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Thinking of you!


Sending love to you and yours - hope it can get better really soon xx


Thank you for sharing that song. It is beautiful. Sending prayers your way to help you through this time of hurt.
She colored her thoughts with only the brightest hues. Celebrate her optimism. ..... She - Kobi Yamada.


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I love the song by Garret. Time is everything is like a positive outlook about facing life. This is somehow a good recovery song. In due time, any wounds will be healed. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us. More power and looking forward for positive results in the near future. Keep up the noble endeavor.


Beautiful song, amazing photo (you look gorgeous) hope things get easier for you soon...sending lots of hugs. Kathy A (Brisbane, Australia)


Wishing you peace. Having a soulmate to help you through is a treasure.

Manon Keir

Oh Karen, hope you're ok. Thinking of you xxx


Thinking of you Karen and hoping that everything will be better soon. You are such a strong and passionate woman - and love the picture of you - you look absolutly gorgeous. I am hoping you will be healed soon so I am sending you lots of happy thoughts ;o)


Karen, so sorry that life hurts right now!!! You are loved and prayed for!!!!


It's a beautiful song. Hugs from a stranger...hope that the hurt ends soon...and that you can heal from whatever it is.


Sending prayers and positive thoughts for you...

Tess S.

time IS everything. i'm sorry you're hurting and i hope your heart heals soon.


I am praying for you and hoping your find some peace during your hard time.

You look beautiful in the picture.


Love, prayers and strength for you...GOD is good and will take care of everything.


Sending prayers, love and hugs, and peace to your soul.

Heather Topich

hugs to you, Karen!

Stephanie C.

I'll say a prayer too, that things are soon better for you. So many people are sending good thoughts and love your way, I hope you see a turn around soon.

Marilyn Johnson

Said a prayer for you this morning. Beautiful picture! Thank you for all of your inspiration.


I'm sorry to hear that you are hurting and I hope it doesn't last long. What a sweet picture.

Susan R

Will be praying for you and your family Karen! You two look so solid and solid is a wonderful thing to have as you said, in troubled times. Praying for peace and resolution.

Susan L.

I am so sorry to hear that life hurts right now. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself.

Beth S.

Sorry your life is still hurting. Praying that you will be on the other side of this soon.


Praying for you, Karen! "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall." ~Psalm 55:22


Hope you guys are good. I've never met you but I know we would get along famously and laugh till it hurts. I so enjoy coming to your blog everyday and hearing about you and your sweet, loving family and being inspired by your photos! :)
Don't know what's wrong but I hope it is repaired soon.
God is good and He is good all the time :)
Keeping all you guys in my prayers...

Kathy C.

Sending you and your family lots of prayers and positive vibes. :)


You are totally inspiring me to take more self portraits, especially with my husband..

Not sure why you are hurting but I hope that sunshine rains down on your family soon.


Thinking of you and sending prayers.


karen, i love that you have been getting yourself in front of the lens and into the pictures more often lately-- it is so important. keep it up! sending prayers your way for God to hold you in his hands and heal the hurts...

Becky (aka: beckywedd)

Sending you hugs, prayers and good thoughts. Hang in there Karen -- you are right, it does get better!

Becky (aka: beckywedd)


Sending hugs your way. Take care.


A hurting heart stinks....
I will add you and yours to my prayers!


There is nothing sweeter than this. Sorry life hurts right now, but it will get better!


thinking of you....
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven."
Ecc. 3:1

Shari Kimmey

I am so inspired by your self-timer photos recently, and this one is incredible. Absolutely beautiful.

Three years ago, I went through a very difficult time. Through time, with the help of my husband and close friends, I am on the other side of it all, and am experiencing happiness like I never imagined. I am truly becoming the "me" I am supposed to be. I just want you to know that it *is* going to get better, and this journey will open up the possibility for amazing things in your life.


This is so beautiful! The song and the photo! You two seem to be a really really close couple...
Thank you for sharing both and for sharing the bad times, too. We all have it time by time but as you said, it will go by again...

Amy Coose

Karen, thinking of you and your family right now. Such a powerful pic...


Beautiful song! I hope everything turns around for you soon. Sometimes life does its best to knock us down and it is much easier with someone who loves us and understands us by our sides.


I'm so sorry something is wrong. Have faith and know that He will keep you and your family in his hands. Praying for you and your family.


I hope that everything that is hurting heals up well for you!
Thank you for your email. I took my camera to the funeral but cried so much I could not take pics afterwards. But that night the family got together and had a great time reminiscing and I got lots of pictures.

Angela Kelley

Thinking of you and sending warm thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Wyatt

Sending love and prayers your way, God is good and I know he will take care of all that is hurting you during this time! You look so beautiful!! hugs from Conroe, TX!

Aimee B. in Oregon


So sorry to hear that you are hurting. Putting a prayer for you in my God Box.

Heal soon but make sure to take all the time you need.

Warm Regards,
Aimee in Or.


sending good thoughts your way...
Laura D


Prayers and hugs

Arleen Morales

Your in my prayers.


I hope everything is ok. I'm sorry that you've been going through some hard times.

Kimberly L.C.

You are in my prayers, Karen.

Misty Hofbauer

Aahhh' Keepin' it real, I LOVE that about you and your blog!
I wanted you to know that you have stolen the words out of my mouth several times as you talk about your heart hurting.
I have been thinking and feeling the exact same things.
I want you to know for what it's worth, that it truly helps just to know that I am not the only one who goes through these times.
I will be thinking of you, as you work through it, and I hope that you are feeling better soon!


Sending you peace. Wrap yourself in that love.

gina f.

I always love all of your photos, but this may be your best one ever. Sending you smiles.

cindy b.

Sorry that life hurts right now...wishing you strength to get through whatever is hurting you (HUG) to you and your family!


Karen - I put a msg (earlier in the day) on the previous post you did, but I've been listening to this song today. I just remembered something about my husband. THANK YOU. Heidi

april n.

Life stinks sometimes, plain and simple. I'm not sure what you're facing with your family right now, but I hope and pray that you will see the sun again soon. May the peace of Christ surround you and give you happiness again. You have a lot of "strangers" praying for you...and I'm one of them. ~ April

New Living Translation (©2007)
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isiah 65:24

Shannon L

Karen, I'm sorry your life is hurting right now. I'm glad you are able to see that it won't be this bad forever. I've had a hard time in the past two years but things are finally starting to look up and I hope things look up for you even quicker. I have grown much in those past two years. Hanging in there and know that there are people praying for you! Glad you are leaning on your hubby, I tend to exclude the people that I love and it's taken an even more stubborn husband to make me realize I can lean on him. My dad's advice has always been.... Take. It. One. Day. At. A. Time. and sometimes I really had to take it One Minute at a time! Wishing you the best!


Love this picture of the two of you. God bless you.

teresa b

Wishing you peace..


sending you prayers and love Karen, hang in there.


Beautiful image - so sorry for the hurt right now.


Sorry you are hurting and praying that you will heal stronger than before.


i love reading your blog and sometimes i am a little jealous of you even though i don't know you and your life in reality but when i see photos like this of you and josh, i pine for that in my life .... i know that soon when our little one is a bit older there will be time for me and hubby to re-connect but wow you are one lucky girl xx


Praying that whatever's causing the pain will get better. And thankful for your good marriage too. A good husband does provide a lot of comfort in life's storms.

Tanya Anguita

Sending love and support. I hope that isn't presumptuous from someone you don't actually know. Huge hugs to you and yours!

Cathy B. of IL

Beautiful song. Beautiful couple. Beautiful family. Keep faith and hope. Peace and prayers to you.


I come here to your site for my daily dose of sunshine. So sad to find rain today. Here's hoping the grey clouds clear soon.


Sorry things are hard right now. Praying the Lord strengthens you during this time.

Kathryn Benfiet

Life so often does hurt and so often, we put on our "I'm fine" face and yet, being real and authentic means being honest. I'm so thankful that you have such a remarkable husband. I too am so blessed to have a wonderful, very supportive husband. I have experienced some very dark days in the last year as I'm learning to deal with some health issues that won't go away. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you will soon find yourself on the sunny side of life again soon. In the meantime, know that you are not alone.


This has to be one of my all time favorite shots of you and look so beautiful, in love and feeling the peace & strength you need in your husbands arms. God bless and be with you my friend.

Moriah Bettencourt

Love this song. I'm sorry stuff is sucking right now, I hope it gets better very very soon!

Nina Diane

here's a ~hug~ for you....


God bless you, Karen. You are being prayed for daily... Hope things improve in your life soon.


i'm praying for you!!!


Praying for you! Hurting stinks and it's okay to cry. In tears you will find strength. In tears you find God. Amy Grant's song, better than a hallelujah sometimes, is an awesome testament to that.

Val from Down Under

What a blessing it is to know that you'll never walk alone - even when you think you do. God is always with us and He is with you Karen, every step of the way. You two are awesome together. Praying for you.


I'm so sad that you're sad Karen! I'm amazed that you take pics when you are sad too, but it's one of my favorite pics of yours!


So sorry you're hurting right now - I've had hurt this year and...yes, it hurts. Just wanting to send good thoughts towards your way and hoping that you're going ok, even while it's hurting. Renee, Australia.


Karen, I'm so sorry for whatever you are struggling with now. I have real tears in my eyes reading this post. Know that you are in my thoughts.


... hoping that the hurt is healed soon. life is full of all kind of bumps and road blocks and such ... glad you have josh downs to take the ride over these things with. hugs + prayers + love to you!

Kathy (kathyb)

I'm not sure what's wrong. There are some lovely words posted in the comments.Wishing you strength and peace and hoping the sun is shining for you again,very soon.


I'm so sorry to hear that you are hurting. I am saying a prayer that the lesson is learned quickly and the pain is healed promptly.

Jennifer Camplin

Prayers and love from us!!

Hang in there..

Janna Jennings

I'm sorry that you are experiencing heartache. I hope whatever happened can be fixed and that you find peace and happiness really soon.

Anita Guthrie

I am sending up prayers of strength and peace for you and those you love! Poignant pic and post...glad you have each other to lean on! You will be stronger on the other side.
Thank you so much Karen, for sharing the ups and downs with us blog readers who love you lots. Hopefully you can feel all the positive thoughts and prayers going up for you and be buoyed up by all that support!


I am so thankful you have a wonderful support in your husband... its one of the best gifts. :) I'm praying for you, Karen.


Oh...thanks for that's beautiful and heartbreaking......

Hugs to you and hope life stops hurting soon....


misha leigh

sweet lady - you bring us all so much joy. sending you the same back - in spades!

emily ruth

just reading your post made me cry.. & then i listened to the song...thank you <3


I'm sorry Karen that life hurts right now. The song was beautiful and made me cry. I too have been going through some tough times and I'm so grateful for my husband right now. It feels like he is all I am really sure about right now and that is what's keeping me together. It will get better. It has too! :) Take care and know I am thinking of you and wishing that things get better for you too!

R. Chaney

Karen, I am sorry that you are going through a hard time right now. Thank you for being honest and blogging about the hard things in life--not just the happy things. I am thankful to God for marriage and how He uses it.


I stumbled upon this blog by accident. Love your photos, especially this one. Then I noticed the fruit/medicine/vegetable metal tri-level tower. Where did you get this? I have been looking for something like that for a long time... I hope this photo states your present life.

Carrie T

I feel like I'm spy on you and Josh. Beautiful picture.

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