The Kindness of Others

Blogging has made such as impact on my life and I’ve only been doing it for three months. I’ve been introduced to the world through reading other blogs, adventures, and views. I’ve become acquaintances with mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, teachers, elderly, and children who have touched my heart and warmed my soul. Today, I received a message that has made such an impact on me that I though I would re-post it along with my response:

“Miss Lesley~

You’re my hero! Noticed you gave me a thumbs up on my blog…which led me to you! Whatta treat to read about your amazing adventures…you rock! I plan on being you in my next lifetime. Figure a gal who can eat a entire mega burger has gotta be a pretty cool chick!

Congrats on the baby, that will be your greatest adventure ever! I would love to gift you a print for the nursery (I’m an artist who adores whimsical positive images). Just click to my site http://www.cindydeluz.com and pick out whatever calls to you and the babe. It will arrive will a loving prayer attached…..consider it “angel mail”.

Keep living life to the fullest and making us smile out here!

Hugs~

Cindy

P.S. I subscribed to your blog…I’m sure you’ll hit 5,000 peeps before you know it. Woo Who!!”

Cindy,

I know I’m over emotional because I’m pregnant but your kindness has brought me to tears.

I have a large appetite for food as well as travel and adventure. McGreevy’s gave me all of that in one little package. I hope that others can find a place where they feel so free that they are liberated enough to let their spirit show.

Becoming a mother has already been my greatest accomplishment and has brought me more happiness than I ever imagined possible. Seeing my precious daughter for the first time on ultrasound was the most beautiful image I’ve experienced, and feeling the flutters in my stomach each time she moves or kicks brings on a smile that lasts all day. Creating her room with my husband has, yet again, confirmed my deep love and respect for him. He has given everything he has into creating something beautiful for her and there are no words to express how blessed I am to have him in my life. I am living in my “happily ever after”.

Your site, http://www.cindydeluz.com, Cindy DeLuz Mixed Media Artist, is reflective of my greatest feelings and emotions. The “Getaways” section is like you’ve read my mind and put it to paper. You have a “LOVE IN LAGUNA BEACH” piece that is a perfect fit for my husband and I and our journey in Laguna Hills. We consciously thought about if we could live anywhere in the world, where would it be. We choose Laguna Hills as our dream location and it was here that our love created our precious baby girl that is four months shy of being born. Countless evenings and weekends are spend strolling along Laguna Beach
dreaming of our future together. Your FISHERMAN’S WHARF piece is reminiscent of my childhood days growing up with a fisherman grandfather and living in a fishing community. If any one person has changed my life for the better, it would be my grandfather. He is strong, supportive, loving, giving, and more understanding than Jesus himself. He’d give everything, and often has, to make us happy and bring joy into our lives. Anyone that has ever been graced with his presence sees his beautiful spirit and is a better person for knowing him. Your SUNDAY ON THE BAY piece shows my husband and I before we
moved to California. He taught me how to sail and showed me the ocean from a different perspective. It was while sailing that I learned of his patience and relaxed demeanor and realized that I was falling in love with the man of my dreams. Your YOUNG AT HEART pieces are the personification of my mother. She has taught us how to remain young and enjoy the simple things in life. I will forever be grateful to her for instilling that in me. Your HOLIDAYS pieces are a step back into my past in eastern Canada filled with snow, family-made snowmen, decorating, and Santa Clause. But it is your ROYAL WINGS – LIVE YOUR DREAMS that combines everything that has shaped my life. If your offer stands for a gift print, I choose that one! I keep returning for another look and a reminder of the amazing times that are to come with my daughter and my husband. We’re creating a family that will always live our dreams.

P.S. I’ve reached over 850 followers and the number is rising thanks to wonderful believers like yourself.

Thanks for the encouragement and a link to one of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen.

May your days be filled with happiness and laughter.

Lesley

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay awhile and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever, the same.
Flavia Weedn

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158 thoughts on “The Kindness of Others

  1. The letter and your response are both beautiful. Thank you for sharing. The best of luck to your family and the birth of your precious. I blog about the joys and pains of parenting. With three children, I can definitely that the joys will, by far, outweigh the pains and make up for pains brought by life. My children bring me stress but take away so much more than imagined.

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    • This will be my first child, but growing up in a family with an older brother, two younger brothers, and two sisters has showed me the joy and reward of being surrounded by children.

      Good luck with you kids and keep posting,

      Lesley

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  2. Hi,
    Sometimes in this crazy but wonderful world in which we live, we tend to forget how many wonderful people there are out there. What a lovely gift that Cindy has so kindly given you and your family to be. I love the paintings, and your post was a wonderful read.

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    • I’m uplifted by her kindness and feel that I need to do a random act of kindness for someone else. I’m going to spend the afternoon reflecting on it and think about what I can do in return.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s greatly appreciated.

      Lesley

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  3. How lovely! I know how you feel Lesley, about becoming a parent, it is amazing. Adjusts life’s lens a little, for the ‘even better’! (I’m a new Mum, 9 months on from birth of my daughter.) And gorgeous paintings by Cindy! A heartwarming post 🙂

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  4. Awww, what a doll you are Lesley!
    I enjoyed reading this post so much…you gave a gift right back to me! Thank you! I’m continually amazed by the magic of blogging. It so wonderful to meet lovely kindred souls along the way.
    Wishing you days filled with much love and laughter.

    Sending you a bear hug wrapped up in endless love!
    Cindy
    P.S. You have a gift with words….add “write a book” to your bucket list. All of us in cyberspace would definitely pre-order a copy. Seriously, I can see you and Athena signing books in New York at Barnes and Noble! What a great read it would be! You have an important story to share with the planet….especially for women. Bet you already have a book heart whisper huh?! Go for it~

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    • Cindy,

      I noticed you don’t have prices on your prints. A few people have asked me about prices, in particular, a lady is interested in one of your Fancy Flats. Are they all the same price?

      I look forward to hearing from you,

      Lesley

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  5. Congratulations on your baby! You’re entering one of the greatest adventures of all.

    No matter how many cool adventures you’ve done in the past, they’ll be nothing compared to going on adventures with your kid when he/she is old enough to do things with you.

    I’ve done lots of things in my life and been to many different countries as well, but nothing was cooler than taking my son on some hiking/rock-climbing adventures along the coast in Rhode Island this past year.

    The best is yet to come for ya.

    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    • I’ve had great happiness in my life, but being pregnant has made me even more positive and ambitious. I want to show my daughter new cultures, countries, and adventures.

      What were two of your favorite countries? I’m always on the look-out for a new journey.

      Lesley

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      • Germany was a great place. I spent three years there while in the Army. Most of my travels were through the southern part, from the northwest tip of the Black Forest and then going south and east through the country. Lots of castles and old ruins to visit and wander through.

        Probably my favorite country thus far to visit has been the UK. Mostly I’ve been in England and Scotland, with a tiny bit of Wales and the West Coast of Ireland. All very beautiful, lots of history, and some of the world’s finest ales.

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  6. Cindy’s artwork is beautiful–I really dig her style. I’m not into fancy phones and gadgets and stuff, but the internet I see as an absolute blessing. It’s opened the entire world to me, a world where people like Lesley and Cindy exist and interact and share. There’s nothing cooler. Not even Ben&Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake ice cream…and that’s pretty gosh darn cool.

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    • It’s a day later and I’m still smiling about it.

      Now I feel a strong desire to do something good for someone else, but I’m struggling with what I have to offer someone. Writing is not exactly a “sendable” gift.

      What do you think? I;d love some simple ideas.

      Lesley

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  7. Thanks for the likes! It brought me to this positive post, which I enjoyed stumbling across. I like looking at the bright side of life, too. I loved being pregnant, and am trying again, so I love hearing other people feeling the things I appreciated for those 9 short months. Please relish those first-pregnancy naps for me (even though you’re a get-up-and-go kind of gal).

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  8. “Live your dreams!” We love that! That needs to be our daily mantra from now on. Thanks much for inspiring others to travel!

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  9. Such a lovely communication of emotions! Really touchy one.. I had witnessed the birth of a beautiful baby gal to my sis last year and the experience is really overwhelming. Now she has grown into this little cute curious hyperactive naughty baby and she is just loved at first time by everyone whenever we go out. A darling she is! Hope you also have a beautiful angel like her soon. BTW thanks for going through the bamboo shoot blog. Hope you enjoyed reading it and gonna try sometime when you include North-east India in your next adventure trip. Till then you can try the dish with canned bamboo shoots (i.e. if you really wanna have a totally different food experience!).

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  10. Lesley,
    Thanks for visiting ChefDeHome.wordpress.com and leaving a like for my book giveaway. Actually, if you leave a comment on my website http://www.chefdehome.com, you can increase your chances of winning.
    Your blog has MUCH for me to come back and see. I really love your travel adventures and urge to enjoy life. Keep it up. –Savita

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  11. this is a beautiful post. i, too, am humbled daily at the wonderful persons who personally reach out to me, telling me that because of my blog, they are living a healthy life, one day at a time. it makes me cry, and i’m not pregnant. 🙂 i just wanted to say thank you for your kind blog. it’s certainly inspirational. x

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  12. Hi Lesley,
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

    Having four children myself, I can only tell you that everything that you’re feeling now is going to multiply (can you imagine that?) and it’s going to get even better.

    I love the way you see the pictures. If my children later describe me as having “taught us how to remain young and enjoy the simple things in life.” Then I’ll know I’ve done my job properly.

    I think I’ll pop over to Cindy’s site too!

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    • Four children! What an inspiration! I have three brothers and two sisters but I’m thinking that the 6 children tradition in my family will stop with me. 🙂

      Cindy’s site is amazing and her prints will make for great Christmas gifts. I think I’ll pick one out for my sister and my mother.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  13. Hi Lesley, Thanks for visiting my blog you really made my Friday! The kindness of others never ceases to amaze me and finding your page and Cindy’s made me so happy, it reminding me of the all thing I love in life… and suddenly I haven’t felt so lonely out there – just re-enforced my positive side, thank you. Best wishes :o)

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    • The internet brings people together from around the world; it’s a beautiful thing.

      I love your cooking posts! I’ve never been much of a cook but there are 1000s of recipes at my disposal with wordpress. Do you have a favorite, simple, recipe?

      Lesley

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    • Thank you! I feel so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people and they continue to fill my life with happiness.

      Your post, Multitudes on Monday: One Thousand Gifts #2, is inspirational for my yearly bucket list.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated. I’d love to hear from you again,

      Lesley

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  14. Great post. I, too, have gotten far more from writing a blog than just the writing experience. It is a community. Sometimes I don’t know how people find me, but once you make a connection, it’s always fun to go back and see what’s going on in their lives.
    Your blog is interesting because I don’t do those crazy and interesting things so I can live that adventure through you!

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  15. Beautiful post, i agree wholeheartedly! life has changed so much since I’ve started blogging and I’ve met some incredible people 🙂 thank you so much for visiting my blog! 🙂

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  16. Thanks for a giving heart to show anyone and everyone your appreciation in the way you can. Its touched mine and Cindy’s heart plus all the countless bloggers here. :O)

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  17. Thanks so much for hitting my blog! Yours is just delightful! Keep on with the adventures. Having a little one join you is such great fun. We moved overseas with 2 kid-lets under 5 years of age and came back 3 years later with a 3rd. Wouldn’t have traded it for the world!

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    • I can’t wait to show my daughter new countries, cultures, and adventures. She’s four months shy of birth, yet she’s already given me more happiness than I thought existed.

      Where are you living now? did you have a difficult time moving with children?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  18. Hi Lesley,
    Thanks so much for the’like’ on my blog, its nice to know someone reads it other than my family! Your blog is fantastic and I am so jealous of all the amazing things you have done with your life, its really inspiring! Cant wait to hear about the baby adventures and more travel! x

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    • When I received my first “non-family member” response or “like”, I was glowing all day. I try to spend time each day checking out other blogs and spreading the encouragement.

      I love your blog title, I Don’t Share Cake; it’s the epitome of pregnancy. 🙂

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  19. I don’t follow many blogs because I tend to think I don’t have time. But reflecting on that thought, plus the fact that today one of the blogs I do follow suggested following more if you’re avoiding it because of fear of lack of time (bingo!), I started wondering who to follow? And how I would know the “right” ones and find ones I really loved since so many blogs are out there? A bit of perfection kicked in right behind the lack.

    I didn’t think anymore about it since housecleaning was next on my list until I took a break. I checked my email to find your “like” on one of my blog posts. Next, I read the special note from Cindy to you and checked out her whimsical site. Within hours, I’m now following two new-to-me blogs. I love signs and wonders!

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    • Thank you!

      In a world of internet, tweeting, and blogging, It’s hard to decide who to follow or even to find the time to look, but I’ve been introduced to some amazing people and great sites through a few minutes of searching each day. It can be rewarding to find a site that matches your beliefs and direction perfectly.

      🙂

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  20. Who is this Lesley who keeps liking my posts?? Well it is you and aren’t a cool person!! How many awesome experiences are you having!! Well done and yes blogging is so positive. I have 4 kids, while I adore every second of them, the days of travelling at a whim and being MEGA random seem somewhat minimised. Congrats on baby! Hope you like my work, 🙂 Amber x

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  21. Great post…um you’re awesome. Always looking for someone to whom I can set my bar – as for travel, you’re the one! Glad to follow you and can’t wait to keep reading:)

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    • Thank you! Travel has shaped my life as much as family and friends. I’ve been to 34 countries and countless cities, yet I have no intention of stopping any time soon. I can’t wait to show my baby girl new countries, cultures, and adventures.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • I take time daily to view others blogs, comment, and “like”. I post regularly and only about things that I’m passionate about. Including interesting, different pictures helps as well. I also have followers from other writing ventures and I’m lucky enough to have their continued support.

      I love writing and it’s more about expressing myself. I can only hope that others will enjoy reading it.

      🙂

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      • Well you can definitely tell you have passion behind it and you are an amazing writer. I’m very encouraged by you and I hope you continue to write and have this zest for life that is so obvious. =]

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