Today I am doing something I don't normally do here at Creative Country Mom.
Today I am talking about the realities of the world we live in.
The not so pretty, decorated world where real tragedies happen to everyday families.
Let me explain...
A few years ago this could have been our family.
It could be your family too, right now.
I hate that word.
I heard it a few years ago with my dad.
And it just breaks you apart.
Such terror and pain in one little word.
Everything changes and slows to a stop.
We were lucky, my dad did respond to his treatments.
But we will always be fearful.
So when I hear of another family and their pain and sorrow I have great empathy.
And I remember.
More than that, I pray.
I am going to tell you something I believe with all my heart.
Prayer changes things.
Prayer can heal the body, but more the heart.
A couple years ago my mom was gravely ill.
Honestly, we could feel the prayers of our churches and friends.
It was a peaceful, strong feeling that we
were doing everything we could to make her better.
I know how loving and immense that feeling is.
Faith is so important.
So is the peace that follows.
Why am I so worked up this week?
Because like so many of you I have been deeply saddened by the news of Joey Feek.
I have to tell you, I can't remember a time I have been so wrapped up in such sad news.
I remember seeing this lovely couple on a CMT show a few years ago.
I loved to hear them sing together, but more than that... I was drawn to Joey.
She is a country girl like me, who wears jeans and cowboy boots.
She grew up in Indiana not too far from me.
She loves gospel music and proudly shares her love of God in her music and life.
She lives in an old farmhouse with a big garden and loves to cook for her family and friends.
When I saw her I thought, this is a woman I could be friends with.
This is a woman I would love to know.
She just had her 40th birthday and her husband bought her the horse she dreamed of.
Her daughter Indiana turned one a few weeks ago.
She has a wonderful successful recording and tv show career.
She is a stepmom to two older girls and has a happy marriage.
In so many ways, she is living to country dream.
Except someone said that word I hate to much to this wonderful woman.
It just breaks my heart.
Joey has stage 4 cervical cancer and they have made a decision to stop treatment.
They brought her home to her family for whatever time she has left.
Throughout all of this they have shared their story bravely.
Every note breaks my heart.
Her husband Rory writes "This Life I Live"
and somehow finds the strength to put his emotions into posts.
I cannot ask you enough to go read this site from the past few months.
You will cry, and laugh, and pray, and say "Why?"
Why this 40 year old mother? Why anyone??
It is all of us, any of us.
I will never understand.
The Feek family is asking for an hour of prayer this evening, November 5th at 8 pm.
I had been struggling with what to share for today's post.
This entire house is filled with "Flea Market Finds"
and none of them shouted out to me.
My heart said, write about what your are feeling.
So yes, I try to make this a happy place for you to come to.
But I also want you to know, for you I will pray.
I know some of the most tender hearted, loving souls are my friends online.
I know so many have a personal relationship with faith in their lives.
So I ask you to take a minute this evening to pray for Joey.
And for everyone touched by this heartless disease.
So for this sweet girl... who grew up just down the road.
Who could have been so much more, and is so much to so many.
Tonight I will pray, and keep praying.
(All photos ©Joey and Rory Feek, www.thislifeilive.com)
Okay, let's start the party for the 4th Flea Market Friday with some lovely features!
Rita at Panoply shares the story of a lifelong collector in "Dealer Friends Living Estate Finds"
Rita you and your sisters seem to be having too much fun this Fall. I love all your finds, but these iornstone molds are WONDERFUL! Love to hear the story about sweet Emily too.
Frugal Elegance's "Fall Grapevine Wreath" is a lovely quick project perfect for the season. I am glad you told me they were dried putka pods, I can never remember the name, but they are so cute!
Parlor Room Pondering's "Unexpected Iornstone Find"
This platter is so lovely and different. I have not seen anything like it with the windmills.
I can see why you snatched it up Diane!
I was so tickled when I saw the lovely finds in Adirondack Girl at Heart's "This Week's Vintage Finds" This handsome dude reminds my of my "Willie" that hangs in the family room!
They are so neat and we wonder who they were and how they ended up at a flea market right?
We say Willie is our ghost and blame things on him all the time! He is a friendly fellow! I too got mine for only $5! Love that.
It may seem a bit early for Christmas posts... but I have a secret... I already have a tree up in my entry! So when Janice at Curtains in my Tree shared her "Projects in the Making" I was in love with the vintage feel!
Deanie's Stash shared a fun post called "Step Back From That Cupboard"
I loved her before and after and vintage goodies.
And yes! For only $1 I will buy all the vintage lace this girl can find!
Our last feature today is Jane from Bluebird 1959's "Fall Treasures"
Jane I love your warm country touches and feel right at home in your lovely spaces!
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Thanks to much to all that share every week.
I am still getting the word out about this party,
so any shout outs would be most welcome!
Okay, lets get this party started!
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Brooke Berry Kroeger is the creator of the Creative Country Mom blog started in 2009. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs. She does freelance photography and DIY publication work. If you would like her to contribute on a project, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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