yet I have never felt luckier. That being said, it is not easy (like you said) and some days are hard. Thanks so much for sharing, it gives us all courage to know we are not alone. You inspire me with your faith and your talents, thank you!!

Dina said...

I'm sorry you're experiencing a bump in life's road...just think how many wonderful things are waiting for you in your future, though. The future loves talented people, like you. Hugs.

metrochic said...

i love you, dear sweet girl.

angie backen said...

we missed you and were thinking about you over the weekend.
and thank you for those words.

much love.

*Paint & Ink Chick* said...

Hey girl, how you been doing. Sorry about the bad news. I'll be praying for ya & lubs ya:) Sorry I haven't been in touch with ya, lots of things going on lol but holla at me. And what was that song we were singing at SISiversary? lol

dani said...

I love love love you. You are beautiful and amazing and you could probably rule the world, but you're much too sweet for that kind of crazy.

seriously, I'm thinking of you and keeping you close to my heart!

Anonymous said...

im so sorry to hear this my friend. i'll be praying for you.

Gigi said...

sending hugs & prayers :)