Monday, October 1, 2012

" A Time to Keep "



Ecclesiastes has always been one of my

favorite books of the bible...


A time for everything




{curbside table top, chippy table & shutter}
{seed boxes from flea market}
{branches painted white}


As I put together this rustic vignette

my heart beat to this season's most valuable life lesson



A time to weep




{seed boxes filled with natural moss, dollar tree}


When I looked at these pieces

I realized most of them were curbside finds

a treasure that lost its value to their owner

Losing our value is such a very 

heart breaking and painful life lesson.



My heart took a few beatings this year

as I too had lost my value as a woman

in a few areas of my life...


A time to mourn




{curbside table}
{vintage clock flea market, scissors my sweet mama's}


A few from my battle with Lupus and

 wounds that hurt your heart...


A time to be silent





Living by God's grace

I realized this season had the most

beautiful gifts pouring into our hearts...




A time to heal




{seed box displays my ironstone cups}


Mr. Dior and I have been so blessed

by love and support

of Sue Jackson and being a part

of her Country Roads Family



True friendships

that will last a lifetime...





A time to embrace





Even through great loss we have rejoiced!




He has made everything beautiful in its time...

{Ecclesiastes 3 :11}




A time to dance





My heart was given back

friendships that were built on solid

foundations of love and trust...


Mr. Dior who exceeds the

vow of " for better or for worse "

No matter how hard this illness shakes us,

challenges us or what hardships we

endure my sweet man has never uttered

one word of complaint...




A time to love...







I am so very grateful to all of you

who take the time and share

with me on this journey...



A time to keep





I will be linking up with

the most darling gals in blogland






Much love to each of you

Have a beautiful and blessed week
XOXO

48 comments:

Anne said...

Kate,
Your are beautiful inside and out! A pure sweet soul! And with such talent you always inspire!God is Great!!!!
xx
Anne

Amy Kinser said...

You blessed my heart today.

With love from a sister in Christ.

Tami {Curb Alert!} said...

What beautiful words.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Kate, you have touched me with this heart felt post! You inspire me in so many ways- with your loveliness, talent and love of our Lord! Thank you for this precious reminder of His love for us! You are in my prayers! Blessings! Betsy

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful verses and beauty with us. Mr. Dior is a gem for sure! :)

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

Now following your beautiful blog-
♥Linsey

Amber said...

Wow... what a beautiful post. Wishing you nothing but good health and loving friends. I am honored to call you mine. xo, A

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Again, Kate, such a beautiful touching post. Love you and you are ALWAYS in my prayers:)You and your family.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

CURIOUS BOYS said...

Hi Kate . . . Your Blessings are Many . . . A Loving Man, Beautiful Family, Extraordinary Talent, and an extended Family of Friends who look forward to your Awesome Posts & Sweet Comments ! BIG HUGS from TEXAS !! JOE & GLENN

Julie Marie@Idyllhours said...

Dear Kate... I did not know you have Lupus... what a beautiful, strong, courageous lady you are!... not letting it get you down... and I am so sorry for the hurtful tongues from others... you are an inspiration in all you do... my prayers are there for you, in your health and your every day life... I cannot understand how some women, and yes, it is usually women... can be so unkind with hurtful words to those who are the sweetest, like you... your fall decor is just stunning... wishing you a most beautiful day, xoxo Julie Marie

It's me said...

Love and blussingen from me daling xxx.....my husband give me à i pad today i am so happy with it !!!....laying on the sofa writing to you....xxxx

It's me said...

i mean blessings.....hahahaha!!

Kristen {Ella Claire} said...

What a lovely and inspirational post. You are such an incredible woman, dear Kate. This life can be so tough sometimes and it makes us grateful for the little tender mercies all the more. Thank you for uplifting my day :)

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

*tears

I am still so in awe of what we have recovered and built, of the gift we have been given. Others may try and shake us but our roots are firmly planted. Love you!! xoxo

Okio B Designs said...

Such a touching post. I think we can all relate in one way or another.

Jeanine

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautifu post, from a beautiful soul.

Deanna Rio said...

You will ALWAYS have my friendship Ms. Kate
HUGS ~
Deanna

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

This is my favorite post you have written, Kate. I love the truth it holds ... including the good and hard times.

I am praying for you tonight, sweet Kate, that God continues to meet you in wonderful ways.

Your husband sounds cool.:)

Fondly,
Glenda

Sue said...

Sue Jackson says its time to dance;0) Thank you for your kind words. Life is a daily lesson and we all just have to take it a day at a time. You always remember the good, and try to forget the not so good but learn something from those kinds of days. It's been a tough year for a lot of us, and I'm really looking forward to a new year with better days for us all!!

Take care,
Sue

Junk Girl said...

Lovely post as usual! I so enjoy others talents and your blog has been one of my favorites. Love the calmness of the colors in your home and all the weathered elements. So peaceful! Also, my hope for a cure for your disease goes out to you and others suffering. My best friend from high school days has MS and she has mentioned a connection between the two diseases. Please hang in there. God's love to you, Kate; don't ever give up the fight!

-Andrea

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh Kate....how I adore you! I'm so honored to call you "friend"!! ♥ May God pour abundant blessing on you!

xoxo laurie

Barbara Jean said...

Such a beautiful, and heartfelt post.

Sorry for the hurts, but so glad you are on the road to healing.

God is so good....
blessings
barb

toves sammensurium said...

I love how you share your thoughts,and I say what I often say:There is a time for everything!
Life is a rollercoaster,it goes up and it goes down and we can only join the ride and make the best of it.I think you realize that!But I am so sorry for your illness...they actually tested me for Lupus receintly also,but fortunately that's not what's wrong with me.
I hope you'll have good days ahead!
Tovehugs :)

twelve-O-eight said...

Your beautiful heart is in your words, thank you for sharing your talent with us. Thank you for the reminder to hold what is dear close and let go of things when we should. You rock my friend

Hugs, Tanya :)

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! said...

Just LoVe your Vignettes!*!*!
Soooo glad I hopped on over from W*H*I*T*E Wednesday...
Jeanine Burkhardt

Recycled Rita said...

Kate, that was so heartfelt! I can see that Mr. Dior loves you through and through just by the way he looks at you.... I am so sorry you are going thru such a struggle with your body, Lupus sucks!
I love seeing you at Country Roads and seeing what new you will create in your space! Hugs! karen....

Debra @ Common Ground said...

sending love and blessings...

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a lovely and heartfelt post, Kate...beautiful photos and message...

trash talk said...

Kate,
I hope someday to share your blessing of knowing Sue up close and personal. Even thru a monitor, her heart reaches out and touches so many.
I hope you also realize what a blessing you are to so many of us. Your faith is a witness.
Deb

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I wish your trip to Jersey was TOMORROW....
I keep my fingers crossed and my heart open I'll get the phone call: "I'll be there next week!!" :) :)
One of the greatest joys for me last year was the beginning of our friendship....
What a blessing!
You are one of the most beautiful people I've ever met....inside and out.
Love you to the moon and back, Kate.
XOXOXO

~ Liz ~ said...

What a thoughtful and beautiful post. You have blessed many with your outlook.
Liz

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Such beautiful words, such beautiful pictures.
Thank you for sharing!

ShantyGirl said...

Such a strong and amazing woman and such a beautiful post. My heart goes out to you but I also congratulate you for being so strong and seeing more beauty through what you are going through than most people ever see. often times we take things for granted, through your struggles you have led a higher existense of understanding of the true meaning of it all

Debbie Booth said...

Kate, what a wonderful post. It gripped me...but in a good heartfelt way. We have too experienced great loss this year with 3 very close family members in 3 month, and yet God simultaneously has been with us and navigated us through these rough waters. Your words are inspiring to me.
Blessings,
Debbie

Francesca said...

ME ENCANTA TU BLOG, Felicidades

andrea@townandprairie said...

Life does deal us some hard blows sometimes. I myself can find it difficult to move on from my bitterness and stay joyful when I'm really down... your battles are larger than mine, and you serve as an inspiration of finding hope and joy in everyday things even when the waters are are rough- Thank you!

sandy said...

Beautiful thoughts with beautiful vignettes!
Thank you!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Wish you lived closer to come help me decorate.... Love your style so much!!!! Xoxo

Theresa said...

this was beautiful Kate, from the photos to the words. They ring true and hopeful. Wishing you many blessings and strength. love, t.xooxoxox

Michele said...

Hi Kate ~~~ I just did a post too a while ago on Ecclesiastes and a time for everything. My daughter had lost her teeth but most recently my son has fractured his humerus. I feel as if my life right now is definitely a time to mourn and weep, however, the beauty is that the mourning turns to joy with time and during that time, gratitude grows as well. Wishing you much much joy in the Lord Kate. You are amazing and strong.

God Bless You.
Michele
Pearl 13.1

must love junk said...

Such a touching post, with such a gorgeous vignette!
Susan

Gail Peterson said...

Perhaps WE... have been blessed by your humble heart.
Quiet and calm blessings for you as you move forward.
xo,
Gail
http://www.casualloveselegance.blogspot.com

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Just saying hello and sending many blessings~Cheers Kim

stefanie said...

beautiful!

Jann Olson said...

Kate, this is just pulling at my heart. You always say things so poetically. I often think of you and your illness and pray that you are doing well. You are such a strong woman and it will not conquer you. I love this scripture passage also. It was quoted so beautifully with your wonderful vintage treasures. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
Hugs,
Jann

At The Picket Fence said...

Kate, I just read the beautiful post that Kristin wrote about your friendship...it moved me beyond words. God is so mysterious and wonderful and His healing power (both physically and emotionally) defies logic! Just last night I sat in bed feeling the impact (and the pain) of a fractured relationship...one that seems beyond repair. I always think that it is out of the realm of possibility for God to transform it and yet that means I don't trust His power! Your words in this post and Kristin's in hers are a gentle, yet firm, reminder of just how gracious and merciful He truly is. I pray for His continued healing and peace in your life and I'm grateful for your willingness to be vulnerable in order to minister and bless all of us! :-)
Vanessa

savvycityfarmer said...

you my dear are the greatest friend!
Oh how I wish we were neighbors!

bargainmom10 said...

Kate,
I have only just found your blog, but your struggles with Lupus, help me to realize that I am not alone with my daily struggles against pain, health issues, and the realization that my life will not be what I had planned for in my older age, retirement years. Instead, it will be what God has planned and what I make it to be.

I finished this in the next 2 posts as it was too long for one or two!

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