For this, I am grateful by Elizabeth Bravo


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As I was growing up, my parents took us on trips up north in Wisconsin to a place called Door County. Door County is the peninsula at the north east side of the state. It’s filled with small harbor towns with names like Bailey’s Harbor, Fish Creek and Sister Bay. In the summer, each town with all it’s quaint shops was filled with visitors from all over the US. When we were there looking out on the vast expanse of Lake Michigan, it was hard to image it as a lake. If felt like the ocean to us……and the towns reminded us of places we would read about in books on the east coast.
We had such wonderful times going there, but it was always just a visit. One week at the most.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but my mom had a dream. She wanted more than anything to live in Door County. She imagined a farm with a building that would house her Antiques and crafts to sell to the tourists. But my dad was not so keen on this idea.
When my dad passed away at the age of 64, I remember feeling very sad about his loss, but I never doubted that it all happened the way it did for a reason. He would have hated the process of getting really old. I know he wouldn’t have wanted to be a burden. So he went at the perfect time. All ten of his kids were out on their own and he was still able to work and keep busy. That day, when it was his time to go he had even swept the walk, one of his favorite tasks. I’m sure he was glad that he went after the walk was swept and not before.
A few years later my mom married a life long friend, a man who had always been a part of our family.
He never had children and he didn’t really have any family that he kept in touch with, so it was completely natural that we all became his family. I don’t think I realized the mastery of Gods Plan until I wrote the eulogy for my wonderful step dad. He was the one that was meant to make my moms dream come true. Together they found this sweet broken down farm and they lived there every summer for over 10 years. Even though the barn collapsed only a year after buying the place, I always saw it as lit from with in. There was a wonderful energy there. We all miss it more than we could say. But in looking through my photos I found this image of the barn, still standing. I’m not surprised that it turned out this way. With that shining light from with in.
I always let my heart guide me and for this, I am grateful!!

Traditional, Digital & Photographic Artist
I am inspired by everything in life.
Nature, landscape, city life and more.
Over 25 years as a flight attendant has let me see life from every angle. On the road my camera and Mac are my constant companions. At home, it’s hard to find me with out a paint brush in hand.
No matter what, as long as I am creating I am content.
Thanks for viewing my work!!

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  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful, wonderful wonderful my friend
    Hugs to you.. fantastic work— writing and art, both.

  • Thank you so much for being such a wonderful support and friend. This was quite a journey for me……..I started out just playing with the image and the light just appeared as I was mixing the layers. I knew it had to stay. It worked out just right.
    Thanks so much Maureen:)))))xxoo

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • John Fish
    John Fishabout 5 years ago

    what a beautiful story and painting. I love the glow from within this wonderful scene

  • Thanks so much John…….your always such a great support!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiabout 5 years ago

    A tender memory and beautiful image Elizabeth.

  • Thank you Denis, I appreciate it:)))))

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Anne Staub
    Anne Staubabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful colours.

  • Thank you Anne!!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 5 years ago

    The glow from within that barn of love, family and ways things are meant to be as we travel paths ahead of us. Simply beautiful creative qwork that sits perfectly with your wonderful words,. I can feel the warmth coming off the page, thank you Elizabeth for sharing it with me. : )

  • Awwww, what an awesome comment Karen!! Thank you always for the wonderful support!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Elizabeth and a wonderful story!

  • Thank you so much Susan!!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful image and story Elizabeth. After reading the story I know that looking at this image is also looking into your heart.

  • I don’t think I realized how much it touched me until I really started to feel what I wanted to write. Thanks Richard!!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosabout 5 years ago

    Oh…this is really beautiful to remember.
    And up till now…I find miraculous that any one should feel that the dreams have come true.
    I would have loved living there….I know how your mother felt when she dream that dream. And feel that the place is absolutely a dream….

  • It really was a place of dreams Rosa…….I wish we still had the farm…..we sold it in 2001 and my mom had a stroke that fall, she died a year later. I often wonder if she would have had that stroke if we didn’t sell the place. I know how sad she was!
    Thank you Rosa!
    Thank you always for the wonderful comments!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 5 years ago

    Just when I thought I knew your work …… Gorgeous work Elizabeth. I really enjoyed your narrative as well.

  • What a wonderful comment…..thanks so much Jim. I hope you have a wonderful day, Happy Thanksgiving!!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 5 years ago

    Just so dreamy and so thoughtful. You have captured that dream so well, and I was incredibly moved by the story too.

  • Thank you so much Anna, I really appreciate your wonderful support.

    – Elizabeth Bravo

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