January 16, 2011

and then there were five....

::painting pottery at fired-up::
this is laurie
~she's deb's friend, not a blogger...gasp... and i said....sure, bring her along~
this is deb
this is the queen. the rock fairy.
i call her sweet kim.
and
this is debi
~
we were all strangers. blogging friends. with big curious hearts. i asked if they wanted to visit. they said yes.
{i warned them that i swear and can't stand smelly perfumes. i should have warned them that i'm not the greatest hostess. oh well. now they know}
~
three of them drove over ten hours from texas to get here. kim flew from new hampshire.
and
when we were all together
we shared and laughed. we cried and created. we listened and learned.
~
we walked and photographed everything. we didn't spend enough time on the beach. we ate amazing food created by deb and laurie. we tried to learn some arty things from kim.
{i'm an awful student}
~
seashells were found. beautiful gifts were given. sleeping hours were short. warmth from the sun was minimal. hearts were opened wide. ideas and techniques were shared. candles were lit. wine was drunk. stories were told. a canvas with overlapping hand prints was made thanks to debi. the smell of coffee filled every morning's air. bravery was tangible. new foods were eaten. {yep. i actually ate jicama} sophie was loved on. massages were given {actually only to me. thank you laurie for being an amazing massage therapist}
and
in the rare moments of down time
loved ones were called
letting them know how much they were missed and how much fun we were having
~
was it always easy. no.
five women. enough said.
{it takes real women to admit, know and understand that}
but
was it worth it.
more than i'll ever be able to tell you. and were our big curious hearts filled. to the brim.
*
thank you
thank you thank you
kim and deb and laurie and debi
for being brave enough
to take a chance on
me
~
thank you kim
for staying {and putting up} with me the longest. you really got to see seaside at its best.
lucky you.
{i think you got to see me at my best, too}
i am so blessed to have had you all to myself.
~
and
thank you hubby
for allowing me to have yet another amazing life experience
that never would have happened without
your love
~
you are more amazing
than you'll ever know
*




24 comments:

  1. Perfect girly time. I can hear the chatter, laughter and smell the coffee too! Thanks for sharing this wonderful time with all of us with your photos.

    Di

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  2. What a great time, I'm sure! Coffee, wine, food, seashore, crafts, spilling one's secrets, crying, laughing. Ya-Ya! :)

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  3. Sounds like a perfect blast. I am sure each one of you came away completely blessed.

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  4. You are the perfect hostess. I know! And how thrilling you got to get together and create! And meet Kim!

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  5. well said Beth...I think you covered it all...except one part is NOT TRUE...and I am here to call you on it.....YOU ARE THE GREATEST HOSTESS....you went above and beyond, and then some. ~nuff said~

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  6. How wonderful! This post warms my heart...so glad you all got together and took that chance. :)

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  7. what deb said. you were more than a fabulous hostess - you were generous and understanding. thank you for the invitation and the wonderful time.

    xoxo
    Debi

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  9. Been waiting all week to read this post, which was so worth the wait. Loved all of it and so glad that you had this experience. Good on you and thanks for the links to your wonderful new friends ~

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful adventure! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. what a wonderful time - i'm so happy you all created magic together.

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  12. oh my, she says, with a tiny little tear in the corner of her eye.
    i can only imagine you as the best hostess ever. if for no other reason because you swear and can't deal with smelly perfume.
    xo

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  13. you are a genius with that camera!

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  14. just so phenomenal , Beth.
    wrapping a hug of you deserve this glee around you.

    thank you for sharing in such a radiant way. it overflows .... this .

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  15. What a wonderful story of women, art, and lots of fun..Your heart is large.
    Katelen

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  16. your pictures on your collective blogs sing the phrases of such a wonderful time - and the courage and faith it took to make it happen.

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  17. Oh how I wished I were there... so many creative souls! just the thought...
    it thrills me to the bone having all that talent, no less the warm hearts too.
    Will you be posting your art?
    I am so happpy that you did this for you!
    Kudos girlfriend
    ps I missed you!

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  18. A chance to grow and learn and share and give and receive. Sounds wonderful. For all of you.

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  19. I feel honored, grateful, full-up, loved, loving and satisfied. What more could anyone want after an adventure ? Again, Sweet Heart, thank you for providing so much. Big Old Mushy love to you, D.A.!

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  20. Sounds and looks fabulous!! What a blessing for all of you!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  21. I can attest that Deb makes a great roommate -- I was honored to have her company in San Miguel.

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  22. i love that you all got together.
    xo

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  23. How wonderful that you were all able to get together.
    And jicama...I tried that for the first time not so long ago...and I loved it! Love the crispy texture and light taste. It was on my mexican salad. Had to ask the chef what it was. Went to the grocery store the very next day to hunt one down.
    What great times you must have shared. Are you still on the beach?

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth