Thursday, December 20, 2018

Day 3347 - The Lovin Life Linky end of year edition

Sometimes what fills the heart also breaks it


This week we took off to the coast for a few days just to "be".  Just the four of us trying to escape the realities of the world and embrace as a small family unit.  The people around us have been amazing and the extent of the outreach is incredible.  But sometimes you just have to take a step outside and breathe.



One of Chelsea's favourite things to do was take "random" trips to the coast.  Derek took her and Lola on a quick trip away 2 months ago.  Just a couple of nights for some sea air, sand and coastal vibes.

They spent a few hours at Depot Beach walking the rocks, exploring the rock pools and building sand castles.

So this week, that's what we did. We went back to that last special spot visited by a father, his daughter and his granddaughter. We retraced their steps and felt Chelsea's presence.



We also spent time at Tomakin which is another favourite spot because that's where Chelsea's dogs are allowed to run free.



So that's what I'm lovin' about life this week.  The knowledge that no matter what, we can take a piece of Chelsea with us everywhere and relive precious memories.

Sometimes what fills the heart also breaks it.  But then with gratitude the heart becomes full again.

No matter how sad we feel, gratitude helps us stay above the line.

Right now I'm grateful for:

  • All the love and support the extended family are receiving
  • The memories
  • The photos
  • The kindness of people (including complete strangers)**
  • The flowers
  • The donations
  • The meals
  • The patience as we all try and get our act together
  • The space people are giving us when we need it
  • The embraces people give us when we can't stand to be alone
  • The laughter
  • The smiles
  • The love

**  At the hairdressers the day before the funeral my hairdresser and I were shedding a tear together.  Apparently someone overheard and when I went to pay I was advised that an anonymous client had already paid $50 towards my bill to which my hairdresser then matched it.  Speechless. 

** On the day of the funeral I wanted to buy a rose gold chain to wear the Pandora Charm I own in Chelsea's memory.  But I wasn't sure I could afford $100+ right now when the charm normally sits on my bracelet.  The lady at the jeweler gave me a rose gold plated display chain.  Just gave it to me. Incredible.   

This will be the last Lovin' Life Linky for 2018.  Thank you for another great Lovin' Life year.  I wish you all a happy and safe festive season.  

We'll return on Thursday 3 January where I look forward to sharing stories about Christmas and plans for 2019.  

Keep Lovin' Life people! And during this time find a way to reach out to people you may not usually reach out to.  You just never know whose life you may touch in profound and immeasurable ways.  

What are you lovin' about life this week?

What's filling your heart?

What are you grateful for? 

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse was instrumental in giving us a very precious extra 15 months with our Chelsea.  If you would like to donate to the amazing work of Chris O'Brien's team you can do so via Chelsea's memorial page at http://donate.mylifehouse.org.au/tribute/chelsea-butterfield

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The Lovin' Life Linky is brought to you by Team Lovin' Life: Deep Fried Fruit, DebbishWrite of the MiddleAnd Anyways  and Lifestyle Fifty  




11 comments :

  1. The most wonderful part of being human is love and kindness...this you give out in spades my dear Leanne, and allowing others to do so is a gift too. Sharing your stories about Chelsea is always important and I know there will be a 'space' left by her at Christmas...the first without her...but she lives in you all. Thank you for the linky and knowing you are kicking off again is awesome and you are in the week before I do...so shall be there because I will be missing convos via blogging by then!! Biggest hugs sent your way. Denyse xxx

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  2. I think your getaway to just 'be' was a good idea. Lovely that the location had so much meaning too. I'm not surprised that you're experiencing so much kindness at this time, because you give out so much kindness and it's bound to come right back at you especially at a time like this. Take good care of yourself, and I'll be thinking of you all this Christmas! xoxo

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  3. Leanne - I hope your coastal getaway brought some comfort and peace. Thank you for hosting Lovin' Life Linky this year and continuing it in the New Year. Sending you warm hugs and wishes. Take good care of yourself.

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  4. The kindness of strangers can be immense. Love and healing to you all x

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  5. Such lovely photos. Wonderful list of gratitudes.

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  6. This was such a beautiful and thought provoking post, Leanne. Thank you for taking the time in the midst of all that you are dealing with to touch base and inspire us all.

    SSG xxx

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  7. A really poignant post Leanne - sorrow and joy mixed together, along with some lovely little gestures from strangers who show that there is still love and kindness in our world (despite what the news might try to tell us). Have a lovely Christmas - I'm sure it will be another bitter/sweet time for you x

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  8. Such an inspiring and heartfelt post - I got a bit teary at the end reading about those thoughtful acts of kindness. This post is a reminder that no matter how hard or difficult things may be, there is always something to be grateful for. I hope you draw comfort from your memories these holidays and have joy making new ones. Thinking of you and sending big hugs xx

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  9. Sending big hugs to you and your family. Those random acts of kindness fill my heart. I'm so glad you got to experience that. The coastal getaway seems like something you all need - to help you grieve, to help you remember Chelsea, to help you feel all the feelings. Thinking of you xx

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  10. wonderful gifts of kindness to you at what was a heartbreaking time. A few days away in s apecial place has incredible power to give you the space to reflect, grieve, be grateful and return to life again. Take care and have a lovely Christmas, and thank you for the link up.

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  11. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

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