Well. I feel awfully naked after that last one. I don't even have an appropriate response to the kind comments and emails I've received, so I won't try. I just thank you for reading it and sharing in my experience. It wasn't my intention to upset anyone - I know there are people who have gone through the same or a similar experience. And I know the tone I used might not reverberate with everybody out there. But it's how I have to speak (or write) about it to get the words out. In fact, I find that blunt honesty is my best way to communicate my feelings these days. Once people hear what happened, they feel really bad and also awkward, because they don't know what to say or how to express their feelings toward me and my family. So when they ask how I feel I just tell them. I say, "it sucks...it's the worst." And people visibly relax, because there it is. It sucks, they know it, I know it, we all know it.
I don't know what else to say about it right now, and I don't really feel it's appropriate to launch into yapping about my projects after what I've just said, so instead I'd like to give you something else that's nice to read and look at. I love these girls because they calm me and inspire me. Their blogs are well written, filled with joy and heartache (but mostly joy) and the photography is stunning.
Knitting Iris - fantastic photos. She blows my mind every day with what she sees through the lens. She also does beautiful knitting and crafts with her adorable kids.
Soule Mama - if you don't read her, you totally should. She captures the best pictures and stories about her three beautiful children, and her crafting is wild.
Wee Wonderfuls - I just came upon this a week or so ago. Beautiful everything at this site. It knocks me out and makes me want to craft till my fingers fall off.
Posie Gets Cozy - just go there and look. Amazing. Inspiring. Beautiful.
Hook & Needles - If you sew, this blog will wow you.
Yarnstorm - again with the beautiful photos. Jane knits and quilts and bakes and paints her house in fantastic colors. She also keeps hens in her garden. I think that's neat.
Please note these are just a few of the bazillion blogs I read each day. There are many, many more and they are all wonderful, but these really stand out for me and reading them has helped brighten my days in the last few weeks. If you don't already visit them, you might want to.
Interestingly, these are not the people who "know" me. I figure all you sweet people who come here and comment have probably already checked each other out. You know who you are and you know that I read you. The links above are outside my "circle" of blog "friends," if you know what I mean. I just lurk around them because I like what they make and do.
I'm off to the sewing machine. Lots to do.