Saturday, January 30, 2010

Road Trip to The Rest of My Life

It's getting close to time for me to head out for the rest of my life. I plan to stay in touch with you for the whole way. I won't be meandering back in my memories as often when I get some new experiences to share with you.

You should know that this step would not be possible with you. When I started this blog in August 2009, two months after losing my mom and husband, I was not even sure how this works, nor why I was doing it. I just knew that if I was ever going to pick up the pieces of my life, I needed to try to gain a forum for expression of my God-given talent and creativity.

With nothing much else to do with my life, I was also looking for a way to use my experience as a writer, photographer, and graphic artist. As I stepped with trepidation into the world of blogging, it seemed like a tremendous effort at the time. The enormous depth and shock of my grief had knocked me down pretty hard,

I will always be grateful to Troutbirder for being the first "stranger" to discover my blog and leave a comment. I was so excited the day I discovered his remark about something I'd written. Prior to that, the meager comments, although greatly appreciated, had been being left only by my loving and ego-boosting nieces.

My little blog had felt like a lone candle burning in a window of my log home in the forests of North Idaho. It was helping me feel a little better about myself, but I wondered if anyone else "out there" would ever see it. I live a long ways from most of the population of the rest of the world, which is exactly thw I prefer it, until it becomes a bit too lonely sometimes.

When I clicked on the mysterious Troutbirder's link, it opened up a door to a whole new world for me. Now my blog is even global! One of my followers, or Flashlight Holders as I like to call them, appears to be from Germany. Now, if that don't beat all, as granny would say. I can't make heads or tails out of their blog and wonder at their interest in mine. Maybe it's my German Shepherds.

When I head out of here I will be going into the dawn, first to the east and then south. I plan to always stay in the path of the Light and look for His love all around me. Should I fall into the darkness again, I will call out for you, and all you will have to do is turn or your light for me, and like a beacon in the night, your kindness will lead me safely home. 


  1. Hi Donna,

    I hope you are not leaving blogger land. I have really enjoyed your blog, and will continue to visit frequently. Take care of yourself,


  2. Abolutely not leaving blogging land. Just starting to really get into it! Thanks

  3. Traveling mercies to you. Blogging tales from the road can be a delight.
    I am presently in London (visiting daughter) and when I get home I will send link for another woman whose blog I read who is on a similar journey to yours--for the same reason. It has been a bittersweetness to read hers and your blog.

  4. I await with eagerness your reports from the road. And as noted before I'd be delighted if on your travels it would work out to meet. I will also get on the road to meet you along the way should that be necessary as your itinerary unfolds (and some day I'll tell you about a wee car journey that led to major changes in my life!).

    Do you know the story about one of the early space flights with astronauts that orbited the earth? The people of Perth, Australia learned that the rocket would pass over their heads one night. The citizens of Perth turned on all their lights and stood out in the streets and in their yards around the time the flight was due to be overheard, and they shined flashlights into the night sky. Having learned about this effort, the astronauts looked out their portal as they flew over Australia and saw the brilliant glow from the city below. They radioed back to earth: "We see your lights, Perth!" Think of us as your lights. Not only will we glow for you, but our presence will help you keep your bearings.

    Blessings to you on this amazing journey ahead. When do you leave?

  5. Have fun on your road trip. Look forward to hearing about it.
    Blogging is great. I've made some wonderful friends. Some of them I have met, a few live close by and are now friends outside of blogging too. :-)

  6. G'day, Donna ~ The friends you find on blogland are lifelines in our most off day & hour. We can travel the world within our own homes. I am glad that you are finding great joy now ... in the new road of adventures you are travelling.

    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  7. Well heck Donna... how on earth I missed this post, I'll never know, but Bloglines can be wonky sometimes!

    I am SOOOOO excited for you as you begin this journey of further discovery, and will be a faithful flashlight holder!

    Now, I'm moving up to read your first post from the road!!



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