woensdag 22 december 2010

Theme; Challenge The Three Muses / Tidings of comfort and joy.

For this challenge i've made a very personal collage
and wrote some private thoughts..
Not what you're used to from me.
When I saw the words COMFORT and JOY....my family came first to mind !!
They are the ones who know me best ánd they are the ones who comforted me when I going through tough times.
Marie's call to write a story attrected me and I hope you can take some time to read this.


When I look back at the year 2010 I have to admit that I'm glad that it's over.
Yes I know...you will probably be surprised because you often see humorous pictures here but if I wasn't BLESSED with my sence of humor...
I realy don't know how I got through this year !
My life was full of quite a lot of setbacks these past months and I know they do happen to literally everybody on earth.
The only thing is....that we don't share it on our blogs.
We "only" (except a few exceptions)
share superficial texts together that usually go about our entries.

Ofcourse I realise that a challenge-blog is NOT the place to pour out your heart and your personal misery but when I saw this THEME....
I thougt by myself..."let's be HONEST Rian !
" Be the first to SHARE ALSO some private things !"
Tell, that you often participated to escape the sad realities of life !
In the true meaning of Christ. Special NOW !!
AND...that PARTICIPATING also brought you comfort and joy at those moments with ALL YOUR FRIENDS !!.

PLEASE believe me... I DO appreciate your personal blogs and your writings ! Let there be no doubt !!! I'm ALWAYS happy to read them !
(Maybe it's my Dutch mind and own nature)
But what I sometimes miss is the openness towards each other.
That's why I often soooo appreciate it when personal stories and photo's are add to a design.
And that's why....I chose to make this collage ! To SHARE with you all the ones who comfort me the most.
MY very personal photo's of my family.

Photo's of my daughter Cheryl. She will be 24 years on the second day of Christmas and she works with people with dementia. She moved back home last november after she and her boyfriend have broken the relationship. Now...she is again open to the world and her nose is pointing towards a new future :)

Photo's of my son Mitchell. He is 22 and is doing his exams. Next year his going to the HBO (In Dutch means "higher professional Education") College. Sometimes he brings a girl home, but realy ? He's way too busy with his friends. LOL

Photo's of my husband Johan with whom I am married for almost 30 years. He's the love of my life. My shoulder to cry on and my adorable Rock :)
His main hobby is scouting and he has been working for nearly 30 years at the same company.
Johan is a man with a golden heart who also does a lot of voluntary work.
Every year he competed at the Truckrun. (A long procession of trucks are driving around with disabled people.) He's active on the 4th of may ( he Dutch The Memorial Day) Ask him anything and he will always help !

Photo's of my Mom and Dad. Mom is now 85 and as you know she is very thin and fragile and has ended up in the final phase of her life. With her I often miss the long talks we shared in the past.
My dad died 20 years ago. Exactly this month the 12th december. I was about 30 years, had two small children and hated to say goodbye. He was my role model and a man who enjoyed small things of life ! From him I inherited my green garden-fingers, my humor but also my naughtiness !
It took me years to get over that grief.

Photo's of our doggy Murphy. We've had ALWAYS dogs in our home.
I LOVE them !
Murphy is what we call a "vuilnisbakkie".
A trash-can-boomer with a atitude LOL.
She's 13½ years now, the sweetest dog on earth and recently we discovered that she is becoming deaf.

Photo's of my home. Our living room...garden and a recent snowy view.

And Finally...photo's from ME. One with my dad, me and my twinbrother.
One old photo when I was about 7 years old. (with that red shirt and FUNNY hairstyle ! ( OOOHHH mom...how COULD YOU !!)
A photo when I was hippy 16. And two recent portraits. Yep chubby me ;)

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Well...and this is what I wanted to SHARE with you ! Some personal stuff so you get to know me better and to discover who comfort me.
The most joyable people around me together with you !

At the end of this story and (almost) at the end of this year
I would gladly say loud THANK YOU !!
In someway I felt the need to tell this.
You ALL who gave also me comfort and joy ! Without knowing !
I thought the time was finally there to SHARE this with you and I can only hope you will appreciate this.
My Thoughts...My Truth
My Life
And my Comfort and JOY ♥♥♥

22 opmerkingen:

Anoniem zei

Thank you for sharing you have beautiful comfort and joy!!

Terri Kahrs zei

Rian!!! Thank you, My Darling, for sharing your life with us at this special time of the year. I'm so sorry to hear that 2010 was so difficult for you and wish you nothing but the very BEST in the New Year. Warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and lots of Holiday Hugs! Terri xoxoxo

Judy zei

Rian, thank you for sharing your memories with us all, you have inspired me to make a photo collage of my own! I hope 2011 brings a better year for you and I wish you & yours a wonderful Christmas!

Gayle Page-Robak zei

Thank you for sharing your wonderful and beautiful family collage, Rian. It was nice to learn about you and your loved ones. God Bless. Enjoy your Christmas and may the new year bring wonderful things for you. Hugs,Gayle.

Hermine zei

Prachtige collage. Fijne kerstdagen en een heel gelukkig nieuwjaar

Femmy zei

prachtige collage Rian! Zoveel dingen herkenbaar in je verhaal.
Ik hoop dat 2011 voor jullie heel veel goede dingen in petto heeft.
Ik wens je ook heel fijne kerstdagen meid!!

Pat zei

Merci merci merci to share with us such personnal feelings, your collage is at the time fantastic and so "émouvant".
Je te souhaite un merveilleux noël et une année riche de bonheur
Pat

Junibears zei

Dear Rian, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings. I too have had a not so good year but I do share on my blog and the support of blogging friends has been a very great help.
ALL BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS. HUGS XX

Eila A zei

Rian, I really appreciate your sharing your story with us! Now it feels that I know you better, almost like a friend even though we've never met. I wish year 2011 will be a sweet and comforting and joyful year for you and your family. And I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Plus a pat or two to Murphy!

Sadie zei

Rian, thank you so much!! Just thank you.

Merry Christmas 'meissie' to you and your loved ones.

bluegiraffe zei

Rian, your photo collage and your heartfelt writing are both so beautiful. I agree that sharing bits of our personal lives and thoughts is helpful and healthy, and makes all of us seem more "real" to each other. And now I know that you and I have something else in common- we are both twins! I wish you and your lovely family a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year. May next year bring you much happiness, peace, love, and kindness...and artfulness!

see you there! zei

Such beautiful words and a lovely collage. I too enjoy my online friends and know I can always find someone to visit even in the wee hours of the morning.

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

Darla

indybev zei

How wonderful to "meet" your loved ones. Thank you for sharing your thoughts this special time of year, Rian. Thank you for sharing your talent and for your generosity. I'm so glad you're a member of our Three Muses family. Blessings on you and yours this holiday season!

Karel zei

ha die Rian
nu op de lieverds van je in deze mooie crea kan je terug kijken en laat de elende maar in het oude jaar zitten hoor
op naar het volgende zou ik zeggen
wens jou en je naasten een fijne tijd
liefs
karel

Lizbethem zei

How lovely to memorialize everyone you love in a beautiful collage! Happy Christmas!

WrightStuff zei

How lovely that you invited us into your home at Christmas to meet all your family. They are so lovely! What a treat for us. Warmest wishes to you Rian for a Happy 2011

Caro zei

HALLO LIEVERD..WAT EEN PRACHTIGE COLLAGE!!!!..JE HEBT ER WEER IETS UNIEKS VAN GEMAAKT MEISS..ONTROEREND..DIT IS WEER TYPISCH MIJN FREUBELTJE DIE IK BEST WEL MIS HOOR..EEN HÉÉL FIJNE KERST EN ALLE GOEDS VOOR 2011..WIJ HOUDEN VAN JULLIE..KUZZZZZ..

'moi'... zei

NOU LIEVERD LIJST DIT MAAR MOOI IN 'N GOUDEN-LIJST EN HANG 'M OP IN JE KAMER...

GEWELDIG GEDAAN LIEVERD!!! ;)

JE VERHAAL, ZÓ OPEN EN ZO WAAR...
JE HEBT LÉF GEKREGEN OM UIT JE SCHULP TE KOMEN VIA INTERNET-DEURTJE...

WELKOM MEIS EN IK WENS JULLIE ALLEMAAL 'N GELUKKIGE KERST EN 'N GEZOND NIEUW JAAR!!! ;)

(REST KOMT ACHTER DE SCHERMPIES WEL, LOLLL...)

Lori Saul zei

What a wonderful post Rian and thank you for letting us get to know you and your beautiful family better. What a great collage of memories and loved ones. May your Christmas be a time of joy and the New Year bring you health , love and all good tidings!

Faye zei

Your collage is wonderful, Rian. I loved the peek into your life. In spite of whatever sadness or unhappiness that occurred in 2010, I can see that you are blessed with people who adore you. Congratulations on such a long marriage to your dh. And I want to wish you a very happy Christmas season.

Ozstuff zei

Rian, thankyou so much for sharing your heartfelt story with us. Let's hope 2011 will be a better year for you. Yes, you hide your worries so well behind a terrific sense of humour and your beautiful art but I am glad that you have let us in to your world just a little. Your photo collage is wonderful. You must admire your daughter so much that at the young age of 24 she is giving her time to people with dementia. This must be one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. Your son is handsome and no doubt full of exciting dreams for the future. You are very fortunate to have a wonderful husband. Just reading the short version of your life made me feel good. You really do have a way with words - and English words at that!!
Happy New Year from Marie.

Krafty Kat zei

Congratulations- I am giving you the Stylish Blogger Award!

http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html