Ragamuffin Gal

".. from my ragged heart to yours"

December 31, 2010

~You Say Goodbye ~ But I Say Hello..

Hello 2011 ~ 
I've been waiting for you!

Pull up a cozy chair and listen to 
my Christmas Story #5

After my aneurysm surgery
I faced a long road to recovery.
I so longed to feel "normal" again.

But that was not to be ... 

for a very long time.

When I wasn't looking ~

Joy crept inside the door of my life
through a trained sacred arts dancer named Kay Q.
God had graced the Dallas TX area 
with this inspiring gal who came back home
 from Australia to care for her ill mother.

She taught me a new way to dance,
a new way to pray and worship,
and it strengthened my heart, mind, and soul,
which healed and restored my wounded body.

I will always treasure my moments with Kay
and the lessons she taught me.
The main one being
how joy and hope sneaks into your life
no matter what.

Relyn gave me one of my most favorite 
Christmas presents.
It is...

An empty frame!

It represents that one day Relyn
will have one of her own
very special photos
to put inside of this
frame for me!
(I cannot wait to see what it will be!)

God also has something waiting for you
in this currently empty frame of 2011.

Are you, 
like me,
waiting on tiptoe,
with your nose pressed against 
the window pane to see it?

It will be big and beautiful
and will sneak right in
(whether you leave the door open or not)

I can't wait!!!!

Happy Happy New Year Friends!
With many blessings poured out on 

~ Katie

(Photos are from my own collection and the Dec. British Edition of 
Country Living, and my Dance Ministry inspiration board.)


Linda said...

You always amaze me! Happy New Year my dear friend!

~*~Patty S said...

Another beautiful and uplifting post dear Katie!

Brightest of New Year's Blessings to you and yours!

it will be lovely to see what wonders 2011 brings!

Mrs. E said...

What a beautiful post! So glad to find a kindred soul--who knows joy is always just below the surface, even in the darkest of times. I guess knowing great sadness makes every small joy more joyous! Bless you, dear girl! Wishing you a wonderful 2011!

koralee said...

Thank you so much for visiting me the other day...I just adore your blog.
Sending you oodles of blessings for 2011....my new friend. xoxo

Patti said...

What a beautiful post Katie! And I agree with the other comments- always so uplifting- you can't help but feel good when you leave. Good luck going back to school and Happiest of New Year's to you and your fmaily!!!

Relyn said...

I love your courage in sharing your story here. I love you, my friend.

Nathalie Thompson said...

Love this post. How beautiful that joy sneaked in.

Blessings in 2011!

Linda said...

I got my angel from you yesterday... it's on my blog. She's precious! Thank you!

Jeanie said...

Hello, Katie,

First, thanks for visiting The Marmelade Gypsy -- I'm delighted to return the visit and know I will be back! And soon!

Have a wonderful new year -- I, too, am anxious to see what will come our way!