3.25.2011

treading water...




I took these photos on a beach in Woodstown, Ireland around 1984 and I've always loved them.  I was trying to take a photograph of the abandoned boat.  I didn't know those little girls, they were just running along the beach singing and dancing with the joyful abandon so often only known to children.  "Children" ha ha, I was only 17 years old myself at the time. 

The contrast of the empty boat and the full of life children reminds me...

"To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
...
a time to lose and a time to seek;
...
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;"
...
ecclesiastes 3:1-8

I find myself treading water as of late and before the universe decides what's going to "give", I'm going to decide for myself.  I'll be on an extended blog break for while.  I know you all have been here (probably many times) and you understand so, bye for a little bit.  Hopefully I'll see you when I get all this water out of my boat and feel like I can set sail again.

39 comments:

Felicity said...

Take care Jeanette, I look forward to you returning refreshed and revived.

xx Felicity

The Weaver of Grass said...

Very best wishes for your blog break - that photograph is so beautiful that I hope it still gives you inspiration. The Ecclesiastes quote is my favourite, particularly from the authorised version, which I read at the funeral of my first husband - it is so true. Love to you

Stacey said...

I can so relate. Enjoy the time off and the little things:-)

Maria said...

Be encouraged girlie - even Jesus Christ himself took time to get apart and spend quiet time alone to be renewed and refreshed. I just figure you are following the very best of examples. We will however, miss you while you are away.
So very much love to you!

Stitchfork said...

Go have fun and enjoy! I'll be back here when you yell, "surf's up!!"
xo Cathy

Teenage Bride said...

we sing that hymn at church and it id gorgeous!

lovely pictures Jeanette have a great weekend!

Nicole said...

we'll miss you! Hope it all gets better!

angryparsnip said...

I was just thing of you and wondering how the spring break was going and here is your post.
The photograph is lovely as is the quote.

Take care.
cheers, parsnip

Krystal said...

Enjoy your time off, I will miss you so much!! Keep your head up and I hope everything is ok.

quintessence said...

Jeanette - I'll miss you but hope you get caught up and I look forward to seeing you back again soon. I always loved the song to this verse.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

These are cute cute pictures, Jeanette, I crave Summer now.

Have a happy weekend! xxx

Elle Sees said...

i've been there...i recently posted about it, if you scroll down the page...i know you'll make it. and i'll be here waiting when u do!

OneCraftyFox said...

I absolutely love candid photos such as these one. I have always enjoyed the quote too, very fitting with this post.

Hope you are having a beautiful weekend, my friend :)

little t said...

They are lovely, where abouts in Ireland is Woodstown? I don't know it...

Directions Not Included said...

Take it easy during your time off and enjoy it. Best wishes.

Charlotta Ward said...

Jeanette, I hope you are ok. Sounds like you are doing the right thing in taking a little time off.

The photos are lovely and there is such joy in watching children play.

Am thinking of you. If there is anything I can do, please email me.

Big warm hugs

xx Charlotta

kroney said...

I would say "enjoy your break" however I know how busy you are with your new Etsy shop. Wish you all the success in the world!
I love those pics!!!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Take care Jeanette. Enjoy time for yourself and I'll look forward to reading when you get back!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Jeanette, hope all is well with you. And we will be here waiting when you come back!

Indie.Tea said...

The photograph is lovely - very joyful.
I hope that you have a refreshing and lovely blog break, and hope to see you when you come back :)

bronwyn said...

Yes, we've all been there. Have a wonderful break and I look forward to your return! You'll be missed.

Mo Pie, Please said...

Best of luck to you! I completely understand the need for a break!

Love those pics (and that song).

Debby said...

Hi Jeanette, totally get the "blog break" We will be here when you get back! You won the Restoration Hardware giveaway... I sent you an email. xo

Pam said...

Can understand. Hope all is O.K.
Will miss your posts but look forward to your return. All the best with your time off Jeanette.x

Julie Smith said...

Hope you feel like you can set sail again soon. Take good care. :)

covnitkepr1 said...

Looks like the sun is getting to the kids...getting red. The ocean is such fun and just one of God's many wonders.
Just checking back to read any postings you may have written.

I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

Claire Kiefer said...

I really hope things calm down for you soon. I definitely understand feeling terribly overwhelmed with everything that's going on, and time can be such a precious resource. Keep us updated when you can!
xoxo

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Hope everything is going well- it is not the same without you!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I'm popping in to wish you a lovely happy merry day! xxxxx

jandjhome said...

I've been thinking about you. I hope you are well.

audrey marie said...

beautiful photos - best wishes for your little brea. everyone needs one once in awhile.

J said...

Every good wish - j.

lisaroyhandbags said...

I hope you're enjoying your break and it's giving you the breather you need. xo

Beatnheart said...

Understanding what you must be going through. We are here when you are ready to come back. In the meantime, chill and let the answers come to you. Enjoy this beautiful springtime and your family. Cynthia

Reya Mellicker said...

I miss you. Come back soon.

Teenage Bride said...

Just stopping by to say that you are missed

OneCraftyFox said...

Hey Jeanette, just me again. You weren't kidding about an "extended blog break", lol!

Well, if you are back in time, I'd love for you to join my Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway :)

Karena said...

Jeanette of course and we will all be here!

Sometimes we need to be away from all of the noise and distractions.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Come & Enter my Fashionable Giveaway from The French Basketeer!

kirsten said...

Dear Jeanette,

I've been missing you. How ironic to come here this morning and note your boat is leaky, too.

I feel myself in good company.

Take care...