2/8/10

5 Gifts

"Sometimes grace works like water wings when you feel you are sinking." - Anne Lamott



Reflection











Wisdom






Surrender






Humor




"It's incredibly touching when someone who seems so hopeless finds a few inches of light to stand in and makes everything work as well as possible. All of us lurch and fall, sit in the dirt, are helped to our feet, keep moving, feel like idiots, lose our balance, gain it, help others get back on their feet, and keep going...

These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced."

- from Grace(Eventually) by Anne Lamott

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Becky said...

Beautiful! LOVE LOVE the song. Thank you. Hope you are well... thinking of you always.

Lindsey said...

Simply marvelous.
I adore Annie Lamott - you animate the quotations here with images from your own life in a really moving way.
Thank you!

Chief said...

beautiful again

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

David Crowder band and Jars of clay- those exact songs, have gotten me through some tough songs. They are amazing.

Ann's Rants said...

5 things I LOVE

The reflection photo
Maggie
Humor
Anne Lamott

and

Heather!

HT said...

Beautiful!

Heather said...

much love to you.

Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

I'm a fan of all of these things + Heather.

Bonnie said...

Heather, it seems I always stop by your blog at just the perfect time. Your words as well as the music touched me more than you will ever know. I love the part about standing in the light and doing "as well as possible". Really fit me today. Love, support and warm thoughts from my heart to yours today.

Kristina P. said...

I adore you!

Jo@Mylestones said...

There's something about this extraordinary ordinary domain that makes me cry. EVERY. TIME. And I'm pretty sure it's not because you're chopping onions.
I love you.

Bina said...

Yes, yes.

I cried.

I'm a sap for ya...what can I say? :)

You are beautiful!
Bina

alita said...

Just in time for Valentines day. Loving yourself! What a fantastic post. Uplifting song!

Angie said...

Oh stars, friend, I am a mess now... (not that I wasn't a mess before, but you know...) This post is perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Still praying. Every. single. day. And when I see posts like this, I know prayers are being answered.

Katie at A List Maker's Life said...

Love to you dear Heather! Thanks for sharing your heart, your pain, your smile, your encouragement, your reflection...YOU!

Kristen @ Motherese said...

I love Anne Lamott - for her words and for the ways in which her wisdom seems so univerally applicable. And, as Lindsey noted, I love the way in which you use your own images to help personalize Anne's thoughts to your own experience.

radioactive girl said...

What a great song! I think you are a pretty amazing person and I think of you often even though I seem to hardly ever leave a comment lately. I am sending you some big hugs because I care about you!

Graceful said...

Love your photos...and love, love Anne Lamott! Hope you are doing well...thinking of you!

Tara said...

beautiful post, beautiful pictures.

Kyle said...

Good stuff! If you're not overwhelmed with reading, I love the book "Spirituality of Imperfection" by Kurtz & Ketchum. Part II is about AA. Peace Sista

maggie, dammit said...

Beautiful.

I love you. HUGE.

Also, I want that picture framed.

xo

Kerri said...

Thank you, Heather. I needed this today, especially the Anne Lamott quotes. I love her.

Corinne said...

Thank you.
These are wonderful gifts.
(I've been drinking in Anne Lamott like water these days...)

Sabrina said...

I love Anne Lamott... Her books have helped me get through some tough times!

The mad woman behind the blog said...

Beautiful and just what I needed. Thank you. Anne Lamont is the best.

Tiffany said...

Beautiful. Lovely, lovely blog!

Mammatalk said...

Annie Lamont? Haven't "met" her yet. Off to go fix that!

Ellie said...

Just beautiful, Heather. Thank you. What a great song - I hadn't heard it before and it's amazing. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Surrender photo.

And I adore Anne Lamott. She's gotten me through some rough times. All of those books have.

Great post!

Ellie said...

Oh! Oh! I just realized there are LOTS of songs! These are terrific, many I hadn't heard before - I have a playlist on my iPod called "keep comin' back" and they are going ON IT!

And I just about wore out my CD with 'Blackbird' on it in my first days of sobriety. Still a song that touches me deeply.

Kaycee said...

Beautiful. Absolutely.

Robin said...

I love your new look! And the playlist. It's a keeper.

MidnightCafe said...

Now I'm going to have to pick that Anne Lamott book and read it AGAIN. Every time I pick that one up I find some new gem.

Love to you!

Jen said...

I love how you bring out the simple beauty of things.

You are such a beautiful soul, Heather.

I am lucky you know you.

happygeek said...

That pic of pregnant Asher made my heart smile.

Amy Whitley said...

Just want to say I love Anne Lamott; she is wise and funny and struggling just like the rest of us. I've been reading your blog for a while now, and I admire your strength. It can be hard to be honest, and I applaud you.

MommaKiss said...

Oh, the things I've pondered to "put on my grave" It sounds morbid, but when one's life needs to be summed up on a headstone, that's a big task! Those words are great, and you're doing amazing!
Love the pics - esp of the balloon belly :p

Boy Crazy said...

I've been thinking about you, friend. I'm glad you've got some things to hang on to, to grab to tightly to give you a firm holding place for pulling yourself up.

I'm sorry I haven't been around much. I haven't been online much at all the last couple weeks. But I'm thinking of you and saying a little prayer for you right now.

Love to you, my friend.

p.s. do you think Anne Lamott has any clue how many people she helps? I swear we all think she's talking straight to us.

Hyacynth said...

Oh, how He does love us. It's amazing. Thanks for your words today. I want to have been a helper and danced, too, when it's all said and done.
So glad for your gifts, and so glad that He gifts us with His love.

Kimberly said...

You know, I can't remember the last time I read a post of yours that didn't touch my heart.

L.T. Elliot said...

That's what I want said of me too. I was a helper. I danced. I lived.

You've always made me want to dance, Heather, and like I told you a long time ago, your hand spans worlds. You help so many.

Elaine A. said...

That first photo is so wonderful. It just really touched me for some reason. Thanks Heather...

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Just dropped by to say:

You amaze me.

Specifically, The God in you amazes me.

Thank you.

Kazzy said...

Thanks for your honest and inspiring life.

LisAway said...

Now there are some sources of inspiration and strength. So glad you are looking for them. And finding them.

Jessica said...

Praying for you! It looks like you're in good hands.

kirsten said...

I'm continually humbled by your gifts, & your wisdom.

Wisdom to see the lessons, wisdom to see the surrender as good, wisdom to find the humor, and wisdom to embrace Anne Lamott whose words reach to the very heart of it all, for each of us.

Lifting you up (because one more prayer can't hurt, might help!) and loving you. Thanks Heather.

Dedee said...

Beautiful post. That reflection picture just about brought me to tears.

Be well, my friend.

Wendi@Every Day Miracles said...

Such good, good things. I am so glad you are finding these treasures in your life.

Jen said...

lovely!!

mama-face said...

Love Anne Lamott-she seems to write like I think. I don't know how much of a compliment that really is to her, come to think of it.

I love your new look and for some reason I'm completely out of sync with in my reading. (I'm sure you've missed me. *wink* I have some catching up to do!

:)

Kristen@nosmallthing said...

I love your new digs. :) Just wanted to tell you that. And I love that reflections photo, too.

natalie said...

I just love it here. I am in awe of how you are healing yourself and sharing with us your journey. I can't relate to what you are going through, but I support you and cheer you on all the way.

txmomof3 said...

If anyone can get through this post without weeping, I'd be amazed. I am in awe of your strength and fortitude. And, without a doubt, your grace.
Thank you for this post. So important, so healing.

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