Thursday, October 20, 2011


To S. K. 

You sit alone

 when you read of


whose impact is not found in 

the final chapter

but rather whose 

cloak of light


is revealed in

the broken song


of a child's life.


And when it's your job

to dance along 

with the uneven rhythms

of a troubled heart,

a teacher comes to the point 

where she thinks of herself:


But then one day

the artist in you 

strikes gold


 when you dip your paintbrush


of love 

to restore the colors of 



You end up sitting

side by side


turning the pages of 

your lives 


in order to remember to


Your dance partner comes away 


and you continue the dance


unknown source

and you sing



Angelsdoor * Penny said...

What more could I ask for this morning but to fill my heart with inspiration upon my visit here..
You just get BETTER AND BETTER... If that is possible..
I love those heels... I could not wear them, but I love them.
Bisous my dear friend,

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Anita,

What a lovely and poetic post... There is nothing more to add to it! Too bad that there was an error playing the video, it would have made it even more perfect.
Love to you,


Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi Anita!!!
Such a wonderful post!!!!
I love the photos as usual & your inspiring words of encouragement.
Wishing you a fabulous day!!!!

Rosie said...


this post just sparkles and glimmers of HOPE...."NEVER give up", we MUST always remember these words.I am sitting here ready to start my day with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye...This post is SPECTACULAR! ...thank you...Sending you a bushel of HUGS...Rosie

Cottage and Broome said...

Such a pretty post, it brightened my rainy day. Laura Cottage and Broome

DolceDreams said...

Just beautiful! I really love your new header, are so incredibly artistic!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Anita, this was such a beautiful and inspiring post! Always love your pictures!
hugs~~~ Daphne

It's me said...

Thanks for this beautiful post darling....i am feeling that i am on that line o my....and it helps me...because i do believe in miracles.....I from

Karen Larko said...

This is so fabulous!!! Magic!

Deana Sidney said...

HOw do you find those photos Anita??

So much of life is about choices.

There is a split in the road. You can go one way –– the way that looks clear or the other way that is not –– or you can turn and go back the way you came.

I think 90% just turn back because it is familiar. I cheer for the mystery option. It is that mystery that propels us forward.

Miracles only happen when you take chances. Here's to the courage to do it!!!

RDA Pony Tales said...

DEAREST ANITA! Although I was unable to watch the video and hear the music, your words and pictures sang out to me anyway! What a beautiful post to cheer me on a cold and frosty Thursday here in UK. AND you have come by to visit me and Spotty twice!! We so LOVE to hear from you :) How happy Spotty was to get double hugs this week! He is wearing his new winter rug to keep him extra warm now the frosts have arrived... Brrrrr!
My dear friend, I hope you get some time to relax at the weekend after such a busy week at school.
Huge Spotty hugs and love heading your way.....
Abby and the Fur Boy xx

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Anita:
We always thought that 'education' was wisely derived from the Latin 'educare', to lead out since the best teachers surely do that. Lead where necessary and bring out the very best from their students. And, oh, what joy when the message is understood, the lesson learned and the student feels able to sit alongside the teacher and be as partners in the whole process.

How beautifully you present that 'Hallelujah moment'!!!

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Just inspiring words and so beautifully written, Anita.
I am so enjoying your lovely blog.
~ Wendi ~

Beach House Living said...

While I didn't listen to the music your written words and fitting photos made points which struck close to home. Thank you for this!

Seawashed said...

Oh my have touched the strings of my heart this morning. This says so much. Thank you for continueing on and pouring out yourself so endlessly. I know you are tired but you keep on giving...Love. It is in our weakness that His light shines the strongest...I see this to be true in you. This song always makes me cry. And though yesterday your blog header enchanted me, I love this new one just as much and it speaks to me of autumn/winter. Loveliness is what I always find here. You are a dreamer and you ignite others to dream. Please email me with any questions about etsy and I will try my best to help. love and grace to you. ox Kerrie

Vær våken said...

Dear Anita, you always pick the right music to go along with your posts! Beautiful post! I believe being a teacher can be vary challenging at times, but how wonderful when you see little miracles happen!

I could be studying that gorgeous book photo all night actually!!!! So lovely! Have a great evening sweet friend!

Kristin xo

Adien Crafts said...

I never fail to be amazed and inspired at your beautiful words, the accompnaying photgrpahs are just stunning too, thank you. xxx

Rattus Scribus said...

Oh Anita, this is positively hopeful and uplifting. Remarkable considering the challenges to which you refer and of which I am well aware.

Some day, my love you will get a crown for all the uneven dances you straightened out, all the broken songs you brought back into harmony, all the faded colors you restored


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Beautiful post...enjoyed every word and picture...

French Girl in Seattle said...

Très joli Anita (je n'en attendais pas moins de toi!) et plein d'espoir... Je voudrais bien aller voir ta boutique sur Etsy. Comment s'appelle-t-elle? Bisous Veronique

Simplement ... said...

J'aime la beauté des images et des mots qui font des pages de ton blog des instants essentiels et magiques ...
Je t'embrasse tendrement Anita

helen tilston said...

Dearest Anita

Another beautiful post full of wisdom and images of the rarest. Thank you for brightening my day and thank you for visiting my blog and always showing support.
May the sun continue to shine on you and all you do

Helen xx

Grace said...

As always your images and words are so soft but at the same time strong. You capture life in so many differents lights. You should write a book it would be amazing. Hugs Grace

michelle said...

Dearest Anita you give hope and love in everything you do and it does not go unnoticed...ever. You breathe such life into this world my friend.
Much love to you.

Becky said...

That was beautiful Anita,I so enjoyed reading it I read it twice lol.How lovely your words I can just feel the moment.

Have a lovely day!Blessings!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Anita,
This post really hit home for me. The books and the pictures all remind me of my daughter, Nel, who is teaching and working on her Ph.D. right now. It has been a long haul, and she is close to becoming a Professor. The dedication that a teacher has is amazing. I LOVE THE QUOTE, 'NEVER GIVE UP ON ANYBODY.' I am going to tell her to come by and enjoy your wonderful post. The photo of the books is beautiful and much knowledge comes out of reading them. Thank you for sharing this today, and I JUST LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER!!
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...




Love love love Linnie
(..Uplifted sighhhhh...)

:)) ...Вика said...

Очень красивые фото!

Deborah said...

Tender-hearted one!

Deborah xooxoxoxoxoxoxo

The Dutchess said...

Aah..Halleluya..a post before I go...Now I can go with a song in my heart...Amazing post dearest..and as always I agree with Ruben..

Much love to you
You for ever friend..T.D

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hallelujah Anita...sounds like some sort of miracle has happened here and there is much rejoicing to be done!!! A very heartfelt and inspiring post...Wow, look at that header...looks like a soft darkness is coming upon you for the coming months offering perhaps some quiet moments...Love from Down Under, Dzintra xo

YONKS said...

Lost for words my dear one - You never fail to amaze me!
Have a glorious weekend, I'm off to London for a few days so may be a bit silent, or then I may have a quite moment to post some photos, who knows :-)
Much Love

Barbara said...

We all have our victories, Anita. Yours is more worthwhile with your students, I daresay. What a challenge and what rewards! It's why you're a teacher.

I almost gave up on something today after 4 days of annoyance and anger. And then one person came through and made my week.
Small things can add up to great happiness!

Christie Jones Ray said...

My all time favorite song...ever!!! I have to have a moment for the chill bumps to diminish.... will have forever ups and downs in the incredibly difficult profession in which you have put your energy, your love, your heart and soul, your creativity. Someday, when this chapter of your life is meant to come to a close, you will know it in every fiber of your being. Until then, you, precious, are where you need to be ...and where those sweet children need you to be.
This post is proof that you, as well, have been reminded ...restoring your passion.

Press on...strong little soldier...into the days and months ahead...with confidence that God has set you in this place.

Tremendous love and affection,

Privet and Holly said...

I can only imagine
how many small souls
you have helped to
repair. Love your
pics in the blog header!
You are not only a talent
but a dear person, as well.
xx Suzanne

RDA Pony Tales said...

Oh Anita, please do not worry about some of us not hearing the music...
You are such a sweet and special soul. And thank you for giving so much of your precious time during a busy week to share this wonderful post. I will remember these words tomorrow.... there is a new group of autistic children coming to the riding centre... always a challenge, but the rewards are so worth it.
How kind of Irena to send you a link to a horse ranch... I wish you had a white Spotty horse of your own to hug. BUT my boy here will be happy to offer as many hugs as you wish. He is still a bit TOO ROUND, but is snug as a bug in his new rug... teehee
Wishing you a happy Friday
Abby and Spotty xx

Sandra van Doorn said...

Bonjour my dearest Anita, i absolutely love your new banner.
and this post; i think this one is my favorite, ever. Anita...You make the world more beautiful, and i notice it...
xo sandra

Suz said...

Magnificent post. It brought tears to my eyes.

trump said...

I apologize for not visiting my favorite blogs lately, and i promise to do some catching-up with everyone in the next few days. We are experiencing cooler weather starting today (Thursday) and as for myself I'm looking forward to falls return to the Lancaster Pennsylvania area. And are the color of the leaves changing your your way folks as they are mine. Hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall season that has now begun. Richard from Amish Stories.

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

This is the most beautiful, most remarkable, most touching post I have ever read. The music, the message, the words that flow from your soul...brilliant.
It is worth mentioning again to you, my friend, I have never met anyone like you before...nor do I think I ever will.
I, along with hundreds of others, will be proudly staring at a marquee one day, with your name up in lights.
You are a star, my dear....and I love you dearly.

Lisa xoxo

The enchanted home said...

Anita Anita Anita, first thanks for your super sweet and uplifting message, seeing you have stopped by always puts a big smile on my face!!
Another incredibly inspirational post, the part that got me was when you dip your paintbrush in gold and bring life to restore the beautiful and poignant and such a beautiful and uplifting message.
Thank you for once again giving me a beautiful note to end my day on, and giving me something to think about as I settle down for the evening.
Good night Anita!

My Grama's Soul said...

Hi dear Anita.....such a beautiful and inspiring post today. I have a favorite quote about miracles....."I believe in miracles.....I am one."

Bless you sweet lady,


NanaDiana said...

Beautifully, wonderfully said~ Diana

Sarah said...

Oh, Anita, how do you continually speak such heartfelt words and find the perfect images. Magical! This teacher applauds you. These words express what so many feel as they work with precious lives. Kudos to you for your talent, your beautiful spirit, and the amazing individual you are. ~ Sarah

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI dear Anita
Well I can imagine that teaching must be both rewarding and heartbreaking .. and throw in exhausting also.. but that moment you know you've awoken the spirit in a child.. when you see hope and understanding in their eyes.. it must make it all worthwhile...

Beautifully weaved inspiration today Anita..

PS.. I'm afraid I can't listen to the music on any blogs as it chews through my downloads.. it's either blog posts or music.. haha.. I choose the post!!

Have a lovely week.. ciao xxx Julie

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, Anita! I think you may have out done even yourself with this one. The photos with the beautiful, inspiring words along with one of my favorite songs. What a magical blending of the senses. As one who teaches music to children this was particularly special for me.

Sending you a big, virtual hug!

"Create Beauty" said...

Beautiful song to go along with your beautiful and powerful words!
I love how you create such a sense of wonder with your words and heart.

And now I want to go paint with gold glitter too!


~ Violet

Unknown said...

Your words spoke to me! I just finished reading a book to my son:
It's called TRUE by Katherine Hannigan, a book for more then children. Sad, true, heartwarming, inspiring and hopeful! It's what your post is all about!

You surely see your fair share of blossoming and awakening!

Your friend Victoria

NanaDiana said...

Oh- Thank you for popping over, Anita. I signed up as your newest follower tonight but didn't have too much time to write. I am off to bed here soon- I have to be up for work @ 4:15 am...working early shift at the hospital this week...ugh. Didn't realize you were from Minneapolis---gotta love those Midwestern gals!..xo Diana

Anonymous said...

I loved this teaching post Anita! My mom directed me over here today, and I'm so glad she did. Like she told you, I'm working on my Ph.D. and half way through my sixth year of teaching at Loyola Marymount University. My ultimate goal is to become a full professor, but the road is a long one. I absolutely love teaching, although it can be overwhelming at times. It's so nice to see such a beautiful post that truly captures what it means to be a teacher. I have a coffee mug that my mom got as a gift for me that I love to use in the mornings before I go to class. It says: "Teacher, As you foster the development of each one's unique talents, you make a contribution to our world. Thank you." Thank YOU, Anita, for your contribution.

Nel at Red Rose Alley

Unknown said... post was amazingly creative.:) Just discovered you. I shall be back again.;)

Cindy said...

What a perfectly powerful and wonderful post... and the song ... have you heard Damien Rice sing it..?


Wicked Faerie Queen said...

I cannot tell you how much I needed to see such an inspiring post today. The quote "Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day." I hope this is true. My post from yesterday has had some response but I am hoping for a little miracle right now.

As always, a pleasure,

Palomasea said...

Chere Amie Anita,

You are a poet, a music-maker, a dreamer of dreams, a beacon of light..
Hallelujah indeed!
That Anais Nin quote is priceless. It's sort of like "The Journey" in compact form!
Sending lots of light and love to you,
- Irina

Rosie said...

Hey there sweets!
Oh, I get shivers just scrolling down this post. I love ALL your work, but THIS one is most definitely my favorite...Mmmmm.
Well, another busy day under my belt. Wreaths were embellished, and arrangements were sprinkled with Christmas cheer...Oh the fun! Then made a trip into Vancouver for (hopefully) the last of the goodies.
Tomorrow, cookies will be iced and trees will be tucked into each and every nook and cranny...oh dear I'm a bit anxious and a whole lot nervous...WILL I GET IT ALL DONE???
Hope so :)
Now, tell me is this the young man you spoke of earlier? I KNEW you would WIN his heart!!!There is NOT a child that, when they experience your care and nurturing, does not
adore you.
How are you my sweet sweet friend? Are you feeling well? I know how VERY busy you are and hope you are looking after yourself. Antiquing is a GREAT way to de~stress! What were you looking for??? Do tell!
Well darling it's off to bed for this girl...Wishing you the SWEETEST of Dreams...hugs Rosie

Anonymous said...

I love Anita all these wonderful photos!
Le fauteuil blanc est superbe!
La veste somptueuse, les citations, la chanson de Buckley et ta présentation sont magnifiques.
Have a great day!

Unknown said...

Hey Darlin', that is one of my absolutely favorite songs! I love all your pictures and words as usual. That young girl is hauntingly beautiful.

Hope you're doing well and that you'll have a wonderful weekend.

OX's...Tracy :)

millefeuilles said...

My goodness, Anita, I think your posts just took a turn upwards! Beautiful dearest artist. My Friday morning, which is sunny and frosty here in France, has been sprinkled with glitter. Jeff Buckley is one of my husband's favourite singers so this too made me smile.

Your header transports me back to childhood and I absolutely adore the images and colours. Do you too love intricate shadow puppets, Anita? These images conjure those in my mind.

Burlap Luxe said...

Dear anita,
I have been busy, busy and worst of all I became broken with a bit of a flu bug!

I know that if I can't sleep and restless from sleeping to much trying to shake any kind of bug I can be comforted by your beauty in all you write. Your struggles with school is a tough one when so much of teaching can zap your spirit.

In your writings it is positively promising that the challenges to which you have struggled with this year will come to pass. Your words are magic and you touch hearts more then you know.

Off to drink my tea, and rest.
I did not want another day to get by without a visit to you. I also did not want you to think I had better things to do then visit your WORDS!

Soulfully your friend.

Calico Child said...

Love it LOVE IT!!! :)))

Judith said...

Dear Anita,thank you for such an inspiring post.

Your beautiful words always find a place in my soul. Ida xxx

Kim said...

What a touching and beautiful post ... the song, the inspiring words, the images. What a wonderful way to start my Friday. Thank you so much!! xoxo

desde my ventana said...

Hello Anita,

Another great post about the real and deep sense of our work. Thank you for expressing it so wonderfully.

Hope that you spend a happy day

Muchos besos


Love your new header

Anonymous said...

Your poetry is one of the very BEST parts of this blog world we flutter in and about. Thank you for offering it so generously!

Cindy Adkins said...

Dear Anita,
This is so beautiful....and I want to thank you for your sweet note and your prayers.
(((Hugs))) from me,

koralee said...

Happy day off hugs to you my friend...what are you up to? I have a day off toooooo! Wish we were would be a tea date for sure.
Magical post and such inspiring quotes...must pin some of these!

Hallelujah is right...we have a gift of another day...lets not waste it!

Sunday I hope to see Rosie in her shop...Christmas decorating! Happy happy dance...I will give her a BIG hug from you.


highheeledlife said...

Beautiful images to accompany wonderful worded thoughts!! Happy Friday my dear friend!! xo HHL

Denise said...

Thank you for lifting our hearts every time we visit you.The Lord has given you wonderful gifts and you use them to bring Him Glory.You makes us follower happy.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Anita my dear friend,

This is such a beautiful post, but then I beleive that all of your posts are. It is not only the heartfelt words but the images and the music and last but not least the fact that you pour your heart and soul into these beautiful pieces of art!

I have told you at least a million times that your work and the people you touch is magical, not only for your students but for all of us that tune in here to be inspired, to be uplifited, to learn and to see heartache and love written on the screen. You my dear are in inspiration, a weaver of magical lands and words, and of hope, love and the power of both!

I hope that you are having a wonderful break. I know that when your store is open all of us that purchase something will have a little piece of your love, magic and dreams in our home!

I am blessed to know you, to have you encouraging me and cheering me on.

My frined, you are a lucky woman to have a wonderful soulmate to share your life with and to share the good bad and the ugly. What a beautiful comment from your husband.

Much love to you on a chilly weekend, stay in and stay warm in the boosom of your family and friends, to include those of us that are far away!

Elizabeth xoxo

LaPouyette said...

The most beautiful post today - for me.

Inspiring, thoughtful and.....just simply wonderful!

Greetings from the Périgord,

Martina said...

What a sweet, sweet post Anita! I especially love the paintbrush of love part - to restore the colors of childhood - that is so well put! Thank you so much for visiting today. My week was crazy and still is - i really need some down time. Tom. is our open studio day, which will be fun, but on sunday i'll just stay in bed - well, at least a little bit! You are such a wonderful friend and cheered me up. Have a lovely, relaxed and fun saturday, am thinking of you! xx

George The Lad said...

Hi Anita
You are so talented in many ways, lovely post with a hidden meaning within, may your colours never fade.

Mom came in from work today and said Hallelujah a week off work, hope your work load is getting lighter, both mom and dad love that song Dad has had ago at singing it but it is not easy, such a range of vocals.
Sorry the link I left you didn't work, I'm letting Tess have her own blog day called "The Tuesday Tess" she wants to put it on her post,so it should work for you :)
Love and Hugs to you Ruben and Balzac xxxx

luckygirlgifts said...

beautiful! inspiring!
Thank you

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love your beautiful words, and oh how I can relate. It has really been a trying week for me. But it is past now and I have your beautiful images and inspiring words to help me to remember to dance!
Hugs, enjoy your weekend!

Sue Jack said...

Hey, do know you are in a league of your own, don't you?
How crazy is it when you only have yourself to "outdo"!!!
Love the post....
Take care,

Sue Jack said...

Oh, and more thing. I'm thinking you need a fab...u....lous favacon for your sites. Maybe a crown or something very French!!


Christel said...

Dearest Anita, something stirred within my soul as I read this was your words, dear heart..that make us feel, makes us see, and sing..hallelujah! sending much love, and admiration. Christel

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Anita, I've nominated your beautiful site for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check my post for the details!
~ Wendi ~

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Another very beautiful post from you dear friend.
So glad that you have the weekend off and some time to relax and recharge the batteries.
Glad that you can sing Hallelujah and yes, we do have so much to be thankful and joyful for.

Happy weekend

Unknown said...

I love coming here Anita. When I have time to stop and visit blogs, I think to myself "I wonder what magic Anita has spun today?" Then I sneak a peek and I am always so pleased to see a new work of art. Your selection of just the right photographs, music and new header. Lights, Camera, Action, another glorious product by Antia. Hallelujah Lord for introducing me to this beautiful sweet


Poppies and Sunshine said...

Oh Anita, this version of Hallelujah is one of my favorite songs! What a beautiful post. I am sorry to hear that work has been so overwhelming like you mentioned in your comment. But, I hope you are striking that gold and finding the miracles in your job, hobbies, hopes and desires. It sounds like the school system might be doing better where you are than here? Perhaps that is the wrong perception. But, I just know subs here hardly get called at all. It is very sad.

I have your new email saved! I actually just changed mine too. It is:

I hope you are having a glorious, well deserved weekend!


Victoria Sayer said...

The Lord knows how many young (and not so young) lives you have enriched with your sweet gentleness and caring. Yes, indeed, I am SURE you will one day wear that splendid crown that will have your name on it.
Until then, Anita, He has put you HERE to continue to weave your extrordinary magic.
Beautiful post. As always. Wonderful photos and quotes.
It reminded me of another song. One that my daughter once told me, had kept her going, when she was right in the middle of those tumultuous teenage years. It is called 'Hold on for one for day'.
Here is a link:

ps...thanks for dropping by, and leaving a comment. I thought of you as I was creating that crown. Great to hear from you thru Etsy too!!

Silvia C said...
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Silvia C said...

Anita dearest: I am so glad I had people in my life that never gave up on me, but more than that, I am glad I never gave up on myself. For years, it seemed I had. Life had no sparkle, and it also seemed as if it had no purpose.
It took a lot of courage and a lot of love from those around me to get myself to make difficult decisions for change. I couldn't remain the tight bud any longer, though I knew the changes would be difficult.
Oh my dear, your words are sublime.
Receive a big hug from me. You create poetry that lifts the spirits and reminds me how wonderful life can be.

Anonymous said...

Anita, thank you so much for your words of encouragement! Your and your husband's stories are truly inspiring, and I am so grateful that you shared them with me. Hearing about the successes of others really inspires you to keep at it! The road is long and difficult, but so worth it, as you both know well. I'll be rooting for you guys as your husband takes those last steps toward his full professorship and you continue to make a positive difference in each and every one of your students' lives. Thank you again for your sweet comment, and I absolutely love your beautiful blog!

Nel at Red Rose Alley

francis said...

You are an amazing artist Anita ,
you have the gift of using words in a way that is so special .
I wrote it down in my Anita-book again and wish I could place all the beautiful pictures aside too.
I would have an unique book ......
You have done such a great transformation with the desperation you had ........
You made my eyes fill with tears because I recognise myself in this search you had .
Being so touched by the young-ones with their questions they have to us .... teachers .
I miss my job and who I am in that part .....
You made me realise I have to search for a new interpretation .
That will be my quest for now .
Thank you my friend for being you !

Unknown said...

I can read a message and this message annouces WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!
Am I right, dearest Anita?

Sunny Saturday arrived and together all my need for peace and rest (please not " rest in peace!!!!!"):o))

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

Dearest Anita ... so beautiful as always my dear friend! Life is wonderful and we just have to look around us to see the beauty!
best wishes always

Unknown said...

Only a word, Hallelujah.

Premio principe de Asturias a Leonard Cohen.


Woolytales Miniatures said...

Nita, my darlin'
so good to "see" you!!!!grin

My browser not always let me leave comments so i need to gpo to firefox and it is a hassel. It slow me down.
beautiful post as always!!!!grin

are you working in your inventory for your store? have you open the store yet? when you have it ready i want to post a link on my blog and side bar for you.
Love you.. back you work... hope you have a lovely and blessed weekend!!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos and beautiful message as always Anita! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!! xo

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

So Beautiful!

koralee said...

Morning sweet have had 2 wonderful days off ...hope you filled them with jOY
I am off to Seattle today with my sweet daughters...hope to find lots of treasures and a yummy lunch waiting for us...maybe even a and hugs to you. xoxoxoxo

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

And you have a fun fun fun weekend...and of coursed, Cheers...Dzintra

Rosie said...

Good Morning,
There is a shimmering white forest at R&R this morning. OOOOH... Today(this afternoon) we begin, to deck the halls, Bill and I delivered 8 White trees (of all sizes and shapes) To the store last night and even unlit, they were ever so whimsical.
So am off too dip my fingers in glitter and sparkle...Sending you a gittery hug...Oh my...turn around so I can brush the sparkle off of your back...there :) Now go off and find something WONDERfilled to do today. I may not be able to get back to you in the next couple of days, but as I peek through the branches, while hanging bobble after bobble, I KNOW I will see YOUR shining face on the other side :)
xoxo Rosie

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Sooo beautiful. I know that you are the very best teacher. You can tell that it is in your soul. Have a restful, awesome weekend. XO, Mona

scrapbookertink said...

This is so beautiful, love the images and inspiring words as always, hope you have resolved your blogging issues of late, take care, Doreen x

Anne said...

Anita, what a gorgeous post! So beautifully written. I love, love, love Jeff Buckley's version of this song, by the way...

Unknown said...

Happy Saturday Anita! Where did you playlist go Sweetie? I was going to do some painting and thought I'd pull up your blog so I could listen to all the beautiful music you post, which is so relaxing and it's not there. :(

When I visit your blog I always feel like I've been to a fine museum and left with a satisfied soul and a heart full of art appreciation!
Love you...Tracy :)

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Oh, Anita, my internet is back and I finally get to come here, and I'm listening to one of my favorite songs[ I sing different words] as I read your BEAUTIFUL post!!! Such wonderful pictures, and such true and lovely sentiment. I know that you know I believe that miracle quote from my "miracle letter" that I sent to you the other night. And it sounds like you've gone through one of those "broken songs" of a child's life recently. But it seems you have brought that song back "into harmony" as Ruben puts it, and that is a blessing. [ I had one of those "children" to breakfast this morning. She is now 25 and thriving.] They are blessed to have you as a teacher.
Have a restful night and a peaceful Sunday,
love, dawne

Ivy Clad said...

This is so beautiful my eyes are "prickling". Thank you for such a lovely thought. I am now a devoted follower. :)


A Magical Whimsy said... touched my heart with this one...
Children are resilient yet fragile...
I think all hearts are that way...
We all have to find out who we are and the depth of a person is sometimes strengthened by trials when we are children. Not all children withstand the trials though, and they break easily. But the pieces are put back together, somehow, someway, when someone like you helps a child back onto the path...not unlike the yellow brick road Dorothy had to follow...not really knowing the way...and facing extreme difficulties...yet knowing somehow all things would work out and home would be found, the true 'self' would be discovered and like a bird on the wing, the child soars in their new found discovery of self...the self that can do anything with the help of a loving heart to teach yours.
Smiles to you on this day for helping one little soul 'hang on for dear life'. I think I saw this saying one time 'Life is precious, handle with prayer.'
Also, you could substitute or add 'care' and 'friendship' and 'love'.
Thank you for the reminder to cherish those moments when a child needs attention, even when it is a small, insignificant thing.
Another saying in the 1970's was
'It's the little things in life that count.'
Thank you for caring...
love, and hugs

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

Touching and put together wonderfully.

Lorraine :-} there is always hope.

Woolytales Miniatures said...

take your time...grin..i don't plan to go anywhere...grin said...

me too Anita... one word...Hallelujah! The music is wonderful, I love that song, but the message is what strikes gold, especially in the lives of the kids. How blessed they are to have you cross their paths. I imagine you are also blessed as you give from your generous heart.

Love this!!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Thank you so much for visiting wee Amiee in her teacup.. Your kind words have touched my heart.
I just love this post.. So inspiring my friend.
Wishing you a beautiful day tomorrow.
Bisous, Penny

Anonymous said...

i have discovered you...
tumbling on tumblr..
pinning on pinterest
and now here....on your
lovely much
to see, read and enjoy..
thank you,...your budding fan
xoxo EdenClare

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Good Sunday morning dearest one, I just had a look at the most perfect post, in pictures and words, to join my early-Sunday-morning cup of tea. My children are drawing in front of me at the table while I catch up with my favorite blog friends who are inspiring and uplifting each and every time I visit. You are on top of my list.
Do have a restful and calm Sunday, Anita, I hope Mrs. Autumn sun will come out to play. I am in the garden planting my bulbs (^.^)

Kerri said...

Always such beautiful post and pictures. I loooove those french chairs!! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Presépio no Canal said...

So very true, this message, so very true. Thank you very much, Anita, to be there to your students in troubles. You are an amazing soul, Anita! :-) :-)
Thank you for visiting me :-) So glad you enjoy the flower and the music. I've been doing entries with Dutch flowers and Portuguese music :-) I like to join my two countries ;-)
We have been busy too, painting and changing the decoration of the living room. This house has already 7 years, we live here almost 2, so it is time to paint.
Have a nice weekend, my dear!
I wish you all the best!! :-) xoxoxo

Woolytales Miniatures said...

nita, i am so thrilled for you!!! how exciting and encouraging that you open and sold already!!!
Listen , you should add more tags than art . Tags is how people find YOUR item. Add your name, card, subject ( such as castle, fairytale, etc) also add materials because all is for your benefit.
you can revise and add.
i must go get ready for church but I will stop by again later on. Love you!!!yes!!

Presépio no Canal said...

Dear Anita, I'm living in the Netherlands for almost 4 years, not seven. It's my current house that is seven years, not me, living here. :-) I wish it was, but no...
Have a wonderful day, you too :-) :-) Besitos!!

La Petite Gallery said...

Dear Anita, this post was ment for me. I am about to give up with my leg problem. You just gave me some insperation.. yvonne

morikomidori said...

a new and perfect header for the season and Jeff Buckley! you are spoiling us!! Anita, my dear magical friend.. there is so much here to make the heart flutter and the imagination fly. you yourself i think have the most beautiful iridescent jewelled butterfly coloured wings, sometimes soft as doves wings glittering with silver sparkles. i can also imagine silver sparkles encircling your crown that looks as if made of glass or even diamond! but light as a feather.
today more than ever i have needed to to fly here and pull the blanket of enchantment around my shoulders. i have been crying my heart out over hazel honeykins whom i miss so very much. i am though relieved that he suffers no more and is with the loving angels that greet such sweet souls when they arrive over the rainbow bridge. we will always remember his dear presence.
bless you for your kind words that have meant so much to me these past days and bless you for having this space in blogland that restores the spirit so and lifts the heart, however heavy it is feeling. you are a healer, a poet, an artist, a fairy, an angel.

thank you xxx

karen - Simply Inspired said...

dear kind anita...
yes...miracles prevail...over and over...large and small... "and every breath we drew was hallelujah"... bless you for the inspiration and sharing of your gift.

helen tilston said...

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Congratulations, congratulations and congratulations, you are the winner of my giveaway.

See latest posting

Anita will you kindly send me an email with your address:
and I shall sent your calendar and copy of duPont REGISTRY this week.


georgia ~ gi gi said...

Happy Sunday Anita Bonita ( hope you don't mind , but that's your new nickname, lol)
Oh em gee, you make grey look GOOD!!! I LOVE your Header, deep sigh!!!
You always get me to wanna redo mine!
Oh, and that first pic with the newspaper wallpaper is fantastic. I wanna do that!
Hope you have had a lovely weekend my friend!

Lots of love
gi gi

GwendolynKay said...

Hello Dear!
Sorry it has taken me so long to get over. I love your post. Teaching is so much more than just a profession. It is just as important as parenting, shaping the hearts and minds of young people. Love all the fabulous pictures, of course!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

And the dance you share leaves such an impression on a young heart, that their feet may never quite touch the ground in the same way again.

Hope there are many more dances in your future!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Happy Monday morning by the time you get this,

Thinking of you and wishing you a happy week!

I hope your days off were relaxing, rejuvenating and fun!

Xoxo elizabeth

koralee said...

Hi sweet friend...just came from visiting Rosie..helped her in her lovely shop...pure JOY! We chatted about you and how we NEED to all the middle! Oh what fun we would have.
Your etsy shop is adorable...yahooooo for you...HUGS and more HUGS Enjoy your Monday.xoxox

Createology said...

Blissfully, singing and your prose. Magical Serenity and I thank you Anita.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
I just returned from Irina's blog..
What a beautiful tribute to my dear friend. She was able to put into words the way I feel about you...
Wishing you a wonderful day tomorrow.. I will keep an eye on the store.. teehee
Bisous, Penny

Calico Child said...

loved your interview over at the Enchanted Home Anita! :)

Rosie said...

OH sweet one, I SEE YOU PEEKING THROUGH THE BRANCHES...giggle! Thought of you today as I was putting everything in it's place. Our dear friend Koralee stopped by to put her special touch on the shop...So much fun. She told of your INCREDIBLE 1 hour visit...what I would give for just 1 hour of girly chit chat in person with you dearest.
I think all is ready to entertain my lovely ladies. Will try to take a few snappies before we open the doors.
I ALWAYS get a bit anxious the night before, wondering if I have overlooked anything, so hope I can catch a few moments of sleep.Well dear one I am off to bed to rest my tired feet...Sweet Dreams...Rosie

Vintage Home said...

wonderful words of hope & encouragement....thank you for sharing!
Off to see Rosie & her staff @ the store tomorrow!...woops I mean today!

chateaudelille said...

I really needed those words today. we had a knockback so I can only hope tomorrow brings better news. Im loving listening to this song Hallelujah. Fiona

Anonymous said...

Mon Ami...
one of my
favorite songs
although I'd
never heard it
done with this
sweet voice & I
am going to get
this as soon as
I finish here...
you have made my
morning start so
thank you thank you
for being such a
special friend...
your students are
blessed to have you.
we are blessed by
your talents here.

Sylvia said...

Dear Anita,
Miracles do happen ...every day , indeed ...
Congratulations on your Etsy shop, such a brilliant idea .I wish you success and I am happy that your inspirational artwork will bring joy and beauty to many homes around the world ! Keep on creating !

Rosie said...

Oh your esty shop is AMAZING...and so many have purchased your gorgeous creations...YOU ARE A STAR dearest!

Am off to concor my LAST to do list....then off to the shop to put the final touches on everything...Have a PERFECTLY BLISSfilled day sweet girl...xoxo

Rebecca said...

Beautiful Anita,
Thank you for moving me with words, photos and Hallelujah. I was driving down the rainy road a few nights ago and heard this song and began to sing and cry. I love what the word 'hallelujah' means and praise Him everyday.
Blessings to you special one.

Jacqueline said...

Oh, the impact of a loving teacher is endless isn't it! You are such a beautiful person, I would have loved to have you as a teacher. May your beautiful influence ripple outward and outward!
(Love all the images too - it is always bling universe over here!)

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Dearest Anita-
How was your weekend? I can hardly believe October is ending soon!!! We went to a pumpkin patch Saturday- the weather was beautiful!!! I love Halloween!!!
Hope you had a wonderful day!!!
Shannon :-)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thanks for popping in our the way to work Dearest...have a wonderful day!!! Dzintra xo

Woolytales Miniatures said...

Nita!!!11 I TOLD YOU!!!! I knew it !!! SOOOOO happy for you and yes my dear , soon you will understand "WHY" i have no time to surf the net.grin! Love you!!!!

michelle said...

Good morning dearest! Thank you so much for visiting with me, I always love seeing you. :) You sound like you are a busy girl but I hope that it is a good busy. It is gray, yet beautiful here today.
Much love!

Jennifer MacNeill said...

Simply beautiful!

Cindy said...

I love this thougth provoking post, just beautiful!

Unknown said...

Dearest Anita,

Your friend has been so absent. I've been working of course and adjusting back to full-time work. I must admit, my poor dogs feel the loss of my presence too. They think that they are living with Old Mum Hubbard instead of Jacqueline, the cupboards have been bare. Len is cooking dinner each night and I come home to a homecooked meal made by him. Good thing he works in a grocery store or we'd be eating dog food crumbs!

It has taken a good deal of adjustment to incorporate my new work schedule. I work from 10 to 7pm so mornings seem to be the only time I can get anything done. I was blessed with two days off with Len however and my evenings free. I love what I'm doing and I'm content. It's like play all day building store displays, pricing and selling thrift treasures.

I know you are over the top busy too with the little ones and Ruben back to work. My email is the same, it's

I love you and I'm with you.

morikomidori said...

dearest Anita
i cannot thank you enough for your kind and comforting words over the loss of dear Hazel Honekins.
sadly, our family are once again desperately in need of prayers. my lovely niece Amy Ray-of-sunshine has just been rushed to hospital with suspected meningitis. we are beside ourselves with worry. i have not posted about this, as it is just too scary. my sister (her mother) once had this illness though and recovered well (she was battling cancer at the time too!). i think Amy has her fighting spirit and hope and pray she will pull through.
i have posted a little fairy post as it is something Amy will enjoy.
gosh, i hope you don't mind me coming here with my woes. we seem to be having quite a few of them at the moment. i have a lot of faith/hope in my heart though, that things will be brighter soon.
i am going to browse your lovely posts again, they are so delightful, so soothing and beautiful and make one smile, whatever their circumstances.

bless you, Anita xxx

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thank you for coming today - and excuse me, if i'm a little late responding at the moment. The last 2 weeks were reeally a bit too much and i feel a little dizzy and long for some dream time and a break in blogland. Must visit your Etsy-shop now - can't wait to see what you've been working on! Soon more - and - have a lovely evening! xox

Jade said...

Hello, my dearest Anita, now i´m back again (we have been in Venice last week) and i can´t tell you, how i loooooooooove your post, it´s breath taking!!!! Love the magical pictures and all the words full of love and heart!!!! Have a wonderful week,

hugs Jade and kisses from your friend Sheila (she has been in Venice too)

trump said...

Greetings Anita and that box of crayons in that image looks vintage, i wonder how old that box is?. Richard from Amish Stories

Rae said...

YES...holding on to miracles, and trying to never give up. Thank you friend!!

Fete et Fleur said...

I've been thinking of you since our conversation. I want you to know, I am so proud of you. Your work and your life are an example of perseverance and love.

Never give up!


morikomidori said...

my dear friend
your words and prayers are such a comfort
it has been confirmed that Amy has the more serious form of meningitis, but she is in good hands and a good hospital also. my sister is with her. i feel so helpless being here on the other side of the country and tearful. it it such a thing for my lovely niece to go through.
she has the most beautiful, gentle nature and red gold hair like a fairy princess. she is the eldest of my sister's children and is adored by her younger siblings and pets because she is so sweet and caring.
i am not sure that i shall sleep tonight.
thankfully i have my faithful peace lily here at my side. such a kind dog.
i visited George the Lad's blog today and read Tess's post, i think she is wonderful!
i am going to make myself a soothing lemon verbena tea, i just love the fragrance. wish you were here so that i could pour you a cup.

warmest hugs moriko (forest girl) xxx

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE your page and look forward to visiting...often. ;)
Much love!!

Virginia said...

May I have the white chair at the top svp?? :) And my dear friend I visited in LA last week gave me a sweet pillow that has la Tour in black with these words....
"My other house is in France". Oui, it most certainly is.

Virginia said...

in my dreams.

francis said...

Good morning sweet friend .
I hope you are doing well today !
I am trying to get used to the cold overhere .
Summer is gone ..........
Inside-time .... time for writing !
and reading !
Always have to get used to the getting dark earlier .....
Wish you peaceful times ...with tea and applepie ....mmmm

GoNcha GoNcha said...

a big hello! I am a new follower. and loved your blog. mixing photos with poetry is a great idea. what an inspirational post. I will regularly visit your blog for more inspirational ideas! thanks XoXo

Ann said...

Oh that is such an inspiring post.

You remind me of my days as a teacher and Professor. Up to this day I still have students who are close to me, we meet regularly and I am in awe at how good they turned out to be.

Rosie said...

Good Morning Sweet Sweet Friend,
I am relaxing on your back porch, enjoying the tea your you sent. Come and sit for a few moments :) ~R~

Mapi said...

Hello dear Anita
I wasn't here for a while, but now I have some time to read your lovely message.
And yes, never give up .....
Love and sweet dreams.

Kirsten Steen said...

Isn't that just one of the most beautiful songs ever!?! Another lovely post and here's to striking gold in every way, in every life and in every heart! Funny, I was just talking to my sister in Paris about plugging in to those things that feed you. And look how many people your beautiful words and heart feed every week! Hallelujah for you!

hi-d said...

Hello Sweet Friend...

I have missed you SOOO much! Life has been busy...and I need to slow down a bit. Your post is so beautiful...the words go so well with the gorgeous images. I want a couple of those chairs! They are so divine! Actually, I clicked on the link that took me to The Bella Cottage. Ooooohhh...what a fun site!

I see you are up and running on Etsy! Yahoo! Best wishes and blessings to you my dear! I am so excited for you and can't wait to check back again.

Hope you are having a pleasant week.

Much love,

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How lovely, Anita! This was just gorgeous!



Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello my friend, its almost the weekend, yippie! I hope you had a great day! Is school getting less busy or more? Do you have wonderful plans for the weekend?

I was just thinking of you and I wanted to let you know.

Have a great night, xo Elizabeth

Rosie said...

Good morning Anita dear!
Well, I managed to start a bit of Christmas shopping today. My sister is always a challenge, but am tickled with a pair of equestrian riding gloves that I found at her favorite store. Ah, slowly but surely I will get the shopping done. ( Have usually been well on my way to being done at this time on previous years.)
Will begin to pack tomorrow, as we leave on Friday morning to go to moms for the weekend...I am so excited to see her.
Well off to bed dearest...sweet dreams...Rosie

Maria said...

What an inspiration you are, Anita!
This is so beautiful and so very timely. My daughter, also a teacher, was just lamenting tonight about things involving our career. {We know them all too well}
I will send this along to her as a good dose of inspiration and hope.
God bless you, Anita ~ as you "dance"
every day ~ with all of your heart.

~Happy Thursday, my dear!

fashion-meets-art said...

anita, you are such an inspiration for me! i love your posts, you are so creative! you should post every day. but i know as a teacher you don't have the time...but i enjoy every single post of you! you are very talented! lovely greets
maren anita

YONKS said...

Morning dearest,
You are there, I am here, we are together, how great is that! I can't believe you also have him, Dylan, in your home, ready to read.

I did a brief post yesterday about an award given to me by an interesting blogger, only a bit of fun.

I love how you keep changing your header. I particularly like this one, the grey shades really do it for me, like the aqua does for you.

have a wonderful day dearest. I'm tucked up in bed with the flu so loving hearing from friends, makes me smile and feel better.

Charlotta Ward said...

Anita this made me cry and smile. What a post!!
My heart broke at the beginning of the post and I couldn't help but wonder what inspired this.. but there seem to have been a change of fate and I wish you all the best.
May you always dance in the light of love and appreciation.

Warmest hugs from Sweden.

xx Charlotta

Martina said...

Hallelujah! Dear Anita, my internet connection today is so slow - it drives me crazy! I love your little Etsy-store - so cute your cards and tags. It's so great how you keep being creative in addition to teaching - and your style is just lovely! Can't wait for the weekend to be here, can you? Much love for a happy day!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

My dear heart, may I sing 'Hallelujah' right beside ya???

We don't always see those chords we strum become life's music. Every now and then we get to see that flower blossom right before our eyes and miracles happen.

A good teacher feels her students pain and sometimes cares too much. She can be frustrated when she doesn't see the seed germinate before her but know sweetie, those seeds ya sow will grow in Gods time.

I can't tell ya the students that I truly though I'd lost and failed them who have told me what a difference I made in their life.

Both at school and in Church.

God bless ya dear friend and may you witness your gardens!!! :o)

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello my dear!

I feel better today than yesterday, thankful colds come to an end... it just takes a while!

Such a beautiful post, had to come back for the beauty to be found here

....that flows from your heart....


June said...

Saving the life of a child is the noblest thing we can do in life Anita, and I'm sure you are wonderful at it my friend.
hugs from here...

Bring Pretty Back said...

You have most certainly found your calling my friend.

ruma said...

Hello, Castles Crowns and Cottages.

The excellent and lovely work.

The autumn profound, painted space

The prayer for all peace.
from Japan, ruma ❋

RDA Pony Tales said...

ANITA! Hope you had a good day... Furry hugs and love dear friend
Abby and Big Spot xx

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello my dear! I would love for you to jump on a plane and visit!! I have something in my post today for you, come over and see it!

Have a wonderful night, xoxo Elizabeth

hi-d said...

Hi Anita, sounds like you are ready for summer break already! :)

How exciting that you had some nice sales in your shop. I'm sure it will continue to grow.

Tomorrow is Friday!!! Yahoo! I hope you find time to relax and read and create some beautiful art and poetry.


francis said...

friday afternoon overhere ...weekend is nearby ...
I am of to the hairdressers I let her color my hair ....yes now you know my secret .....I love my color and wish it was my own ....but hey .....with a little help it becomes mine !
Hope you have a wonderful weekend !

michelle said...

Good morning dear! Thank you so much for coming by and visiting! Yes I did get that moon and all the other spooky things from Picnik!! It is such a great program. That was the home that I took on our channel from Lake Michigan, one of my favorites and I spooked it up!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

fee @ chipper nelly said...

My goodness lovely friend - however do you get around to reading all your comments (never mind that other job you do!!)
LOVE this post - and particularly loving the wire crown in your banner.
OF COURSE you can enter my giveaway - in fact you already have!
Happy fast appoaching weekend...Cleggy is away in Madrid at some international conference so it's blogging and chocolate for me until Monday!
fee x

Cobalt Violet said...

LOVING your banner! The red (who doesn't love ruby slippers!?) and sepia together ... beautiful.
Such loveliness in your post, as well. I am coveting the beautiful white jacket too! :)

C'est moi Claudette said...

Being in Canada, I cannot hear this beautiful music that everyone is speaking of : (
But, I did buy your very pretty Audrey cards on Randy's account just a minute ago, he he. I'm soooo excited for you Anita. I knew you could do this.
Now I'm not sure what encounter you had with a student or parent, but I know if anyone can smooth the waters and warm a heart it is YOU.
Happy Weekend my dear friend.
I must tell Julie that Rosie's shoppe is all decorated for Xmas. She and Claudia are meeting in Seattle next weekend for some photography fun.
Love You
Love Me

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

So, it is finally Sat. I poured my cup a joe early, just to come over and enjoy your lovely posts. I am so happy to have my laptop back. I want you to know that you are one of the sweetest blog friends and I hope you continue with your art! You are a little light so sweet and bright! Blessings always, friend.

~CC Catherine said...

How very true this is my friend! Pressing on is sometimes the hardest thing to do, but the most gratifying in the long run. ;) As always, you give us much to ponder and walk away wanting to forge ahead in our own plights~ xoxo Hugs! ;)

vicki archer said...

Sublime and with such wisdom Anita... So lovely, xv.