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Beauty for Ashes

I am so very grateful today, for amazing friends (and foes alike) who have dropped me to my knees in prayer in gratitude (and agony), breathing encouraging words into me through emails, chats, and such. I can’t express my gratitude properly, but I feel new life and new love springing out of my heart today, and I can’t believe how fast it’s happened.

To everyone who’s walked me through the broken glass in the past few days, and whispered truth and love (and shared your own stories of betrayal, heartache, and ultimately, forgiveness and love- regardless), please accept my collective THANK YOU. I love you guys, and although I’ve been emotionally devastated recently, every email and talk has been another stitch in my bloody heart. I’ve made it through the storm, and I can see the shine on the horizon. :0)

I know it’s not much, but I often say “thank you” and “I love you” with photos and art. I saw this peculiar string tied around a tree in the forest the other day. I don’t know the story behind it, but it made me smile, and strangely, filled me up with joy.

Thanks again, everyone.
I love you guys.


10 responses

  1. I’m so glad that you have had supportive friends to get you through this hard time. I tell you what, you definitely realize who your friends are when you are in a crisis! I love your picture! I saw the other day a place where a swing used to hang. I thought of taking a picture of it because I felt great memories may have been had there. I’m thankful you let me know I was not crazy! ! 🙂

    April 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    • Oh no, you’re not crazy… I can be found out and about in my town lying sideways in back alleys (that didn’t sound right, did it?) and half upside down on grassy hills just to get a good shot. I get some reeeally crazy looks sometimes. (Goes with the territory.) 😉 I encourage you to take pics of odd and unusual things! Our pics tell the stories of our lives: Good, bad, joyful- sorrowful- I embrace them all. I hope you do too. 🙂 Love you, GF. So glad you’re back. xo

      April 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  2. Oh my gosh. This post brought tears to my eyes…This is incredibly beautiful Birgitta…in so many ways. Your posts always inspire me, but this one touched something in me that made me cry today (and I’m pretty sure its not hormonal…pretty sure). I am so glad you are feeling this way, and so glad you can see the shine on the horizon, and so glad you shared that with us! Thank you! 🙂

    April 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    • Haha (the hormonal thing)…thanks so much, Amy. You always brighten my day and I mean that. When I feel as if I’ve come through (another) storm, I like to share it; it tells people that I go through the same things they do, but that we can come out the other side “better for it” too. I was telling my Mom today that I think a tragedy is a tragedy only if we don’t learn and grow from it. If we DO learn and grow from it, it’s no longer a tragedy but a success. I firmly believe that. And if that’s the case, we can look back and see a string of successes over our lives, and not “bad things”. (I’m either an eternal optimist or a master illusionist..heheh..but either way it works.) 😉 Thanks for sharing your heart here. I am so encouraged by you- always. See ya soon. xo

      April 4, 2013 at 12:47 am

  3. claude

    Let me just say this about that…


    Carry on as you were. 🙂

    April 4, 2013 at 8:17 am

  4. See you site looks great. I like the white font on here actually!

    April 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    • ew… YOUR… not you… ew

      April 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      • Haha…just a big ole love-fest up in here…

        April 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      • When I make a typo and can’t edit I feel so powerlessssssss

        April 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm


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