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 ;)
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
And my Comfort and JOY ♥♥♥