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Igniting Spirits

“Walk with the dreamers,
the believers,
the courageous,
the cheerful,
the planners,
the doers,
the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.
Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…”
Wilferd Peterson

My friend Rachael shared this with me today and I couldn’t help but smile. I love igniting spirits, people who, with their own passion, love, and tenacity, inspire me to press on no matter what.

I’m grateful for the beloved igniting spirits in my life, those who do good and create beauty and show love even when they feel wobbly or uncertain. They give me courage. My heart gives a little leap whenever they’re around. Just being in their presence – be it long distance or in person – makes the heavy things lighter, the dark things brighter, the sad things easier to bear.

It’s been a difficult week with the death of a family member, crippling pain, and an operation looming on Monday. But somehow, thanks to those lovely, igniting spirits, I’m OK, I’m hanging in here, I have hope and peace and comfort. They have made my world better than they found it, and I hope I can do the same for them.

In spite of the hard things this week, there has been much good.

  • learning of ways we can help newly arrived immigrant families in Australia. This is something very close to my heart since I was once a new immigrant struggling to learn Aussie English and find my place in a foreign country and strange culture.
  • working on writing my history book and finding fantastic stories that I can’t wait to include.
  • being invited to join a group of local artisans to do a wood-burning demonstration at the first annual Allora Winter Festival. I knew I’d love this group when, at our first meeting, we managed to get everything done while spending the bulk of our time swapping stories and laughing until we couldn’t sit up straight.
  • a day out with my Bear, exploring nurseries and hardware stores, thrift shops and markets, ending our jaunts with coffee and pastry at a local bakery.
  • baby goats. They are a constant delight. I love their cuddles, inquisitive explorations, and all the odd places they find to curl up for naps.

And tonight Bear looked over at me and announced, “I feel like buying you a roast chicken and chips and gravy!” Who could resist such an offer? I burst out laughing and off we went to pick up our favorite comfort food.

So many good things.

Wishing you a beautiful week and encounters with igniting spirits to cheer your heart. xo

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Krista - Thank you so much, Tracy. XO

Krista - Hugging you tight for your lovely words, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus XO

Krista - Free hugs are the best, aren’t they, @GourmetGetaway:disqus ? 🙂

Krista - It was a fantastic dinner, @coffeeandcrumpets:disqus 🙂 Pure comfort. 🙂

Krista - Thank you for all your kind and healing words, @suzannewalcher:disqus XO

Krista - That makes me smile, @MyCustardPie:disqus XO

Krista - Oh @disqus_v9uRgGTGfe:disqus , you’ve had such a hard run lately. XO I’m so thrilled that Rob had a good visit. XOXO

Krista - Thanks so much, @disqus_xRgkTDNCQJ:disqus XO

Krista - I’m so, so glad you’re doing better, Karin. XO I hope I will be too. 🙂

Krista - It IS a terrific meal in winter, Hotly Spiced. 🙂 Pure comfort food. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, dear @lizposmyk:disqus XO

Krista - Your friendship means the world to me too, @disqus_o9c9vkchcC:disqus XOXO

Krista - It makes me smile that you like getting take away food too, @budgetjan:disqus 🙂

Krista - Thank you so much, @inspiringtravellers:disqus I really appreciate your constant support and help. XO

Krista - Thank you for your kind words AND your email, paradis. 🙂 XO

Krista - I really appreciate that, @wanderingsheila:disqus XO

Krista - Thank you, Tandy! I’m getting there bit by bit. 🙂

Krista - Thank you so much for your always-encouraging words, dear @disqus_2LQ5qLN5aY:disqus 🙂

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Tracy A. - So sorry for your loss this week. I guess that today was your operation. I am sending healing thoughts your way Krista!

Joanne (eats well with others) - Thinking about you chica and love how positive you are staying. Your spirit helps ignite mine!

Gourmet Getaways - Ooh, I’d love to cuddle some cute baby goats, too. Free hugs! Keep the spirit, Krista!!!

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Coffee and Crumpets - Roast chicken and chips? Sounds like a wonderful dinner! I am sorry for the negatives in your life right now and my thoughts are with you for your surgery. I hope you get better really soon and cuddle with the goats. xx

Suzanne Walcher - Your lovely spirit, which shines from each post,
are truly a balm to my own. Thank you for you : )
I’m sorry that you’ve lost a love one and that you
have surgery coming up. Sending you prayers for
quick healing and that you use the downtime to focus
on those things that bring you the greatest comfort.

xo Suzanne

MyCustardPie - It certainly has cheered my heart today – and your photo is enervating too.

Karin@yumandmore - My thoughts are with you for the operation, just put mine behind me on June 12th and am slowly recuperating but am happy to have it done and resolved and I feel better for it. Sorry for your loss. Not good when so many unhappy things come together. Courage my Dear and big hugs xox

Nancy - Sending good wishes and thoughts your way Krista. See you back soon x

Maureen Shaw - I’ve been at the hospital all day with Rob. I hope your visit on Monday is as successful as his was today. I’ll be thinking of you. Stay strong and surround yourself with love.

budgetjan - I just knew that cuddling baby goats would be one of the good things on your list. I think that is such a beautiful healing experience. I love getting take away food bought for me too!

Anna Johnston - Oh Krista, I am so sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with you, sending you truck loads of healing happy energy and hugs too. It is my friends in the blogesphere that ignite spirits and cheer my heart, I am so grateful for your friendship. Enjoy the rest of your week. Mwah. xxx PS: Please give one of those adorable little goats a cuddle for me. Sooooo cute!

Liz Posmyk - Sending best wishes and positive thoughts love.

Hotly Spiced - I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a difficult few days and I do hope the operation goes well. That’s so funny about the chicken, gravy and chips – it’s something we don’t like to buy too often but I still get cravings and every now and then we pop up to our local Chargrill Charlie’s and come home with the exact same meal; terrific in winter! xx

Andrea and John - I admire how you can always look on the bright side of things, Krista – sending you healing thoughts for your surgery – hope all goes well!

mlleparadis - Oh I do hope you feel better soon and that all goes well on Monday. We will be thinking of you!!!!!! Big hugs and hope to see you back here in top form soon.

(Too exciting, got your note – haven’t checked email yes but will. No worries – no rush! Just in case, here’s my new email address: fotoparadis@outlook.com)


Cathy - My thoughts are with you too Krista. Somehow through it all you still manage to be positive 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - Hope that the pain eases soon!

bellini - My thought are with you Krista for your pending operation. As always you amaze me with your never-ending optimism and inspiration. Keep on laughing!!!

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