Thursday, October 7, 2010


It's been a
whirlwind week
and as I'm finally
sitting here,
dinner done,
tea poured, 
candle lit,
window open
to the dusk and
crisp autumn air,

I've had a few
minutes to think
about the wonderful
warriors that I've
encountered this 
week, both in my
real life and
in the extension of
that life that is my
blogging community.

Warriors? you are
probably thinking....
What is this,
Afghanistan?  Iraq?

No, but Julie's first born
did come home from
Afghanistan this week!

Justin and his dad reunited
A real is
his mom, who is holding
down the fort as her husband
starts a new job out of 
state.....and faces the end of her
 own mom's life journey. 

Another warrior.

Warriors come in many forms,
you know.

The ever so patient daughter 
who is now like the parent to 
her 93 year old mother.

{I love you, Mom.}

The man who heads out into 
an uncertain working world each day,
responsibilities cloaking him like armor.

{I love you.}

The beautiful family friend who
fought an inspirational battle against cancer.....
and her loving husband, who was holding
her hand 'til the end.

{Astrid, we miss you.}

The grandparents who find themselves 
tea party activists, fighting for
 their grandchildren's futures.

{Got to love them!}

The pregnant woman cradling
a baby in her womb that
has a higher than normal
chance of miscarriage.

{My little niece or nephew:
I love you already.}

A special needs young woman who bravely
interviewed {and landed!}her first 
career job at Goodwill....
And her mom, cheering her on outside
in the car.....

{Way to go, Erin!}

A suburban mom with a balding head,
duking it out with breast cancer 
near Chicago.....

{Always with you, Kathleen.}

And a woman from North Carolina,
Rene, who is walking three days
this weekend for her and for 
all the women like her.

{Thank you Rene and Team!}


We are surrounded by warriors
their grace

their dignity

their courage

every day
they are all around us.

I'd like to give them
all a big hug by joining
my friend Melissa's
Friday Flowers, dedicating
these blooms to all those
warriors who inspire.

They do.

Julie's blog: 3&4
Rene's blog: 12
Privet & Holly: 1,2,5,7,9,13
Google images: 8,10,11
Flickr: 6; click for attribution]


Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

What a beautiful tribute and inspiration. Thank you for helping me focus.

Rene said...

What a very touching post Suzanne. Being a warrior is truly a gift. My thoughts go out to all who are fighting the battle.


Melanie said...

Thank You, Suzanne... for the gentle reminder that strength, beauty and grace can co-exist. I can testify that my mom is indeed a warrior as well. She is fighting cancer with the strength of an army and I happy to say, she is winning at the moment. I pray that each and every lovely lady on your list of Great Warriors, keeps on fighting!


Jo said...

What a beautiful post and a wonderful way to start my day ~ thank you!

Go Team Rene!


Acanthus and Acorn said...

Simply beautiful!

Snappy Di said...

Such a beautiful post and it brings back memories for those of us who have lost loved ones to cancer. Thank you for this!


Laura said...

What a beautiful post and wonderful way to commemorate the brave individuals in your life. Lx

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traci said...

what a beautiful and touching post suzanne. very true. sometimes we forget about the battles that us warriors face everyday. today i will reflect on that. thank you!!

cityfarmer said...

you always reel me back in ...
and you, the warrior ... cheering on the warriors!!!!

Zaira said...

I like your sensitive soul Suzanne. This life is a war, we are all fighting against something or at least against ourselves. But some of us are real warriors as you wrote. They teach a lot to us, and to those who decide to stop fighting for less.....

♥ Zaira

Lisa said...

You never cease to inspire me Suzanne. Thank you for sharing these stories and their reminders about the strength of women, and the joy of life.

Dovecote Decor said...

At times the Warrior within needs to be called upon. My favorite warrior mode is humor. My friend with breast cancer saw the comic side of a coma and swore she went to the sale at Nieman Marcus in spirit.

lisaroyhandbags said...

Such a beautiful post! I think we often forget about all the strength and courage many of our friends and family possess to get them through everyday life and your post is a lovely tribute! xo

Julie said...

Suzanne, my dear bloggy sister. How I wish I lived close enough to be in your physical presence right now. I can only send a huge hug ((((hug)))) to you. Your words are a dose of encouragement, courage, empathy, strength. You are a gifted sister. Sending true sister love your way, girl. Thank you for the shout out about Warriors. No one could have said it better than you. It is good to be reminded that we are NOT alone in our daily life battles. ALL of us are going through a challange of some measure every week. There is power in numbers. Ironically I had written a post about this very thing earlier this week, and it is posted today. I visited your feed this morning before I had posted and got to refer to you in the post as I went back to edit. Thank you so much for your knowledge, your inner beauty and ability to communicate to all of us so that we are touched by it and our lives are improved. If you ever write a book, I will be in line to buy it.
Love and hugs to you my cherished sister. Thank you for encouraging my "off-line" in this Mid-West move my hubby has made ahead of us. I am praying for you and Eric as you watch and wait. (((hugs)))

Beach House Living said...

A beautiful post. You have paid such tribute and drawn attention that warriors come in all forms, and ages. You have once again said it all perfectly.

Grammy said...

Thanks for the sweet tribute. I'm off to see Mom this morning and take her for lunch. Wish I could tell her about this post and have her understand. The picture of Astrid is just amazing. And to think that was just 5 or 6 weeks ago. Loved the post.

City Chick said...

Suzanne, I think you made me a little emotional (in a good way) with that post. I think we all need reminders on who the true warriors are. Thank you for that beautiful post.


Zuzu said...

We all have so many warriors in our lives - leading us, encouraging us, showing us all how to live life with strength and grace.
This is such a beautiful post, Suzanne! Hugs to you and all our warriors!

Deborah said...

Im so moved...
Hip-hip-hooray for every warrior!!
As always, you've given me something to ponder anew, and what courage that so many have to have in these days...
Thank you Suzanne...

Deborah xoxo

pollydove said...

What a beautiful tribute to all the warriors that surround us ... and you are right, they do, and they deserve accolades. Bless you for sending these special souls some today! xo

Jeanie said...

A wonderful post and a beautiful tribute to so many strong people. I, too, am fortunate to know some warriors and I admire them more than I can say.

But I have to ask -- is that a really old photo of your mom? Because if the woman in that photo is 93, then I want to eat and drink what she's drinking. She's gorgeous and looks like -- 60? OK, 65; maybe a well-preserved 68. Fabulous!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

A very well deserved tribute my dear to all of the people who are in the middle of these kinds of challenges....very well done, as always. Bises ma belle, Anita

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Suzanne, this is a beautiful tribute to all who are going through challenges. I think it is also a wonderful reminder that no one is alone or forgotten. We are all united in this life and support each other with strength, encouragement and grace.
Wonderful post!

Fearless Nester said...

A most perfect tribute to all the brave warriors we all come in contact with during our lifetime. (I so enjoyed seeing Julie in here.) ~Lili

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Your words always leave me thinking and pondering the meaning of life. Sometimes life can be such a battle, but thinking of our fellow warriors is strangely comforting... encouraging me to face my battles with courage and grace! Thank you for this lovely post.

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

beautifully said... your words... perfection.

pretty pink tulips said...

Darn it, if I don't start tearing up reading your post. And the music. Well, that just sends me over the edge.

Life isn't always easy, but knowing you are loved and cared about can carry you a long way.

Remember the poem, "Footprints"? I always think of that. The 2 sets of footprints...until there as one. "My child, that is when I carried you".
xo Elizabeth

Sherry said...

Thank you for what you have shared today. I had people come to mind as I read each of your captions. I hope that I can be a warrior in what ever in whatever God allows in my life. Bless you.

Olive Cooper said...

Blessings to all your Warriors mentioned here. What a heartfelt post!

Farmgirl Paints said...

warriors indeed.

Tamarah said...

Oh Suzanne & VERY touching post....You had me smiling & holding back the tears as I read of your Warriors & thought of the Warriors I know down here....Thank HEAVENS for each & every one....!!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)


Hi. Thanks for visiting. This is a very nice tribute. You know alot of warriors.
~ Julie


You have such a way of putting things in perspective.....right when I need it :)

Linda in AZ * said...

*** So beautiful, my friend, and sooo beautifully stated...

Linda in AZ *

Tracey said...

Suzanne this is such a touching post and a wonderful reminder to all of us to honor and be thankful for the warriors in our own lives! You have a beautiful way of writing!

Big hugs ~

:) T

eddieross said...

This is such a beautiful & touching post. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.


Happy Homemaker UK | Laura said...

A thought-provoking post, as always. Beautiful photos of beautiful people!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Just beautiful, Suzanne.
And a much needed kick in the pants as well...I've been throwing a bit of a pity party of late, and all of these brave individuals help to remind me that I ain't got it so bad after all. :-)


June said...

Suzanne I can always count on you to either make me laugh or cry, tonight I be a cryin'. This is just beautiful and every warrior in here and all over the world!!!
hugs to you dear one...

Miss Sew & So said...

tears are rolling like a huge river down my cheeks...

can i just tell you that if you were here i'd hug you big and make you another tea you are just such a wonderful inspirational woman and writer...

melissa xxx

hometown girl said...

you write so beautifully and you just know it's from the heart. i think at different times we all have our battles but it's nice to know we are not alone. blessings to all those you mention here may God be with them. susan

tales from an oc cottage said...

Amen! This is the FINEST post I have seen all year...maybe ever...I am humbled...may He continue to hold you and yours in the palm of His hand.

m ^..^

Tina said...

Suzanne, what a beautiful heart touching post! It has me in tears. To all of the amazing warriors in your post, I send all my best. To you, I also send my best ~ you are such a beautiful soul and your words express just that. Beautiful flowers for Friday Flower:) Hugs ~ Tina xx

Between You and Me said...

I love this.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Wonderful tribute! Over the past few years I have become very good friends with a few marine families, it's so hard to say goodbye but the most amazing feeling when they come home to the comfort of their homes. The love of their families!
One of my neighbors is fighting cancer, she still walks her 4 children to school hand in hand, hat worn showing the signs of no hair underneath. I pray for her!
I wish you a wonderful week!
Lots of love

koralee said...

You so inspired me today my friend....yes...I know lots of warriors who inspire!

Hugs and love to you. xoxoxo

Aspiring Kennedy said...

this was awesome. it sounds like you do have some warriors in your life. {i did chuckle at the grandparents portion... oh my, the emails i have forwarded are so appalling, but you know they do it because they love us & worry.}

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Oh wow my dear friend.
This is such a wonderful post.
These are worriors, stronf worriors.
May God bless them all.

Amy Arnaz said...

THIS is one of the best blog posts I have ever read on any blog. Just beautiful. Actually caused me to tear up a little! Lovely. Thank you Suzanne. xoxo Amy in Nevada

The Zhush said...

Very touching, very moving...making me feel so grateful! xx

bBchronicles said...

This IS such a beautiful POST - thought provoking, well done - the photos amazing. Your writing is from the heart. LOVED IT!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Suzanne, so beautiful! Inspiring and touching. Warriors, you ROCK! xo Lidy

Splendid Willow said...

Simply beautiful, Suzanne. A perfect reminder to let even more gratefulness into my own heart.

Love to you. Mon