Sunday, October 30, 2011

SO GOOD TO BE INSPIRED!

      A few days ago I opened my kitchen window just before 6 in the morning here in Jamaica.  The sun was coming up and I saw the view featured below. There is just something about it that made me run for my digital camera! Here are 3 of the shots:
      Shortly afterwards  I saw an awesome Facebook status by another twinless twin, Frances Quinn. I immediately asked her if I could share it here as it has lifted my spirit so much as I face a  birthday later this week without my twin sister.  If you have also lost a relative or known someone who died from cancer I hope it helps you also:
     "What Cancer Cannot Do" - "Cancer is limited... It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot eat away peace. It cannot destroy confidence. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot shut out memories. It cannot quench the spirit. It cannot silence courage. It cannot reduce eternal life."

48 comments:

Maria said...

judy, these pictures are so SO pretty!! WHAT A VIEW!! so wonderful that is right outside your window! very peaceful.
that quote is beautiful...very true and very inspiring. i'm sending over early birthday wishes to you! i'm so very sorry for the pain you feel with the loss of your sister, especially on your birthday. you are in my thoughts and prayers!
if we were miles and miles away, i'd definitely meet you for some birthday cake ;)
lots of love <3
thanky you for always leaving such thoughtful and supportive words
xoxo
maria

Angie said...

OH wow.. love the quote Judy! I have lost my grandpa to lung cancer.. and Have lost my NEPHEW just last year in Iraq but not to cancer.. to war! :(

Thanks Judy for sharing and linking up at Inspiration Monday!

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Beauty and inspiration in one post! The perfect way to start the day. I hopped here from A Little Inspiration.

I'm your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much PJ. I will definitely follow back. Take care and have a good Monday.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Angie, Thanks. I am sorry to hear that you lost your granpa to lung cancer and your nephew to war. I am glad you love the quote. Take care and all the best to you.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Maria,
Thank you so much. Your comments always help to brighten my day. Take care and as always I wish you the very best.
Lots of Love,
Judy

Anji said...

My favourite part of the day. i love these pictures Judy.

My father died of cancer. Your words are very true. I hope that you have a very special birthday

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Anji. I am sorry that you lost your father to cancer. I pray for a cure for this disease. Take care and have a good week.

Stephanie of Gumdrop Pass said...

These pictures are BEAUTIFUL. I would LOVE to wake up to that scenery everyday. You're a lucky lady! :)

The quote you provided was so inspirational. I know too many people struggling with situations with ill loved ones. I might have to pass this along.

Have a good day, Judy! :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Stephanie! I am glad you like the pictures and quotation. It certainly gives hope to those who have lost loved ones to this disease and also persons who have relatives suffering from illness. Take care and have a good Monday.

Sunray Gardens said...

What lovely scenery. It is inspiring and would be calming to be able to see that all the time.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Sunray Gardens, Thanks! The scene was really lovely. Take care and have a good Monday.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What gorgeous photos. You live in a paradise!

~RJ

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Ricki! Have a great Monday.

EcoCrazyMom said...

Hello! I'm "hopping" by for Mingle Monday and am the newest follower of your blog! I would love for you to follow back at http://www.EcoCrazyMom.com.

I'm so excited I discovered your blog and would love to keep in touch. I'm always up for exchanging guest posts and love to network with other bloggers. Please feel free to add your link to my Blog Directory under the "bloggers" tab.

Smiles,
Terri
@EcoCrazyMom

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Terri,
Thanks for becoming a Follower of my Blog. I will definitely follow back. I also think it is great to interact with other Bloggers.
Judy

Sandee said...

Such beautiful shots. I'd love to be there. You words are very true about cancer. I'll be sending you good thoughts this week as you approach your birthday.

Have a terrific day. :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much for your kind words Sandee. Take care and a good week to you.

Debbie said...

Judy, these photos are simply awesome!!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Debbie. Have a wonderful week.

RaeBeth said...

Those pictures are beautiful. I'd love to have a view like that to wake up too. So calming and peaceful.

Thank you for stopping over at my blog.


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Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Raebeth! I will definitely check your comment campaign. Take care.

Melissa said...

so beautiful...the pics and the quote.

tropical places always have such beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Life with L said...

Hello Judy....Very nice to meet you.
You are blessed to have this beautiful view to start the day with. I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful sister. Sometimes, we wonder what Life is all about.
I am not a twin, however my Dad is.
I lost my younger sister in 2004. She died during the night unexpectedly. This was the night after her daughter got married. We were all in Nevada at a hotel for the wedding. It was the most difficult thing to deal with to find my little sister gone.
I am also an Ovarian cancer survivor. I love your poem....it has great meaning. Treasure the memories.....Hugs, Linda

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Melissa! All the best to you.

Life with L said...

Hi again. I meant to tell you, I am your newest follower. Take care...
One hint, turn off the word verification. Most people shy away when they see that. XO Linda

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Linda,
Thanks for sharing your comments. I am sorry to read that you lost your younger sister in 2004. I know what that experience must have been like. It is good to know that you have survived Ovarian cancer. Continue to defeat it and my prayers and best wishes to you. I am also happy to hear that your father is one of twins. Please give them my kind regards. Take care and lots of hugs to you.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Linda,
Thanks also for becoming a Follower of my Blog. I will definitely follow back. I just stepped away from the computer to do something for my mom. Thanks for the advice about turning off the word verification. I note that a lot of Bloggers have stopped it. I am going to Google it and find out how to do so. Take care.
Judy

Super Mom said...

Hi Judy - the photographs are beautiful! I too find nature truly inspiring! I lost my Mom to Cancer when I was 17 and never a day goes by that I do not think about her & try and honour her memory! I am returning the follow from the Monday Inspiration hop - great to meet you! :) Fiona

May said...

Very beautiful pictures. Wonderful work of nature. Thanks for sharing this inspirational message with us. Is a good one to start a good day.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much May! Have a good day!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Super Mom! I am sorry to read that you lost your mom to cancer. This disease has taken so many lives. I pray for the day when a cure is found. Take care and all the best to you.

itin said...

Lovely sky! It's been raining and cold for days here. But those photos look like just being taken from our backyard in the province.

Jana said...

My name is Jana and I am following from Get Connected Tuesday Blog Hop.

Those photographs are just gorgeous. I can't imagine waking up and looking out my window to that beautiful view every morning. Jamaica must be a gorgeous place.

I am so sorry you lost your sister to cancer. I am an old oncology nurse and have see that beautiful poem before. It is comforting and so very true. I have seen so many lost to cancer and I have seen so many survive it. One thing they all have in common is an undeniable strength and dignity.

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It must be very hard to go on without your twin. I just can't imagine what an incredible loss that must be for you.

I will keep you in my prayers today and hope for many more beautiful sunsets for you to connect with your sister. God Bless, Jana

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Itin. We usually get a lot of rain in October but this time we had quite a bit of sunshine. It is not even that chilly yet. November is here and it is a sunny morning in Jamaica. Take care.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hello Jana,
Thank you so much for becoming a Follower of my Blog and writing these comments. I truly appreciate it. You have helped to brighten my day. Today is another anniversary of the day that my twin sister was buried. I am keeping myself very busy and praying.I will definitely follow back and may God Bless you too. Take care.
Judy

Renee said...

Such beautiful pics!
Following you from the Meet Me Monday blog hop!
http://attackofthehungrymonster.blogspot.com/

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Renee! I will follow back. Have a good Tuesday.

Frugal in WV said...

Your pictures are beautiful! You live in a very pretty place :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Frugal in WV! Take care.

Rebecca said...

Thank you for sharing this quote. My mother-in-law passed away last week, and her funeral was today. When I read this quote, it lifted my spirits. She was a cancer survivor who passed away from other causes. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Rebecca,
I am sorry to read of the death of your mother-in-law. My sincere condolences to you and all her relatives. May her soul rest in peace. I am glad the quote helped you. Take care and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Judy

MSRheinlander @KUWTR said...

These pics are absolutely BEAUTIFUL : )

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much MSRheinlander. Take care.

Annie said...

Wow. Those pictures are spectacular. I'm so happy you get to see views like that from your window. I'll be thinking of you on your birthday (what day is it) and please keep me in a prayer on Saturday the 5th. It marks the first year of losing my beloved baby brother. Oh how I miss him. Unfortunately we are part of a "club" that no one wants to be in but once there grateful for friends like you that really understand this heartache. Blessings, Annie

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Annie, It is always good to hear from you. Thanks for your comments. You are so right, we are in a club that we wish we were not members of. The 3rd anniversary of Janine's death was October 16 but our birthday is November 4. It would have been very special as its our 50th birthday. I note that the first anniversary of your brother's death is one day later. Some months certainly have some difficult dates for us. Anyway let us fight on and thank God we understand the situation and can help each other. You are also in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
Judy

Tina´s PicStory said...

welcome to tina´s picstory! wonderful pictures! :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Tina!I am going to have a look at your beautiful pictures now. Take care.

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