Friday, March 4, 2011

You CAN Take it With You

All the treasured pieces

gracing those nooks of pampering pleasures 

and the caress of objects most desired

in the reckless blush of our youth

and in the crowned glory of experience

CANNOT fit into our bags

when we pass through the time-worn door of this life

to the next.

But what will follow us is the sweetness

 and beauty

of our character.

Yes, you CAN take it with you.

For the love you give away

is and will be the only thing you will take away with you.

29 years of a life together

celebrated this Sunday 

March 6

has been the antecedent

to learning that

CELEBRATE in love mes amies!

Photo Credits:

The lovely and must see Pretty Simple Life Tumblr 

The fabulous Saks Fifth Avenue


Ruben Rivera said...

What a beautiful post. 29 years. Where has it gone. Many, many good times. 29 years, and I'm ready for 29 more. I do that with you, without a second thought.
Happy Anniversary my love.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Spectacular and so TRUE!... Happy Anniversary to my dear friends.. Such a beautiful and heartfelt post dear one. Beautiful images, lOVE the photos of you and Ruben..
Thank you for coming over to see Bella! You are a doll.

Enjoy your weekend..

Sarah said...

Anita and Ruben ~ best wishes to both of you!
I came over for a fix of happiness ~ Anita style, and I see sheer joy. What a wonderful surprise. Loved seeing the photos of you two. Looks like life is good!
Love the Hepburn quote. I've shared 36 years with my love. Life is good here too!
Enjoy this special weekend! ~ Sarah

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Bravo! Best Wishes to you & your Mr.~Cheers Kim

Kathysue said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!!29 yrs is a wonderful life together.
The love of my life and I will be celebrating #41 the day after you!! March 7th. Time goes fast, but the love still grows and last for a lifetime. He is still my sweetheart, Happy Anniversary to us all, Kathysue

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita and Ruben ..... Congratulations my lovely friends on your 29th anniversary! Two souls connected as one is the greatest gift we can have and to become as one is truly remarkable. I am so happy for you both and I will toast your special day on the 6th with some bubbles to send you all of my best wishes!


Many heartfelt wishes to you and Ruben Anita. Wow 29 magical tears together. What could be better? Oh I know, a new room addition lol.
BTW on my questionnaire "when is your birthday" you have March 19th??? Is that correct? I'm I forgetting something? That's my birthday & Wendy's husband's birthday. I just want to make sure.
It's 2:30am. Time for this fille to hit the hay.
Love You
Love Me

Presépio no Canal said...

Feliz Aniversario de Casamento!!!! Happy Anniversary to both of you!!! I wish you a wonderful day and a live full of LOVE and JOY, sharing, sharing, sharing...:-)
God bless you, Anita and Ruben!

A Vintage Chic said...

What a beautiful post, as always!

Happiest of anniversary wishes to you both, dear Anita! May this coming year be the most wonderful yet for you!


It's me said...

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other!!! great !!!! ....congratulations darling !!!.....29 years!! look so young !!! hahahah!!...we are almost 18 years married........hahahah!! have a nice day tomorrow enjoy eachother!!! have love love love and give love love love.......warm hugs

Marie-Ange said...

Bon anniversaire de mariage très chère Anita ....
Je vous souhaite de très longues et belles années à venir, remplies de tout l'amour du monde ...
Puisse la Vie t'apporter tout ce que tu désires, c'est le voeu que je forme de tout mon coeur
Bisous tendres

Martina said...

Big Congrats to Ruben ad you my dearest friend - what a beatiful couple you are! And waht a happy cuople! Such sweet pictures of you! And such a gorgeous post! Have a lovely, lovely day and celebrate LOVE! Will go on a stroll around Wiesbaden a pretty town later and have a stroll, and maybe have a glass of champagne and toast you! Anyway, i'll be thinking of you! xox

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

Loving spaces at the top so beautiful, some great inspiration photos. Have a great weekend

desde my ventana said...

Buenos días Anita,
Muchas felicidades para tí y para Rubén en vuestro 29 aniversario de boda. Espero que paséis un día muy feliz y que podáis celebrar esta fecha juntos muchos años más.

Un abrazo muy fuerte para los dos desde España,


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bon Anniversarie mon amies!! Such and accomplishment in this day and age!! Oh course it's not hard when you have a partner that is your best friend that you're in love with. What a special celebration you will have in your new room this year. A very special time for both of you. Enjoy my sweets!!

Much love and hugs to both of you!!

Ann Nichols said...

Oh, how very lovely!!! 29 years! Well done to the two of you!! Love is what counts because God is Love!! And your anniversary is in March! (So is mine and my hubby's!) Kind of an unusual month to get married in but... then again, maybe not. The springtime of romance...what imagery!! One that lasts a lifetime - with God in the mix, that is! He is what makes all the different to the ability of "two" to travel through life as "one!"
Many many blessings to you two very special people for many many more happy and fulfilling years together!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Happy hApPy celebrating in LOVE all weekend long, ma cherie. Have a good sleep right now so you will be all ready to enjoy every single minute.
It that your lampshade, in that amazingly bigggggg picture? I think I need one like this right away. Its ADORABLE. Never seen anything like it before, did you make it yourself?
Off you are for a LOVEable breakfast, while I am off for me third mug of LOVE coffee, tee hee. Let's party. There are always reasons to party, aren't there? I will celebrate another day with Mr. Sun (it still is cold though). Putting on my warm fluffy coat and drink my mug outside with the sunbeams on my face.
Much love always xxxxx

cityfarmer said...

this has Hallmark beat a country mile!
better keep that man ...
you deserve the best.

George the Lad said...

Happy Anniversary to you both, Great photos of the two of you;)
Have a great weekend together
Love and Hugs Jan and George xxx

Fay said...

Sweetpie You both look Fantastique Congratulations how wonderful and i love your romantic hat .I guess that you will have a busy weekend celebrating But hope we can skype for 10 minutes ?
You spoil me with those outrageous comments !!
dreaming along with you fabulous post Lots of Love To both of you Fay xxx

Fay said...

.....and your Dress looks exquisite ,and I love you in the bkack one too Fabulous you havent changed a jot
CONTINUE ! I know you will Love fay xx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Anita! What a gorgeous post! You made a beautiful bride. I love your blog... it always gives me something to reflect on and I your posts always seem to relate to something going on in my life. It's like God is speaking through you to me! xo

lostpastremembered said...

Happy anniversary, dear Anita!!! You are as beautiful now as you were as a bride. How right you are. The beauty that we share in our lives lives as memory in others.

The one thing that this new computer world has done is take away those photos we passed on to have images of past lives. When the computer goes... so goes the image.

But think of all the students you have brought a little closer to their true hearts and minds... in that you will live on as they pass the gift to the next generation.

May your love and life continue to inspire. Have a great anniversary... I know it will be amazing!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Happy Anniversary Ruben and Anita! This is such a lovely post and I am wishing for you two days full of sparkles and magic!
Much Love,

High Heeled Life said...

Oh La! la! my sweet friend ... Happy Anniversary .. may the years ahead continue to as magical as they have been for you! xo HHL

koralee said...

What a sweet post and so so true and wise.

May your weekend be a celebration of the past...present and future together my sweet friend.

Isn't it wonderful to have someone you love so much share this adventure called "Life" with you?

Congratulations and Happy Happy Anniversary to you BOTH!!!!

Hugs and love...xoxoxooxxoxoo

michelle said...

How beautiful Anita! Happy Anniversary! Your words ring to so true and clear, the love and life we experience will always be with us! That was so sweet of what Ruben said! :) Your are so beautiful dearest inside and out! Have a wonderful and memorable weekend with your prince! :)

deb famularo said...

Helo Anita!! Well Happy Anniversary my dear friend! What beautiful photos,and I have to tell you - you make the most adorable Dorothy!!! Reuban ain't too bad as the scarecrow either!! :) You guys have it right!The answer to all of life is LOVE.
(Love the Audrey quote btw.)
We are 85% moved in to our new home, and Anita, I love it here. I will e-mail you some pictures as soon as I can! In the meantime, you have a wonderful weekend. Have fun celebrating! Lots of love to you, deb xoxox

BonjourRomance said...

Wishing you and Ruben the most Happy Anniversay - and many, many more! Love that Audry quote!
Wishing you both a sweet weekend,

"Create Beauty" said...

What BEAUTIFUL images and words my dear... wishing you and Ruben a very happy anniversary!!! How delightful that you two found each other, and oh how your love has grown 29 years worth! Have a wonderful weekend : )

~ Violet

georgia~gigi said...

Oh Anita, I am in Love with this post! Happy Happy Anniversary, WOW 29 years! That is Amazing and so wonderful!
You are Stunning and you two make a beautiful couple!
I love your tutu shade,( I don't think I have ever seen such a gorgeous one as that) I have one too, in my room!
ps, thank you for the very sweet invite, I would love that ;)
gi gi

Sharon said...

Happy Anniversary! Oh I love LOVE, and how special to see a couple who still dwells within it! Blessings :)

The Dutchess said...

YEEEEEEEEEEEE....wishing you a HAPPY day....go crazy tomorrow!!!!!!!!

Love T D

Martina said...

Oh, Anita, i so hope today makes up for the bad day yesterday and gives you space to breathe and enjoy! Sometimes, it's so difficult to stay cool and collected in situations like the one you described. But then, anger can be very powerful and necessary sometimes, if kept in certain borders. Being a teacher is certainly not easy and hard to keep being year after year! But then, every job has challenges - mine certainly does, in abundance ;)
Strong emotions are tricky - once they flood your being, you are under their spell. It helps though to say: "Something in me is angry" - instead of "i am angry". Because YOU are bigger than the emotion. And the emotion is not you. This is a technique from focusing a friend of mine told me, and i find it very useful. Put a gentle hand on the place of your body, where you feel the emotion, and say hello to it. Let it be and comfort yourself. Maybe you'll find this helpful too.
Til soon, xx.

a Broad said...

What a beautiful post, you made me smile and weep. Happy Anniversary ! I have a few more on my meter than 29 and I am glad that I can look back and see that each one is more love filled than the last .. Here's to 29 more (at least !) :)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you dear friend for visiting again this morning.. Bella says thank you!
Enjoy your day together..

Jenny said...

Oh, my. You both have brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations and blessings to you both! I love that Audrey Hepburn quote, and that pic of the vanity in grey atthe end of the closet corridor made me gasp and swoon,you do it every time Anita. YOu have quite the gift to evoking a mood and feeling and adding the perfect words and images...what a talent and thank you for creating those moments and sharing them with us. God bless you and Ruben!

Sailor said...


Privet and Holly said...

And they lived
happily everafter.....!
I have to say, you
are both just as
beautiful today as
you were 29 years
ago!!! Experience
and wisdom are better
enhancements than
any cosmetics or
procedures, I believe...
As is a big, warm
smile! And you two
both rock those pearly
whites : ) Congrats
on your anniversary.
I hope you are going
to paint the town,
xx Suzanne

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What beautiful images. Happy Anniversary, I loved the pictures of the two of you :-)

Victoria Sayer said...

"When you find a love that's true...'happily ever after' belongs to you."
So good to see that YOU have both been blessed so richly.
Happy Anniversary on your 29th! May there be many many more wonderful years together for you.

What a charming couple you make, even without your crown and tiara!

Much love.♥

Deborah said...

Sweet friend...wishes for the happiest of anniversaries!!!!
You both make such a lovely all your photos and true, true words.
You two are the cutest!!! xo

Deborah xoxoxoxo

kerrie of sea cottage said...

you two are so cute! hope your weekend is romantic. ox

Christel Hutson said...

Dear Anita, and Ruben! I wish you both a wonderful anniversary. Both of you celebrate life daily. More often than not, 29 years together will send people in seperate directions, towards goals not meant for the other, but it is obvious to me, and many others that you two are one heart, one soul, and meant for each other. True love birds..mates for life. Here's to both of you, and another wonderful 29 years! Much love, Christel

Rosie said...

Oh sweetness...Happy, Happy Day!!!
Congratulations to you both!
Sending you hugs, kisses, and a couple of champagne flutes full of PINK BUBBLES...and a whole lot of LOVE...

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
Corinthians 13:7-8

All went well, will stop by for a longer cuppa soon...XOXO...Rosie

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Anita,

Happy Anniversary and to 29 more! How I wish I had found my Thomas 29years ago. But I do know that the paths of my journey are what led me to him. We'll celebrate 5 years of bliss in April...I always tell people it took me 30 years to find him....I knew my soulmate was out there but had become a bit hopeless that I'd find him....fairytales do happen right in the middle of an ordinary life...we proved that. ♥

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post.

Stephanie ♥

Draffin Bears said...

Happy Anniversary dearest Anita to you and Ruben.
Congratulations to you both and may you know true happiness and love.
Sending lots of love and hugs for all the very best wishes for the future.
Such a lovely post and photos.


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

oh anita how very very romantic...after is all there is...happy happy 29 years with your beloved and wishing you many many more...
now is that gene kelly on your side bar...i saw an american in paris on friday...cheers to you dzintra

Debi said...

Dear Anita,
Yes I am back...I think!!! Thank you for your sweet comment!Love to visit you. You paint with your words and your images are specatular! Honestly you provide a major dose of inspiration as always! I have been well, just alot going on in my life. I will have to email you.I am so thrilled you still want one of my paintings. I am here and not going anywhere so when ever you are ready. I adore that lampshade!!! I need a bigger monitor lol!
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!!

Peeters Liliane said...

My lovely Anita,

I whiss you a Happy Anniversary! Those wedding pictures are so sweet, what a lovely coupple. 29 years is a verry long time!!!!! I'm happy that you still are in love!!!
This summer we have ouer anniverseray 30years!!! Funny the pictures of Dorothy and The Scarecrow love those, you can see that both of you have lots of fun!!
How is the weather in your part of the world? Here we have a sunny day, but the wind is cold. It feels like spring is visiting us.

Have a wonderful anniverseray.
A big hug my friend,

Jacqueline said...

So this is the day! This is that day that God made it that way! The perfect match, I have no doubt so lets just shout...HAPPY LIFETIME the love birds who are busy building their nest so one day I can come be there guest! Tee hee...
Love the TU TU lamp shade...I want one too!
Len off to the world of comic's with Ruben in his pocket! Ha!

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello Dearest! typing here with a baby on my lap who can reach the keyboard and three year old 'B' next to me so must be quick this morning. Just popping in to say Happy Anniversary!!!

Much love,

koralee said...

Oh my sweet friend...sounds like you are having a delightful time this weekend...I am soooo happy it is just the two of you peeking into sweet little shops and eating amazing meals...stopping to sip tea and enjoying each other's company!!!! Now that is a dream date! Enjoy another day of JOY! Hugs and love to you both. xoxoxoxoxoxo

My Grama's Soul said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY...... sweet Anita and Reuben.

Nuf' said!!!!! (O:(O:



Anne said...

Dear Anita, that was the loveliest post! Congratulations, you can see from the pictures how happy you two are together. As always, love the pictures, esp those pink flowery shoes... omg!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Happy Anniversary to two of the most creative and fun people! Your post is so fun today, love the music of course, and each image makes you explode in a great big smile.

Hope you are having a lovely time.


Fete et Fleur said...

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! I remember your beautiful day well. You both were gorgeous. We wish we there to celebrate with you. Have a romantic day filled with love, passion and joy.

Nancy and Bill

ida said...

Hullo Anita,I have flown over from Fay's wish you both a very Happy 27th Anniversary.
What a beautiful couple you are,divine wedding dress & hat.

Wishing you both many,many more years filled with love,kindness and smiles.Ida xx

VictoriaArt said...

Such a beautiful post!
I send you my most heartfelt wishes and hope you can take it all with you along the road of life with your beloved one! What a wonderful couple you are!
And I so love your wedding dress! You had it all in you, 29 years ago!
The consistency is a wonder to behold! LOVE FOREVER!
Dearest: A kiss to both of you!
Have a wonderful day!

Peeters Liliane said...

No I'm not 30 years old I'm nearly 50 years old . This summer we have ouer 30 years married anniversary ;))
You weare a beautiful dress with all that lace woooooooow. Have a romantic evening with your husband.

June said...

Oh you gorgeous couple!!! Congratulations on your years together! A love that will endure forever.
sending love...

Splenderosa said...

Totally completely awesome! I love the fluffy lampshade, but all the images make me smile. So thank you for a Sunday afternoon LIFT!! xx's

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Happy Anniversary.... love the photos of both of you together!!!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

George the Lad said...

Hi Anita
Thanks for your visit and kind comments, great to hear you and Ruben had a lovely anniversary.
I'm not worried just yet at you not getting the parcel, you know the give away I had, that took over three weeks even going air mail!!I think it had gone around the world twice!
I think you should get by the end of this week. I hope.
Have a good week
Love to all of you,
Jan and George xxx

Martina said...

So great to hear you've had a wonderful time with Ruben - to celebate, have fun and relax! This little town sound like a gorgeous place to find little treasures and pretties for your house! Hope this new week gets of to a fresh and lovely start. Spring is in the air here. It's still cold, but sunny, and the first blooms are stickung out their little heads! More soon, have a happy evening!

Sylvia said...

Another beautiful post with wonderful photos and deep thoughts !
I wish you both Happiness forever ! Celebrate in love every single day !
Thank you for sharing !

It's me said...

Hello again....i will say to you my darling i saw your comment by Martina...i am also is my favorite you know that !!!...i am the pink lady...ik hou van roze en van jouw !! i will in the row with Sassie and Koralee and Martina......hahahahhahahah!! you by by !! daag lieffie !!!

It's me said...

Yes i also like turqoise !! beautiful with pink......please show me a picture of your rabbit...i love rabbits !!!...heb een gezellige week lieverd.....ik hou van je kusjes van

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I just needed to be here. Thanks for the music, the fun, the joy. This is helping. I know you know how it can be. So tired. Thanks for the love. I agree. Love is the most powerful in my fairytale. Blessings.

Bela said...

Congratulations dear friend! To you and your lovely husband! I wish you two have many more years together. Love is writing your story, sweet Anita. An endless book!
I love you!

curlysusieQ said...

Anita, Happy Anniversary! My husband and I just celebrated our 22nd on March 4th. As always your blog is beautiful. xxx susan

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

oooo a party...have fun you both...and have a drink for me dearest...dzintra

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Yes, I am back.. Would you like me to sing again? teeheee
So happy you enjoyed your Anniversary today...

Thank you so much for wandering over again.. A CROWN for Bella? Why did I not think of that..

ENJOY you evening my dear friend.
Bless you both!

Champagne Macarons said...

Félicitations to you and your wonderful husband on your anniversary! I love the photos and how happy you are together!! I'm certain you had a lovely weekend celebrating your love.
Yes, we can take our character with us.
Wishing you many more happy years together!
xoxo, B

paperbird said...

Congratulations dear Anita.
I love this post and look at you girl- you are so very beautiful.
I love the images of youand your sweetie- you both look so happy.
Congratulations to the both of you on this wonderful occasion.
Are you just so proud?
You should be.
What a beautiful accomplishment!

Have a beautiful week lovely lady!

paperbird said...

I just read your Rubens comment- how sweet is that. You found yourself a keeper!

Anonymous said...

A very Happy Anniversary to you both!! It is such a blessing to go through life's journey with your best friend and lover.

Many happy days ahead!

bee blessed

Susan said...

Hoping you and Ruben spent an extraordinary day together! Happy Anniversary to both of you!

Kristin said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! That is so beautiful! The photos of you both is SO cute! The one you dressed up in is TOO cute!!! I hope you have it on the wall somewhere. And if I had a wardrobe like that image no 2 I would feel like a queen every day :) Hope you have a LOVELY week, my friend!!(and thanks for all your encouragment on my photos - it's much appreciated!

Lots of hugs, Kristin

Lots of hugs, Kristin

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy Anniversary Dear Anita and Ruben
You are a splendid example of what friendship and love can bring to our lives...

I hope you have a special day and many more years of love, health and happiness.. ciao xxxx Julie

PS.. Hi Anita.. sadly I know longer recall any French.. maybe if I get back to France.. hehe... xxxx

La Petite Gallery said...

Sending a bag full of good wishes and happiness.
I am so happy for you both.
You are made for each other from the photo's .

best wishes, yvonne

designchic said...

Gorgeous images to start my week...Happy, happy anniversary!!

koralee said...

Happy Monday Morning sweet friend...hope your weekend was magical and filled with L O V E! {I know it was} Now lets get through the week..we can do it together..everything is easier with a friend by your side.

Love and hugs. xoxooxoxo

Jeri Landers said...

What a fabulous , happy couple you are! God bless you and send you many more decades of love and togetherness!

Ann Nichols said...

Here's to hoping that your anniversary was extra special! Having that new extension to your house must have made it really nice!

Never would have guessed that you weren't a cat person! I always thought I was just a cat person until my two German Shepherds came to live with us. Now I know I am a cat person and a dog person and an animal person in general. Living animals - any species - gives an appreciation that is deep and emotional. A Persian cat might be perfect for you. They are so calm and can be on their own for several hours each day without feeling bad. And they certainly are gorgeous!
Blessings for a great week!

Fine Bessot said...

Quel magnifique message d’amour !
Un très bon anniversaire à vous deux pour une belle vie commune, d’échanges, d’amour, de sincérité, de joie, de bonheur, de créativité…
Vous êtes rayonnants et votre bonheur traverse l’Atlantique pour me donner de la joie.
Je suis très heureuse pour vous et je vous souhaite encore de nombreuses années de bonheur. Ce post est vraiment réjouissant. Je vous remercie pour votre rayonnement.
Je vous embrasse. Fine.

Rayanne said...

Happy Anniversary to you two love birds!!!!!!
and what a lovely post... taking our character with us!!!!
You have a great way with writing, my dear.

LiveLikeYou said...

Congratulations!! SO share all the secrets of success!!

Martina said...

Hope you've had another splendid day of celebration dear! Here, It's carneval today, "Rosenmontag" we say, and lots of people go to parades. We don't, but we enjoyed a quiet day and took a long walk in the afternoon! How great you look in this Audreay dress in front of university, WOW! xx
P.S.: Don't have Skype yet - only my son has - but i can't really talk in his room. Will let you know when this changes ;)

bikim said...

happy aniversary Anita!!!!!
gorgeous post about a gorgeous couple!!!!!!!!!!!!! you look so pretty together!!!!!!!!!!!!
be happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love the photos!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Felicitations and Congratulations on your anniversary! May they just be more beautiful and even more loving from here! Wishing you many more!

Style Attic said...

AWESOME! Anita, all the blessings to you and your honey!! 29 is simply divine :) In a world where things are not built to last, there is so much testament here to you both as individuals and as a powerful force of love. I will celebrate 11 this summer and it's a wonderful feeling to know you got it right. Not saying it's always easy, but LOVE does conquer all. LOVE never fails. LOVE is the two of you XOXO

Rosie said...

I'm commin'....thump...thump...thump... I'm commin'. I came to take that YUMMY casserole and ricotta pie..OH MY... dearest, You do nothing, but spoil me :) Things are healing well (the right one is a bit more tender than the left...but I think they did MORE work to this one)...but, I am definitely doin' a virtual "happy dance", knowing that I am finished for awhile.
Dearest, thank you for your MANY "over the fence visits"...I do SO look forward to our morning cuppas.
Well, it is back to bed for me...I will sneak one of your cookies and a cuppa tea and bid you Good Night.
Hugs and Kisses...Rosie

erin said...

happy, happy, HAPPY anniversary to you, anita and ruben!!!! it's so nice to know a couple who have been married as long as my sweety and i!! here's to many more.



petitebroderie said...

Bopnjour Anita! mes félicitations pour votre aniversaire de mariage, je vous désire beaucoup de santé et bonheur. Vos images son toujours superbes! Bravo, à bientôt, Esther

koralee said...

xoxoxoxo....I am off to an early morning meeting but just had to come by and wish you a good day my friend. xoxxoxox

shari @ little blue deer said...

Ohh how I enjoyed this post! So beautiful and thoughtful! Congratulations to you both! And here is to more of a wonderful and LOVING life together!

"Create Beauty" said...

Beautiful images, and a love that is still blooming and growing!!!
Congratulations and may God grant you and Ruben many many more years of togetherness.

Oh, I do like that large blue framed mirror. ANd your tutu lampshade!!!!

What fun.


~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

a Big Hello to my dearest sweet friend from Minnesota, time flies by and what have I done today, and yesterday and the day before yesterday? I must stop wondering.
Your lovely tutu idea is what I am going to copy. I am on the outlook for a sweet one.
How was the celebrating on Sunday? I am pretty sure you have had a precious time together.
Your dream castle must be so cozy already, every day a bit more (if that is possible).
It's dinner time, my kitchen is calling my name. Off I go, not that I like too. It will be a quick meal today, something from the oven. Always good, always a success with the little ones.
Hugs and kisses to YOU xoxoxoxoxo

The Dutchess said...

I saw there were 99 comments and I would like to make it 100...:)
How are you dearest...hope you and Ruben has some wonderful days...xoxo..hugs from all of us..

The Dutchess said...

101....HAD some wonderful days...and many more to come I'm sure....;)

FrenchgardenHouse said...

Happy happy Anniversary. Love blooms, and may it continue to do so for you and your love. xoxoxo Lidy

{best comment? the first one, of course!}

Sonja said...

well if that is not the most BEAUTIFUL tribute to 29 years!!! A huge hug to both of you and I'm cheering you on fo the next 29!!


Fay said...

sweetpie just realised that I sent you a Ladies day Mimosa but forgot that your e mails not working !! hope it was good a presto sweetdreams fay xxx

Kirsty said...

Absolutely wonderful photos! So happy for you! Audrey is right! Adore the wedding gown and hat! Gorgeous.

Bonnie said...

Time certainly flies doesn't it dear Anita. Happy Anniversary to you and the one you love. Be sure to extend a "YO" to Ruben for me!

Love, Bonnie

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Just had to come and wish you a happy day. I hope that your celebrations went well at the weekend.
I love the sweet photos of you and Ruben and the quote from Audrey.
Life is precious.


wendy said...

What a fun post.....yay 29 years together. I loved the photos of you and hubby. You reminded me of a "southern girl" in your wedding photo. did you see the tv series North and South....well, you look like Madeline, the gorgeous dark haird beauty who Patrick Swayze loved. Ahhhhhhhh

Yup, all we take with us is our character and the impact we left on THIS world.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Dear, dear Anita and Rueben!

How wonderful! Twenty nine years....the sweetest love story. I'm praying for many, many more years of love and happiness for you. :-)

It's been WILD around here....ever so busy, I'm sorry I didn't make it over on the REAL day.

Beautiful post, as ALWAYS...

Sending huge congratulatory hugs....


~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

.... and off I am for another crazy day. My laundry is shouting my name by now, afternoon is a children full one, Wednesday afternoons are free of school, friends coming over. Spring/Summer shoes to be bought, pancakes to be baked, a dinner to be prepared and I really want to take at least half an hour me-time to welcome the first sunbeams on my face.
Happy clicking your heals in the school corridors, ma chère amie. Ever since you wrote this line, months ago, it pops into my mind when visiting you. I can almost see you running.
Much love for a brand new day! xxxxx Let us make it a good one xxxx

Rosie said...

YAwn...S T R E T C H...ahhhh...
.......good morning S*U*Nshine....
My oh my, I have been snoozing A LOT!
and when I'm not snoozing, I'm DREAMING. You know me SO well. I am dreaming up a "to do" project for the day I am well again. Soooooo, thinkin' that my work shop needs a makeover. She needs to go from "work shop" to "STUDIO"...with a home office wall. She will have the clean lines of built in cabinets AND the Curly, Girly, Swirl of a white wardrobe. This will house my power tools (it is too much of a challenge to incorporate my "Yellow Dewalt" drll).
So, how was this day dear one? Do you get a "spring break"? I bet you are ready for a little break. Your shopping spree with Ruben sounded SO fun...It really doesn't matter what we do, as long as our dear partners are by our side. My sweetie is playing nurse maid these days...So very tender.
Well dearest have a glorious you so very much...R

LiLi M. said...

Bonjour Anita!
Finally I am here, we had a little break from school, celebrating 'mardi gras' with my family. You have made a beautiful and so true post again, yes love conquers all! Happy belated anniversary to you and Ruben. I just adore your photos, you both look so happy! I am in love for almost 32 years now and I think it keeps getting better and better. My husband keeps on surprising me; last Saturday he arranged a trip to see a modern ballet, he enjoys that I think even more than I do (talking about surprises!).

^ I am trying to send you a very long link so get a little impression. We loved it. If it is not working you could (if you feel like it and you have the time) google 'scapino ballet rotterdam' and press 'video.

Thanks for another inspiring post my lieve vriendin! Een dikke zoen, LiLi

Anonymous said...

Dear Anita ( and Ruben !)
My heartfelt congratulations for your lovely loving anniversary ! I always love to stop by and browse your blog, I am inspired ever so often and "get an idea" which ingnates one of my designs or something else of my creativity. It is people like you who spread beauty and style in this world, where you so often find the opposite "out there". Thank you for being there and for sharing your taste and talent in your Blog.
Hugs, and many more happy years to come for you ( TWO !)
kindest regards, Martina

Martina said...

Hi Anita, thanks for your lovely visit! Yes, it's great to know you feel inspired by COLOR - yet everybody is different, and, since soft pastels, white and aqua seems to be what matches your style - that's perfectly fine! It looks very elegant and beautiful on your blog, and, i'm sure in your house as well! It would be boring, if all people had the same taste! But the grear thing about blogland is, that we can see so many nice things of all kinds, and integrate little bits of pieces into our lives - like your sweet card! I'll send you sth. as well very soon! Have a fun day!

koralee said...

Morning sweet friend...another day is upon us...right now you are at school with all your sweet students. I am finding I am really dragging my heels ....I need some good hot weather and a beach to cure my winter blues.

I am thinking your Spring break is the same as ours...starting March 18th? Do you have any plans? We will just be heading to my parents home for a week or so of visiting and then maybe some small day trips here and sunny beaches.

Have a great day...thinking of you. xoxoxo

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello darling!!!! Blowing you kisses and hugs this morning from the west to the east!

Isn't it so amazing that we have become friends?!?!?! I am sure it is a "God thing" : )

A connection we never would have otherwise. May you have a song in your heart today.

Much love,
~ Violet

Stacey said...

Beautiful, beautiful Anita!
29 years-wow! Happy Anniversary to both you and Ruben and may you enjoy many, many more blissful years together! Thanks for keeping my tumblr friends company in my absence(i'm not really back fully yet-still so much to do). This post was perfect in every way too:-). Hugs and talk to you soon! XX

Nezzy said...

I'm so very sorry...I'm very late to this party. I've been down with a nasty stomach virus.

Here's wishin' you and the love of your life a very happy anniversary and many, many more.

God bless and I hope you have a fun~filled celebration filled with love, laughter and cake baby...piled high with delicious icin'!!! :o)

Rosie said...

Well you and your boy friend are ever so cute in your "Dorthy and Scarecrow" costumes...great memories, I'm sure. Ok, your wedding gown with it's Southern Belle hat is SO VERY pretty...funny thing...mine is almost the same, EVEN the hat...kindreds...giggle.
Had a good nights sleep, and a reasonably fine day. Am able to walk a few steps without my crutches now. My housecleaning is now done with an ice cream pail clutched in one crutch filled palm...kind of riding hood look...ya, not really...snicker.
Oh and there is nothing more annoying than a sciatic nerve that refuses to behave. What can you do dearest? Can you pay your chiropractor a little visit?
You are so very SWEET. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to store my power tools in your lovely wardrobe...but alas, we have a few too many miles in between. I will however frame that gorgeous valentine and hang her in a VERY special spot.
Well, my live in chef.../nurse, has just rung the dinner bell, so will send you a hug and a kiss, and promise to put the kettle on tomorrow....xooxox...Rosie

Cheryl said...

Hi Anita!! WHOA! Love your blog! So happy I found it.....droooling...
Such a pleasure to sit here and look through your blog!
Thank you!!and Happy Anniversary!

koralee said...

Morning...just a very f..a.s...t hello this morning. I have another very early morning meeting before school starts. I just had to come by and thank you for your sweet morning note and tell you about the dream I and Rosie were cooking in my kitchen! Can you believe that!!! I came home and there the two of you were! Cooking up a I wish it was true.

Sending you oodles of love for a good day. xooxxoxo

VictoriaArt said...

Just checking in with you busy bee! Come and visit, i have something special today!
Much love!

Martina said...

Bonsoir Anita, just want to wish you lots of good energy for the talk to that parent tomorrow. Peopke can be so annoying sometimes, and i hope that thing wll be settled to your benefit. Anyway, the weekend is around the corner, and with it, all the weekend JOYS! Have a lovely evening!

Barbara said...

(I first thought that lampshade was a hat!!)

Many happy wishes on your 29th! You look as though you have some wonderful memories...and it's only just begun!!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonsoir, bonne nuit, goedenavond, goede nacht,
mijn donderdag is bijna voorbij.
Did I tell you we will be in the US next month? Boston, NY and Washington. Mark, the children and I, I'm soooo excited!
Anyways, now I just want to find my fluffy covers. Enjoy the rest of your day, sweet Anita xxxx

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I always find such beauty in your photos, and today in the poignancy of your words. You left me craving for more.

Happy, happy anniversary!

Rosie said...

Oh Koralee is So sweetly entertaining...I wonder what we were making? Probably one of your decadent desserts...and we probably quite enjoyed licking the beaters :)

Yes, you are So right about that yummy watermelon color. My mom sewed the cutest little "A" line, cotton dresses for my older sister and these were MATCHING wee frocks, which were great if I "LIKED" the little number...if not...I got TWO!!!!!!!!But, I really would have LOVED to have had one of those dresses today.
I am in shock, that you don't have a sewing machine!?!You, the "queen of all things crafty and cute" NEED...I mean, REALLY need a sewing machine. See now, if perhaps, you HAD this little mechanism at your fingertips and your dearest must leave town on business, you could while away the hours, just you and your little machine. Hit the thrift stores and see what they have to offer (the old, ALL metal part ones, are the best...providing they still hold their tension)
Well my sweet, have a FABULOUS Friday...just one more Rosie

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour ma belle ~
I hope you are having a lovely week and now that the weekend is almost among us, I'm certain it will be fabulous! At 10:50 this morning I will be on spring break!! My sweet husband will be taking me to lunch and perhaps a few macarons for dessert ;) I'm looking forward to a week of catching up on things at home and spending time with my family and girlfriends!
xoxo, B

Arti said...

Ah! 29 years! Thats so truly lovely, Happy Anniversary to both of YOU:-)
And may you celebrate many more, thats my only wish!
God bless:-)

Martina said...

Hope yur day went well Anita, and that fierce parent treated you nicely! Here's chin chin to a happy weekend dear friend - let's indulge in something nice and celebrate the moment! xox

koralee said...

Sorry I could not visit this was one of those crazy mornings where I was so behind.

You are in Spring Break right now????? Wow...lucky you my friend. I hope you are enjoying your day and your break is off to a great more week for me...I think I can do it!

Keeping you in my prayers my dear .xxoxxoxoo

Cheryl said...

Hi Anita,
Visiting again!! Thank you for stopping by to say hello!!
Yes, I am in NJ.
I have family in Ottawa and surrounding area's as well. We visit there on occasion will be up in September for a wedding. They visit with us several times a year, they are coming in July, wouldn't it be a hoot, if you were from the same area, and visiting here in the NY/NJ area around the same time!! lol!! My friend Grace from Pink in the City had mentioned that you might be up in NY over the summer...
We will have to keep in touch!!
Nice to meet you again!!

Champagne Macarons said...

Hello ma belle ~

I'm certain you are anxiously awaiting your spring break as well. It gives us that breath we need, to be renewed and take us to that last stretch until summer.
Do you have plans? Unfortunately, my children are not on spring break the same week as I.. I plan to catch up on a few projects that I want to complete, and meet with girlfriends for lunch.

I am sorry to hear that it's been a tough year for you. Although I know it's in your heart, I'm certain teaching can be challenging at times.

Wishing you a lovely weekend ~
xoxo, B

Rosie said...

Ahhh, it's done, Now comes a little bit of fun :) Painting FUN that is! Oh your bathroom is going to be just LOVELY. Fresh and Clean and WHITE...YIPPEE. You inspire me. Now I want to slap a little paint on the upstairs bathroom. The problem is, it will need more than paint. I'm thinkin' a whole truck load of Carrara marble. It will be a BIG job, and so it will have to go to the bottom of the list.
I have had a fairly productive day...on the phone...orders and such. I never thought I would say this, but I miss shopping...Ok, not shopping, more...I would LOVE to wander through an antique shop or two. Maybe you'd like to join me? We could shop and chat and then a little Tea with a tasty treat...Someday dear one.
For now I will scoot off to bed and dream of the escapades we will have. Happy painting my sweet...xoxoxo...Rosie

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

oh anita how exciting to meet someone from melbourne...yes i'm still in a sling...half way there now...and yes it is our birthdays coming up...and oh a's just what i need...cheers to you on this saturday...much love, dzintra

jade said...

Congratulations to your 29 Years together, my sweet friend!!! I´m so sorry, that i´m a little bit late, but i wish all the best, with all my heart!!! You both look sooooo happy and full of love............what a beautiful post, i enjoy it sooo much!!!! Have a wonderful weekend, my dear Anita,

warm Hugs Jade

PS: I´m not blogging at time, because my father in law died on monday......and there is so much to do!

~CC Catherine said...

From one couple celebrating 29 years in 2011 to another! May the Lord richly BLESS the next 29 even more than He has these first 29! :) You both are a handsome pair! What a precious post Anita! Happy Anniversary again! Hugs!

Rosie said...

Ahh, but of course it's Anita to the rescue...and your fabulous care package has lifted my spirits. You are so very dear.
BoB is BaCk!!!Oh I CAN"T wait to see your beautiful chandy a hangin'!!!and you must be CrAzY EXCITED. If your chandy is really heavy, maybe you could just put the highest crystals on BEFORE Bob installs, so that you don't have to be on that ladder any longer than possible.
Yesterday I perused your sidebar snappies of your GORGEOUS home...Oh Anita you have done an amazing job! This is a work of art. You should be so proud.
Oh Snipe sounds just perfect! The next time my brilliant son comes for a visit I shall see what he can do.
Dearest...I MUST be on the mend, because "stir crazy" is just around the corner. I am ITCHING to decorate...something...ANYTHING!
I will start in my workshop, I think. Ahhh it is so FUN to dream up ideas...both day and night :)
But for now I will be a good girl and get LOTS of rest. Have the very BEST Wednesday, sharing your passion for life with all those FORTUNATE souls that cross your you dearest...Rosie

C'est moi Claudette said...

I'm coming by to wish you a heartfelt St. Patty's Day my dear friend.
May your day be rich with green..., (sounds like I should say envy) lol.
Hope your class is behaving for you : )
Love You
Love Me
P.S. Getting ready for my mom and sis to come for a wee visit.
Randy should be making corn beef for dinner, yummy

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita my friend,

Oh! mon cher ami Anita, pas juste du tout que je ne suis pas là en personne prendre dans toute votre beauté dans la conception!

Je vais attendre de voir ce que je sais va inspirer les larmes de mes yeux quand je prends à votre nouvelle, les vieilles maisons de beauté mélancolique.

Insiring beauté française.

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour darling! Oh, I suppose it is bonjour as it is 2am.. I'm awake wrapping presents for my son's birthday. I hope you are having a fabulous week!
WOW! Your aunt looked like Dame Elizabeth? A lucky lady indeed. She was one of the most beautiful women of all time.. those beautiful VIOLET eyes! She was an amazing person.
Are you on spring break? Mine was last week but I have only one course until Saturday. I begin an 8 week hybrid course at 8am.. a history course, somewhat of a bore. Sad that all of my general credits won't transfer.. however, knowledge/education is a wonderful thing. I hope you are having a lovely week! Glad to hear that the slush is being washed away. We're expecting rain and cooler temps tomorrow. I will have a house full of darling 11 yr old boys. Actually, I've had a revolving door all week =) Brendan chose Landry's for his birthday lunch.. a wonderful restaurant downtown, and perhaps the art museum. I think that suggestion is more for me ;) Bless his heart!
xoxo, B