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Friday, April 23, 2010


She had a dirty face.

And a missing arm.

Her dress has seen better days.

You see her cap?

Look there, on the left side.

You see the red cross?

She must have been a nurse.

World War II, you think?

I do.

She called to me at Warrenton.

She must have known I was a health-care worker, too.

I named her Grace. As in Amazing.

She made the trip back with me, and now sits in my locker at work.

To inspire.

and encourage.

And to remind....

That those of us who tend to the


and dying

and the imperfect in body

Have our own imperfections, too.

A good reminder.

One I need at times.

Like today.

Thank you, Grace.


Beatnheart said...

Anne, what a beautiful sentiment. What a sweet little doll who has now found a perfect new home with a sweet little doll named Anne..blessings.

Unknown said...

Annie, she is beautiful and you only have given her a purpose, a great meaning. I hope you know most of the people you take care of are thankful. Go to your patients with a smile, always, you will make their day. I have not blog in so many days due to have the family baby in PICU for a week now. I stayed with him last night and let me tell you, those nurses, doctors and RTs are amazing, you can tell they care. So be happy Annie, you are making a difference in this world. When you feel down think about the gift you have been given and go and shine. Blessings, Marta.

Unknown said...

Hi Anne, What a good inspiration for life. I want to thank you for your thoughts concerning my friend who passed away in Panama. His wife is still there trying to get him home. What a nightmare for her.
I hope you enjoy your day!

red.neck chic said...

Well ladybug - whatever imperfections you might have - I just don't see 'em 'cause I like you:

yep! The doll is SO cute! Meant to be - that's what I say! AND! I'm totally in awe of you "the health care worker" as I am of "you the junkster". Now... what's up with the hand in the picture? I need that.

I am a little "skeert" that you hear doll voices calling out across cow pastures and all... i'm just sayin'.

;-) xoxo

Six in One Hand said...

I love the doll!!!
I know how hard those "days" can be..I've been there. What an awesome reminder of our duty and our calling.

You can do it and I know you will...imperfections and all.
I'm just a phonecall and a mason jar away!!!

Marla said...

Anne, I love your banner. I recently aquired one of those frogs, I love them now and always seem drawn to them. I have passed up a few cause I thought they wanted too much for them, but now wishing I had them. What is it about them? I am definitely drawn to them. Smiles, Marla

Lululiz said...

She is very special!

Anonymous said...

Anne.. yes Grace is all you need. It's one of The most amazing feelings.

with love,

Burlap Luxe said...

Hello Anne,
Thank you for your visit your words are way to kind. I adore your passion your blogs give us and you to are inspiring.


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Amazing Grace has a new home with Amazing Anne!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful doll with wonderful thoughts. God's blessings!

Bunnym said...

She's was meant to be.


Journal Swag said...

Thank you for the encouragement and the smile.


The Tin Rabbit said...

What a lovely post! Thank you!

Dorthe said...

Dear Anne,I guess that your kind of work, must be very difficult sometimes, and it is importent for you to remember, that noone are perfect alwayes.What`s importent is kindness and compassion,and I`m sure that you with your sweet, and generous spirit ,are offering lots of that to the people you tend to.
Hugs and love,Dorthe

Glamorous Girl Gone Goofy said...

I love her. I am sure you've become fast friends. Oh Anne, you mentioned you had Husky’s. I adore the breed. My friend has two and works with Husky rescue. They are very loving. You asked if mine were Greyhounds. Actually there are FOUR Italian Greyhounds, MUCH smaller. They normally get to about 8-14 pounds. Mine are all freakishly tall and weigh in around 18-24lbs. My Whippet is 35lbs. Greyhounds are awesome, but they are not at affectionate as the little Italians. I prefer a needy dog-ha.


Lou said...

Hi Anne..:) I love her too.. and picked her instantly as a nurse by the sweet pic... takes one to know one... lol! What a fabulous find and love your post too! Whenever I see vintage nurse photos etc I have to pick them up as well.... a great profession.. and I am also passionate about my job too! I hope she keeps inspiring you!
Love Lou xx

Debra@CommonGround said...

God brings inspiration to us in so many precious ways. I love her and think she is the perfect little companion for your work day. And I don't tell you enough, but you sweet girl, are amazing also.

Anonymous said...

I like the broken, chipped, worn and much-loved and used pieces the best too, Anne.

WinnibriggsHouse said...

What a lovely post and the perfect way to 'recycle' something by using it for inspiration. I am sure you bring comfort to all you meet as shown by the lovely comments on your blog.

Debby said...

What a beautiful post, so true. I love your Grace, she is beautiful and so are you.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Isn't Grace just the sweetest little girl ever.
I'm so glad you took her home with you. Isn't it funny how sometimes an object calls to us for a reason. Maybe she wanted to help give you strength in your job. A job that is so demanding and requires much compassion.

She wants to be with you and now she is.


Unknown said...

Hey Anne,
This is Denis from Ruby Grace's. Sorry for the delayed reponse to your question on our blog...I have been traveling this week. The Nun picture that asked about is $68. It is a great picture and the frame is awesome also. Let me know if you need a better picture and I can send it to you. I hope you have a GREAT weekend.

the old white house said...

how sweet the sound... my moms favorite song, it pulls at my heart everytime I hear it. Your doll sounds like she does the same for you. Another wonderful post... thanks, Theresa

Prior said...

Sure is a cutie! Lezlee

SoSoBella said...

i love it! and the post. what a great reminder.

north pal said...

if your dolly could only talk. she would say, that you are a good caregiver and you can carry on where she left off. Bestest,Denise

julie miller said...

Hi Anne, If you are as sweet and kind in your profession as you are in your blog, I'll bet your patients love you!! You are a DOLL too! Someday I should have a REAL chat with you about my mom--she has COPD and struggles with it! Someday......Love, Julie

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a charming little doll, and with such special significance!

Lisa said...
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raggygirlvintage said...

She has the sweetest face, I'm so glad she has found a home with you:-)

Simple Home said...

What a perfect name and a wonderful post!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

So sweet. Perfect name.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a wonderful post!! From one health care worker to another who cares for the sick and injured,

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