A Beautiful, Unexpected Gift


—-Today I received a beautiful, unexpected gift.


A fellow Blogger & Artist,  Totsymae , created a tribute on her page for
my sister, Kay…

Small PhotoTotsymae.



And I wanted to share it with my dear readers.


Please leave your comments on her page.


Totsy Mae has been a great supporter and encourager of mine
during these dark, dark days.


Click here to experience her   SWEET GIFT

My Sweet Sister, Kay, was murdered by Mike Peterson 622  days ago.  The world shook & darkened.

FYI: Kay’s Memorial Walk / Run to end Domestic Violence is on May 20–on the Waterfront Trail.  More info to come….

800-799-SAFE (7233) or at TTY 1-800-787-3224.


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94 Responses to A Beautiful, Unexpected Gift

  1. Irene says:

    That was such a wonderful thing to do! She captured the best of Kay, especially in the eyes. The warmth that was Kay! Totsymae has a true talent!
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  2. jen says:

    Oh Kim I can’t imagine getting a more wonderful gift, the painting is just lovely. These interwebs is the place to meet some freekin amazing people. And your artist friend is one of them, love love love. And your sister…. is just beautiful.
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  3. The painting is exquisite, much like Kay herself. And Totsy is an amazing and lovely woman, and a great artist and writer. I’m in awe of her talent! What a beautiful thing to do.
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  4. Kimberly says:

    I’m in tears.
    No words.
    Just love.
    This is why this blog world is so valuable and powerful. When we stand together not only are we giving voices to causes/illnesses/violence/victims etc…we are able to hold each other.
    Love you sweet Mama.
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  5. Totsy has created an amazing tribute. I loved it. You and Kay are entrenched in the hearts of so many of us. Thank you. Love at its best.
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  6. Oh, Kim–you must be thrilled! What a gorgeous tribute to your gorgeous sis.
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  7. ed pilolla says:

    the video and painting progression was a lovely experience.
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  8. What a beautiful tribute… Totsymae is full of love and talent – xo.
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  9. Totsy is a very talented woman and a real sweetheart. I’m so glad she did this for you, Kim ♥
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  10. Ann says:

    I’m gonna have to comment anyway…what a lovely, touching gift. I am speechless.
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  11. Monica says:

    Kim, you must be beside yourself with joy. What a beautiful, thoughtful gift. Totsy is an incredible woman, generous of heart, and so are you, Kim. May you treasure this lovely portrait for years to come. Many hugs for you, Kim!
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  12. Helen Herrick says:

    Tear filled eyes. Heart overflowing with love.

  13. Kim Pugliano says:

    OH SO AWESOME AMAZING BEAUTIFUL. What a wonderful loving thoughtful powerful gift.
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  14. Ohhhhh! What a wonderful blessing – such a thoughtful and beautiful gift.
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  15. totsymae1011 says:

    Kim, you are a gift to so many women at this time in your life. You are moving and shaking the world with the power of your voice through what happened to Kay. It has definitely tuned me in to talking to my Little Totsy about violence against women. She hung around periodically as I painted Kay. You must know the warmth of Kay’s spirit was in the room as I tried to capture her. I have to also say hers was the most important portrait I’ve composed and I was humbled and honored to do so.

    So much love, hugs and kisses to you.
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    • Phil says:

      What an incredibly thoughtful, loving, selfless gift you’ve done. I am quite struck by the lovely sense of community in the blogging world, and feel privileged to know you and Kim.
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    • ~~~~~Dearest, Tots,
      I am truly moved & empowered by your gift to me.

      ( I also sent this gift to my entire family, friends, & ( Kays boys )

      I have watched the video several times….. & each time, it is new, fresh, & layered like a beautiful musical poem.

      No. Words.

      Just Love Love Love.

      With Gratitude. Always. xxx
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  16. I’m off to see your gift. xoxo
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  17. Vidya Sury says:

    That was so beautiful, Kim. Totsy’s tribute to Kay and her painting took my breath away. The video was a joy to watch…accompanied by one of my all time favorite songs. “My love…..there’s only you in my life….the only thing that’s right…..; My first love….you’re every breath that I take….you’re every step I make”

    Oh, so wonderful. What a testimony of your love, Kim. Thank you for sharing this. I will cherish this memory forever. I am visualizing Kay smiling just like that!

    Love and hugs, hugs, hugs!
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  18. Phil says:

    I am really struck by the kindness and generosity of Totsy, and the outpouring of love from all others in reaction to this beautiful act. There is a genuine sense of community and of spirit here. I feel as though I am privvy to a very special moment and experience that transcends ordinary everyday life. A simple act of kindness can really move so many so deeply. And it couldn’t have happened to a sweeter, more deserving person than Kim.
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    • ~~~~~ My heart overflows today. I adore and appreciate my gift from Sweet Tots….

      & The sense of community is unexpected & beautiful.

      I don’t know why I’m surprised by that.

      Thank you, my dear, dear Phil. Xx

      PS. We can start a REVOLUTION to stop Domestic Violence. I really believe that.
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  19. As I posted on Totsymae’s site – breathtaking and I’m speechless. It touched something deep inside me. I want to watch it again and again. It was peaceful and tear-inducing at the same time. As you looked into Kay’s eyes, all you saw was peace – which is what she has, now. Kim – thank you for sharing.
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  20. Pure Complex says:

    Wow.. that was such a beautiful tribute. Selfless, wonderful, and heartfelt. I know you felt good reading this :)
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  21. marie says:

    This was a beautiful experience Kim, you are blessed to have such a friend, her gift is precious.
    Much love.xx
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  22. What a wonderful gift! She is truly a friend to treasure! xxx
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  23. Blond Duck says:

    How sweet!
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  24. elizabeth says:

    Kim- just beautiful. You can feel Kay smiling down from heaven. xxx

  25. Kimmy says:

    Beautiful beyond words when something this precious comes from the heart! What a talented lady!! Kimmy you truly enveloped with heartfelt, compassionate people from all over the world. Your voice carries the words against abuse of all kinds around the world & will & has made a difference. Educating people about abuse is the most important first step. People need to know it’s not their fault & there is help & support out there. You are a huge part of it!! Your voice will save many lives. Proud of you & love you & I’m with you all the way!! Wine this week or next!?! Xxoo. K

  26. dad says:

    Totsy doesn’t only have talent, but she also has love, passion, and heart. It’s a gift to our
    whole family and everyone who knew her so well.
    Thank you again so much Totsy.
    Love You

  27. Debbie says:

    What a talent! She’s done such an unselfish, wonderful thing here, in giving you something so precious! I can’t believe how real her painting looks!
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  28. Mirjam says:

    Such a sweet, wonderful thing to do!
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  29. Kelley says:

    I’m on my way to check it out!
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  30. Lady E says:

    Hello Kim,

    What a lovely tribute to Kay… What a ray of sunshine for your day!

    Anyway, I’ve “tagged” you, it’s one of those slightly viral type things doing the rounds inthe blogosphere. If you find the time, I’d love to read your answers to my tricky questions http://poorcowinfrance.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/playing-tag-3/.
    Take care,
    Lady E
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  31. What a wonderful gift! Artwork is such a personal gift as well. :)
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    • Kim Sisto-Robinson says:

      Yes. It was a very precious gift, which I shall treasure forever.

      thanks, Leaza in Denver. X

  32. I am off to visit her page now.
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  33. Such an extraordinary gift. She truly is using her talent to give and heal and love. She is truly a special soul;). And she really captured your Sister’s loving glance
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  34. Mercy says:

    So beautiful…


  35. Julie says:

    Such a lovely gift! She must have known you very well, because she has found out what was the best gift for you!
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  36. Bella says:

    Kim, I am touched by Totsy’s loving tribute to Kay, you, and your family! What a selfless gesture! I watched her video in awe as I saw Kay’s portrait come to life with each brush stroke. And when I looked at the beautiful rendition of Kay’s lovely face I thought, oh my goodness! Indeed, our lovely Ms. Totsy has demonstrated not only her amazing talent, but also a generosity of spirit that we should all emulate. I can imagine Kay peeking over Totsy’s shoulder, smiling as her portrait took shape; smiling at the likeness. Not too long ago, you mentioned how hard it was to get through some days and it makes me smile to realize that it’s gestures like these that sustain you, cradle you, and show you just how much you’re loved, dear Kim.

    • Kim Sisto-Robinson says:

      She truly captured Kay’s inner beauty.

      I loved the portrait & shall be placing it in my living area at home.

      Xx Happy Friday, dear. Have a wonderful weekend…

  37. Laci says:

    I am without words and with many tears. What a beautiful gift! It was amazing to watch the progress!
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  38. Lady Fi says:

    What a touching and wonderful gift!
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  39. Hilary says:

    what a wonderful gift… I am sure Kay would be touched…
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  40. Adriana Iris says:

    a beautiful gift for someone that deserves it so much!
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    • Kim Sisto-Robinson says:

      Dear, A,
      I am looking forwar to placing the photo up where I can see it every. single. day.

      How are you? I am happy for all your accompishments Xxx Wow.

  41. Sandra says:

    Well Totsy is saying to leave the love here, and you’re saying to leave the love at Totsy’s. I’m just going to love you both!
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  42. How wonderful! Heading over right now to read it all.
    Hugs from the OR Tambo International Airport – waiting to board to go back home.
    :-) Mandy
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  43. Aurora, HSP says:

    Congrats on the gift. You and Tots are amazing women, loving you both :)
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  44. Galit Breen says:

    It’s lovely, truly.

    And as always, I’m so sorry for your hurt.
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    • Kim Sisto-Robinson says:

      I have realized that one needs to thread that ‘hurt’ thru one’s life somehow…

      that is what I am trying to do. Xx

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