July 19, 2010

On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful


I haven't commented on the Gulf Coast since the tragedy happened, but today's the day. My heart has been breaking. 

I decided that I wanted to devote today's post to sending a big hug to my blog sisters that have been affected by the oil spill.


You may have noticed that button on my right sidebar that says 'sending love to the Gulf Coast.' It's linked to Bumpkin. However, it could also be linked to Summer. Or KB or Lacey, who live down in Louisiana. 

If you don't know, the little town of NoLa holds a special place in my heart, but since the oil spill I have wanted nothing more than to wrap my arms around every little town in the Gulf and offer a kind word, a hug, a smile....

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In case you haven't heard, on Thursday of last week the oil stopped pumping into the Gulf for the first time in almost 90 days. According to the press, it's still up in the air as to whether the well will be reopened again but for now, our friends in the Gulf can breathe a small sigh of relief. You can read the full story from the Associated Press here.
 

I wish that I could pack up right now and go down there and help with the relief efforts. I would love nothing more than to do that. 

Just know that my heart is breaking, my eyes are full of tears as I write this, and today (and everyday until this is a memory) I am sending all my love......







  




....to the Gulf Coast.

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Please take a minute to browse these Etsy shops that are helping raise money for relief efforts from the sales of their products.








These are only a few of the shops, click here to browse many more. You can also join the facebook page 'Save the Gulf of Mexico' to get breaking news, photos and volunteer information- click here.

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 A beautiful quote from my Summer B....



To my loves in the Gulf Coast and who have been affected by the oil spill,

You are in my heart and on my mind right now, today, tomorrow and the long days ahead. You're strong, you will rise above this, and I will be here to support you along the way.

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All my love is going to the Gulf today. Won't you join me?
 
Music Info:
Artist: Kenny Chesney
Song: On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
Album: No Shoes No Shirt No Problems
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31 comments

Laura said...

ugh.. the pictures are soo soo horrible to look at :( I'm so incredibly happy too that they were able to plug it- atleast for a little while.

Party Box Design said...

this post brings tears to my eyes, but such a beautifu post.

Cool Gal said...

Yes, I will join you. My heart aches as well and I have been praying since this tragedy started for all those affected. I hope the cap holds.

I would love nothing better than to hop on a plane and volunteer my time cleaning up. Unfortunately, life calls.

Thank you so much for the Etsy tip. I will stop by today and pick some things up.

This was a lovely post, Miss Julie!

flip flops and pearls said...

THANK YOU for your thoughtfulness. I am here on the gulf coast...Alabama..... it's so heart breaking and devastating. Thank you again for yout love, support and prayers!! It's hurting so so so many....just a trickle effect.

I am going to ck out the Etsy things.
XXOO

I Asked For Scrambled said...

Joining you in sending love and prayers down to the Gulf. Thank you for a lovely post.

Krystal said...

It still doesn't feel real. I'm on the Gulf Coast in central Florida & we know it's coming... it's just what do we do when it gets here finally? :(

Emily said...

Thanks sweetie for thinking of all of us! It has been heart breaking this summer not to go out on the beach every weekend. I have lived on the gulf coast here in alabama my whole life and it makes me so sad that I could not take my little boy out there this summer. Hopefully, everything will be somewhat normal soon. Praying!

its simple love said...

Thank you for this post. I didn't know it had stopped and I am so glad it did! I love how you added ways to contribute through shopping.

Rachael

p.s. thanks for following and all your comments! Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I have bee out of town for lil bit.

MCW said...

Loving those Paper Ink prints. Prayers go out to all the birds and fish and people who live off the coast!

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

i love your finds and i love you. i will be heading over to etsy now to see what goodies i can find to help out the coast.

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Julie,
Such a good post. I recently posted on how to support through the etsy shop "Help the Gulf Coast".
So happy when I saw the news about it being temporarily fixed!
Hope it continues.
Happy monday dear!
Anna

Brittany said...

This was such a great post. My heart breaks just looking at these poor animals covered in oil and knowing people are suffering through this. The beaches ruined. I hope the clean up continues and that I could go and help. I will definitely be checking out the Etsy shops so I can contribute.

P.S - LOVE this song!

Iva said...

such a great post Julie. It's truly heartbreaking. Unbelievable.

Jen said...

Oh Sweetie, what a great post!! I've been finding out much of what is going on through Bumkpin so I'm so glad you mentioned her. My heart definately goes out too to everyone down there!! Hugs & Kisses all.

I'maNolaGirl said...

What a thoughtful post! I think Summer's quote suits the people of the Gulf Coast so perfectly. If there's anything I know about them it is that persevere they will!

Geez Louise♥ said...

I live on the Bay in Mobile and 45 mins away from the beaches in Gulf Shores, so it's close to home. There are so many that are taking a beating from this, it completely rips my heart open... As a little girl till just last year I've played on those white sandy beaches and in those blue waters...something one day I hope my children can enjoy just as much as I have...

Lets just pray they don't open that well again.

Rasha @ {andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

I did a brief post on my blog. The gulf is in my prayers, I am beyond praying for things to recover. great post miss.

Carrie said...

omg. i've heard of this. it's really really sad. I wish it all turns out right;DDD sending my love to the gulf coast!

btw, i am now a new follower. come check it out and maybe follow me too? :D

http://www.readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com

Mimi said...

that oil spill is really tragic. :(

all my love to everyone affected!

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

this free bird said...

Oh Julie this is such a great post! Bumpkin is a dear heart and I have felt such a bond with her throughout this tragedy.

Sending love and hugs to all the folks in the Gulf today and in the days to come!

xoxo,
Carrie

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

incredible irresponsibility!

Marcie said...

It is so hard to look at these photos. How tragic, 90 days! I can't wait for this to end.

Marcie

sara said...

What a touching post, Julie. This is such a tragedy - the Gulf Coast holds a special place in our heart (my in-laws have a place in Gulf Shores) and I hate what has happened. Thanks for sharing the sentiment.

V said...

This is such a beautiful coast, and beautifully devoted.

Carroll said...

Thanks so much, Julie, for these inspiring words. May we continually remember everyone on the coast.

Seyma said...

omg.. this can't be real!! i feel so terrible right now.. of course i'd join you sweetheart. you are such a doll!! i loved your sensitivity!

and it's so nice to meet you Julie.. i loved your blog. it's so colorful and enjoyable :)

love.xoxo

Miss Janice said...

What a thoughtful post. I hate what has happened in the Gulf and now to the people in the surrounding coastal areas. I'm sorry, but I can't hardly look at the BP logo without feeling ill!

Ariadne said...

Lovely post!

Kora Bruce [Dixie Lust] said...

Thank you my dear for all the beautiful thoughts. It's a hard time down here, especially working within the oilfield itself. Its a terrible terrible thing to be here everyday worrying about our beautiful wetlands but to also be afraid of losing your job, your brother losing his job, and your dad losing a way of life hes built for 40 years - In addition to praying for the clean-up effort, I really ask people to pray for the people here along the Gulf.

Pink Champagne said...

Amen, sister! My heart has been breaking reading Bumpkin's posts about the spill, and you could not have said it better. Sending love to the Gulf with you!

melifaif said...

You rock girl. Excellent post.

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