Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Special Thank you!!



A Special Thank you to my Friends and Family





I cannot ever thank you enough for all of your encouragement and support .
Many of you know what a trying year it has been for me.
What many of you do not know is that I am more determined than ever  to get strong, thrive and do all of the things once again that give me joy!




I celebrated a landmark Birthday yesterday and was astounded and so moved by all who sent good wishes my way!




I feel I owe it to myself and all of my dear friends and loved ones to start a new chapter in my life. The way to honor all of you is to be a fulfilled and giving person. After all we are all here on this great earth for a reason.



I will be in rehab awhile longer, however then you can expect more beauty and more joyous celebrations! More features to come on extraordinary artists and entrepreneurs! I will pay it forward in any way that I can. Also any thoughts or ideas of what you would like to see would be very welcomed!


Let all of our lives sparkle with kindness, love, and generosity of spirit.All that we give of ourselves will come back a hundredfold and affect the lives of countless souls.

This blog has opened a whole new world to me with so very many who care. 
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

73 comments:

michele said...

sending light your way. oh that we could all sparkle with kindness!!!

best.

michele

YONKS said...

Hello Karena,
I missed your birthday! I can send love however any day, so hugs and kisses coming your way!

Your spirit has and will continue to shine through. You just have to get over a little hill on the road once in a while. It makes us stronger, Nietzsche was right.

Much love!
Di
xoxoxoxo

Paisley Curtain said...

A belated Happy Birthday Karena. May you get better asap. You share a lot of joy, love and art with us all, we are grateful to you.

Best wishes and good luck. We are waiting for more of your beautiful posts...

Deborah Flanagan said...

Dear Karena,
Belated birthday wishes. May you grow stronger with each day. Looking forward to your return.
XXOO
Deborah

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! Stay 8strong* and faithful!

carolyn bradford said...

So glad to hear such an upbeat tone in your voice! Of course it's never been any other way! I hope your birthday was very special and anything you choose to do will be amazing as all of your ideas, blog posts, etc…always are! Much love is sent your way!

NanaDiana said...

God bless you, Karena. I hope your rehab is quick and painless. Paying it forward is always a good thing. I have found that when I give the rewards I receive are much more than I ever hoped for-or expected. Blessings to you- xo Diana

helen tilston said...

Hello Karena

A very Happy Birthday and may your year be full of blessings. I am happy to hear you are recovering. Take good care of yourself.

Helen xx

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

A happy belated birthday. My thoughts and well wishes are with you as you get stronger and stronger each day! xoxo

Color Correction | Space Light Digital said...

Belated happy birthday! All of your words are simply touching and I could relate on it. You deserve to be happy so please stay as you are.

Teresa said...

Keep working on it.
One step, one day, one thought until you find yourself (and us) in that comfortable place where lights start blooming (again) and the light runs through.
Be Well! Blessings,
Teresa

Lost in Provence said...

Happy Belated Birthday Karena! Sending you lots of love and strength. Hoping that you have an excellent year ahead...
Bisous and a warm hug,
Heather

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning beautiful Karena!!!!! You will make it my dear, day by day. Each day is an opportunity to build on your strengths and you are getting there! I have been so busy, I do not know which way to turn!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY and be well, one day at a time!! Anita

PURA VIDA said...

you are so right...we are here where we are, doing what we are doing for a reason...you have lifted so many and your peace will come

I Dream Of said...

Happy, happy Birthday Karena. Sending you warm thoughts and wishes for a landmark year ahead! You're a very inspiring lady! XOXO

Harrison Howard said...

Happy birthday Karena! You have a lot of well wishers out there, me included. Your upbeat outlook on the world and the people around you is a valuable asset. I wish you the very best.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Dear Karena -
Happy Belated Birthday! Though I am fairly new at blogging you have been so supportive. Thank YOU! Have a wonderful year ahead.
xoxo,
Loi

Mary Timmers said...

Karena, The bumps and large holes in the road are a challenge and an inspiration to become stronger. And you will!

Happy Birthday to a beautiful artist friend!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Karena,

Happy Birthday! You are a bright light in the blog world! Take care of yourself and know that your life, and healing are all that matters. Hugs, prayers and blessing for you!

Elizbeth

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Darling Karena,

Your kind words are much appreciated on my new post. I really do thank you many,many times over with a heart of gratitude. I hope this day finds you well and that each day is a step towards complete recovery! Anita

Splendid Sass said...

Karena-
I am so happy that you are feeling better! And Happy Birthday! I have no doubt that you will be up and at full capacity before long.
Have a great weekend.
Teresa
xoxo

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Happy Birthday dear friend. I'm behind whatever you do 100 percent. You are the most wonderful blog friend to all of us. I pray that you will have a complete recovery and emerge stronger than ever. Have a great weekend. Mona

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You my friend have been on my heart and my lips in prayer so often.

This new year I pray will be just lovely!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Karena,

"Happy Birthday" my sweet friend!

I wish you good fortune and happiness.

xo,
Dee

mikky said...

Happy belated birthday Karena. I wish you nothing but he best for the year ahead, health, happiness and fun times.

:)
mikky
www.todaloos.com

Toad said...

Sorry to have missed your big day, but I am glad you had a great one, and your recovery is continuing. Many happy returns, please!

Splendid Market said...

Happy birthday karena. Best wishes for a very bright and beautiful year. Ebh

vicki archer said...

Happy Belated Birthday Karena...

You have such a generous nature and your thoughtfulness is so apparent... I know that you have had a trying and difficult year... but these things only make us stronger...

Aren't we the most fortunate women to have this amazing blogging community literally at our fingertips?.. I only wish that one day we could all meet each other...

Again, sending you the sincerest and happiest of birthday wishes... xv

Fashion-isha said...

Happy Birthday and I hope you're enjoying your Labor Day weekend! I love our inspirational you and this post are! Thank you!
xo
Sharon

Marina Marino said...

Happy Belated Birthday Karena! Be happy! :)
xo
http://marinaslookbook.blogspot.com/

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Karena,

Happy Belated Birthday once again... May God bless you especially for the coming year and that you bounce back fully.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

The Golden Girls said...

beautiful beautiful art and images!!!! Hugs from California! xx,
The Golden Girls

Nancy said...

Best of luck Karena, and your words are beautiful and inspiring, as always! Hope your healing continues smoothly.
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

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*Chic Provence* said...

Dear Karena wishing you lots of love on your (belated) birthday and always!! Love this beautiful post with the sparkling Eiffel Tower...

You are a treasure of a friend and we are so lucky to have you on the blogosphere!

xo

Kit

classic • casual • home said...

A fresh new chapter is exciting! I must be more giving, too. Best wishes.

Renée Finberg said...

you know i pray for your recovery.
and happy birthday my sweet.

call we can chat,,,,i could use it.
hugs xox

Nancy said...

Hi Karena,
I hope rehab is going well for you dear. Best of luck, and god bless you.
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Leslie said...

Sending warmth and light your way Karena. One day at a time..

Happy belated birthday! Wishing you peace and good health in the year to come.

xx
leslie

designchic said...

Our thoughts are with you as you grow stronger with the passing of each day...wish you the most wonderful year and a very happy belated birthday, dear Karena!

Jenna said...

Hope you had a fabulous birthday! Sounds like you have a lot of amazing friends and family:)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Happy belated birthday Karena!....Sending you wishes for a speedy recovery!!!

Kwana said...

Happy Birthday! Wishing you all the best, strength and joy in the year ahead.

Linda Merrill said...

Just popping in to say hello!!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Happy belated birthday wishes to you. I do hope you continue to grow stronger every day and that this next year will be the best!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Happy Birthday, may you have many more years of birthday bliss!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Karena!

Thank you for coming by today! It is a lovely day and I am ready to get to work on my deck. I hope your recovery is going well....peace and blessings for daily healing my dear! Anita

kathefraga said...

Thank you so much for including my painting in your post! www.kathefraga.com

Reggie Darling said...

Dear Karena, I wish you god-speed and a safe and speedy journey back to health and wholeness. And a happy belated birthday! Fondly, Reggie

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I have been thinking of you! I hope that you are feeling better! My thoughts and prayers are with you along this road!

Take care, Elizabeth

annechovie said...

Happy Birthday, Karen! I hope that the coming year brings much healing, joy and blessings into your life because you are s kind soul and a blessing to so many! xo

therelishedroost said...

Always so kind and upbeat... Stay strong! Alot of positive energy surrounding you from all that care!

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Oh Karena, be strong and Happy Birthday!

pretty pink tulips said...

Hi Karena,
Sending you love and healing thoughts. And wishing you all good things in the year to come!!!

xoxo Elizabeth

Mimi said...

HI KARENA,
WISHING you a speedy recovery. resting is a tough place to be for some...I for one. But take it easy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you....age is a number...what we feel is what our age should be.....our heart is full of things to really want to do and I say make that a dream and or wish....but do it....
hugs 2 U,
jamie

jennyfer black said...

A really nice and beautiful photos I've seen here. By the way, Get well soon. I love your blog a lot. Thanks for posting. God bless you.

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Renae Moore said...

Karena,
You are such a jewel of a person and a delight. You are always one to encourage me, so I now am encouraging you to keep on keeping on. You can do whatever you set your mind to!
Much love and hugs.

Silvia C said...

Oh dear Karena! I missed your birthday. Hope you had a good one in spite of the challenges. I send you my most sincere wishes for health. You are such a sweet, wonderful human being and I am honored to call you a blog friend. Be well, dearest!

Ideezine said...

Belated Happy Birthday Karena! As one chapter closes another one opens. Cheers for a speedy rehab and your sense of life purpose to move you forward.

All the Best!

Bette

Ideezine said...

Belated Happy Birthday Karena! As one chapter closes another one opens. Cheers for a speedy rehab and your sense of life purpose to move you forward.

All the Best!

Bette

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GLENDA CHILDERS said...

So glad that you were able to celebrate your birthday well. Thanks for all your hard work to get better. We look forward to the day that you are back to being better. We miss the beauty you share.

Fondly,
Glenda

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Karena,
Looks like I missed your B'day...so Happy Belated B'day!!! Glad to hear that you are doing better and I will keep you in my prayers.

Blessings,
Linda

A Perfect Gray said...

happiest of birthdays, special gal! hang in there - continue to get strong. you are so creative and have inspired so many! many, many best wishes! donna

DolceDreams said...

Happy Birthday and quick healing Karena ~ I have been absent from blogging for a while, I see I have missed much. I look forward to seeing you back on the circuit tout suite!
Nathalie

{darlene} @ fieldstonehill said...

belated happy birthday, sweet friend!!!!!!!!!!

prayers for quick recovery.... although it seems that your heart is at least on the mend. Love this post!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Happy belated birthday Karena...I will be praying for your recovery....!

Fairfield House said...

Karena,
Happy belated birthday, sweet creative soul! I am praying for a fast and full recovery.
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

World Tour Stories said...

To begin a new chapter in life is always challenging, but gives great reward once over the first, hardest step.
Best wishes,

Taru from World Tour Stories - two lovers sailing around the world

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Belated Happy B'day! Hope you've already recovered

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