Friday, April 22, 2011

Sunrise Sunset

Please click on the video below as the BROTHAHooD


Il Divo joins us.


The SUN has risen

and our footsteps have run their course with only an

echo to be heard.




and you have been invited to sit at table

in order to partake in an endLESS feast

under a canopy

of amazing grace.

We have been to paradise

and back

and our final stop

brings us to the shores 

of sunset.


But the sun will rise again 

and the grown-up in us all

will rejoice in the eternal youth that



when you

Happy April Birthday


and thanks to our happy 

beach boy

for he and I share a VERY IMPORTANT DATE

of which he is proud, as you can see.

Saturday April 23 is my birthday.

My mother almost named me GEORGIA.



Go give this lad a hug and chuckle with him

and become a child again for just a moment.

Until next year, dear SISTAHOOD. It was splendid...


Photo Credits:

Special thanks to Julie at BEING RUBY for her exquisite photography of La Luna

Jan at George the Lad


Fete et Fleur said...

Hello my dear sister!

Tomorrow is your day!! I have been thinking of you all day today. I hope you get to do something incredibly wonderful and spoil yourself a bit. Tell my brother I said he needs to do this.

Love you both!


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh dear Anita...I have had a fabulous time with the Sistahood celebrating our birthdays...this is just what my arm be gently exercised amongst all this gorgeousness...I can't wait to see where we will go to next year!!! Thank you so much for organizing this exquisite time...

Have a wonderful wonderful day...and a beautiful Easter weekend with lots of chocolate!!!

Cheers with our favourite pink bubbles and much love...Dzintra

Rattus Scribus said...

Dearest Anita,

Everything about this post is beautiful (with a little humor at the end). Thank you for the virtuoso - moving rendition of Amazing Grace, and your words and pictures so full of power and hope and love.

I wish you and the sistahood the happiest birthday.

Your birthday is my sunrise.


Nita Stacy said...

Happy Birthday! Oh...that smiling dog...George! How amazing is he?

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Anita Sweetie...
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday dear Anita.
Happy Birthday to you.

Many more my darling sweet friend. Many, many more to come. Thank you SO much for taking me along on this April Sisterhood of celebrations. We are quite a unique group of gals. I have SO enjoyed myself.

I will be 54 on Monday officially at 6:16am. I do not know where the time has gone. It has been fast. As the world turns in the Smith Family.

I am sure your precious Ruben has special plans for the day, and I would venture to bet that somewhere along the way, you will find that aqua colored cake you SO adore.

Hugs, hugs, hugs sweet one. I simply adore you. Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

C'est moi Claudette said...

OMG.. Your birthday is my sunrise??? Who but sweet Ruben would write that? SWEET.
Happy Birthday in less than 20 minutes.
I'm playing a song for you by Nat King Cole. All about pretend.
I wish you many many hours of laughter, sunrises, sunsets and love. Most of all love.
Nat says it best, anyone can dream....
I love you sista.
Love Claudette

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
Such a beautiful post, full of love, hope and beauty.. Touching rendition of Amazing Grace. Enjoy your Birthday tomorrow with Ruben.
I know it will be special.. Wishing all the sisterhood a Happy Birthday.
Love and blessings my dear friend.
Bisous, Penny

Sarah said...

Less than an hour to your big day. Happy Birthday, Anita, and of course, birthday wishes to George, too.
~ Sarah

mudderbear said...

Very awesome....
thank you.

"Create Beauty" said...

Happy Birthday Dear Friend! And then mine begins!!! Beautiful post and that SONG is amazing...

I wish you many blessings.
~ Sweet Birthday Girl Anita ~

LOVE!~ Violet

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dearest Anita
Well you know it already is the 23rd here in Australia.. so I'll start celebrating for you!!!

I hope you have a wonderful wonderful birthday ... filled with love and happiness to last the whole year... I [know that will be a given with Ruben by your side]

George the Lad is an absolute winner!!! Love his cheeky grin!!

Thanks for the kind mention.. You're a sweetheart to all .. even on your birthday.. Much love.. xxxx Julie

Vær våken said...

Dear Anita, haaaappppy BIRTHDAY!!!!! I hope this day will be very special FOR YOU! I hope this day will be full of sweet memories to remember! I hope you feel that the sun is shining for only you today! Have a BEAUTIFUL and blessed day!

Lots of love, Kristin:)

LiLi M. said...

Over here today it is your and George's day, congrats to both of you. May love and friendship accompany the both of you every day for the rest of your lives, and being in good health is another wish I have for the both of you. I hope you both have a splendid party and a great Easter. Kusjes LiLi

Simplement ... said...

Je te souhaite de merveilleuse fêtes de Pâques chère Anita ...
Et encore un très bel anniversaire ...
Je t'embrasse tendrement ...

Simplement ... said...

merveilleuseS ...
Bisous du coeur

George The Lad said...

I'm here, I'm here
HAPPY BIRTHDAY my dear friend, I'm loving this beach :) pass a sandwich please, I may not be a Saint but I do have manners lol!!!
Thanks for inviting me to your beautiful Birthday location, I can feel the sea breeze in my fuz face ;)and I may just go in for a swim

Have a Great day Anita
Love and Hugs George and Jan xxx

The Dutchess said...

Hello DEAREST SISTER....I"M HUGGING YOU....ITS YOUR B-DAY...ENJOY....xoxo...Love from all of us on the Hilltop...

Victoria Sayer said...

Beautiful way to spend a special day.
Love George's smile!
(nice teeth)
Best wishes and birthday hugs to you Anita!!
and all the other lovely ladies who share this month of April with you.

Grenadine said...

Joyeux anniversaire Anitaaa !
Tous ces dégradés de bleus sont magnifiques, ton toutou est vraiment craquant, il a l'air très espiègle lol.
Bonnes fêtes de pâques.

Rose said...

Olá Anita
Lindas imagens nos dá uma sensação ótima !
Parabéns pela passagem do seu aniversário.
Desejo-lhe muita paz...saúde...
e muitas felicidades!
Beijo carinhoso

Susan said...

Dearest Anita, There cannot be a better version than Il Divo's renditon of Amazing Grace!
Wishing you and the Sistahood the happiest birthday! May all the joy you give away return to you and make for a fine and fancy day filled with delight! How perfect that your birthday is followed by the holiest and most wonderful Ressurection Day! I lift my glass of pink champagne in a toast to you, dear birthday girl! Cheers! :)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Happy Birthday ma belle!! Blessings to you and yours on this special day and for Easter, our special day of grace.

Much love to you birthday girl!


erin's art and gardens said...

hap, hap, happiest birthday to you, sweety!!!

Joy Tilton said...

I love the beauty, grace and hope of this wonderful post! I am in love with this blog and wish you all the happiest birthdays and a blessed Easter!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Happy Cake Day Dearest Anita :)

Many Easter Blessings to you and yours my lovely friend!


highheeledlife said...

Happy Birthday dear friend!! beautiful images and wonderful selection of music!!! ... Ah George Dolce is sending you a special BarkDay ...(he will be visiting your blog soon) xo HHL

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Anita, I turned on the computer and wanted to rush over here and partake in the celebration and view the gorgeousness I knew I would find.

It is a beautiful tribute to our Savior. I love the photograph of the cross in the sunset over the beach. Wishing all of your friends a Happy Birthday too.

Anita, I hope that you and your husband have a blessed Easter.


P.S. If I lived nearby I would have baked you a cake just like the one with Tiffany blue icing.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Anita,
Happy Easter and many blessings to you and yours. Love this post full of warm day dreams and the first video is a favorite for me. Just received it too from my dear friend Marie.
Hope you enjoy a relaxing weekend in God's AMAAZING GRACE!!
Hugs from Texas, Celestina Marie

Unknown said...

What a FABULOUS share, Anita! Over the moon & back again!! May your day be full of blessings & joys ... lots of fabulous sweets & treats ... & deep love.

May your Easter celebration with Him be full of grace.

Happy Easter ~

"Create Beauty" said...

'Under the canopy of GRACE'... Anita, you have such a beautiful way with words and bringing beauty to all ... and we partake with joyfulness!!!!

It is YOUR DAY ~ Happy Happy! I rejoice that you were born and that
we have become such friends, even though we have not actually been present with one another (yet!)

I am so thrilled that your BIRTHDAY CAKE arrived in time : )

Many Blessings,

koralee said...

Happy Birthday my dear is the day!!! You are to do nothing but be spoiled and pampered all day long! I have made us a special cup of morning tea and have some cranberry lemon scones hot from the oven to start your morning out...the sun is shining and a patio chair is waiting for you!
I will have an extra piece of cake for you tonight at dinner as we are celebrating my Ali's birthday today too. It was a few days ago but because she had final exams we decided to wait until today to celebrate.
Enjoy your sweet day...and may your heart be filled with JOY and love today. Sending you a few extra hugs your way as well. xoxoxxo

ps...I want to hear all about your day. xoxoxoxo

dawn said...

hope you are having a lovely special day and imagining the lovely warm waters and sandy beaches...i love the image and words of "endless feast"...

desde my ventana said...

Hello Anita,
Today it's a very special day for you and I want to wish you a happy, so happy day and and good easter days. too,

Muchos besos,


Sylvia said...

Dear Anita ,
I have always enjoyed my visit here ! I love everything about this post as I love all of them .
Happy Birthday ! You are special !
I wish you and yours a Easter full of Joy !He is risen!

Martina said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY dearest Anita!!!! OMG - you're an easter-bunny this year, and this feast you've prepared here is too good! I can hear the ocean, and feel the sand among my toes, and i'm bringing you flowers - real ones, and painted ones. And champagene to toast you - and the sistahood, and the brotherhood, and beautiful life itself! I'm sure Ruben will find ways to spoil you and make this day so special for you! I think it was about a year ago that i found your blog. Thank you for being such a great friend, and makinf each day a little nicer. Cheers, cheers, much love over the ocean from me! xoxoxox

It's me said...

Happy Birthday my dear Anita...may your day be filled with joy love and hapiness......hope you have a lot of beautiful presents .......their is also one on his way to you my dearest blog friend...i hope you like it a lot.......enjoy happy easter love

Mariette said...

Dearest Anita,

We got home yesterday from Florida but I'd marked your birthday for today, together with my brother. Today is also the birthday of my husband Pieteras an American Citizen; he turned 18 today! It also was the day that we landed with the Campbell Soup's jet here in Georgia... we fell in love with it and moved here!
So have a HAPPY Birthday! Gefeliciteerd meid, maak er een héle mooie dag van. Zo zie je dat de naam Georgia voor George's day toch nog ergens je raakt...
Heel veel liefs en goede gezondheid!


Deana Sidney said...

I think what I love most about the piece is that it is brilliant a cappella, with a simple penny whistle or with a huge choir and orchestra... can be sung in sadness or joy... pretty amazing for that.

As my radio told me on the way to the farmer's market today, it is Shakespeare's day as well... here's to the 23rd of April... a glorious day for so many reasons... not the least of them that you, dear Anita are born today!

Have a great Easter and hugs to that handsome boy George... nice choppers on him!!!

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello my lovely friend,
I'm just in time to wish you a happy birthday.
I hope you have a wonderful and magical day!!! Wow I'm a big fan of Il Divo these four have such wonderful voices. Great pictures of George the Lad love those. How I would love to sit on that table with you and celebrate your birthday.
A big hug and kiss,

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday my dear Anita. I hope this day is a day full of grace, beauty, and inspiration. Check out an email from me. Thank you for being a true friend this year and for inspiring me into the realm of writing. Happy BIRTHDAY!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonne Anniversaire Anita! WIshin gyou many blessings on your day. Such a lovely song, and yes, HE is risen!! Enjoy your celebration with your Honey and a lovely Easter to you.

*❀* said...

sending you more Birthday Wishes, Hugs and Kisses ❤ xXxXxXx

i don't think there is any lad more Adorable than George the Lad...he's Gorgeous!!!

have a Glorious day!

with many Happy and Joyous returns xXx

Lota and Lots of Love ❤ xXxXxXx


Unknown said...

Happy Birthday, my dear friend!
May grace and beauty and happiness be yours for the coming year as well!
Much love and Happy Easter too!

June said...

Happy Birthday my beautiful Anita!!!!!!!
You are a joy to know and love!
Your heart is full of all things lovely.
I hope this day is perfect in every way!
sending hugs from here...

Privet and Holly said...

Just got in and
had to pop right
over to say Happy
Birthday to my sweet
Anita!!! I hope
you are out enjoying
all that this life
has to offer you,
today, my friend.
Here's to the first
day of another wonderful
year for you; may
you attain all that you
are dreaming about!
Thank you for the
lovely birthday romp ~
it was a blast!
May your Easter be
filled with JOY.
xx Suzanne

Rozani said...

Oi Anita, tudo bom?
Que bom que você respondeu minha mensagem. Muito obrigada pela sua gentileza!
Você falou que não sabe falar portuguê também não sei inglês.Eu uso o google translate. Assim eu posso falar com o mundo todo. Mesmo a tradução não sendo boa, da pra entender alguma coisa. O português é um idioma muito difícil.E também não é o idioma universal como o inglês.
Bom, muito obrigada pela sua visita no meu blog! Espero que agente fique sempre em contato.
Uma ótima páscoa pra você!
Beijos, Rozani

A Tale of Two Cities said...

May the joy this birthday brings last you all year long, and may the good wishes of so many lift you up for many days to come.

Birthday blessings!

Christel said...

Dear Anita, Happy Birthday to such a sweet sweet soul! I vow to never forget your birthday, because you share this date with my eldest son Andy, who turned 32 today. Hope you have a wonderful Birthday, and many more to come! xoxox Christel

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...


Hope your birthday has been a day filled with wishes come true and lots of pink sparkles!

Have a blessed Easter,
Stephanie ♥

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY my dear friend.
Thank you for visiting.. You warm my heart.
I hope you and Ruben had a fabulous day! Your name.. Glad he picked Anita.. You could be no other.. Tulips coming up? Well, better late than never... Spring will arrive on Rabbit Hill soon I hope..
Love to you on your special day, and a blessed Easter.

hi-d said...

George the Lad is adorable!!!

I hope you have the most blessed Easter! He is Risen!!!


Rosie said...

Ahhh BIRTHDAY GIRL, I served us up a piece of pie and little cuppa tea, we found a fluffy couple of chairs and the chit chat began...on and on...kindred BLISS was much so, that I had to make this an email birthday, when your cup is empty, pop over to your other mail box...KISSES and HUGS a plenty...xoxo...Rosie

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Hope that your birthday is as special as you are.
May it be the start of a wonderful year ahead for you.

Sending hugs to you and George the Lad ( he is gorgeous)

Love Carolyn

Draffin Bears said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Hope that your birthday is as special as you are.
May it be the start of a wonderful year ahead for you.

Sending hugs to you and George the Lad ( he is gorgeous)

Love Carolyn

Draffin Bears said...

Sorry about the duplication of the comments. I am writing on my iPad and did not seem to be working and was having trouble with blogger. I apologize.


Unknown said...

Happy easter day Anita that was a spectacular celebration .
Im sure that your weekend will be a memorable one its been so god to share with you Love Fay xx

*❀* said...

Wishing You Happiness and sending Love and Spring-Sunshine on this Beautiful Easter Sunday xXx

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

That was really beautiful Anita...wonderful message! Happy Birthday to you are your special little fur baby! Hope you are having a beautiful Easter weekend!~Hugs, Patti

Karena said...

Anita so beautifully poignant and a favorite song as well.

Happy Easter dear Friend!

Art by Karena

"Create Beauty" said...

The SON has risen! and today is my birthday so I rejoice in the wonder of LIFE!!!

His grace has brought me safe thus far....

Someday we will sing this song together as we cast our crowns at His feet.

Love you dear sister,

Unknown said...

What a glorious time to have a birthday! The SON is shining on you. He radiates in you and goes before you and HE is alive!
Thank you Lord, for creating dear Anita into your child in such a beautiful way for the world to enjoy.
May your next year be the most wonderful of all!
I love you,

Maria said...


Happy Easter, Happy Birthday, Anita!
May His Grace shower upon you all your days ♥ and be AMAZING!


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I send such love, hope you received your card! Blessings.

Angela said...

I love it! Happy Resurrection Sunday! God bless you and your joyful heart sista!

Cristine Lima said...

Hello from Brazil!
Your blog is just amazing! The photos are breathtaking!
I am following you. I would like to invite you to visit mine as well. I have one poem in English, Winter Soul, it was posted last June. If you want to read and comment it you are more than welcome.

Elaine said...

Happy belated birthday and Happy Easter.

Beautiful images of the beach. I would love to dine on the sand under the romantic light of the moon.

michelle said...

Oh Dearest I am so sorry I am late!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you sweet friend!!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter with your loved ones. This post is just gorgeous with all the perfect paradise photos. To know that places like this exist is truly amazing and to know that we shall live because He died in a place more beautiful than anything we can imagine truly puts my soul at peace.
Have a wonderful week sweet Anita!!
Much love to you!

*❀* said...

Thank You so very nuch for all your kind words.
i a happily feeling so much better :o) but still a long way from tackling my much overgrown garden, alas.
I have so much enjoyed your recent posts, so happy so refreshing and effervescent...they lift the spirits remarkably!
i hope you are having a wonderful Easter Sunday and will enjoy a sweet Easter Monday tomorow too xxx

warmest hugs and a special Easter brew of P.G. tips :o)


*❀* said...

oh dear, sory for the typos the post above. it is way past my bed-time, i think my poor brain is getting sleepy - but i just had to say hello to you before i retired.

Presépio no Canal said...

Saturday I was not at home. We were visiting friends and today we went to the beach.
I hope you had got a splendid PARTY and a beautiful EASTER!
I wish you many more years to come full of JOY and HEALTH!
Anita, be sure you make the difference in our lives!!!!
I wish you all the happyness in the world!!

Presépio no Canal said...

I wanted to say:
Anita, be sure, you are making the difference in our lifes!!!!!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi ma chère Anita, how was your birthday? I hope you made many lovely memories.
Have a bright and joyful Easter Monday and a sweet evening! Much love always xxxx

Champagne Macarons said...

Happy Easter and birthday, dearest! I do hope you had a fabulous weekend!! Wishing you a lovely week ahead. xoxo, B

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I absolutely love the words with the pictures you have put together in this post! You know how to put such a perfect post together. How wonderful we have hope in this life because He is Risen!
I hope you had a wonderful Easter! I spent a wonderful day with family. :)
Have a happy Monday! XO

Silvia C said...

Happy B-day, dear Anita!!!! I know I'm a couple of days late (out of town with no computer!!!) but I wanted to let you know I'm so thankful for your wonderful blogging. Hope you had a wonderful and blessed b-day. Many, many hugs and happy wishes!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I just saw your other comment :) It is so good to meet you too! And I forgot to add above that you have the cutest dog ever! Soo adorable!

francis said...

Oh you sweet friend far far away .
How is your new age ...... It is a great gift every new year !
I was a bit not on the internet because my garden changed completely ! My garden and house were filled with young strong men !
My sons and friends .... Everything was a complete chaos at first .......SO NOT ME ..... but I kept confidence and it worked out so beautiful .
I have my long wished privacy .
and chaos is disappearing and new ideas are born !
I hope you have time to enjoy everything and be happy .
I'm so happy to have you as my friend . Love and hugs .

La Petite Gallery said...

Happy Birthday I just had mine in NYC, The photo's of the canopy on the beach looks so inviting. SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY, This was a unique post love the sweet little Englishman.. yvonne

George The Lad said...

Hi Anita hope you had a great Birthday, there is a small B/day present for you in the post. I think you should get it this week! it was posted over two weeks ago!
Moms back at work tomorrow :( but has only got to go in three days cus they have Friday off for the Royal Wedding and the Monday is a Bank Holiday over here!!
Have a good week
Love and Hugs george and Jan xxx

koralee said...

Good morning my sweet happy to hear you had a wonderful weekend and Easter! The best news is that you are feeling better...yahoooooo! But don't overdo it my friend...lifting is a no no! I am just like you...I start to feel good and forget what I should not be doing and do it! We need to remember these lessons God teaches us about our bodies.
I am getting better day by day but still have my back pain...I am on medication to help deal with the inflamation and pain...I do feel like things are progressing in the right direction. This week I will have to remind myself to take in slow and easy. It will be a busy one as my daughter Ali graduates from we are busy with dinners and ceremonies and family visiting. Plus to top it all off my Sydney has a dance competetion!
Which I find draining!
Are you off school today? We another day I will try to sweetie promised me a nice slow walk.

Hugs and love to you. xoxox

Gypsea Nurse said...

Gorgeous post!

Seawashed said...

Hi beautiful. You really know how to put images together with words to touch the heart. This Son rise post is so so lovely. Can you imagine how breathtaking heaven will be?

Happy Birthday beautiful beautiful Anita!!!! how sweet that you were almost named Georgia. Georgiana would have been pretty(like in Pride and Prejudice..Mr. Darcy's sister).

Blowing sea kisses to you. xx

paperbird said...

You are SO beautiful Anita!
Heart and Soul- inside and out.
I wish I could give you a great big birthday hug dear friend and how I wish I could meet you in person to bask in the goodness of who you are.
Thank you for this beautiful post- it brought tears to my eyes today.
Take care sweet lady and enjoy a beautiful week.

La Petite Gallery said...

So Sherry (Country wings) is an
April girl and you and I all April birthdays. We should forn an April club..

dawn said...

hello again anita,

could not find and email for you, so am writing here...i wrote about your blog on mine today...please have a peek if you wish!

petitebroderie said...

Merci pour le paradis que toujours vous nous offrer, c'est toujours agréable de promener!!!Heureux retour! Esther

~CC Catherine said...

Okay friend...I think I need to start calling you Georgia now. :) That's too cute of a story. I Love it! And, really, Claudie now has 2 GA peaches as blogging friends! ;) Love the spiritual TRUTHs in this post! HE HAS RISEN! Indeed! Hugs and Happy Birthday again Georgia! :)

Stacey said...

George the Lad stole the show:-). love him! I hope you had a fantastic birthday and this is really a very heartwarming post! Did i mention this is one of my favourite songs...I hope you're having a great new week my friend. Besitos. XX

Anne said...

Anita, the photo of the endless beach table is amazing! and your dog has a terrific smile. Happy Birthday dear girl!

wowaccountsforsale said...

OMG! This is a serious case of beach love. Wonderful photos and a lovely message bonus adorable beach boy George, full epic pretty moments. said...

Another beautiful, beautiful, beautiful post. Happy day!

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Anita ... such a beautiful post full of exquisite images of paradise! Love it! I hope you had a truly beautiful birthday and a very special Easter! Best wishes always to you and Ruben.
lots of love

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Anita ... such a beautiful post full of exquisite images of paradise! Love it! I hope you had a truly beautiful birthday and a very special Easter! Best wishes always to you and Ruben.
lots of love

Unknown said...

sweetpie the bags on my chairs and sofa (starting with the Rick owens giant are some of my bags up to the vintage croc bags didnt they arrive on your post ? is blogger still sabotaging me ?? fay xxx

michelle said...

Hello sweet friend! Did I tell you how much it makes me smile when I open your page and see all those beautiful beachy images!? :) Thank you.
And thank you for your sweet uplifting words on my post. Oh I hope it doesn't snow by you, we have had enough already. It is still raining here although the sun has peeked its head out for a minute. On the bright side, it is getting so GREEN! It is so pretty and I have to enjoy the little things that He is showing us.
Have a beautiful dear!
Much Love!!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my dear Anita....

I am sooooo sorry.... I didn't make it in time to celebrate... Phooooey. I put a little post-it on my monitor so I'd be sure to stop by and it disappeared..... I feel just lousy. Really, really lousy.

Please accept my belated wishes for your birthday and wishes for a wonderful year ahead.

Sending you huge Birthday Huggies and Lovies!



*❀* said...

hello my sweet!

it is a gorgeous day here ..soooo quintessentially spring :o)
i hope you are enjoying similar in your part of the world.

sending you a geat big affectionate hug across the miles xxx


Martina said...

Anita, great to hear your birthday was wonderful - in spite of cold weather! I bet you kept everyone warm and happy with your magic teacher abillities ;) and of course with your warmth and loveliness! Would love to see the picture you talked about - will send mail tommorrow, for am still at home today! Hope the rest of your easter was fun as well and am sending big hugs for a fantastic week of spring!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Woo hoo, I just hit 100, scrolling down down down..
Popping in to wish you a happy Tuesday, ma chère Anita. Are you at school or is it school vacation?
Much love xxxx did I tell you our rental car is from Minnesota! xxx

georgia ~ gi gi said...

Happy Happy Birthday Beautiful Anita!!! Sorry this is a little late! Hope your day was a lovely as you! Oh, I love that you were almost named Georgia!
This post gave me goosebumps!!! I so loved it!!! Just amazing!
Hope it has warmed up for you, we have had lots of rain!!! April Showers bring May Flowers, I keep telling myself :0
Lots of love
gi gi

Deborah said...

Happy Birthday Anita!!!
I hope your birthday was as beautiful as you sweet girl!!!
I loved sharing this birthday month with you and how lovely you made us April girls all feel xo
The photos you chose are breath-taking my friend!
And that dog is so darling!!!
Thank you again sweet friend for inviting me to such a wonderful birthday time!!!

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxox

koralee said...

Hi my friend...just came by to wish you a happy evening...we have sun and it is so lovely out right now. I had the best day at school is so good to be back! My back was so well behaved ...almost felt like my old self.

Time is just zooming by...tomorrow is mid week already! Can you believe!

Hugs and sweet dreams. xoxoxox

jerilanders said...

Dear Anita, I know you will forgive me for missing your birthday, it was my dear hubbys birthday as well...same day. Special people were indeed born on the 23rd of April!

Amazing Grace indeed, I am sitting at the table, awaiting the son.

Rosie said...

Hello Dearest,
I still have a houseful of crazy kids, so this will have to be a very quick cuppa. Oh my sweet, hot summer days will be here before you know it. Hang in there Darlin' can do it! Enjoy those tiny cherubs, as soon they will scamper off to summer activities.
Ahhh I too have so adored this birthday FUN.
Well am expecting to have a house full of much laughter in aprox 20 min. The kids and many friends will catch up on the goings on and I will truly savor every moment...I miss the hub bub of have a constant flow of neighborhood kids through the back door. So will scoot into the kitchen and throw together a few snacks...Have a VERY happy Wednesday Dear One...sweet dreams...Rosie

francis said...

Lieve Anita , It's almost afternoon overhere . The sun is shining and it looks like summer overhere . Oh my .... you have 105 comments . That's a lot of reading my friend .
When Saskia is back from the states I am going to invite her for coffee and ...... blog-advise !
I wish you happy happy sunshine and a lot of love in your beautiful heart !

Barbara said...

Anita, my dear, I hope you had the most wonderful birthday! Filled with love, family and good friends. I have so enjoyed this month with you....all the sunshine and beaches! There's nothing I love better than beaches. (Good thing I live in Florida!)
Such a beautiful version of Amazing Grace.
YOU are amazing! You bring all of us happiness and love every post!

Mapi said...

Hallo lieve Anita,
Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd.
I hope you had a wonderful Birthday .
I send you lots of Dutch Love.
We have beautiful weather at the moment so I send you lots of sunshine too.

Mapi said...

Lovely Anita
Thanks for visiting my English blog.
I have a Dutch blog as well, I am sure you will love it too.
Feel free to have a look around !
Love Mapi

Christmas-etc... said...

Oh, dear Anita,
A very happy birthday to you!! I thought about you on your day (last Saturday) but I was away for the last few days - Easter joy you see - in a beautiful place very similar to many of your gorgeous photos!
But I hope and pray that this year is full of sunshine and joy and many wonderful moments that add up to a memorable year for you and your family!
Many many blessings to you, dear birthday girl!

Kirsten Steen said...

Happy Birthday Dear Anita! Thank you so much for visiting and hoping you had the most lovely birthday and visit to the beach. Happy Easter to you as well.
xoxo~ Kirsten

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

That is just hilarious! Oh yes... I've opened those feathery down pillows in the house...... I think I probably ended up with about half the down in my project. Soooooooooo..........then I learned that I'd have to do it with WET down.... It's very hard to judge how much of that stuff to actually stick in the darn thing.......sometimes, not enough and sometimes, once whatever it was dried it was too full. I thought doing it outside would be the perfect solution. Note to self: Don't do it on a windy day knothead. :-)

I hope your special day was the bestestest evah! I love celebrating birthdays... well, except all the stuff that goes with getting another year older. :-)

I LOVE Amazing Grace and Il Divo too.... I just finished putting several CD's in my itunes... One of these days I'll actually get them all onto the darn itouch.

Big huggies Dear One...


Fine Bessot said...

C'est magnifique !
J'adore la grande table au bord de la mer. Combien étiez-vous ?
Je t'embrasse.
A très bientôt.

"Create Beauty" said...

I am basking in the love and joy of your lovely gifts my dear...
Oh how you have blessed me!

T H A N K Y O U !!!!!

Much Love,

George The Lad said...

Hi Anita
Thanks for you midweek visit always a pleasure when you pop by ;)
One day to go before the Royal Wedding, I hope I get a walk that day!!! Dads working in the pub and mom will be stuck infront of the TV!! Tell her thats no good for her waist line lol!!
I hope Balzac is still my furiend me being on your blog an all, give him a big ((((hug)))) from me, and mom says a big kiss from her X
George xxx

koralee said...

Afternoon sweet friend....just thought I would pop over and let you know that I am thinking of you today. I am off to have dinner out with my daughter tonight so will not have time to wish you sweet dreams.

Are you going to watch the Royal Wedding? I am so excited ....a teaching friend invited me to watch it live at her home....what sleepy teachers we will be on Friday!

Hugs and love to you!

Rosie said...

Well tonight is the last hurrah...Such a perfect, perfect few days. It does a mom's heart good to have all her little chicks gathered around her, if only for a short while. We will send them on their way at 4:30 tomorrow morning...ahhh it was so good while it lasted :)
And you my sweet, how are you feeling? Are your hips any better? I can only hope that you are skipping merrily down the halls, with a smile on your lips.
It is time for me to serve up the last supper, and so I shall give you a big hug, a kiss, and a wish for a perfect Rosie

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anita,

The photos on my last post taken at Buckingham Palace were when we were there, back in January.
Hopefully the weather will be warmer and better for the big wedding.

Sending hugs

Simplement ... said...

OUI !!!
J'adore .............
Et demain c'est aussi l'anniversaire de ma maman ... 87 printemps !
Nous déjeunerons avec elle ...
Je t'envoie mes plus douces pensées d'amitié.
Que ta journée soit douce.
Bisous du coeur

Unknown said...

hello sweetpie glad you liked the catherines !! did you chose a handbag!!! from175
i will be thinking of you demain im a guest of the British consul at the british institiute for the huge screeing of the wedding in the harold acton library then royal lunch afterwrads then rush nack to wathch it all again at home lots of love fay xxx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Anita...thank you for popping in, and yes Mum is 80...I can't believe it...nor can she!!! A lovely birthday month for us all...I am slowly getting will take a long time for the arm but I am using it as much as I can...Onward now to another year...bless you Dzintra

Martina said...

GOOD MORNING Anita! Quelle surprise to see you - just in time for my joghurt-break! Hope you came out of your easter-Birthday event weekend feeling like a queen! It's colder here today as well - and i'm sneezing a bit! Yet i enjoy the lush greenness all around! Have a lovely day dear! xox

deb famularo said...

yikes, how did I miss this post! I want to throw my arms around George and give him a huge hug!!! So cute. Yes, we need to rise like the Son and the Sun - Amen. Just what I needed to hear. Glad your birthday was joyous. Lots of love...d

Burlap Luxe said...

HI Anita!!
Thank you for the fine words over at my place. No one encourages like you! You always let the words flow :) making want to jump in to the next project only to pay forward some inspiration.

I just love your posting of photo's could you imagin sitting at that long bank of tables with the view of the ocean waters, so Awe-inspiring!!!

That little girl in the tu tu reminds me of when my Hannah was young, she was blonde and wavey hair and i would dress her like this, we would visit the beach and everyone would call her a little mermaid!! How fast they grow!

I will visit you sweet friend soon!

A BIG!! Ps. I am looking forward to the reveal of the addition to the home, look for a great flea, or yard sale or thrift find to fill that space and paint it the gray you dream of, it will surprise you! My very sturdy table was $26.48 and now it serves many purposes.

koralee said...

Hi my sweet friend...hugs for a great evening ...I am off to a Graduation Banquet daughter is graduating for College...BA in counselling..we are so proud of her. Off to find something pretty to wear!

Hugs. xoxoox

wendy said...

It was SPLENDID indeed.....look at all your comments....over 100 my creative, fanciful friend.

My daughter and mother both celebrate birthdays as well.

It has been magical going on this birthday extravaganza with you.

wendy said...

Dear Anita...I am sorry you are weeping this day. I am glad you found some laughter/joy...whatever...from my blog. I think the Lord answers our prayers in such small ways as this.
I have weeped more tears then I thought possible since Nov. 11th. It has not been an easy road. But I too, often, find the strength I need by "simple things" that the Lord has put in my path to help me.
Isn't that wonderful.
love you

Stacey said...

Did you know that you're one of my dearest blog friends? Your aura is so peaceful and sincere:-). Tomorrow is the last day of my Spring Break and then it's back to school on Monday. Then it will be count down time for the Summer break! Our last day is June 14th! I'll be counting down with you! Have a lovely evening dearest friend:-). XX

Rosie said...

Greetings my SWEET friend,
Laundry is done, lunches were packed, a little "gum money" tucked in the pocket, and away they went. I MISS those crazy kids already.
Did a bit of running around, banking and such...then it was home to finish cleaning my house. Once again, my wee home is tidy, with every thing in it's place. Tomorrow I MUST do some bookwork, so will go into the shop first thing. Bill picked up a few pond plants today, so think it might be time to maybe pick up a few more...hoping to go for a drive tomorrow afternoon. We'll see.
So what is on the agenda for "Rabbit Hill"? Any new garden beds? I am sure the boulevard is gorgeous. Love the before and after...very encouraging.
Will throw you a kiss and leave the kettle you dear one...Rosie

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Hello Anita! I hope you have been having a splendid week!! I am glad to hear you had a wonderful holiday weekend :)
I hope you have been enjoying this beautiful spring with lots of sunshine! I am trying my best to do that, despite allergies being worse than others years. I wonder why that is. In any case, I miss being outdoors more, but my nose can't bear it!
Have a beautiful weekend, dear! Sending lots of love your way! XO

Martina said...

Hope your weekend shows itself from the sunny side - and mine. Although here it is quite warm and everything is blooming - very pretty! Must get my spring-wardrobe out! Yes, skirts, dresses and little ballerinas, it's time for you!!! In the news they show terrible storms over the USA. I hope, none of my bloggy friends is affected! xox

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
I just had to come sit by the water and listen.... so very comforting. Thank you for such a beautiful post from your heart.
Love to you this fine day

michelle said...

Hello sweet friend! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and that the weather by you has opened up the sunlight and pours it upon you. :)

Hugs to you!

Mapi said...

Goedemiddag lieve Anita

Thanks for your lovely thoughts.
Have a wonderful weekend yourself !
Love and Dutch little kisses.

Jay Jay said...

Once again I am late to the party. Happy Birthday. I have to stop the tears the post and music was just to much. Beautiful!