06 June 2010

I could use a give-away right about now...







Hello friends,

Sunday evening has somehow arrived already and I can't be sure but I think that the weekend only lasted about ten hours. It certainly felt like it. Maybe it was that yesterday was gorgeous here and seeing as we average about one *gorgeous* day for every 18 ugly ones, all of that joy made time fly.





Today was anything but gorgeous - on the weather front anyway. I was up at sunrise as today was the Seattle Race for the Cure - something that I was doing with some of my dearest friends. I was really looking forward to it because not only do I love these girls (and one very fabulous husband) but it was a short race and I knew it would be fun. Even with the POURING rain, the gray skies, and the cool temperatures, I was looking forward to it.





We met downtown, ready to go sign in and get our numbers, and had some time to talk on the way. I haven't had a lot of time to see these friends lately - life gets busy, kids, work, travel. But summer is coming and I know that time will slow down a bit, we will get together spontaneously more often over bbqs and bonfires, and I am so looking forward to that. After today, I am looking forward to it more than anything. You see, sometimes things come up that you aren't expecting - that you absolutely aren't ready for. You think life is rolling along and you learn that it isn't rolling quite as smoothly as you had thought. And it makes you appreciate your friends, and wish that you stopped more often to just *be* with them. Maybe though, it is what you need to make those changes. To really prioritize and possibly eliminate some of the excess odds and ends and put what really matters first. So maybe, when that rock comes out of left field and hits you square in the temple, the one that stunned you for a short while, it was really meant to help you - to help you see something that was right in front of you the entire time.




And with that, I need a pick-me-up. So, I am going to give away three of my 5x7 prints (the ones in this post) and a set of three cupcake cards~ You need only be a follower and leave a comment. If you want to tweet/post/facebook/email all of your friends - that would be fabulous. However, just being you - that is what I am needing right about now. I will draw a name Wednesday afternoon~

Thanks for always being present and sending such kindness my way. I truly appreciate each and every one of you~

xx

62 comments:

Mikal said...

I hope there was no "real" rock, to put this on your heart... it's a great reminder though. Thank you!

Have a happy week,

Mikal

liza said...

I'm thinking of you and your friends, sorry that something so upsetting has hit you.

paige said...

what a fabulous giveaway my friend!
so glad you participated in the run!

Bonnie said...

Sending you an extra dose of sweetness and a day full of sunshine!

Always,
Bonnie

Stephanie said...

I am a recent follower through blogger, and I have to tell you how much I am enjoying your page. You bring a whole lot of pretty into the world. Hope you get to spend more time with those you love,
Best,
Stephanie

theblackbirdcottage.com said...

Dear Mimi

I enjoy your blog very much, always interesting and your photos are breathtaking. Please enter me in your giveaway, thanks!

Prencie said...

Hello!!:) I am a new follower and this is my first time commenting:) I have been meaning to tell you that I thoroughly enjoy your pictures!! I've been meaning to purchase some to keep in my work space here at home:) I like to surround myself with things that make me smile and your picture do just that!:) I'm sorry that the weather was not all that good for your walk but I do love walking in the rain! I actually wish it would rain more here in VA:) I've only been to Seattle once and for a short period of time but I do remember the farmers market and how I wish we had one here!! Here's to hoping you have a brighter and happier day!! Hugs!!:)

Jacqueline said...

Molly Golver (http://molly-golfa.blogspot.com) found the road to Hope after that same rock hit her in the head. No kidding, her blog has a picture of the signpost. It's really only a short half-mile away. Come on Mimi...let's go...

ProjectHope7 said...

beautiful stories and photos! imagine how much your friend in france cares... 4 hour drive and she came after you! what a blessing....awesome..
thanks for the giveaway. Love the prints you put on the moleskin notebooks! My fave print is the windows with the ironwork rail/grill in front.. looks kind of aqua and white in the photo on the blog..Its beautiful... as is the print with the all the buckets of roses.. thanks for sharing and have a sweet and blessed week... be encouraged...the darker the night... the brighter the morning light!
cathy b
projecthope7 at gmail dot com

Chez Zizi said...

Love you my friend.

Zizette

Lori said...

Aw Kim ~ what a week-end you have had. I know all about that rock you are speaking of ~ know that there will be bbq's, wine and may more memories made this summer with that group of friends. xo

Tinell said...

Miss 'Mimi"
I am sorry that the weather didn't cooperate for your race today....but nonetheless...good for you for getting out and getting after it!
I am in dire need of the sunshine as you are...but I think these adorable prints would help brighten my 'drab, gray days,' along with the sound of laughter from my girls!
Sincerely,
Tinell

bullie_mama said...

I'm hoping our dreary rain goes away for you and our skies are filled with sunshine! You sound like you could use a little sun and if you want to have some fun, hit me up for coffee, I'm just across the water from you and I'm good at uplifting spirits (not just drinking uplifting spirits - HA HA!!!)
Have a wonderful evening and know that tomorrow will be a better day.
-Sara.

A Write Life said...

Your prints are lovely. Please enter me in your giftaway.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Those cupcakes look so yummy. I would love one.
-Danielle

Mel said...

Ahhh very poignant. I have been in my own moment just like that and had NO WORDS... thank you for so plainly speaking from the heart.By our candid sharing we clearly demonstrate our great need for one another... Praying for the unspoken. xo

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Would love those notecards! Beautiful!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Dear Kim,
What a gorgeous giveaway, and although I would dearly love to win, I'd love it more if you weren't hurting.

Sending you prayers, good thoughts, and a big hug. :-)

Anne

brgirl said...

Hi, What a lovely giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity! I hope everything gets better for you even the weather!

Take Care
Brenda

vicki archer said...

They are lovely images Kimberly....and will surely make everyone very happy. xv

manon 21 said...

Tes photos me plaisent,je pars à Paris quelques jours ,une pensée pour toi!

Amitiés

Manon

Zaira said...

I'm already a follower and your prints are a great giveaway not to be missed!!! xx

Sarah Elizabeth said...

I am sending you some beautiful sunshine and blue skies from Italy xxx

LouBoo said...

Hi Kim - I am right there with you - not much time for anything of substance. I caught up with old friends this weekend and it was one of the most lovely, relaxing things to be amongst those who knew me best!

So _ I am not sure you can ship your giveaway all the way over here - but hey your post made me want to comment anyway. I chat to Simone and she mentions you alot...so I feel like you are a friend of a friend :-)

Have a good day,
Lou x

Privet and Holly said...

Just keep telling yourself, that despite the gloomy weather, YOU get to LIVE in the Pac NW!!! Wishing you more time to BE, this week! I already ordered one pack of these yummy cards, but I'd love to win another set....! xx Suzanne

the cinnamon post said...

Kim...sending thoughts of loving kindness your way...a recent accident at our home has left me feeling much the same way you have described. I do hope all will be well with you soon...
~Tara

FEDERICA said...

A big hug for you sweetie!
Federica

Privet and Holly said...

Just keep telling yourself, that despite the gloomy weather, YOU get to LIVE in the Pac NW!!! Wishing you more time to BE, this week! I already ordered one pack of these yummy cards, but I'd love to win another set....! xx Suzanne

Fabulously french said...

Cher ami who lives in a rainy city :-) I would love to win that fabulous cupcake print and think that it would look fabulous in my new cuisine.

Signed your "other" friend in SW France xx

Olive Cooper said...

Hi Kim,
I follow you of course. I am considering one of your moleskin note books...so sweet. Thanks bunchs for the giveaway. Always surround yourself with those you love and enjoy. You know people before all this stuff we get into! Hugs.

olive

lolafalola said...

Wishing you some sunshine from Northern California. Hope you have a beautiful week and that your rock becomes a tiny grain of sand.

beachy chic said...

Love your cupcake photo.. count me in! :)) And I follow your blog too!
XO-Lara

beachy chic said...

Hi! I follow along with your blog & would love to win that gorgeous cupcake photo! Take care..
XO-Lara

Jillayne said...

You take such lovely photos - my favourite of all is the first one. Your blog has inspired me for a long time in several ways, but the one that stands out the most is how important your friendships are to you. Take care.

beachy chic said...

Oh my. That cupcake photo is just so pretty!! I would love a chance to win! :)) I follow along with your blog too. Take care!
XO-Lara

Raye Marie said...

I hope for you that all the beauty and joy you put out through this blog comes back to you ten-fold today. Thanks for the giveaway.

Missing Goat said...

Oh the Pacific Northwest - GEEZ!!
you're right, it should be wonderful and warm, but it's dreary wet and depressing. Saturday was so beautiful, then Sunday back to rain. It's like we were being teased. Seems to be rocks flying every which way - hope the sting lessens for you. I'm trying to get a few dents out of my own head. xx

lisaroy said...

how nice of you to reach out when you're feeling blue! I've been following for a while now and your blog always make me feel good - love your images and those cupcakes are yummy! : )

Preppy Mama said...

Sending you happy thoughts!!

Cathi said...

count me in too! sending warm hugs and sunshine to you! :)

SPLENDEROSA said...

Are you feeling better, darling one? You already know how much we love your work and your blog. The only other thing we can do is to all meet at the Plaza tomorrow for cocktails, like 5:30, OK? xx's

Abby's Garden said...

Such a lovely and generous giveaway! Thanks for chance:) BTW, already a follower...of course:)

Shelly said...

What a wonderful, wonderful post!
Taking time to appreciate WHO and what matters!

I got so lucky this weekend; doing that. Yep,,,,I went to Farm Chicks. Yep, I had a blast shopping/seeing friends/bloggers/ booths. But the BEST PART? Honestly?

Was spending 3+ days with my wonderful Sister in Law. She's been in my life since I was 8. My brother is 10 years my senior. I've lost my Mom and Dad and my family is VERY SMALL,,so she means the world to me and this weekend,,,,we got to re-connect. Just SHE and I,,,,at Farm Chicks and sleeping together and laughing and sharing........It was the BEST of times!!

The "Stuff", the event, seeing other friends/customer was wonderful,,,but getting close again,,THAT was priceless!!!

Thanks for your insight and sharing!
Hugs,
Shell

Melissa said...

This is my first visit to your lovely blog and will definitely be a follower!

Kathy said...

Kim, I hear ya I really think the gray weather, makes us feel a little *grey* sometimes.....I too could use a pick me up.

Amanda said...

Giveaway or no giveaway - I hope that rock out of left field is not as bad as you thought. Thinking good thoughts. And yes, thanks for the reminder about not putting things off.

pccraven said...

I am now a follower and love your Blog, your photography is amazing - love the Eiffel Tower one..x

Debra said...

Boy do I hear you! Amazing how some things can just take our breath away, isn't it? What a sweet give-away! I was feeling pretty much the same way and came up with a pretty good treat-please stop by and enter to win your own Lifescape! Hope you get a sweet, warm, sunny day today darlin'.

Kasey said...

did i not comment yesterday?
hmmmm.
I am in need of one of your giveaways.
truly.
fingers crossed.
love you.
miss you.

Martha said...

oh how wonderful you are...I'm so sorry for the turn you have been taken around and hopefully all that surrounds you will make you smile:)

Ľubaša said...

We all need to know a value of real friendship. Thanks for a chance to win your beautiful picture.
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Genevieve Le Bel said...

New to you and thrilled!!! What a beautiful blog you've created!

Sherri said...

You have a beautiful blog...I love your pictures...WOW!!!!

tnt521 said...

Have been living vicariously thru you and your travels thru France. Hope that this is only a dip in the road for you. Had hoped to see you and your camera at Farm Chicks this weekend when I saw Melaine walk by. Hope all is well soon!

tammy t

WhiteWhispers2u said...

G'Day~Oh how the rain can keep us all in a Funk! The sun just seems to brighten your day all on it's own.I too hope it returns soon.

Your Giveaway will brighten our day as well! You take beautiful photos.~Cheers Kim

vosges paris said...

yeah!!! give aways... I will be having one this week as well !

joanna said...

great post. I totally agree. sometimes our challenges really can help us; giving us opportunity to get our priorities in better order and so often it is the things right in front of us that are so important. It is so easy to get distracted by all the other stuff. Beautiful photos.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

So glad to hear you ran in the Seattle Race for the Cure. (Are you from Seattle? - like me.)

I am a follower.

Denise C said...

Mmm. Yummy. I just might need to eat those cards. I also know just the right person who really needs a pick-up herself.

Dana Cochran said...

Hope you have been having sunnier days!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to introduce yourself. You have a gorgeous blog.

Yes, please enter me! I would love to win!

xoxo

Jeanne said...

So glad to have met you Kim!
I can appreciate your words about the unexpected..
good or bad, sometimes we just need to deal with it before we can move on :)

Great giveaway!

jeanne

Teresa said...

As always, I'm a day late and a dollar short....just wanted to say the giveaway photos are gorgeous. Truly dreamy.
And yes, those slaps upside the head are sometimes just what we need. I daily need to remind myself what's really important in this little life of mine.
Enjoy your time with friends!