February 16, 2010

tuesday

Tuesday means Chatting at the Sky... finding the beautiful in the messy. Well, there is plenty of messy around here...

So much, in fact, that I missed last week. No. I really missed it. Because Tuesday is not just about the gifts... it is about the friendships. And I missed the interactions... but I could not get it together. I thought a million thoughts... but not one led me to words. Worse yet... none led me to even be able to see the gifts in my life.

They were there...
-pajamas in the afternoon under my warm quilt just urging the germs away...
-a snuggle with my son, just moments after I had come to the realization that he might not want to snuggle now that he is the big 13...
-Valentine decorations trying to disguise the lingering Christmas, even after the Superbowl...
-the beautiful air that reminds me why I love Florida in the winter...

...but I couldn't seem to get to them. My heart was all clouded with germs and dark clouds... and I had that sinking sadness all around me. A mess so messy that I couldn't sweep it under the carpet.

But then, there was this...
It's a bleak, rainy Tuesday here in North Carolina. No matter. I love Tuesdays, even if the weather is awful. But one of my favorite things to do on Tuesdays is to read your Tuesdays Unwrapped post. I miss you today!

And some of the gray shifted enough so that the sun beams could light a corner or two of this heart.

And a few days later, there was this...
Are you fine? Are you well? I mean it--I miss you. Your words always bless me, and I've missed you a lot this week. I'm hoping that you're doing great, just taking a little break from frequent posting.

And I am reminded again of these real bonds that reach beyond what should be... and just are.

Thank you, Richella... for your friendship and your care. Just seeing you in my mailbox made me smile. Your words? Beyond grace...

26 comments:

emily said...

Dawn! What a beautiful post! I'm so glad you are back. Richella is such an observant friend, isn't she? What a gift she is.

Destri {The Mother Huddle} said...

You know it's funny, It seems as though you have made great friendships through the blog world and I was just talking to my sister about that.
She doesn't understand it at all and told me "These people are not your friends, they are imaginary people you have never met"
to which I responded, "imaginary they may be, they still inspire me on a daily basis, those are the best kind of friends, no?"
Great post.

Kelli said...

Hope you are feeling better! I'm wishing I was in Florida right now!! Yearning for Spring!!

Richella said...

Dawn. I am speechless. (Me? Speechless??)

But so grateful for you. Oh, so grateful.

Dayle said...

Dawn, isn't it nice to be missed? Just makes you all warm and fuzzy inside.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am glad YOU are back...and that I am NOT the only one to miss you.


ps. I just saw on the right: Suz and toast.
Oh, how funny we are!!!!

Tracey said...

What a wonderful gift friendship is!! Glad you're back to "unwrapping" today!

Corinne said...

What a sweet friend :) I'm so glad she called you out!! You've given me so much encouragement through your comments recently, you are a wonderful friend on here.
Thank you for posting this today.

dawn said...

Dawn- terrific post...how nice to be missed. I've been so behind and sporadic in my blog-reading this week. I'm telling myself it's OK and just pick up from here. But I miss being caught up on my blog-friends. I'm behind in writing too...totally spaced my thankful post on monday (didn't feel like a monday yesterday).

I think it's more than OK to take breaks--it just means we have lives we are living out from behind the computer screen...

Hope you are feeling better, friend.

J.J. said...

That is a beautiful post. I agree that is a blessing...to be noticed. To be missed.

I love the design of your blog, too :)

Southern Gal said...

So glad you're back this week. Blog friends are the best!

Gayle said...

Loved your post, Dawn. Knowing our lives have meaning keeps us moving forward. And snuggling with a 13-year-old son...now THAT'S a gift worth unwrapping!

ellen said...

most weeks i don't get it together enough to participate. i've just accepted that i'm a once in a while unwrapper.

it's nice, though, to have friends that remind you that you are loved in your mess!

and, yes!!!, we were happy about the snow. it was wonderfully fun and short-lived.

amanda said...

What a great friend! I love how cyber friends can reach into the nitty gritty everyday.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

I too am so blessed by Tuesdays Unwrapped...great post!

Erin said...

I'm always glad you're here. I love your posts. And Richella is a sweetheart. :)

K said...

Beatiful post!

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

A lot of times the snuggling is more important than the writing about it. :)
But I'm so glad you did!

Mary said...

Dawn - so glad you are feeling better. Friendships are such blessings in our lives. Thank you for this gentle reminder to embrace the ones God has placed in our lives.
Blessings and Grace...

Jennifer Juniper said...

Glad to hear everything is okay, and is that a new banner at the top? Love it :)

Boy Crazy said...

Oh, Dawn. I love this. (I was MIA last Tuesday, too, after just having written a big rant on the messiness of life with no recognition of the gifts hiding in the middle of it all either...)

And know that your place is always one of my first stops on a Tuesday. Glad to see you here and to hear you're feeling better.

Boys tugging at my elbow. Must go....

xo elizabeth

heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

Well, isn't that just precious?!

;)

Kimberly said...

Some weeks are harder than others. So glad you're back:)

The Scooper said...

Precious! I love Richella. Maybe we should start a fan club. : ) Your germs and dark clouds must have migrated a bit North...that's me this week.

jenn said...

love this post!

(I am so behind and feeling it!)

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