Next Comes Gratitude

My, My, My!

My WordPress Community has completely overwhelmed me this week. In such a positive way.

Three awards in one week? How does one person deserve so much recognition by other writers? I am not sure. But I am accepting all three with my sincerest gratitude and thanks.

To Destrudowoman:   Je te/vous remercie.

I thank you!

This wonderful and fascinating writer has awarded me The  Versatile Award. I am actually flabbergasted because I happen to admire this woman as writer, as a woman, and as a kindred spirit. But to believe that she might have seen something of the same in me I never even entertained. Why?  Because she is a successful author with two books under her belt, an amazing artist with an eye for the perfect color combinations, texturizing with paint, and bringing the life and spirit of herself into her work.  I thought we were in different leagues.

But I find that maybe this is not so true. And me, who despises classifications , needs to put that kind of thinking in a trash barrel right away.  Because of this incredible giving woman, this lady, and I mean Lady in every sense of the word, she has told me through her words and through her gift oft this award different.

You can find Destruwoman @

Please check out her very cool blog. She has a writing style that will immediately grab your heart and with her words she will touch your soul.

I especially enjoy her stories by Crazy Annie. Try them, you may become addicted and waiting for the next installation. This authoress pens under the name Tallystarr and I am listing the titles of her two books here, and where they can be purchased.

Shamelessly I will plug an artist and their work.

The Books: “Fourth Watch Ballet” & “Pocket Full of Lavender” more information @

Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare.
~James Russell Lowell

This gift, this award has helped me to recall this above poem I like to use in Thank You cards that I often make. I thought it would be more than appropriate now.

Sharing is what we do by blogging. Sharing our thoughts and beliefs out loud to one another.  Giving to one another through sharing are gifts that can lift the soul on a dark day, and can lighten the load we carry on out shoulders through these gifts. This is what we as writers do.

In this spirit I will now list the 7 things about myself to play along with the requirements of The Versatile Award.

Here’s how this works:

If you are nominated, thank the award giver and link back to them in your blog post
Share seven things about yourself
Pass this award along to recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading
Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award and post the award picture.

Seven Things:

  1. I have a tattoo  inside my left ankle of the Pieces sign. My husband is the artist who  did it for me almost 41 years ago.
  2. I collect elephants. Not for political intentions of course.
  3. I have trouble saying, “NO!”
  4. I am a CASA.  Court Appointed Special Advocate. My clients are children who through no fault of their own their family is involved in Family court for one reason or another. Most of my clients live in Foster Homes. Which my husband & I also  participated in.  Having two foster daughter’s along with our own two daughter’s.
  5. My hair is long, down to my hips. I have donated 3 braids to Locks of Love in 20 years and am wanting to do a fourth,  As long as I can grow hair easily why not?
  6. In my younger days I was a vocalist in a local garage band. This was before I was married. As I grew older and raising children the music world was no longer compatible . I stayed involved with my first passion by managing my baby brother’s Country – Rock band.  I produced their first album. A dream had come true, me in a recording studio.
  7. I am married to my best friend going on 41 years. We have two daughters who love to shock their friends with this fact. That their parents have remained together happily all these years is something that our girls are proud of.


©tjhelser 2012

14 thoughts on “Next Comes Gratitude

  1. Haha, well thank you so much for the support! It’ll be all worth it in the end. I’ll be working to get to basic/field training for this summer down at Maxwell AFB down in Alabama. As much as it would be nice, only a selected number of cadets will be going down there, so while it may be an exciting time, it is also a bit stressful especially this next upcoming semester. Everything feels so uncertain…but we’ll see. I’m just going to continue praying. If God has brought me this far, he’ll take me all the way!

    And that’s so amazing. There are so many unbelievably strong people out there and you are no exception. My mother went through an exhausting 8 hour brain surgery to remove a category 4 brain tumor. And although everything was uncertain at the time, she is 110% today. You wouldn’t even know she went through something like that unless you saw the scars. But my mom, and all of the other people that have and are still overcoming stuff like that, it’s very inspiring for me and that’s where I draw strength from. So thank you for that. And I wish you success in your continued endeavors 😀

    • I’m confident you’ll be successful. I can imagine the stress and the pressure though. When it all feels too much just let go and let God take your worries for a bit.

      Your mom sounds like a stunningly strong and courageous woman.As her family is obviously as strong as well.Including you.
      I am familiar with brain surgery as our 35 yr old daughter had to have emergency brain surgery because she was bleeding in her front left lobe.
      Thank God r surgery was only half the length of your mom’s I recall the fear as I sit here and also recall how grateful I was at the time that she was in God’s hands.

      You are going to be awesome in whatever and whevere your life takes you.
      Remember this:
      “Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.”
      Vincent McNabb

      • Oh wow, thank you so much for your kind words. And my mom is definitely a strong woman. She is my inspiration for a lot of the things that I do.
        My heart definitely goes out to every person that has had to go through any kind of surgery like that. Waiting is the toughest part I would have to say, since everything is so uncertain.

        But thank you so much. Awesome quote by an inspiring person.

  2. Congratulations !! 🙂

    Long hair – how beautiful. Would love that, but mine just doesn’t grow.

    I love the work you do, I regard it as highly honourable.

    I have trouble saying no too :(, and as for your 41 years of wonderful partnership – just wonderful.

    • You are such a sweetheart to me! I look forward to finding what you commented on, and what you are up to next. You are one of my fave bloggers.

      Thank you for the thoughtful feelings you have concerning my work as a CASA. When my girls were old enough to leave home I had to find a way to fill my life with advocating for children still. I discovered the CASA program. I have a personal need to help give a child a voice who without this program may not have one.

      Thanks too for the congrats my friend, I am still blushing from the recognitions.

  3. Congratulations on all of your recently acquired awards!! It’s a really humbling feeling to know that others are reading what you write. Anyways, I saw your comment on the needs section of Daniel’s (soulblindministries) blog and just wanted to thank you for your support. I’ve made it through thick and thin with the Lord and I know that He has something great planned for me in the future, especially through ROTC and later on, the armed forces. But I know it’s not up to my own strength. So, I just wanted to stop by to thank you for that 😀

    • Are we as people not a cool group? You are never alone. Walking in God’s magnificent light, and with people who care about what happens to you, you’ll never truly be alone.
      I know.
      I spent some 10 yrs in a lot of solitude due to an illness, one that had me crawling out of my skin in pain. My self imposed isolation was in the end for a great purpose. I have always been a woman of faith, but when my heart was quiet with just my own noisy thoughts God was able to guide me in ways I never knew. Because I was quiet enough to listen fully.
      ROTC is wonderful resourceful program. I admire your convictions and commitments to our country. Best wishes for a safe and productive journey in the service.
      Do you know what branch you are thinking of?

      • Totally true, the support that is available being with other people that love God is just amazing. I know that we are not designed to live this life in solitude. I read your about and saw the myriad of different ailments that you have suffered and possibly continue suffering from. I would like to pray for you for that if you don’t mind 😀 Hopefully, your pain is not as bad as it sounds like it has been.
        And thanks! I’m a cadet in Air Force ROTC and am looking forward to being in the Air Force when I graduate. Just trying to follow my dad’s footsteps in that haha.

      • Wow~ The Air Force! You are obviously better than the average student to! You will do well. Congrats. Do you have a date yet?
        Do you know where you will do basic?
        This an exciting time in your life. Kudos.

        Thank you for taking the time to read my About. That was really kind to do. Please let me accept your prayers with a smile and grateful heart. My belief is we can never have enough prayers. I would be honored to keep you in mine as well. Guardian angels on each shoulder especially serving our country.

        I am able to cope most days much better than in the beginning. The hardest part was acceptance, accepting the huge change in what my life was like before illness.
        Having gotten past that and recreating a satisfying life was key for me. I now look at it with gratitude, again most days. I am grateful for the time I now have to paint, create story.memory books, mixed media collages, and write,read, all to my hearts content. That’s one of the upsides.
        I now spend my energies advocating for chronic pain and children who need voices in the adult world.

  4. Wow…thank you, Baroness. The author & artist you describe sounds wonderful…I hope to meet her someday! All kidding aside, I’m grateful for your praise, and I’m grateful that you share your thoughts and feelings through this versatile site. Blessed Be!

    • Does she not sound like a fascinating author? I am particularly interested in her” Pocket Full of Lavender.”
      I plan on meeting at least her words very soon. ; )

      My friend you are always a welcome sight when I log in. Thanks again for all your support, belief, and kindness. .

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