Thursday, June 11, 2015

See Beautiful


Welcome to "This Moment See Beautiful" hosted by SUGAR.  It's a blog hop every 2nd Friday of each month where we get to share how we saw, shared and created beautiful.  It was one month ago yesterday that my beautiful song, Goose crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  How do you See Beautiful in the light of that?  It's not that hard really.  I have over 15 years of beautiful memories of my Goosie.  Time I would not change for anything, even if that meant not feeling the pain I feel.  The truth is I would not feel this pain if it were not for the unbelievable unconditional love that he gave me

I also See Beautiful and experienced beautiful form all of you.   Just look at the countless cards I received from you.  The numerous emails.  The gifts of love you gave in honor of Goose from trees being planted (so the world does not run out of sticks) to donations made in his honor to help feed people and pets, donations to St. Anne's/Lantern House Pet Area, beautiful flowers, bushes, and plants, thoughts and prayers.  That's indeed what Beautiful looks like, even in the midst of pain and sorrow. 
Over my birthday weekend, as you may know, I took a trip to the desert.  It was a trip to reflect, meditate and pray.  I had my concerns, water being one and the concern of the unknown.  I have always taken Goose with me on trips like this (always in the mountains).  He brought me comfort, protection, the feeling of safety when in the middle of nowhere.  But it is the desert where I felt I needed to be.  It's hard to explain.... I guess you can call it whimsy.  And that was without doubt a trait of Goose.  So here is a See Beautiful Video of that whimsical journey. 

You see friends flowers bloom in the desert and that includes the deserts of our lives.
And I felt Goose with me every step of the way.  Even though my heart is broken it's his goofy face I see with that "Come on MOM I'm still with you, still apart of you, still Seeing Beautiful with you, just in a different way."

And I like to think that he led the way to water.  Life giving, cooling, and refreshing water, an oasis in the middle of hot dry sand .  And in part that is what Seeing Beautiful is about.  When you see it, create it and share it not only gives you the refreshment you need but what those around you seek.

And with every stick I saw, stepped over, and rested upon my boy was there. 
Winnie the Pooh once said something like, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard".  True that Pooh, true that.  But it's not really good-bye it's "Until we meet again."  And I have every confidence and know with every fiber of my being that we will one day hike the mountains and deserts of heaven.
Beautiful indeed does bloom in the desert places.  It blooms wherever you share it, create it, and see it.



  1. Beautiful Post,yes I bet Goose was with you every step,Hugs and Snuggles Rachel and Speedy

  2. Winnie the pooh was long as we have or had something or someone we are lucky... thanks for a beautiful post... it's good that he is always with you...
    easy rider

  3. Beautiful, beautiful for Goose.


  4. Hari OM
    What an incredible beauty can be found in 'barren' places... Australia's red centre looks not unlike this (though somewhat flatter for much longer stretches) and it is astounding how much grows there. Goose didn't miss a thing...and now neither did we as you let us see the beauty through your eyes. Blessings and hugs, YAM xx

  5. we agree - he was there walking along with you every step and always will be.

  6. Dear Michelle...what a beautiful post. You and Goose were so fortunate to find each other 15 years ago and make so many beautiful moments. I always felt like Goose had a little man hiding inside just waiting to pop out. What a extra special Dog who taught us all so very much. I'm so glad you had a good birthday...take care of yourself and keep hiking for GOOSE because he will be with you every step

  7. Thank you for the ways you continue to inspire us to see beautiful - in the midst of pain and loss and heartache - all those things make seeing beautiful a strong muscle in your mind and body. I know he's so proud looking upon you, sticks and all.

  8. This was such a beautiful tribute to your boy. When it comes to our pets, it seems you can't experience love without also experiencing pain that comes with saying "Till we meet again". But to have that love kind of makes the pain easier to bear. The love is always with you.

  9. It's a special day we always think of Goose
    Lily & Edward

  10. My eyes are filled with beautiful tears!
    The desert is so full of beauty - as is your heart. I know Goose is with you, and I know when God calls you Home one day, Goose will be there to greet you.
    Thank you for this post. I think I might be speechless about how deeply it touched me.

  11. Winnie is a wise old bear. Beautiful pictures. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Goose. Love never dies.

  12. Another beautiful tribute to your baby. My heart breaks alongside of yours... it's been 19 weeks since I said Goodbye to Lola, and just over 9 since we had to do it all again with Zeus. It's not easy...... my memories are near and dear, but the tears flow.

  13. {{SIGH}} the BEAUTY was there on every flower and rock and riffle and cloud and Rainbow... it was Surrounding you with every Breath and Step you took...
    WE thank you fur Sharing it with US... {{SIGH}} we loved it ALL.

  14. This was a beeYOUtiful post that made Momma's eyes water a lot but made both of us smile even more. We think of our dear Goose often, and we know no one ever truly leaves us as long as they're remembered.

  15. This was a beeYOUtiful post that made Momma's eyes water a lot but made both of us smile even more. We think of our dear Goose often, and we know no one ever truly leaves us as long as they're remembered.

  16. Yup, you were never alone!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. We always thing of you and Goose when ever we see beautiful. Also when we see a stick. rottie hugs,

    Ruby and Otto

  18. You totally have us in tears here. We knew that Goose wouldn't let you down!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  19. michelle...maybe it's ...just me....but look a the rock ...far the 3:09 mark...the profile; if rocks have one.... resembles....a goose...I'm not saying this to be cruel or funny or disrespectful....sometimes our loved ones send ...signs.....that might not be what we think they would... send.....if this even makes sense...♥♥♥ laura

  20. Hi Y'all!

    That was so beautiful. Thank you.

    Hawk aka BrownDog

  21. What an incredible post! Thank you

    Loveys Sasha

  22. Beautiful indeed!!! Whenever Mum sees beautiful things she always thinks of you and Goose. You have become part of our lives and we are so thankful!!

  23. Such beautiful sentiments... I love that Winnie the Pooh quote, because it speaks to my heart. I'm glad that you went on a new exploration, with Goose in your heart, as you saw a new part of our world. I recognized some of the places in your video - the desert grows on you (at least on me) and becomes a place of quiet reflection on our fleeting time on this Earth. I'm sure that feeling was especially poignant for you this time.

    And, by being able to hear about your thoughts as you ruminate on Goose's passing helps many of us who have gone through or will go through similar life transitions.

    Thanks for helping all of us to see beautiful.

  24. so Beautiful, it brought tears
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  25. We know Goose was with you in the desert. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place with us.

  26. It is a beautiful whimsical journey. Sending you lots of Golden LOVE <3

  27. Beautiful slideshow Michelle. Love the shot of the heart-shaped formation with a rocky Goose face beside it. So true that the memories and love are worth the pain.

  28. That just made me cry but in a good way. Such beautiful memories Goose brought to you and so much love he shared with the world with his unique spirit I look at the shelf with Barkley's ashes, his collar and some stones we collected the first time he visited Lake Michigan and I think of these words that I put in the Barkley Book - "There are so many things on these shelves that most would not notice - small artifacts strewn across the wood, pieces of time and place, of breath suspended, and words not necessary for us to hear. There are pieces of the past; portents of the future, the tears and the shouts, the still and the peace, the power to be afraid the freedom to live anyway."


  29. Beautiful words and excellent pictures. Still loving Angel Goose.
    Janice, Snuggles, Sassy, and Dixie