Wednesday, January 17, 2007

How things get brighter...

Well, it's been a bit of a rough patch, but I have to tell you there have been so many things that have brightened my days. For those of you who left supportive and encouraging comments, thank you. Please know that it made a difference and touched my heart.

Justin and I have cancelled our trip to Cayo Levantado, that 1-km island in the Dominican Republic. It was clear that the resort wasn't ready and people who are there now are warning people off. I am disappointed that we won't be celebrating our anniversary on the beach (especially since winter has seriously arrived in Toronto), but we've decided to tuck that money away and make it grow and plan an even more exotic and beautiful beach vacation. All in all we feel very good about a decision being made and hopeful that this will turn into something beautiful.

And speaking of something beautiful, though I will not be going to the sea, I am thrilled to say that I have just received this gorgeous work, "girl at sea" I ordered by Carla Sonheim. Isn't it awesome? (I'm sorry it's not a great photo. I would have loved to scan it but my scanners kaput)

I discovered her work about a year ago when I first found etsy. When I came across her "girls" and her etsy shop, I just fell in love. I've been wanting to buy one ever since. This one called my name. And Carla was so, so nice to me. This was actually sold out and so she creatively found a solution so that this could adorn my walls. I'm going out to frame it tomorrow, so I can hang it where I can look at it all the time. It really makes me smile.

And speaking of making me smile, when I looked outside my door today, this is what I saw:

And what I learned from these kids is when life gives you snow, pull out your sleds and enjoy the ride!


Anonymous said...

i'm sorry to hear about your cancelled trip, but i'm sure something far more beautiful will be coming your way! and how sweet that you get this little beach girl to brighten your day and give you a taste of the beach until you get there yourself! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Oh Jamie, that's a shame you cancelled the trip but I can hear a peace in your voice about it now and that is a good sign. I think it's a wise decision but I'm so sorry it didn't work out for you.

I ADORE the print! My goodness, that's you isn't it? You may not be at the beach physically in February, but you are in that print. That's so you!

melba said...

I am glad you lisytened to your intuition and cancelled the trip. I think if you didn't it would have been difficult see past any trip mishaps. (at least that is what I would have done!)
Your day at the beach will come!

I love this print and this artists work on Etsy. very cool!

Just today Sean said he kind of missed snow (because we haven't had any yet) But I said I don't. Seeing those children play sure looks like fun!

You always make me smile Jamie!

Anonymous said...

sounds like you and your honey decided on something that feels right.

i lived in rochester, new york for 10 years, where i believe it snows just a bit less than toronto. i grew up in a sorta snowy area for 2 or 3 months TOPs. adjusting to the greyness and the snow was difficult.

but yes, indeed, there is much to be learned from kids. make lemonade, as the saying goes.

Shannon said...

Great pictures Jamie!!!

I'm so sorry about the trip, it does feel like the right thing and I'm sure a lovely vacation destination is just waiting for the perfect moment for you and your boy!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your trip, you sound relieved though. Beautiful picture, I love Carla´s journals!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jamie, so sorry to hear you've had to cancel your trip and I hope something even better is just around the corner...
I love Carla's work, too, and that piece is gorgeous! :)
Enjoy the snow! It beats endless rain any day! ;)
Suze xXx

Anonymous said...

I love the photo of kids on sleds. I teach school and whenever there is a big snow I look out at all the kids rolling snowballs on the playground and think it looks like lots and lots of dung beetles.