Cheetahs In My Shoes

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You’re Beautiful – Rising in Glory


Firstly, a massive thank you must go to Mammasaurus for hosting You’re Beautiful last week.  As I sat in the car over 300 miles from home after 2 days of the most heartbreaking funeral for a very, very dear friend I was in no fit state to find any beautiful to post about.  Annie – thank you for your generosity & support.

The funeral celebrated the life of a wonderful lady who had, without question or judgement taken me in during my darkest times, to the security of her home, and enveloped me in love through times of hurting, confusion, mental and physical pain. She gave me a place in which I felt safe, where I wasn’t judged, where I could get away from whatever it was I needed/wanted to get away from.

She inspired me and had faith in me – she didn’t let me give up hope, helped me through the murky times and shared my joy – her guidance, compassion and the peace that she (and her husband) gave me make me part of the woman I am now – and she was very good at reminding me that laughing about stuff is a really good thing.

I knew the the funeral would be incredibly emotional, I was amongst those I love very much.  I hadn’t reckoned on the memories, safely compartmentalised from my everyday existence for so long, rushing back to the forefront of my being.  I didn’t sleep and saw some very, very dark hours through the night.

We all wore something pink to the funeral – I hope the tear stains on my pink scarf didn’t show too much.  She was taken from us far too soon – but wasn’t angry – in her own words “just sad”.  She died with those she loved the most at her side and as is said “May she rest in peace and rise in glory”.

Then I had to leave – to drive back to my family – leaving people very important to me at the other end of the country.  Leaving a house in which I had always felt incredibly safe and supported.  Leaving a part of my life behind.  Then as I drove away, this is what I could see

So there I was, standing at the side of the road, taking pictures of the most amazing pink sky, on Valentine’s Day, and this was, heart wrenchingly beautiful.

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This week the theme on The Gallery is ‘Landscapes’ so I’m linking this up there as well – the landscape over the Northumberland fields towards the Cheviot Hills is something that this country should be very proud of – it’s overwhelmingly beautiful.

Author: Jenny

Life, photos and recipes mixed with family life, additional medical needs and a whole load of imaginary friends

64 thoughts on “You’re Beautiful – Rising in Glory

  1. And may light perpetual shine on her.

    Beautiful photos.


  2. This was beautiful. Today I am going to link up with something similar.

  3. beautiful words and beautiful skies.

  4. So very sorry about your friend. xx Gorgeous skyline.

  5. A beautiful sunset to mark the passing of a beautiful person x

  6. Thinking of you, what a beautiful tribute and an amazing sky. I think there’s great comfort to be found in nature.

    Someone gave me this when I needed it…
    “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
    ― Kahlil Gibran

  7. Beautiful. Sorry for your loss.

  8. such an emotional post.
    so sorry to hear about your friend….but a beautiful sky

  9. Beautiful and now you have a lovely photo to add to your memories of her xxx

  10. Sometimes nature says it best.
    Lesley x.

  11. Amazing sky and great tribute.

  12. Sometimes it is so hard to accept the saying ‘everything happens for a reason’. If your friend had read those words, she would be really proud of you x

  13. A gorgeous post and beautiful picture. A lovely end to what I can imagine to have been an extremely sad and difficult day x

  14. Oh wow, how beautiful!

  15. Simply stunning!

  16. beautiful tribute. thanks for sharing. sometimes the sky just takes your breathe away

  17. That is a beautiful post with beautiful pictures, and a fitting final tribute to your friend. I do hope today finds you in a slightly better place 🙂

  18. wow those are gorgeous photos for such a wonderful sounding woman. Sorry for your loss x

  19. There are always signs in life when we need them, I’m so glad you took the time to see. Hang in there, you might not feel it but you are growing so much at the moment – and you’ll be all the wiser and stronger for it. xxx

  20. Such a sad post, but a beautiful sky and so fitting that it was pink.

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  22. Sorry to hear you’ve had such a tough week – I’m sure it will be a long path to acceptance but looking out for the beautiful things in life is sure to help you along the way.
    Such a lovely idea for a meme – hope you don’t mind us joining in. x

  23. You have painted a beautiful picture with your words and added another smile through your photos. I think your friend was smiling down on you. x

  24. amazing photos! sorry for your loss x

  25. So sorry to hear. Thinking of you at this time.

    I love how you all wore a bit of pink bet that made her smile down on you.

    Gorgeous pictures.

  26. A beautiful pink sky in memory of a beautiful lady…perhaps that was her way of smiling down on you.

    It’s so desperately sad when a close friend dies. I hope you are able to reflect on what a good friend she was and, in time, celebrate her life without feeling overwhelming sadness x

  27. A moving story which give so much meaning to these beautiful landscape photos

  28. Well done you for writing this- must have been difficult . sounds like you have lots of great memories . sorry for your loss x x x

  29. Wow! Such a stunning sky!

  30. Your words & photo are beautiful. Sorry for your loss. xx

  31. What a sad post but beautiful as well. Your friend sounds very special. How amazing to see such a beautiful pink sunset when you were all wearing pink. Like the sky’s tribute. I’m so pleased you got so many comments on this post. It really is lovely.

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  34. A very poignant post, with the most perfect photos illustrating it. xx

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