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Monday, January 7, 2013

You Inspire Me Monday

I feel that I have been blessed to be inspired by so many of you in the blogging world. Each and every day I am inspired by your wit, your whimsy, your life stories, your strength, and your love of home and family. 

I am awed by your creativity and your handling of all the things our crazy world throws your way. So, I have decided to start a weekly feature called You Inspire Me Monday. Each Monday I will feature one person and their blog that has in some way touched my life. I had thought to wait until after my surgery next week, but I decided I wanted to go ahead and get the feature rolling. 


Have you ever met someone in your life that you feel is one of the most unselfish and caring people that you have ever met. Well, if you have met Diane from Lavender Dreams  you know just what I am talking about. 



She certainly fits the whimsy part that I was talking about above.

her doll room

She shares photos from her home in Florida that make us long to join her for shelling on the beach

save a couple for me, Diane

and the beautiful area near her other home in North Carolina.




There is lots of nature





and she takes us with her on her shopping excursions



but best of all she holds your hand, and sends you get well cards, and cares about others. 

There is so much more, but I hope if you haven't done so yet, that you will hop on over to her blog Lavender Dreams, because even though she has lots of friends, she will embrace you and welcome you in just like she has known you for years. 

I know, because that is just what she did for me.

Thanks Diane, my sweet friend.

 

30 comments:

  1. Sweet post! Good luck with your surgery and please keep us posted! Hugs and Prayers for quick healing, Leena

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  2. Diane is the sweetest. She inspires me, too!

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  3. What a sweet post. Diane is a very special person and I really enjoy reading her blog. She always leaves the sweetest comments on my blog and others.
    Love what you are doing.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  4. What a nice tribute to your friend! Good luck with your upcoming surgery! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Take care,
    Lisa

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  5. I love Diane, we've known each others blogs for some time, and she is exactly like you describe her, and cheerful!! Diane is the blogging worlds peppy cheerleader.

    I have rarely come across someone so naturally and wonderfully excited about life.

    And, I would love to find some thrift stores like she has in her vicinity....wow.

    Jen

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  6. I'm happy to say that Diane is already a good blogger friend of mine and I agree - she IS one of the nicest people I've gotten to know because of blogging. I hope to get to meet her in person on my next trip to Florida.

    "You Inspire Me Mondays" is a fun idea for blog posts!

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  7. What a nice tribute to your friend, Laura. I will have to visit her.
    Good luck with your surgery. When are you having it?

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  8. OH MY...blush blush! I am so honored by this beautiful post and your genuine words of praise. I'm so glad we got to know each other this past year and share our lives through our blogs. What a difference you've made in my life. I just LOVE having blog buddies...girlfriends all over the world. It doesn't get any better than that! We care...and encourage...laugh and cry for each other! Thanks for featuring me and more importantly...for being my friend! Sweet Southern hugs, Diane

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  9. Aw Laura you picked one of my special and inspiring friends also! Diane is such a giving and loving lady for sure! She is the one I choose to have the travelling apron after me and she did it proud. She is kind and good and generous and all things a great friend should be!
    Good luck on the surgery!
    hugs, Linda

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  10. I agree. Diane is a delight to all of us!♥♥

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  11. Oh, I'm glad you featured Diane, she's one of my best blogging buddies!

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  12. What a wonderful tribute.....I'm a new follower on Diane's blog ...on reading this interesting post and admiring all the gorgeous photographs,I feel I am glad I am :-)

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  13. I always look forward to seeing what new adventures Diann will be taking us on. Her blog is a joy.

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  14. such a beautiful post about such a wonderful lady, she truly is a star, she shines on all of us and makes us better people just for knowing her, its so nice to meet you Laura, I think I'm your newest follower

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  15. Ahhh, yes, you have described exactly the gal I've come to know. What a sweet post!

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  16. She IS a very sweet and kind blog pal, indeed! And, you are ALSO sweet and kind for giving her the recognition!

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  17. Diane is special and her blog is always a joy to visit. What a wonderful tribute for a wonderful lady. Good luck with your upcoming surgery.

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  18. Laura I don't think you could of chosen a better blogger to start out with, Diane is a sweeheart a true inspiration and an adorable online friend., enjoyed your post

    Brenda

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  19. I agree! Diane is the bees knees. I guess that makes you and me the bee's elbows. Not quite as good but better than being a stinger!

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  20. These comments are giving me the 'big head'! lol Which is scarier than bees knees or elbows...or stingers! Thanks everyone for the sweet comments and the FUN! I'm having the best day! I'm walking around singing while I work! (I can't whistle...well, I can't sing either!) Hugs!

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  21. Beautiful pics, I love the barn and nature ones.

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  22. I like Diane. I like her doll room. And I love the shells. I have never seen so many. Oh, that is my dream to walk the beach and just have my pick of so many lovely shells.

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  23. Diane IS the sweetest person! She makes you feel like you are special and the only blogger friend she has and yet she has a TON of bloggy friends who follow her. Love all her cute dolls.

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  24. I just adore Diane, Laura. She is a GREAT gal and I am so happy to say I know her. Blessings to you-xo Diana

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  25. What a sweet post about a lovely lady. I'm new to the blogging world and she is always so kind and sweet in her comments.

    Have a speedy recovery!

    Judy

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  26. I love reading Diane's blog. She's a wonderful blogger...and so are you! Sweet post and sweet tribute to a blogging friend.

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  27. Diane is super sweet! Best of luck with your surgery and a speedy recovery.

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  28. I wish you nothing but luck with your sugery and for a great recovery.

    Cynthia

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  29. You chose a great person to feature. Diane is the sweetest!

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