Thursday, December 16, 2010

With LOVE 2 ALL my FRIENDS

this is for my friends,
for the ones on Etsy....

as many of you know this past year has been hands down the most difficult year of my entire life. hospitals, endless doctor appointments, severe panic, anxiety & depression
this year i have fought harder than i have ever fought before
on many days i had no fight left
it was on these days you were a light
in my darkest of hours.....
your endless, encouraging messages filling up my convo inbox
prayers, thoughts, well wishes
gifts and cards from people in other countries
from people i barely knew, from customers,
from this amazing community we know by it's orange rectangle:)
this community has been my lifeline
on nights where i never found sleep there was ALLLways someone there to write back and forth with.
those of you who shared your own personal struggles, the ones who assured me i would make it through, even though i was all out of hope
you gave it to me
you understood my shop opening and closing, then opening, then closing
you accepted me when i couldn't find it in me to answer a convo for weeks
you believed in me
you held me up when all i felt was down

today was one of the best days i've had in a LONG time
tonight, in my office, reading through your words (yes, i saved them ALL) i couldn't help but feel overwhelming amounts of thankful
"And Now My Heart is FULL"
please know i never would have made it through ANY of this without you- EVERY single one of you.
xox, rachel

15 comments:

  1. I am SO glad to hear that- you are such a beautiful person. Sorry if that sound corny- but it's true. Bee You DEE Full, Inside and out- I love you girl.

    ReplyDelete
  2. you are all the awesome in the world, rachel. I'm so glad to know you :) Merry Christmas xo

    ReplyDelete
  3. who doesn't love a great day ... & ending the year full of a hope & sunshine! & through a tough you year you've come out stronger. It helps that you're incredible talented chica. take care & stay strong. have a wonderful day. xx

    ReplyDelete
  4. You are so beautiful, Rachel.

    ReplyDelete
  5. We are all better people for having you in our lives!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am so so glad that you are feeling positive again, it's very moving to read it. rest assured, that if I played any part at all (and I don't want to assume that I did), you are most welcome. Have a fantastic Christmas, and a positive well 2011 xxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love that photo of you! I'm happy to see a smile on your face. May 2011 bring more joy, peace and happiness for you :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is so incredibly touching--it literally gave me chills to read it. You are a wonderful & strong spirit, Rachel. I wish for boundless love, health & happiness for you in 2011.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Sending the love right back to you! Keep your head up - you have people all over the world who are rooting for you and hoping that your 2011 makes up for all the troubles of 2010.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Rachel, you are a light for all of us I am sure. Every time I see your name popping up somewhere I am glad to see it ;-)
    Also with this touching blog. Your problems but also your strength and keeping in touch with all of us. 2011 will be much better.
    Big hug,
    Nancy xox

    ReplyDelete
  11. You are lovely and inspiring. Really, a wonderful person. ♥

    Haley

    ReplyDelete
  12. I adore you, Rachel. I'm so happy that things are turning around for you, because you deserve happiness more than most people I know. ♥

    ReplyDelete
  13. I heart you Rachel! Please call if ya ever need anything :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. You are incredibly strong Rachel- just printed this out for my inspiration board- YOU ARE AMAZING! Everything came apart in 2010 so everything can fall together in 2011- of this I am certain! Glad we are all in this together.

    xo- Cat :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love you so much Rach! You are one of the most beautiful, talented, and best women/human being/thing God made and just plain awesome to boot!

    ReplyDelete