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Monday, March 20, 2006

Reality check...

Well, what is my little bit of grief compared to what my some of my fellow humans are facing as I write?

I have a home, a family that is alive and well who put up with my bullshit and still love me regardless, and my treasured scrap supplies and photos. Yes, my beloved and most treasured Nana is gone, and so is my darling Auntie Margie, but I have a life that I love and everything that I could ever need right here on Earth with me right now...including two little children that think I am the best thing since sliced bread, and a husband who worries himself sick about us three and would give his last breath if it meant our very survival depended upon it.

In a few hours, people just like me will have their lives torn away from them and destroyed, literally, in one way or another, in coastal communities along the Far North Queensland Coast. It has been decades since a cyclone even remotely as strong as Cyclone Larry has hit the Queensland coast. But this one is ridiculously huge and ridiculously dangerous. Cyclone Tracy Queensland-style. So everyone in Far North Queensland, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE heed the warnings issued by the authorities... evacuate, move to higher and safer ground, and protect your little families. Don't take ANY risks! My thoughts and prayers are with you all in the times ahead.

And please everyone, visit Nora and leave her a message of support. I have been an admirer of Nora's scrapbooking through 2Peas ever since I started scrapping. Nora and her husband Sean have had issues with infertility in the past and had decided to adopt a child. They were blessed with the arrival of their gorgeous daughter Darby Jane a little over a week ago and were so totally overjoyed to finally bring her home from the hospital. Just as they were settling into their new lives as a family of four, with Nora's son Mac, they received a call from their adoption agency late last week saying that the birth mother wanted Darby back. And they took her...the adoption paperwork was still sitting on a staff member's desk and hadn't yet been officially filed when the birth mother changed her mind so Nora and Sean had to simply hand her over. And to make matters worse, the birth mother now doesn't know whether she should in fact keep Darby for good, or whether she should hand her back to Nora and Sean. They are absolutely BESIDE themselves, as you could imagine. So please, drop in to Nora's blog and lend her a shoulder...anything, even just so that she knows she and Sean are cared about and thought of. She could really use it right now...don't be scared, she won't bite.

Anyway, yes I am greiving, yes that is terrible, but it's simply a God-awful part of life...and something that I just have to deal with. Things could be much, MUCH worse, that's for sure. So thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your gorgeous words of support, your stories, your {{{{HUGS}}}}, and your positive vibes over the last few days. I will hopefully get to email you all individually sometime over the next two days. Thinking of you all and wishing you nothing but health, harmony and happiness in your lives :o)

{{{{{{{{{HUGEST OF HUGS}}}}}}}}}

Luv Karen xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


Blogger Mel Diener said...

OMG Karen, that is so awful for Nora and her husband. What a devastating thing to have to deal with. My thoughts are with them.

I hope you are doing better....big hugs to you.

Mel xxxx

11:53 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Karen that is just a dreadful story about Nora and her husband. How can that happen? Those papers should have been filed straight away. I can imagine it must be so difficult to had a baby over for adoption, but my heart really goes out to Nora and Sean.

I can see how strong you are by feeling the grief of those people around you who are suffering through difficult times, but remember that it is also all right to have your own sad days and to let yourself grieve however you need to as well.

Thinking of you,
Megan xx

2:26 PM  
Blogger Moira said...

That is so sad. My heart goes out to Nora. Thinking of you too. :)

4:05 PM  
Blogger Nicole Finlayson said...


Nothing to add that hasn't already been said except I'm thinking of you atm.

Make sure you take care of yourself okay, and you know where to find me if you need to spill - lol.

Hugs from me to you,

Nic xx

8:16 PM  
Blogger Janelle Wind said...

Hey there Karen,

Please don't feel bad for feeling sad - your grief is very real to you and very important. You are so kind to be thinking of everyone else in the middle of all of this saddness. My hear goes out to Nora and Sean - how devastating for them both and what an emotional rollercoaste rthey must be riding right now. May there be some peace and comfort somewhere in the middle of all of this.

Take care and thinking of you...

xx nellie

9:42 PM  
Blogger Peta said...

Ohh hun {{HUG}} :)

and I've been following the stuff about Nora on two peas also - I must say some of the posts there got a little under my nose... I don't know but I felt it was really unkind from some of them to be saying Roxanne should do the right thing and give her back etc etc - who are they to say what the right thing is? Really? How are we to know Roxanne 'reclaiming' her daughter isn't the right thing for her and for Darby? My heart goes out to everyone on that issue becasue there is NO WAY to tell what really the right thing is IYKWIM.

I think the most beautiful thing through it all is Nora's constant worry about getting Roxanne through it all too.. You know she'd make a great mum from Darby and I do have everything crossed for her that it works out!! I'll hope for her seeing as she can't right now.

*sigh* it is all very sad but I do hope that it will have a happy ending - in the long long distand future for Darby - no matter the out come of this story KWIM

2:30 AM  

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