Monday, May 2, 2011

Blogging Friends - Among the Best!

A busy and tiring Monday was forgotten about when I came home this evening and found a package waiting for me.  Inside the box, a very special gift from Tina from the blog One Wild Swan  who so thoughtfully and without my knowing, painted a portrait of our beloved Tanner who left us in March.  I've been following Tina's blog for some time and each time she posts one of her portraits, I am in awe of her talent and how each piece she creates is brought to life.  I think this is what she did in her painting of Tanner; she captured his sweet spirit and kind soul.  I have found myself drawn to Tanner's eyes in the portrait and remembering how gentle they were...I am so touched by Tina's thoughtfulness for a gift that has become a treasure.  Thank-you again Tina for your beautiful gift that has truly touched my heart and soul.    
Tina's gift reminds me of how blessed I am to have her friendship and yours.  Even though I've never met any of you, I feel like I have because of your blogs.  You have given me a glimpse into your lives, told me about places I'll never get to visit, and shown kindness that I'll always be grateful for--Thank-you for that! 
If you'd like to visit Tina's blog, here's the link:


  1. Oh Kim
    My eyes are full of tears.
    Tina captured that soulful spirit of Tanner in this portrait!
    This is such a precious gift,, and you have a precious friend,, to do this for you.
    I am drawn to Tanners eyes too.
    Kim we are also - all blessed to have you for a friend.

  2. Owwww...this is so sweet of her !! owww...tears in my beautiful painted!!...what a great gift !! i really love it.......i will take a look at her blog now....happy day darling...enjoy the love

  3. What a priceless gift you received! When I first looked at the painting I thought it was a photo.... amazing, she really captured the essence of Tanner. So touching...

  4. Awesome !
    Such a kind gesture, and a perfect likeness of Tanner, yes those soulful eyes I shall always remember such sweetness.
    I know you will treasure your gift.

  5. An outstanding painting of Tanner. She captured him perfectly. You set a beautiful example...compassionate,
    caring, loyal and loving. Your readers feel these qualities in you. As a giving person, others want to give to you...paying it forward. I love what this venue has done to bring all kinds of people together.

  6. How beautiful - Tina captured Tanner perfectly.

    Nadine & golden Neeli

  7. oh,how wonderful! What a treasure that gift is!

  8. Wow! she totally captured Tanner's sweet spirit. Just amazing.

    I know how you feel about blogging buddies - we tell each other things that we wouldn't tell anyone else and it binds us all together. I am so excited that I will get to meet you soon.


  9. That is such a precious gift - a painting of his soul... Crying too here. Tina, you are an angel...

  10. Dear Kim;
    I am so glad you like the painting of dear Tanner. Although my eyes are not what they once were and internet photos are not easy for me to see details I felt Tanner's presence in my heart while painting him.
    I have only once had the pleasure of having a Golden in my home and that was while "babysitting" a seeing eye dog for a church friend while he was in England. It was an awesome responsibility and I learned to have a great deal of respect for these wonderful dogs!
    I want to thank you for your blog, for sharing your sweet friends with all of us and most of all for being a great blogfriend to me.
    Tina xo

  11. How wonderful ~ truly beautiful!

    What a thoughtful gift. You are loved Kim!
    xo Catherine

  12. Amazing, isn't it? What a beautiful painting from a very caring person. I feel Tanner's spirit flowing from the painting.

  13. What a beautiful, thoughtful gift! I'd have to agree with you ~ blogging friends are some of the BEST!

  14. WOW! That's just simply beautiful!!!

  15. What a wonderful gift, don't know what's wrong with our human she keeps sniffing and wiping her eyes reading your post. Humans are weird sometimes! Dex & Louis x

  16. What a wonderful, thoughtful gift. Bloggers are super people.

  17. How beautiful! It does capture him perfectly! What a wonderful gift!

  18. What a wonderful and touching gift. So beautiful.

  19. Speechless! What a wonderful thing for Tina to do for you! It really is Tanner! You are so fortunate to have this beautiful painting!

    Catch Ya later!

  20. Just Beautiful and she has totally captured the look in Tanner's eyes.
    What a talented lady.

    Sheila & Bob

  21. What a lovely surprise Kim! Such a great resemblance to Tanner. He 'lives' on!

  22. What a very beautiful and thoughtful gift - there is so much life in his face. She is a very talented artist!


  23. Oh Kim, that is just a beautiful vision of Hamlet. It looks enough like him to be dead on and yet, gives a very subtle alertness to his pose. The eyes are special. Very well done.

  24. How beautiful and what a wonderful gift!

  25. What a beautiful painting!! And a wonderful friend!

  26. I keep forgetting to comment on this...what a nice painting! I love those soft eyes!


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