Dreama Tolle Perry » Artist and Writer

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20 x 24in oil on museum quality panel
$1865 , framed

Short on words, big on the peace I feel in my heart.  Grateful for all the good I am surrounded by.  Gentleness is your word for today.  Be gentle with yourself.  No judgement or criticism.  You are a priceless treasure….act accordingly..:)))
Gratitude Mission, Day 11: Thank a guardian
#30Thanks  Day 11
Sometime after Christmas, while I am taking down my tree and contemplating my adventures for the new year,  David Beaman will be saying good-bye to Rhonda and Alivia.  For an entire year–winter, 4th of July, family vacations, school starting, Thanksgiving a year out…all the way ’til another Christmas has come and gone!  Alivia is eight years old and will take it very hard.  She doesn’t get it –why he leaves.  Rhonda will once again have the sole responsibility of care for Alivia, who is autistic, and will be on her own—yet again, in another new town.  While I am tucked safely into my warm home, my biggest decision for the day being what to paint, David will be living in a tent in a inhospitable environment.  When I go out to eat with my husband and settle in at night to watch a favorite TV show, David will fall asleep exhausted from the day’s activities, burnt by the winds and sand,  and Rhonda will set alone in front of the TV with no one to share the day’s events with.  This story is played out in many lives, everyday.  But this story is personal.  David is my brother-in-law.  Rhonda, my sister, and Alivia, my great-niece.  They are my family.  They are a military family.  Lt. Major David Beaman, 17 years in military service, is returning for a third tour of duty to the middle east (Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Afghanistan again).  David takes his responsibilities to heart.  He is a man you would be proud to know, love, and call friend.  He works hard every day, often going on minimal sleep, so that I can tuck into my warm house at night and be safe.  Thanks for that  seem woefully inadequate.  He has given 17 years of his life so that I can have a regular life and focus on the joyful, beautiful things , without fear.  For Major Lieutenant David Beaman and all who serve in our military, a heartfelt thank you.  You are loved.
” This is Alivia saying goodbye to David for his second deployment to Iraq. We had to get her up in the middle of the night as he left in the wee hours of the morning. He leaves for his third deployment this winter. If you are glad it is not you, but grateful some are doing this tough job, thank a soldier!”
~Rhonda Beaman

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  • dubai hotels - November 28, 2010 - 11:06 am

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.ReplyCancel

  • Debbi Smith Rourke - November 15, 2010 - 9:11 am

    I just love your cat series, especially the newest one, “Pretty on Pink.” So special. I lost my nearly 14 year old kitty a month ago and still miss him. Amazing how your loose brush strokes capture such a delightful creature!! Think I need to start painting my “KC.”ReplyCancel

  • Dreama Tolle Perry - November 14, 2010 - 9:27 pm

    Thanks everyone for all your support and kind words for David, Rhonda, and Alivia. It means so much! Bri–you know first hand how hard it is!ReplyCancel

  • Marian Fortunati - November 12, 2010 - 11:00 pm

    Love your paintings of Eddie!!ReplyCancel

  • bricarwaller - November 12, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    Dream just breaks my heart. I can completely empathize because my husband is a Maj in the Air Force. Deployments stink, no way around it. I will keep your family in my prayers, what a wonderful tribute:)

    Lovely painting also!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Keimig - November 12, 2010 - 12:02 pm

    My prayers are with all those in the same situation. What a trying time for families and what a debt of gratitude we owe them all. God be with David and his family.ReplyCancel

  • Tessera - November 12, 2010 - 8:37 am

    Your beautiful words really got to me this time, Dreama! Thank you for such a wonderful timely post. My thanks and prayers go out to David, Rhonda, and Alivia. I not only thank all of the current soldiers fighting for our freedom, but also all of the veteran’s that came before them.ReplyCancel

  • Jan - November 12, 2010 - 5:18 am

    What a beautiful and touching tribute, Dreama! Heartfelt prayers for his safety…and huge gratitude for the service of all our brave and selfless guardians.ReplyCancel

  • Viviane - November 12, 2010 - 5:04 am

    Quel beau témoignage : beaucoup de paix et d’amour !ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Saeta - November 12, 2010 - 1:56 am

    Such a lovely post my dear friend. Love to all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim VanDerHoek - November 11, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    My heart goes out to David, Rhonda and Alivia. I can only imagine what they must go through every time he ships out. My heart goes out to them!ReplyCancel

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