Friday, December 16, 2011

When You Come

They say that 

When You Come


for what seems to be a 

sacred interlude


even that which dwells in 

the shadows

source unknown

is revealed upon the

eyelids of your dawn


 and comes to light.


Your purity 

as it descends


accumulates reckless abandon 

of exaltation
pinterest via



and play


in those 

who witness you fall so gently

from heaven 

to earth.

Your embrace muffles the 

white noise of daily life

source unknown

and illumines my path.


All that has breath 

is waiting


When You Come.

source unknown

Header photos of horses:

Publication: Vogue China
Issue: December 2005
Name: "It's All About Capes and Coats"
Photographer: Sølve Sundsbø
Model: Carmen Kass


Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Beautiful post, as always, Anita!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
~ Wendi ~

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Good Evening Anita
I hope all is well with you, what a truely magical post, the street lights on snow, snow laden woods, the evocative images of the girl and the horse it is all a feast for eyes and imagination!
We woke up to snow this morning it makes the countryside sparkle!
Wishing you a lovely weekend
Best wishes

Nicolina said...

Wow, terrific pictures! i´m totally flashed ... Your pictures-collection are always something very special :)

nice xmas

Nicolina said...

Wow, terrific pictures! i´m totally flashed ... Your pictures-collection are always something very special :)

nice xmas

Mariette said...

Dearest Anita,

What a lovely winter interlude... SNOW FLAKES are special to ring in the winter season. Probably we will not see them but on your post the pinterest photos show a lovely scene.
Love to you,


Peeters Liliane said...

Hello sweet friend,
Wow what a beautiful post. These pictures are enchanted, love the ones with the horses and the dog.
Do you have snow in your area, we do not have snow :-((( We have lot of rain and storm weather that is not so nice. I did my last schoolday for this year now I have vacantion do the happy dance :-)))

Fete et Fleur said...

What Beauty! These photos are truly breathtaking. This is going to be a busy weekend for us. I'll email you to let you know what's up.


kerrie of sea cottage said...

More than beautiful. more than beautiful. You've captured the very essence of Christmas. merci` oxox

Sandra van Doorn said...

Anita, i think i want to live in your blog...

Martina said...

Such a magical christmas post Anita! It's like a winter-wonderland in my dreams, full of hope, joy and a sense of the miraculous in life! I hope you will feel better soon! I really think that rest is what we need and our body is telling us just that. Do you have plans for christmas yet? We will stay home this year and i'm glad about it, just snuggle in and enjoy the home things! Have a relaxing and healing weekend my dear, will be thinking of you! xx

erin said...

you have found such beautiful images to go with your most special have the true christmas spirit...."let every heart, prepare him room."
merry, merry, MERRY!

Bela said...

So relaxing dear Anita!!! That is so good to come here, my dear!!!
Thanks for that, my friend!
Love, Bela

Anonymous said...

I am entirely speechless. You have captured every dream and image of the most heavenly Christmas.

I'm with Sandra...I want to live in your blog too.

Merry Christmas ~
xo Sarah

La Petite Gallery said...

I just entered a dream world. The header with the horses are breathtaking. As a matter of fact your whole post is just Magic.
Have a wonderful day.


fashion meets art said...

wonderful pictures dear. everything looks really calm and wonderful, perfect for christmas time.
my favourite is the horse in the dusk, the black horse. wonderful!

wish you a wonderful weekend my friend. relax and enjoy it!

lovely greets
maren anita

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Sidney Salim said...

Fabulous pictures!!
Pose Posh Post

The enchanted home said...

ANITA!!!!!!!! Once again you managed to render me speechless and take my breath away.....OMG, sooo beautiful. I feel like I have just gone to snow heaven!
What a beautiful and inspirational post, I feel reborn after seeing this amazing post and it was just the lift I needed after a loooong day and trying to get a second wind for ENERGY!!
How are you feeling? So hope better!

Deborah said...

Breath-taking and awe-inspiring Anita!
Winter wonderland here!!

Deborah xoxoxoxo

It's me said...

What a wonderful post Anita!!! is like a love love from me my dear friend far away........and oh so close to have a place in my heart darling....i love you

hi-d said...

What a heavenly post! Beautiful music too! :) Happy Friday to you, my dear friend!

Okay, Maximus is sleeping, so I'm going to type quickly and make a some chicken scallopine for dinner tonight. Sounds yummy, right? You bring the soup and come on over! Oh that would be fun!

I wish we had the kind of snow shown in these photos. It's breathtaking!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Lots of love,

lostpastremembered said...

Lovely Anita... I own a St Bernard... when I tell you that she comes alive in the snow I do not exaggerate. Feeling her joy is one of my favorite things. She bounces in the snow and her love of it is infectious. The world seems new and clean and filled with light.
The photo with the horse in the light... well, that is a Christmas gift... brilliant.

Sarah said...

Anita, this post is as exquisite as always. All the best to you and Ruben for the holidays. ~ sarah

Palomasea said...

Dearest Friend, Poet, Sister, Weaver of Magical, Spiritual Stories...
Speechless is what I am.
The horses, the white blankets of beauty, the shadow
This is MAGIC, PURE, are you:)))
Thank you for this magnificent gift.
Blessings, dear friend..
- Irina

Patricia Cabrera said...

dearest friend, I hope all is well with you and you are on your school break now. i am so busy creating Christmas for my family i can hardly breath.
we NEED to talk soon... i miss you so much !!!
listen, just like you... i am about to set out my lovely book that you make me last year and my frame still in my bedroom in a spot that i can always see and think of you.
love you!!

A Magical Whimsy said...

My goodness! These snow photos are bliss! Kind of makes me shiver too.
Those photos are almost unreal, almost too perfect or other worldly.
But very delightful to behold, charming, joyful, enchanting.
How are you? Ready for your school vacation Holiday? I am excited about you making some theatres...can't wait to see them!
Have a very, lovely, relaxing weekend my sweet friend!

High Heeled Life said...

Mon Ami what a wonderful post! The images are breath taking... those horse are beyond beautiful!!!... Wishing you a wonderful Christmas! xo HHL

Ivy Clad said...

Oh gracious, I'm going to have to put a box of tissue next to the computer. Your posts keep making my eyes spill.

I think the most precious thing about the holidays is gathering with people we love. This post reminds me of the lights I leave on waiting for my parents to arrive and my two anxious children staring out at the lamp-lit street watching for the first sign of their lights. They also love to watch the snow fall in the lamplight. Their beautiful faces, the glow of the lights, the gentle snow, and the long, dark evenings culminated into a single, moving thought when I read your post.

Your post and music are so very moving. Beautifully, done!


Ruben Rivera said...

Dearest Anita,
This may be one of my favorite of your posts. The pictures, it goes without saying, are MAGIC (and maybe even a little silly = one Panda giving another the alley-oop, LOL). But your poetry is marvelous. Oh how I sometimes need that gentle "Snow" to shut out the "white noise of daily life", and illumine that path of the here and the not yet.
Thank you, thank you.

The Dutchess said...


YONKS said...

I agree with Ruben, this is one of your best. It's breathtaking Anita. The imagery, so pure, so untouched! I love it. How are you my dear friend?
Much Love

Palomasea said...

Oh yes, I had to come back for a little more of this bliss..
This time I must mention the ethereal Enya..the sweet pandas (oomph!), and that sweet pooch!!
Love you!
- Irina :)))

kerrie of sea cottage said...

A christmas greeting is on its way to you. ox

Elizabeth said...

Hello my friend!

Magical! I love this post, it is simply stunning, the music, the images and your beautiful words! What a wonderful treat for a Friday night and the perfect pick me up for a grey day. Thank you for lifting my spirits and giving me a burst of holiday spirit. I needed that.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend planned. Are you done teaching for the holidays yet?

Take care my friend! xoxo Elizabeth

"Create Beauty" said...

Oh Anita,
This is a prayer of beauty that I must have written out to pray along with you...

and, Oh those white horses!!!

And is that an Irish Setter running in the snow? My friend Annie has one, oh that red hair!!!

I was reading the poem (turned Christmas hymn) by Christina Rossetti,

"In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him,
nor earth sustain;
Heav'n and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign

In the bleak midwinter,
a stable-place sufficed
The Lord God incarnate,
Jesus Christ..."

Oh the hallelujahs that rang out from the angels that night as they proclaimed his birth!

Silent night, Holy night.
~ J o y o u s L I G H T ~

thank you for this taste of heaven.

Love you,

helen tilston said...

Dearest Anita

How do I thank you for such beautiful images and poetry? Then to be accompanied by Enya singing in Gaelic brings to mind my dear late mother who sang us to sleep (in Gaelic). Thank you for the horse images, truly magical.

Helen xx

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

The images, your words...everything.
Again, you render me speechless with your magical touch.
We will talk tomorrow... :)

C'est moi Claudette said...

I apologize for not mentioning your soft touch with poetry my dear friend. I only mentioned you as an incredible artist ; )
I WISH we had snow like these pictures. We only have rain these days. It's getting colder in the next few days. We might just have a white Xmas. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some white stuff.
My favourite pic is of course the Irish Setter with that blue ball. HOW MAGICAL!!!
And OH those sweet Panda bears.
I hope you are feeling better this week. Actually, the weekend is upon us now. Rest and catch up. Shop and sip tea. Cuddle and smile : )
Sending you warm Canadian hugs.
Love You
Love Me

Palomasea said...


BirgitW. said...

ma chère Anita, je revien!!!

j `,ai beaucoup des problèmes visiter ton blog... je ne sais pas!!! Au moment, j `espère il va bien... tu sais, je t `aime tes photos - aujourd`hui j`aime mieux les photos du neige... il neige... pas chez nous - mais..en Minnesota?

Merci pour Tous!
Amitiés ta Birgit

Gem said...

Gorgeous my darling!! I've walked down that street (source unknown!)
It's Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, UK.
STUNNING. Used to feature on a bread advert (Hovis).
Gorgeous pics as always, thanks for visiting my blog as frequently as you do, it means a lot as I know your time is precious.
Have a wonderful Christmas and new year.
Much love
Gem xxx

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Could this be your most beautiful post, ever? Perhaps it is because we had so much trouble getting to see it? Or is it because it is a metaphor for the most beautiful One ever?
So glad you got the virus "debugged"! I can't believe how frustrating that must have been! But this was truly worth waiting for! Just gorgeous, gorgeous!!!
And thank you again. I meant what I said on my blog today...

Red Rose Alley said...

Dearest Anita,
I love the pictures on here today, as they are so enchanting. It was like I was in a beautiful dream and didn't want to wake up. The dog at play is so sweet, and the horses are amazing. I can just see myself riding free on that white horse as far as nature would take me. I am blessed to have met you, sweet Anita, and I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas filled with so much love and peace.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

ida said...

Dear Anita,

Wow thought I had lost you!!! could not get on your blog till I saw your message on Abby's blog...glad you are back on line.

Is that Spotty pony...looks just like him snow and all which has just started to fall here!!! Ida xxx

The Dutchess said...

Aaah there you are...what happened..?

Anne said...

Anita, how lovely! The warm pink light against cold white snow, the misty sunlight... wonderful as always! Isn't winter beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Striking to the heart of the season - as you do with all things...Merry Christmas Anita!

Ivy and Elephants said...

So very beautiful, Anita, as always. Hope all is well with you.

Elaine said... was like being transported into a another world of white beauty.. Thanks you for this journey. Warm wishes Elaine

The French Hutch said...

Anita, this post takes my breath away! Beautiful Enya.
Merry Christmas dear to you and yours...........

The French Hutch

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Thank you for taking me on this journey of sheer beauty.. Your words, images, and music celebrate Christmas in a special way that is truly you... with love, peace and kindness.. Thank you my dear friend..
Love and blessings,

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

You really have shared a magical post again, all the pretty white snow pictures and your wonderful words.
I hope that you are having a perfect weekend and enjoying the special season as we count down the days until Christmas.
Do hope that you are on holiday and have some time to relax.


Rosie said...

Dreamy Dearest...Just D R E A M Y! I am swooning over this white wonderland of a post. You ALWAYS find the BEST images, pairing them with a plethora of whimsy.
I have been spending A TON of time in the shop. Will be spending a few hours again in the shop tomorrow, wrapping the last of the gifts, and then it's off to the airport to gather Lizzy up for the holidays. She has finished all her exams and is ready to R E L A X.
Oh dearest I am so sad to hear of your frustration. It will be corrected soon, I am sure of it.
The shop has been so very busy, I am so tired and truly ready to kick off my shoes...ONLY 1 more week and then we are closed between Christmas and New Years.
Well my sweet may you savor each and every moment of this GLORIOUS season, ENJOYING the love of those around you...hugs Rosie

vicki archer said...

Dera Anita,
This is such a beautiful post and truly in the very spirit of the holiday season... You do have a beautiful way of translating thoughts into images...
Have a wonderful festive season and thank you for all your uplifting posts... they are always a joy... xv

My Spotty Pony said...

OH ANITA!!! I returned home from visiting friends for supper late last night, and was overjoyed to read your email and learn the blog problem had been sorted.... well done Ruben!! I am so pleased you let me know, thank you!
And thank goodness I got to see this post!! All your posts are wonderful, but this is my absolute favourite of all!! Those fabulous horses all look like my darling Spotty (when he is washed!!). And the pandas.... adorable!! These are the most stunning pictures Anita, I LOVE THEM!! And your poetry is simply beautiful too... a perfect post, thank you my dear friend!
Have a lovely Sunday dearest
Much love, Abby and Spotty xx

Cheryl said...

My dearest Anita,
I do hope you know what a gift your blog has been to me. This one in particular has brought me peace at a time that it is not easy to find. I can only than you for that.
Tears seem to be flowing easily this week. I am accepting it, and know that the life I have had, and will have is outstandingly breathtaking.
Thank you for always reminding me of this.

anni said...

wonderful photographs
greetings from Brussels

millefeuilles said...

Dearest Anita,

I have arrived in time to celebrate the Winter Solstice party with you: I wish we could spend that magical evening together and spin tales of ifs and whens. I suspect you are just as much of a dreamer as I am. I am also a snow lover so the theme you have chosen today is perfect. My husband and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary on Solstice night. Can you imagine how wonderful it is to have that special day and to know that more treasures are to come as Christmas is just round the corner?

How are your magnificent paper theatres coming along? Do you have a little time for creation during this busy period of the year?

I am thinking of you as always.

Many happy thoughts are winging their way through the air to you from France.

Fay said...

Hello sweetpie so glad the problem was solved and now i can enjoy your poetic journey in the clouds and snow the dog looks so happy and love the pandas as you know . Golden Hill in Shaftsbury (unknown village ) i used to visit often as my parents lived in Dorest its so very pretty Enjoy Sunday and spaek very soon
Love Fay xx

desde my ventana said...

Hello Anita,
Your post is a Christmas!! what a wonderful pics my friend.

Have a lovely and rested wekend

Muchos besos


Victoria Sayer said...

This post is so lovely. Such beautiful amazing photos, and always.
I LOVE snow and snowflakes...just WISH we had them down HERE for our Christmas!
I can only dream of what it would be like to enjoy a white Christmas, all rugged up and trying to keep warm.
Our Christmas time is usually filled with bright sunshine and hot days, with the occasional thunderstorms.

You are never far away in my thoughts, dear friend.
Merry Christmas to you.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita what a truly breathtaking post...never have I seen a white Christmas...the beatiful horses in the snow...just lovely!!!

Finally I have been able to get through to your blog...I kept getting sent to another site...all is well now...Hope you have had a wonderful weekend in the lead up to Dzintra xo

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I had to return to look at these marvelous pictures...just beautiful!
What a wonderful "visit" we had yesterday...I think we could have talked for hours!!
Just thinking about "our" plans (YES! Now you are officially included!! :) makes so SO HAPPY!
I can only imagine where this journey will take you...
Your birds are absolutely STUNNING in your ETSY shop!! I cannot wait to see more!!
Love you! xoxo

Elizabeth Garden! said...

So aesthetically so wonderful, the silence as much joy as much harmony o balance! I will send on to my two daughters and also to my friends who I know appreciates this.
Merry Christmas to You
warm hug Elizabethan

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, thanks for you wonderful comment. Guess what, the 4th person meeting us lives in Beverley. It's my friends sister-in-law. We drive up to visit her and walk to the train by her house. Then to South
station in Boston. Wish you were going with us.. Merry Christmas from Maine..
This post is sugar plums and Fairies..

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Amen, amen AMEN, I'm singing these three words, do you know which song I mean.
Thank's for another stunning post, ma tendre amie.
Yesterday I could not pop in as I kept being transferred to some kind of strange site. But that's all over now. My eyes and soul just soak in all your inspiration for the new week.
Tonight I am off to the theatre with my 8 year old daughter and her best girlfriend. We go to watch Daddy Cool, the musical. It's going to be much fun fun fun.
Lots of love for the last week of school before
C H R I S T M A S . Love to you, sweet Anita xxxx

francis said...

Dearest sweetest How are you ?
I have missed you and blogging and my intention is to be back blogging as of NOW !
So much has changed and now also my livingroom .....
The girls put another sofa in my livingroom so now there are two ... big ones.... We had new covers for both of them but we never dare to use them because they are WHITE .....
the girls just did it and the result is ....very white ...
a complete make-over was the result and all my red had to make place for the new white .
Must say I do miss my red .... But hey the white is very christmassy ....
While writing this I realise it is also hospitallish .... but let's block that ..... Snowish ....
I am still here and cannot believe what's happening and that we still are doing well .... Thanx to all of the prayers from dear friends .
Thanks for your emails ...
Lots of love and hugs .

Gem said...

Ah sorry to hear you had blog trouble. Hopefully all is sorted now.
Have the most gorgeous Christmas my dear, look forward to reading your next post.
Lots of love

Sonja said...

Absolutely captivating!!


wendy said...

I love how you find the perfect picture to go with you beautiful words. Makes the whole reading experience for us just that much more magical.

I loved this. You have stired many thoughts within me, they are like a pinball machine.

For ME, I associated this very much with the Gift of the Birth of our Savior.
I loved the line "waited with every breath, for When You Come"

(I'd check the exact words, but I am on my son's computer and it doesn't allow me to go back and forth without loosing what I just said)

Also... I love to think that ALL of us here , are on this earth for a sacred interlude. To bring Joy, Fun, Light to those we come in contact with.

anyway, like I said, A pinball machine of thoughts.
Beautiful Anita. You have talent aplenty.
merry Christmas.
Big hug.

wendy said...

You have such an art for finding the right pictures to go with your words.
Makes the whole experience magical for us readers.

My thoughts that you stired within me on this post, are like a pinball machine right now.

It mainly made me think though of our Savior, ....WHEN HE CAME...



Mapi said...

I can't hear the music Anita, but it must be as pure as your words.
Love and a happy wintertime.

Burlap Luxe said...

Beautiful Anita, and love the music.
Peace on Earth.

KarenHarveyCox said...

This is so lovely, the images are spectacular. I love Silent Night, but Enya makes it sound even more enchanting. So glad that you blog is okay, I was worried.

May you have the loveliest week, filled with Christmas cheer and knowing you will have a few days to create your magic.


Jeri Landers said...

And, May you come soon...

Linda Carole Bloom said...

The most beautiful horse images I have ever seen! Your images and your blog are/is so inspiring - I keep going back to look more. Thanks so much for sharing!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Anita
Looks at all that beautiful snow.. and yes .. the white horses!!! One day I will see a white christmas.. it's on my list of must do's.. of course here it is usually a heatwave but the weather's pretty wonky this year..

I hope you have a lovely week leading up to xmas... and enjoy the anticipation.. ciao xxx Julie

PS.. shame that horse image is 'unknown' creator.. so lovely!!

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
this is just stunning... I love the photos you have chosen for this most beautiful metaphor for the coming of pure light ~ Our Heavenly Lord ~
who chases the darkness away ~ and lightens our souls.
So beautiful ~
I also just love the horses.
They are part of one of my childhood dreams. A dear, best friend from high school had a farm and we rode her horses often. I always wished to have one of my own. {sigh}
With this beautiful message of yours, I'm closing for the day... What a lovely thing to think about!
Blessings for a lovely week!
~ Maria

Jacqueline said...

Anita, you are such a beautiful person! You always transport me to such a beautiful world with your images, words and music! I don't know where you find all of these wonderful images, but they always blow me away! Have a wonderful Christmas dear!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Joyoux Noel ma cher! May the holidays be magical for you and your dear Ruben...

Christmas blessings, Sherry

My Spotty Pony said...

Ooooo just had to come back to visit my friend and see these fabulous white horses again!!
I saw the little blue birds in your Etsy shop and they are simply a work of art!! You are so very creative and produce the most amazing things... please let me know the moment you finish your first theatre, I am longing to see it!!
Have a wonderful week dearest Anita.
Much love, Abby and Spotty xx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

And look I arrived here straightaway...good you got rid of that pesky widget! Enjoy the week running up to Christmas...Dzintra xo

Amish Stories said...

Anita my friend i think you have out done yourself with these beautiful image's which for me says the holidays without ever having to say it! You must be surly feeling that Christmas sprit with this one, so another wonderful post being what id call " A Christmas winter wonderland for the eyes"! Richard

Kristin said...

Dear Anita, thanks for coming to my last post! I'm so glad you have the gingerbread tradition also and I sure would like to see the ones you decorate! Coming here today is like walking straight into a winter wonderland or should I say right into a fairytale! I really enjoyed each photo and the message behind it all! Hope you have a beautiful -December and soon Christmas- week!

Kristin xx

koralee said...

Wow...these photos are always know how to put words and images together to create such magic my friend.
Wishing you a day filled with magic...spread the JOY
How are you feeling?
Hugs and love
{did you have trouble with your blog?}


Sandra van Doorn said...

Aita! i can’t believe your blog was hacked! glad it’s all back to normal... how are you ma cheer amie? hope you are enjoying the holiday season.. If i don’t hear from till then, you make sure you have a wonderful Christmas...
And Anita... Thank you for the inspiration you give us all year around, sending much love light and peace your way,
xo sandra

Martina said...

Anita dear, how are you today? Here, it's very cold this monday and my throat is still hurting. But christmas is not far away now and i do look forward to a peaceful time. Keep warm and celebrate the moment - winer hugs from chilly germany! xx

Marie-Ange said...

Ce n'est pas moi qui marche tout près du 76, mais que j'aurais aimé !
La Beauté de ton blog est plus que jamais exceptionnelle en cette période de l'Avent ...
Impossible de résister à tant de douceur, de grâce, d'amour ...
Très chère Anita, je t'embrasse tendrement

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Dearest Anita...
How are you feeling?
This post is beautiful!!! Love the photo of the dog with the ball & the beautiful white horses...
My Christmas shopping is done. My husband & I went to a holiday party on Friday; it was so nice to see everyone.
I hope you're feeling better!!!
Sending hugs!!!
Shannon :-)

Privet and Holly said...

Although many comments
tie your words purely to
the snow, I also read between
the lines to mean the coming
of our sweet Lord. Ironic,
isn't it, that WE do not have
any snow in our forecast?
But of course, we will still
receive the blessing of Christ.
Lovely post, dear friend. I
wish you the Merriest of
Christmas! See you next

xx Suzanne

Maria said...

Completely and thoroughly enjoyed this post again as well as Enya's angelic voice.
Merci mon amie ♥

Virginia said...

Exquisitely beautiful and the musique....parfait!

Elizabeth said...

Hello my friend!

I am so excited that in just two days you will have at least a week to rest and relax! You deserve It and you need it.

I would love to hear more about the little house your father built for you. Happy memories to be sure.

Take care of yourself my friend, xoxo elizabeth

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

Nice to see your blog back up and running. I came by over the weekend and kept getting a different url, but I see from Dawne's blog that you are back up. Hooray!

I hope you are doing well and that you get some snow this week for Christmas!!!


Tracy Suzanne said...

Merry Christmas Anita. Once again I'm enjoying the perfect music with the perfect images on your peaceful, beautiful blog. Thank you!

I have a very late surprise for you. The winner of the My Memories software had already won somewhere else and the generator picked you as the new winner. Congrations!

Please email me @ cottonpickincute(at)hotmail(dot)comand I will give you the code for your prize.

I hope you're enjoying this season of wonder and joy.
XXOO's...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Breathtaking peace! The music was perfect for this incredible journey!

"Create Beauty" said...

Just had to come back this morning for your touch of grace.....

Loved your phrase, "reckless abandon of exaltation"

Snow is such a perfect metaphor for the coming of our Lord, who washes our hearts as white as SNOW

Those horse photos... magnificent!
For Christmas we are giving ourselves tickets to see the Cavalia horses in January!!!!!

Love you dear friend,

~CC Catherine said...

Oh Anita...this is ONE OF MY FAVORITE poetic posts you've ever written friend. I felt the enthusiasm building as one pic led to the other and your words reigned me in, yet again. I love it! :) The song added the cherry on the sundae...the GIFT of peace, time standing still...if just for the moment I slowly scrolled down the post to view the lovely pics you shared intermingled with your thoughts/poetry. What a GIFT my friend you gave all of us, your devoted readers, today~ Love you to the MOON & BACK~ Merry CHRISTmas! xoxo

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Hello Anita...Such a beautiful and enchanting post...I have been whisked away to another land this evening!....
Wishing you a lovely Christmas with your loved ones...
Susan x

Sylvia said...

Yes , Dear Anita , He will come to us to lighten our lives and spirits.
Wishing you all the joy , hope and wonder of this magical season !

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Dearest Anita, Gorgeous and inspiring as always. This post is simply a Christmas poem. Absolutely magical! I wish you a Merry Christmas- with lots of love and happy thoughts! All the best to you and your loved ones <3

koralee said...

Oh sweet are almost done...yahoooooo for you. I will be thinking about you tomorrow as you say goodbye to your students until the New Year.
When is your first day back to class?
I have had a busy 2 days so far...yesterday..all day on the book..soooo much work to do... my first deadline is due Jan. 1.
Today was a cleaning day and stocking the house with food day and tea with a sweet mom and dad are coming tomorrow...then Christmas will begin. Sending you oodles of love .....xoxoxoxo

koralee said...

Oh dear one...your bluebird creation is stunning...only you could create such beauty. My little bluebird you made me sits on my tree...he has a very sweet top perch so he can be front and centre...I do need to take a photo of to you.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Your blog is always in another dimension--it lifts me up, inspires me and gives me a new perspective. Refreshing and illuminating--may your holidays be blessed beyond measure with the joy that you share with others.

Casa Bella said...

Anita dear: As always, your site helps me slow down and remember to enjoy life with a smile. It's so refreshing to look at the images you choose and the beautiful poems you create. Your site is full of inspiration! Have a wonderful holiday season, my dear friend!
Hugs and kisses.

Anonymous said...

oh my...those horses...and those elegant riders...too...too...pretty...
so so heart of hearts is sighing...thank you dearest...that was divine...xoxo..

hi-d said...

Yippee! Tomorrow is your last day of school. I bet you get just as giddy as the little kids!

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and the best in 2012, Anita! Thank you so much for your sweet friendship. I know you brighten so many people's lives.

Much love,
Heidi (hi-d)

Rosie said...

Hey there sweet friend!
Oh Yes...Yes...Yes it is SO busy. I am at the store both day and night these days. The light at the end of the tunnel is that we will be closed between Christmas and New years, so there will be lots of time for joy, love, and much fun.
Well both of my baby birds are back in the nest until the new year...YIPPPPPPEEEE!
I can't wait for the holiday festivities to begin. I just want to stay in my P.J.s ALL morning...well at least until 10 or so. :) ( definitely a treat).
Off to get the HOT CHOCOLATE on...I will pour a cup for you too! Hugs to you dearest!
Hope your holiday is off to a great start and your days are MERRY and BRIGHT....xoxo......Rosie

Greet said...

What a fabulous post! You always put a lot of work in your blogposts! Amazing!
My dear friend,I wish you a wonderful Christmas time and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
You are dear to me and I am glad you crossed my way!!

fashion meets art said...

thanks so much for your lovely words, sweet anita.
thank you- i wish you a wonderful christmas time too. have fun, relax and enjoy your school-free time to start with energy and happiness.
have fun with your friends and your family.
maren anita

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hi-d said...

That was so fun to read about your Dad playing the piano and organ. Small world when you think of all of the connections and things we have in common!

I love how your parents made it such a sweet occasion each month where your Mom put out a spread and you were there to help. Sweet memories, I am sure for you!

Have a great day! Whoo Hoo! Vacation time SOON for you!


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

You will be so looking forward to your holiday break, away from school and the children.
thank you for your friendship and all you share, I am so grateful.
Warmest wishes for a merry Christmas and a year filled with happy days.

Sending hugs

Cobalt Violet said...

Dreamy, Magical, Gorgeousness! I knew I'd find that here!

Buon Natale!

designchic said...

If I wasn't ready for Christmas before I certainly would be now...gorgeous and inspirational as always - a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Marie Soderberg said...

anita ! beautiful and magic
merry christmas from marie in sweden

Nina Gonzalez said...

i love the third image! too bad you don't know the source :( and your header too, is beautiful!Just wanted to let you know about two great giveaways, that I am hosting! :) One ends at midnight,tonite! Very easy! Besos,bendiciones y buenas vibras.xo

Tiff said...

The sheer beauty of your pictures and words have uplifted me to another time and place! I am sending hugs and happiness your wonderful way! (All the way from the hot and blustery east coast of Australia!) X

Patricia Cabrera said...

Dear nita, your friend here have a terrible sore throat that does not seems to go way... I lost my voice too.sigh
i love to come here... yes dear the busyness of life is crazy but is good.
The picture of the dog is priceless and I must tell you that I am currently working in a horse and I am vERY tempted to make him white with blue eyes,grin!

thank you for noticing my litlle picture of the wall... the blanket is also from my paintings... all the animal on the blanket are print on fabric from my original work, fun no?

So dear.... send Ruben a hug from me and we shall talk again before Christmas.

Bonnie said...

Dear Anita, I hope you and Ruben have a wonderful Christmas. I think of you two often! I am sorry I have been out of touch but these last few months have really been about taking care of my dog who has since passed away. I finally did manage to do a post on Sadie and I hope to come out of this funk to start a brand new year.

My best to you and Ruben,

Jade said...

Oooooohhhhhhhhh Anita, my sweet friend, 1000 kisses for this breathtaking post!!!!!!!! What a wonderful Christmas feeling - thank you sooooooo much!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY........i´m looking forward to see you in the NEW YEAR!!!

WITH LOVE, Jade & Sheila

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Just popping in to see these beautiful white horses and ladies a quartet of Snow Queens...oh, wait...a quintet... And to read your lovely words about our Saviour. It's almost Christmas, dear friend, and I'm sending you the softest snowball, filled with a heart of love.
Joyeux Noël to you and Ruben,

Denise said...

Wow!You said it so perfectly.I also just read one of Ruben's.Wouldn't it be something sweet for your family to cherish if you both put a few of your favorites in the same book.Give it to your family as a gift next Christmas.Have you already done that?Anita,I love your drawing that Ruben uses as a header for His Wit blog.Perfect!

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hello dearest Anita
I think Violet with Create Beauty summed your post all up with the poem by Christina! Especially the part about how Heaven and Earth cannot contain our God. Wow! That phrase is what you were conveying here in your prose. When He Comes! Amazing.
When I walk outside my back door and walk on the grass and feel it beneath my feet...and when my fruit trees are bearing fruit and I can reach out and pull it off the fits perfectly in my hand...all nature is perfectly made to the proper scale. Bugs are the right size not ten feet tall! We have just the right amount of sunshine, the right amount of oxygen to sustain life. Everything has been provided us by our dear loving God. How can people not see God in His Creation! The heavens declare the glory of God, and his handiwork shows forth his knowledge...there is no voice or language where it cannot be understood. What is so obvious to those who love God, and it is available for anyone to BELIEVE! Just believe...that is all that is required of us. God has made it so simple.
Thank you dearest for coming to my blog to read about LOTR and Harry Potter....both books of such power against evil. Oh, and I am writing and editing my novel. Wish me luck!
May you have a very blessed Holiday!

A Magical Whimsy said...

OH, and it is because of your inspiring words that you have placed in my heart to use the God-given gifts he has bestowed upon me to write and finish my novel in order to inspire others.
Be blessed this week~
love and hugs,

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Happy Holidays my beautiful friend!!!
I am so grateful to have met you this year!!! You are such an amazing, talented, gorgeous, fabulous friend!!
I admire you and am so glad we're friends!!!
Wishing you a your family a very Merry Christmas!!!
With love & hugs!!!
Shannon :-)

hi-d said...

Hello Anita,

How was your first day off? I hope it was good and you were able to enjoy some down time.

I did some shopping today and the grocery stores were crazy. I should know...a few days before Christmas!

Hope you have a happy Friday!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Thank you so much for coming to visit.. You like the photo of me and mom? I still remember that dress like it was yesterday.. I would love to see the photo of you and your mom in front of the tree. If you find it, please share, will you?
Your words always touch my heart..
Love and blessings dear one

Jade said...

Oh yes, i love, love, love your header, my sweet Anita - soooooooo beautiful!!! And thank you sooooooo much, for all your lovely words..........i gave Sheila your hug, she enjoyed it ;)!!! Now i´m really a few hours my younger son will arrive from England and tomorrow my older son with his family and the sweet two year old twins. So i have to clean the house, cook the meal and so on......

Have a wonderful time and a MERRY CHRISTMAS,
hugs Jade & Sheila

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dearest Anita....yes, yes, yes...the things we cannot see are soooo important....I agree!!! That quote is so true...I wish you a very Happy Christmas...and abundant Blessings for Dzintra xoxo

Marie-Ange said...

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Martina said...

Dearest Anita, a very merry and happy christmas to you and Ruben - i hope you'll have a magical and peaceful celebration with everything you love! I'll not be around for the next days, but will have time in "between the years" to come for a lil' chat with you! Thank you for your sweet friendship and for all the love you have shared and see you soon! xox

Amish Stories said...

Anita I'm stopping by to wish you and your family a merry Christmas and also a healthy and happy new year for 2012. I have just published my last post for 2011 and wanted to stop by while i take this blog break. Your pal from Amish country. Richard

georgia~gigi said...

A Big Hellooooo Anita Bonita :)
Oh, I am so sorry I am so behind on your posts!
I have missed you so!
What a beautiful Christmas post! It really is such a magical time!
I do hope you and Ruben had a wonderful Christmas!
I hope you are enjoying your break from school!
Lots of love
gi gi