Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Take Wing and Soar

Today marked another day of progress for Ms. M, she has made great strides since she was moved to rehab last week!

Each time I see her I am so pleased with the progress she is making.  Miraculous progress in many ways!

When I visited her this evening she could move her right leg a little more than yesterday, and she is now able to move her right arm fairly well!

She has a wonderful roommate and so many people have sent her cards and flowers, she truly is loved.

When I walked in tonight she looked so pretty, they had finally done her hair today and she was so happy to have it all fixed up!  

When I left the hospital tonight I came home and took the dogs outside to enjoy the cooler weather and nice breeze.  As I listened to the water lapping the shoreline I noticed several butterflies fighting the stiff breeze and trying to land on our butterfly bush.

The wind made it tough for them to hang on to drink the nectar of the tiny flowers, but they never gave up, they simply kept trying in the face of adversity.  And as I snapped the pictures above I realized that one majestic butterfly had a torn wing.  Like Ms. M, this butterfly was undaunted by his or her less than perfect body.  

As I watched this little butterfly head off towards the fields and sky beyond there wasn't a sign or even a hint that it wasn't perfectly whole.  Sometimes it is through our imperfections that we learn to soar the highest!

Thank you to everyone who entered the my latest Frosted Trash Jewelry Giveaway!  And thank you to Julie for donating her gorgeous earrings!

The winner is Samantha2818 from The Nest!  Sam, who hails from Wales, has the distinction of being my first European giveaway winner!  Congrats Sam, just send me a quick email with your address and I'll show up on your doorstep...I mean I'll send you the earrings!  I've always wanted to visit Wales, I wonder if I should consider hand delivering these?!

Tomorrow I'm off to see the amazing Fifi O'Neill, editor of Romantic Country Magazine, who just finished up the last shoot for her upcoming book which is going to be amazing!  She will be in my neck of the woods styling two lovely homes for several magazines and working with a hugely talented photographer Mark Lohman!  I've never met Mark before and am really looking forward to watching him work over the next few days!  And of course spending time with Fifi is always a treat!!

I'll see you in a few days and tell you all about it!


  1. I am heartened to hear of your friend's recovery. Your butterfly bush is doing it's work well. Congrats to the winner from Wales!

  2. That is so great to hear of Ms. M's recovery process! I pray that she continue to heal. Your pictures and beautiful as well as your look on life! Have fun tomorrow! Can't wait to see your pictures from your day!

  3. So glad to hear Ms. M is getting stronger. Love the butterfly pics and the comparison. Have fun with Fifi.

  4. Congratulations to Samantha on her win. Very jealous here since I REALLY loved those earrings.

    Butterflies are truly relentless and getting the nectar that they so need. Lovely to hear that Ms. M is doing so very well.


  5. Lovely post and photos~ overcoming adversity...I am so glad to hear Ms. M is doing so well! Enjoy your fun week ahead!

  6. Thanks for letting us know about Ms M's great progress. It's funny that I don't know her and will never meet her, but I look for news of her when I open your posts.
    I look forward to reading all about your next few day's adventures!

  7. Awww, Ms M is a lovely Tigerlily butterfly! And she's so photogenic.

  8. What lovely pictures!! You and I have the same butterfly bush. It's good that Ms. M is doing so well.

    I've said it before, with all that you have on your plate right now, I am VERY PROUD of you ... for so many reasons.

  9. How exciting!!..

    Congratulations for Ms. M, and.. I saw a black butterfly with tattered wings on my purple butterfly bush the other day and I thought, how valiant... we should all be so resilient. Apparently your Ms. M is just that..

  10. I'm so excited to have won these gorgeous earings - thank you so much Kat x Lucky me! And if you want to deliver them personally you're more than welcome - my guest room will be made up and waiting for you!

    I'm glad to hear that Ms M is improving by the minute - she sounds like she has a very positive mental attitude which I'm sure is helping her get better so quickly. And of course having such devoted friends like you will help her and give her something to look forward to.

    Sam x

  11. Glad Ms M is doing so well! Love the pictures of the butterflies! Congratulations to the winner of those beautiful earrings!

  12. I'm so glad things are going well for Ms. M.

    You used words that made me envious in your post...cooler, breeze, water, shoreline...sigh. Heat index is 111 here, ugh.

  13. Very happy to hear your friend is progressing -- hope it continues ...

  14. What an interesting life you lead...so glad you let us tag along! Congrats to the winner, too! ♥

  15. Magnificent shots of the butterfly! I've been trying to get some of those for weeks.

  16. It's such a wonderful trait you have to notice the little things that you observe like the butterfly. I enjoyed that along with the news of Ms. M's steady progress. Enjoy the time with Fifi, that is so exciting!! ~Lili

  17. Congratulations to lucky Samantha! I am happy to hear Ms. M is getting stronger. Fantastic butterfly pictures and comparison.

    Have a fantastic time with Fifi and Mark. I look forward to eharing all about it.

    ~ Tracy

  18. So glad your friend is doing better. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I'm so glad that Ms. M's prayers are being answered. :) What a beautiful analogy about the butterfly...

    Have fun with Fifi and Mark, and we'll all be waiting breathlessly to hear and see about your adventure! :)

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  20. So pleased Ms M and her butterfly sister are flying on~

  21. I missed the part about Ms. M but am glad to hear that all seems well. Lovely butterflies! And hey, how about this weather? It's glorious this morning!


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