Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I Am Still Learning: My Giveaway


I couldn't get a great angle here because the light from my kitchen window shines in, but this quote says "I am still learning," and I am happy to say that a bronze plaque exactly like it will be the prize for my 1,100th blog post giveway, to begin today (March 6th) and end Sunday night (March 11th) at 11:59 PM.

The rules are simple and few. All you have to do to enter is be a follower and leave a comment on this post. Easy enough, right? The winner will be announced Monday morning, March 12th.

Life teaches us a lot of things, and today my husband and I are learning once more how difficult it is to say goodbye to a beloved friend prematurely. He passed away yesterday and will be sorely missed by his family and friends (of which he has many). His was a life well-lived, and we have loved and will continue to love him.

Near my bedside table, I have a little poem that reads, "Little by little, time goes by. Short if you sing, long if you sigh. Note by note, life's music plays on. Songs ever changing but never gone." We know that our friend Dave will never be gone, and we look forward to seeing him again one day.

I want to thank all of you for visiting my blog so faithfully and allowing me to create this arena for expressing my feelings, organizing my thoughts, sharing my joys, and working my way through sorrows. It would not be the same experience for me here without your warm (almost tangible) presence and supportive comments. I want you to know that I appreciate your friendship, internet or otherwise. I am learning (yes, like the plaque says, I am still learning) that friends are friends, no matter where you meet them.

{so glad to know you}

=)

PS. Don't be shy to enter if you are a new friend. We have to start somewhere, right? ;)

25 comments:

karen said...

Oh darn it Sue - I'm so sorry about your friend. Goodbyes are never easy - even if they're really just a temporary bon voyage. You and Dave have been in my thoughts much these last few days, and I hope you're finding comfort.
I love the saying on the plaque, so whether I win it or not, I will remember it. That's the beauty of it - we're ALL still learning. Eternally.

Tima said...

Sorry about your friend. You and your mother have become dear friends to me. I wake up every morning, and check to see if either of you have written. You're in my thoughts.

Nancy said...

I am so grateful for you Sue. I needed this today. Having lost Perry just a little over 6 months ago, has given me a new perspective on the quote that we learn something new every day. I could have done without this particular path, but I can definitely relate to your plaque "I Am Still Learning"!! Today has been one of my "down" days.... Thank You for giving me inspiration to appreciate the blessings I have. So sorry about your friend.

Brian Miller said...

i am sorry for your loss sue...it is hard, esp when premature...

the plaque is awesome...it is truth, we are always learning...as long as we stay malleable...

jen said...

So he did pass away? I'm sorry.

Hugs to you today, and always.

Grandma Honey said...

I am so sorry about your friend Sue. What a sweet and hard experience at the same time. I hope you will share here some parts of his service.

I'm already a follower as you know. This quote really speaks to me. I love to learn and keep a daily notebook of my discoveries each day. This also reminds me of a YWs lesson about a week ago. It was about learning and progressing as women. At one point in the lesson the teacher looked over at me and said, "Even Sister Shelley continues to learn." I suddenly felt very old :), but really what she said was so true.

Adrienne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. That plaque is so true of my life. I'm still learning, and hope I don't stop. It would get pretty boring if God was done with me. Thank you for the kind words over at JDaniel's today.

LeAnn said...

I feel sad about your loss of a dear friend. It is always difficult to love and then to lose. At least we have the comfort of knowing they are not that far away along with many memories.You will be in my thoughts and prayers. You are truly one of my favorite friends and hope you know that. I learn so much by reading your thoughts.
Hugs and love to you!

Anna M said...

you are such an inspirational friend to me. thank you for your blog and being a favorite commenter on mine.

bless you and your friend's family for your loss.

Bodhirose said...

My condolences for the loss of your good friend, Sue...so very sorry.

I love the quote on the plaque too..our learning never ends. I believe this is my first visit...I came over from Magpie and love what you wrote for the prompt. Many of us seemed to go in the same direction.

Thought I might as well enter your giveaway and become a follower...glad to meet you!

Gayle ~

Stacy Crawford said...

I'm sorry for you loss.

I love your bedside poem. Words to live by...

Jackie said...

Sending love your way, you sweet friend.

Dixie Mom said...

We are all learning and some of us...including me...learn from you.
I'm sorry you are having to go through the learning of grief. I'm not sure if that can ever best mastered.

Karen Mortensen said...

Sorry about your friend. I found out a friend of mine just died yesterday too.
That plaque is so beautiful.

anitamombanita said...

I'm sighing, my friend, just sighing. It will be good to see many old friends and to celebrate our friend's life together. Love you. See you Friday.

yaya said...

I'm so sorry you lost a good friend. It's so hard to say goodbye even when we know that we'll meet again. Sunday we sang "God be with you till we meet again"... that always makes me cry. I love your plaque. I always try to learn something new everyday. And something new usually finds me and I love it! Hmm...I'm hoping to win the Dream Home but that plaque would mean just as much to me! I'm easy to please!

Pondside said...

...and I am so glad to know that you are there too, Sue. The dialogue that we carry on - sometimes short, sometimes a wee bit more involved, has added something to my life. Here we are, approaching a significant milestone and we can still stretch to meet a new friend, we can still change, we can still learn.
I'm sorry that you have had to say goodbye too soon to your friend.

Joyful Noise said...

I am sorry for your loss. I am also grateful for you and for your wonderful talent of writing and expressing. I will focus on learning. Great idea.

Amy said...

Oh Sue, I always miss you during my blogging breaks. You are so down to earth and honest, and you fill my heart. What luck I came back on a giveaway day! :) I am so sorry for your loss. I understand all to well the pain of losing a friend prematurely and want you to know you will be in my thoughts and prayers, as will the family of your friend.

Ames said...

Sue I love the little poem by your bed and the "I'm Still Learning". As much as I would like to have it....if I am the one to win would you just send it to Jenny Matlock. I feel she needs to be uplifted right now. Thanks Sue. I enjoy your blog and all your wonderful poems and stories. Hugs!~Ames♥

Lindzena said...

I'm sorry your friend has passed on, but I am definitely grateful for your enlightened perspective on things. With friends like you, especially, he certainly won't be forgotten.

Congrats on your 1100th post, by the way!

Cheryl said...

So very sorry for your loss, Sue.

Be well.

The only thing I know about learning is if I stop, I'm done growing.

Caroline said...

Sue, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I know this is a difficult time for everyone.

On the note of your blog-- it has been not only a joy to visit but your friendship is a gift! :)

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Honey I am so very sorry for the loss of your friend Dave. I know that you will miss him dearly. Dave sounds like a man that was loved by many.
Lovely poem that you keep near you on the bedside table.
Glad you shared it with us.
Thanks for giving us all a chance to win such a beautiful plaque. Gosh Sue have you written 1100 post. Incredible. Wow we should be giving you a plaque.
Like all your buddies on here I love coming by and reading your words.
I always leave here feeling better.
Love
Maggie

Jo said...

oh Sue ... I am so sorry to hear of your loss ...

I enjoyed the little poem ... life does go by far too quickly!

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