Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wednesday Gratitude # 27: A Miracle Party and Sunny Mornings at Heart and Home

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." - Henry Ward Beecher

Welcome to my Pink Saturday addition to the Miracle Party taking place today!
Read on to find out more about Colette, and how you can help
others, by simply leaving a comment.

Unlike the foggy mornings I usually wake up to
 during the summer months around here,
 the sun was streaming
through the windows today, bright and early.

It looked so pretty with the sunlight shimmering on the crystal and glass,
and bouncing off the flower petals.
I felt really grateful for a bright beginning to the day.

I'm trying to be more aware, and to notice and appreciate the little moments in life that bring me joy.
That is one of the reasons I started
Wednesday Gratitude.

Some days, I'm just not feeling it.
I know I have so much to be grateful for,
but it's easy for me to fall into the "woe is me behavior"
when things aren't going exactly my way.

That's not something I'm proud of, and I'm working on it, everyday.
I guess it's human nature to see the bad, as well as the good, in life.
I'd just like to notice the good more often.
(Like the brilliance of the color of these alstroemeria lilies:)

I know we all have moments when we're not feeling the joy.
I'm thankful that, for me, most of the time
my down moments are no big deal.

But some of us face days and months and years
 of HUGE, life-threatening, life-changing challenges.

How we choose to face them speaks volumes about our character.
And sometimes, we just need a little help from a friend.

My friend Kelee, at the Katillac Shack,
has decided to use her creativity in interior design to help others.
 Kelee is an amazing women!
She's sweet, and funny, and talented, and most of all,
 loving and supportive.

Recently, she was able to pull off an incredible feat for a friend in need.
Colette was battling cancer,
living in a run-down, depressing rental space that was anything but healing.
Kelee was there, with open arms and ideas, paint and fabric and love.

She got together with some other amazing people
 with Guidepost magazine as a sponsor, and Design Gives Back.
Kelee helped transform Colette's sad sick-room into a space filled with light and beauty.
(You can see the transformed room at Kelee's place
 starting on August 27.)

Now, she wants to be able to do it again, for someone else.
Everyone should be lucky enough to have a friend like Kelee.

The MIRACLE PARTY is August 27 - 31
Each comment you leave at those sites will earn $1 for Design Gives Back

For more of the story, go to the Katillac Shack.
Help provide another healing space transformation. 
Just by leaving a comment,
and, you will also be entered in a drawing for fabulous prizes
(art! magazines! and a sewing machine!).

I'd be so grateful if you'd drop by the Katillac Shack
to support Kelee and her work.
And send a comment and a hug to Colette,
who, although she was given only a 5 -15% chance,
 beat the cancer and can wake up smiling at the sun, every day.

Until next time

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linking to Works for Me Wed., Wobble Over Wednesdays,  Welcome Weds., Follow Me Wednesday, Pink Saturday, and Show and Tell Friday, (and I'm going to let Wednesday Gratitude run a little longer this time, until August 31. Share your stories of gratitude and inspiration! All others will be deleted...thank you!!XOXO)


Andrea said...

Blessings, hugs, and lots of prayers,

Dawn said...

these pictures are devine!

Allison said...

Beautiful pictures, Heidi. The sunlight on the crystal and glass is beautiful. I will go over to the Katillac Shack and read about Colette's story. I had heard about this and it hits home for me. I so admire what she has done for her friend. I hope you have a good rest of the week Heidi.

Beth said...

Beautiful post as usual. Thanks for sharing Kelee's blog. I'll stop over and say hi. It's hard to stay low when reading your blog.

Apron Senorita said...

That is such an inspiring story. To give from the heart like that is exactly how God wants us to live our life. Thank you for sharing that with us.

Yoli :)

Holly said...

I get lost in your photos.....
Great post...

Have a blessed Wednesday,

Johnnie said...

Hi! I am a new follower from Wednsday's blog hop. I am number 300!! Glad I came across your blog. I will be back. Blessings...

Saved By Love Creations

Life Coach Susan Liddy said...

What an absolutely beautiful blog!

So happy that we met at bloggy bootcamp last week!


wacki04 said...

Hi! New follower from Welcome Wednesday! Hope you can stop by and return the follow :)


Anonymous said...

I'm the newest follower to this great blog.

furygirl3132 said...

Hello! I am a new follower from Welcome Wednesday, so glad to have found your blog. Hope you have a wonderful evening!


gena said...

so glad you're getting sun - it's rained here since last Friday !!!! AND my battery is dead in the camera and I'm waiting on hubby to get me a new one - hmpfff - lolol !

Enjoy the sunshine!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

New follower from Welcome Wednesday. Would love it if you came by for a visit sometime as well.

Thanks alot,
The Things We Find Inside

Lindy said...

Enjoyable reading for sure and the pictures are beautiful...L.

Sherry said...

Thank you for Gratitude Wednesday. We all need to be reminded about what we have to be grateful for. I have linked only once in the past but I always enjoy reading what you and others have posted. Your pictures are beautiful.

Kelee Katillac said...

Thank-you dear precious Heidi for this kind post about Colette. She is such an inspiration!

I am grateful this week for health.

love you!


NicNacManiac said...

Oh Heidi,
Thank you so much for reminding us to be grateful daily for the small things that bring us joy and realize all that life has to offer!
Your photos and inspirational words lift us up just when we need it most! Enjoy your weekend
Big Hugs xOxO Nerina

The Painted Garden said...

Hello Heidi,

What a beautiful post. Thank you for your inspirational words and beautiful photographs and for being a Blog Angel and posting about the Miracle Makeover party.
Hugs and Blessings,

Beach Vintage said...

Hello Heidi, what beautiful blooms and love the way they are arranged. Thanks so much for dropping by Beach Vintage and leaving a comment. Hope to see you again soon.

Ann said...

Beautiful way to express God's love for us all. This party has been a blessing for me, I've cried a lot but feel good about all the amazing sisters who are helping Colette. Happy Miracle Weekend.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Heidi. Thank you for making Pink Saturday special, and for taking part in this day of celebration and thanks.

There truly are miracles going on all around us every day. We just have to open our hearts in acceptance.

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I 100% agree with you about having to make the most out of each day.

I'm still hoping to reach my goal of 200 comments by midnight tonight.