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Friday, August 19, 2011



It passes so quickly these days,
so very quickly.

I often just sit and wonder...
ponder...over what has become of the day,
and how it is that I was able 
to get so very little accomplished.

I met someone this morning, at my monthly haunt...
Fredericksburg Trade Days...a really lovely lady who recognized
me from my blog, and we chatted a bit.

She told me that one thing people really respond to
is that I always strive to keep things real here on the blog.

I try.

But it's hard to keep it real, 
when things seem to be unraveling.

I'm dealing with some medical "stuff" right now,
and it's not my first instinct to open up
and share everything...even though that
would be the "real" thing to do.

No, I want to keep it all very close to my chest,
and shut you all out.
Bolt the door and hang up a "closed" sign.

But I won't do that.

Still...I need y'all to understand.
I need y'all to rally 'round and tell me that this too shall pass.
Even though I won't share just exactly what it is that
I'm dealing with.
Even keeping it real has its limits.

Just know that it isn't life or death.
It's a cross to bear, albeit a much smaller one 
than many of you carry every single day.

For today,
the one "real" thing I know is that
I love y'all.

Happy Weekend.


Anonymous said...

Praying for you with all my heart.

Joanna said...

Dear Anne, keep strong. You are in my heart and I will be thinking of you.


D. Jean Quarles said...

Know we all are thinking of you. Stay strong.

Jem said...

Warmest wishes from across the Atlantic! Let those you love be your comfort,

Jem xXx

Vintage Market Place said...

oh I am so sorry to hear you are having health issues
it is stressful and sometimes you think know one wants to listen to your concerns. But it is good to release it and share. Things like this are frightening and can add more stress if you bottle it up.
Even though you don't want to share with us I am hoping you share it with those around you who are close.
It will make you feel so much better.
Take care

stefanie said...

keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Last fall when I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer I got some of the best support and love from my blogging friends. We don't have to know exactly what you are struggling with, as God knows, and He is the one that can help you the most. Praying for you to know, "You are stronger, than you think you are."

Alice said...

I'm sorry you are having health issues. Life is already complicated enough without such worries.

I'll be keeping you in my thoughts, and praying for a swift and sure solution.

And, yes, this too shall pass.

Unknown said...

you are one of the most "real" and genuine bloggers i know dear anne. i ill keep you in my prayers so that whatever it is you are dealing shall pass quickly!!

Sarah said...

Anne, life throws its challenges, but you will meet this one with positive energy as you seem to do with life itself. Thinking of you ~ Sarah

SLR said...

it shall pass. it will pass. until then i wish you strength and peace.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anne....I am thinking about you and hope you are feeling better. Just know that we all have some sort of cross to bear in life....some different than others but sometimes when you are in the middle of it, it seems that you are the only one on earth who is experiencing it. It helps to know you aren't the only one. I am sending good thoughts for patience and peace in your life!~Hugs, Patti

Theresa said...

Prayer changes things, now my precious friend Anne is on my prayer list for whatever is getting you down! Love you my friend, BIG HUGS AND LOADS OF Ganky-style prayers:)

Lee said...

Sending good, healing thoughts your way...
Realize that there are many of us out here with burdens. I keep whispering to myself not to worry until there is reason-but it sneaks up on me and nags until I surrender for a short time and then let it go. I look around and smile, surrounded by so many things I love (and my husband gently snoring in the next room).
Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

It's very true that all things will pass, and as you said time is passing so there you go!!

I can really relate to what you said up front about getting so little done. I beat myself up about it, made promises to myself to do better, tried making lists, nothing helped...but now I'm just planning one little thing at a time to get done in a day and it's working much better for me. Baby steps, but steps all the same.

LuLu Kellogg said...

We love you Sweet Girl and know that you have so much Love and Prayers coming your way.


Simply Me said...

You brought a tear to my eye , My prayers are with you ... Stay strong!
Love Tausha

Barb said...

Anne....I'm a follower....please know that support of others helps a lot. Let the tears flow if they need too, and know that others care. I suffered some health issues a few years ago and I'm here to tell you, it does get easier but it takes time for the head and emotions to catch up and figure it all out. Blessings to you during this difficult time.

Rhonda said...

My stepmother would always say, it will be alright. I always thought to myself, how does she know? But you know what? It was alright in the end. She did know.

Praying for you and saying, it will be alright.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Anne - yours have been a favorite blog since I found you when you posted about your wedding and I read you faithfully.

Please do what you need to get well and I will be praying for you and those who are helping you.

Wiith love.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Bless you Anne! It will be OK, with all this love that surrounds you and the prayers being said, this too shall pass! XO Linda

Vicki said...

Be strong and know we love you too!

Claudia said...

It WILL pass, although it often seems like it won't when you're in the middle of it all. Just know we are all sending you positive thoughts for healing and renewal.


Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

We love you too Anne! We're all have a private life...there are things we tell and things that no one else needs to know and we all respect that. What ever your health issue is...I wish you the very best.
Maura XO

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Anne, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You know you are loved much by all of us!!!
Big hugs~~~ Daphne

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Bless you for pouring your heart out. You have a whole world full of supportive friends wishing you all the best. I'm sending prayers your way:-)

Polly said...

Hugs for you!

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm sending many warm thoughts and gentle prayers your way, Anne.


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Any health condition, whether small or large is a big burden to carry. I learned that real quick. I hope you can get on the regimen that will best help you.
And YES, you can do this. It may not be the funnest thing in the world, but you MUST and you WILL do it!

Blessed Serendipity said...

I am sorry that you are facing something difficult right now. Prayers go out to you. It may help you to keep a grattitude journal and use it to record all your blessings and what you are grateful for.


Michelle Hughes said...

xo... that is all I have to say :)

Tilda said...

...sending a big hug, and a kiss for your forehead. kisses on the forehead always work. my grandma always told me so. grandmas know these things.
in fondest of thought (and prayer)

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Anne, I'm sending prayers and thoughts to you my farmhouse friend, so sorry you're in the midst of a health crisis....that's such a stressful time.

I will share with you something that always gave me comfort. My grandmother used to say, "to worry is to doubt God". It was her way of reminding me to give it all to Him and let Him take care of it.

Give it all to Him Anne. Lots of love and hugs heading your way...xoxo LA

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

You're in my thoughts... my prayers...but most of all, my heart.

Remember what Churchill said: "If you're going through hell, keep going." :)

Hugs & much love,
Lisa xo

Carole said...

We love you too Anne!


Gail said...

I'll say a special prayer for you tonight! I do hope everything is ok and works out well for you, health problems are so scary!
Give it up to Him, all will be well......:).

Privet and Holly said...

Love and hugs
floating your
way, my friend.
If I had enough
FF miles, I'd hop
on down and help
you get settled.
Now THAT would be
one great weekend.
Alas, I spent them
all to go out to my
parent's, so I can
only send you good,
healing thoughts.
Love you!
xx Suzanne
PS: Congrats on your
two-year blogiversary.
You rock.

SuzyMcQ said...

There with you, Anne. Standing strong.

Farmgirl Paints said...

big giant hug anne. may God's comfort and healing cover you today. may you know how loved you are and that if you need any lifting up you can just ask:) happy weekend friend.

HRH Sarah said...

"This too, shall pass"... That's what I tell my daughter, who happens to be very anxious. And it's true. I'm praying that God brings you out the other side of whatever you're going through, with joy and gratitude. Take care of yourself, and you know we'll be praying for you! xo

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Anne: I have follwered you by email for a very long time. I hardly ever comment, because I just got lazy. I have enjoyed your blog and always knowing you were a lady that walks in God's blessing. I want you to know that I still believe that to be true. This too will pass, because HE IS ABLE. Hugs, Martha

Vintage Gal said...

Anne ~ be strong. You will get throuugh whatever you're going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers

Brandy said...

During Mass, after the "Our Father" the priest says these beautiful words that always give me comfort:

"Deliver us, Lord, from every evil.
And grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from sin
And protect us from ALL anxiety
As we wait in joyful hope
For the coming of our savior,
Jesus Christ."

I hope these words bring you comfort.

Jo Ann said...

Went to prayer as soon as I read your post. Prayed God would give you 2 things: Grace, so you can handle whatever it is and Wisdom, so you can know or find out how to deal with it. Love you blog.

Binky said...

Love you too!!!! hope to see you again real soon. sometimes I think it takes a "minor" health problem for us to focus on trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I am praying for you and your health. And thanks for keeping it real.

Binky said...

P.S. Can't wait to see what you found at Trade Days, I didn't get to go this time.

vintagegirl said...

Sorry to hear you are having health issues which can be stressful, but I do believe in prayer. Have faith and give it to God and he will give you strength to get through it. Wishing you a positive outcome and sending prayers your way :-)


Mona Kay Gorman said...

Hang in there, I am sorry for your burden...may the support from "blogland" and anywhere else you find support help you carry it!

Anonymous said...

Hugs to you and know that everyone has you in their thoughts and prayers..

Little Leslie said...

It seems to me that, reading comments written by blog followers is like looking in a box of old letters and cards from loved ones in your life. It reminds you that people care about, and love you. I hope you feel better by just reading these. Take care,

Rita said...

Any health concern tends to cast a shadow over our lives and makes us not up to our usual selves. It's perfectly understandable that you might want to have some "alone" time to think it all through. Time has a magical way of helping us adapt to the challenges we face. You have a smart, outgoing, and generous spirit which won't be kept down for long, I'm sure.
And, being "honest" doesn't mean writing a tell-all-book, it just means that the things you do share come from the heart, as yours plainly do.
So, no need to apologize about not blogging if you aren't feeling so inspired. It sounds like you have some "homework" you need to take care of anyway! Good luck with that and try to feel all the love and prayers heading your way.
It was so very nice to meet you, too!

Journal Swag said...

Blessings and healing to you, Anne. We can still pray for each other without knowing all of the details because He does. :)

Love and prayers,


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I think many of us feel like you do, Anne...some things are just private and aren't something we want to share, and that's okay! And I've finally come to accept that I can only do, what I can guilt! I'll keep you in my prayers XO!

Susan said...

After living thru Ron's near death experience in 2001. Loosing my Dad and having my own close call that ended up forever changing my life in 2005, having my family(siblings) estranged from each other since that year, and continuing issues with my own health and kids. I have learned that life is short. I do not hide anything with the exception of what is between hubby and I. BUT that is ME. that is not everyone, and I get that. However, I want you to know that I always, ALWAYS keep a good thought for all my blogging buds as they ARE my buds, pals, friends. I have no others. The internet is my life outside myself, sad I know, but true.

My positive thoughts and healing energy are yours!
Many hugs,

At The Picket Fence said...

Anne, I just wanted to know that by sharing your "real" life issues with us and allowing us to be on the journey with you, we are able to not feel so alone when we too encounter those difficult seasons. It takes courage to share the harder things of life but then we get to rejoice with you when you come out on the other side of it all! :-) Please know that you are cared about and prayed for!

Lee Weber said...

Anne, what you are decribing- the unraveling- is a a very REAL part of life. The thing about some of these always-sweet blogs is that it can distort reality- not many of us live that kind of life. So we end of feeling alone or depressed. You know?

I feel like I am hanging on by my fingernails most days- single mom while hubby is away, working, stressful job, health issues too- the list goes on. For me, letting it our takes a lot of pressure off of my already-spinning head and sagging shoulders. You don't have to go into specifics, but when you put posts out there that say- I'm feeling low today, it gives us a chance to send virtual hugs and smiles. XO

Tricia said...

Big hugs to you, Anne. Thanks for sharing the little bit that you did, sometimes it's hard to know how much to reveal to people. Know that I'm thinking and praying for you.
xo Tricia

Dear Lillie said...

I am praying for you sweet, Anne!

Cindy said...

Big Hug and we love you!

Unknown said...

As long as it's not life threatening you can deal with it ! And you're right it will pass or you will get to the place where you won't think so much about it. If God leads you to it , He will get you through it !

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love you too Anne...xoxo

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Girl- will you e-mail me if you want to chat...i have been through so much I feel you are going through...please let me know if you want to chat.
Love to you!

Allison said...

Praying for you, Anne. I'm sorry you are going through a rough time and dealing with so much. I'll keep good thoughts and prayers for you. Hang in there!

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