Sunday, December 14, 2014

An eloquent

ribbon of calligraphy

in the 

December sky



mellifluous tidings


an urgent world on the move.



May your holiday journey

wherever you are


lead you 








castles crowns and cottages

where the warmth 



of the season's mystery


heavenly peace.


~ To all who dare believe ~

Love came to wear a garment of humanity

so that one day

could wear robes of glory.

anita rivera


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear friend,
What a beautiful Christmas post! And yes, love the music... Wishing you and Ruben a magical Christmas...
Thank you for the years of friendship... You have brought so much laugher and pure joy into my life... May God bless you this Christmas season, and always.
Thank you so much for your sweet words and taking time to visit...
Love and blessings,

The Dutchess said...


Unknown said...

Darling Anita,
Have you ever considered turning all of your blog posts with their accompanying music into a book and having it published?
I think it would be an amazing seller, incredibly popular as a gift book and a coffee table book.
Your photographs are always so exquisite and beautiful by themselves and as a grouping, the words and accompanying chosen music so evocative, so gently-and-powerfully all at once, soul stirring and uplifting.
I truly think you have the goose with the golden eggs here.


speedyrabbit said...

I love that version of silent night by Enya,Anita you always pick the best music,and that lamb with the christmas has is just to cute for words,love from us both Rachel and Speedy

Julia said...

Genial precioso como siempre llenó de sensibilidad, un beso y feliz navida

Kelly said...

Such a lovely gift on this Sunday morning as I am in FULL Christmas mode, stopping briefly for a break and finding you!!!!
Anita, that little lamb is too precious, in more ways than one!!!! LOVE how you touch my heartstrings, Dear friend! <3

Unknown said...

Trust you Anita to make the festive season look so stylishly beautiful. You always do everything with such style. Nice one. Have a serene and easy Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

donna baker said...

The merriest holidays to you Anita.

Seawashed said...

Isn't this beautiful. Your home is warm with peace...i always love to see glimpses of it. Your words are of the same heart as my Christmas post ready to publish this week. Peace to you and on earth as we embrace Christmas as well as one another. Love Kerrie

Anonymous said...

Most delicious serving of warmth.
Thank you, dear friend.
Wishing you the same.

millefeuilles said...

You, dearest friend, are a finder and collector of beauty. And, fortunately for us all, you then generously share your precious finds with us. I am craving snow, foolishly I know, and your divine pictures have projected some snowtime enchantment in my heart. Thank you dearest. I hope all is well with you?

Stephanie xx

Burlap Luxe said...

The hands of beauty this holiday season.

Peace - Joy - Harmony




Karena said...

Dear Anita,
You always have inspiration waiting here when I need a lift, or just some magic to begin the day. During this season of hustle and bustle, I wish you and yours peace, joy, and calm. We can all use a daily dose of that I do believe!

Introducing Jewelry Designer Brady Legler!

Jeanne said...

Such beauty and inspiration. The little lamb at the end even made it better. Thank you for putting all the time and thought into this so I could enjoy it!
Joy to You... Jeanne

House of Seasons said...

Great and SO beautiful, loved it so much!!!!
xx from holland said...

YES! I dare to believe that there are still WONDROUS humans roaming this earth, such as the likes of you. I believe in magic and miracles and love and peace. These are the most poignant photos ever! They are just what I have been searching for to place in my window dressings, thankyou Anita. I so love that you put the "via" on there for us to peruse further...YES... 'tis the season that becomes even so much more special with you and your gifts you bring along. all my love, wanda

Barbara said...

Dear Anita,
I was on my way to bed when I received notification of your new post – how wonderful!
Thank you Anita your posts always fill me with such joy. I know I will have nothing but sweet dreams tonight.
The little lamb at the end of the post is just perfect as is the version of Silent Night.
Good night dear friend, much love to you and your family.
Barbara xxx

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Beautiful, bright and blissful! Wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday season, Anita. Thank you for our friendship. xoxo, L

angie said...

danke für die schönen bilder und inspirationen!!! liebe grüße von angie

Lady of the Woods said...

So beautiful. and thank you for the wishes and many more back to you and yours! :D

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

God Bless you beautiful, so powerful, so true. Thank you .

Kim said...

Thank you for that giant dose of Christmas spirit Anita. My whole family just said, "Play that music and read the poem again!" You have lots of fans in the Exquisitely Unremarkable household! :) said...

A second visit,,,you are such a doll. You truly enhance the season! I just read what Kim said, her entire family! no surprise I say...more love to you Anita xoxo

A Bit of the Blarney said...

How I enjoyed this post!!! So good to visit again!!! Have a grand week!!! Cathy

Unknown said...

So very beautiful. Wishing you love and joy this Christmas!

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Anita, what a beautiful and joyous post. It is what we need right now. I loved all the photos you share and especially the one from your lovely home with the lights all aglow from the Christmas tree.
Always an inspiration to visit.
Wishing you a wonderful evening and many Christmas Blessings in the coming week.
Love to you, XO

Junkchiccottage said...

Just beautiful. Totally enjoyed this. Thank you sweet friend.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Delightful indeed! Merry Christmas dear friend! Merry Christmas to you!

Red Rose Alley said...

Beautiful, my friend. I needed this peaceful post so much right now. It was a hectic day of shopping and crowds, and this warmed my heart. Anita, did I ever tell you this is MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG OF ALL? It moves me in a way that no song does. In fact, I have tears in my eyes right now. And who better to share it with me than my dear special friend. I love all the splashes of RED on here, and I can see your Christmas tree in the distance. That is such a pretty picture. And that last picture hehehe.

I am wishing you peaceful days until Christmas, and then we will celebrate together the most peaceful day of all. You are truly a blessing in my life.


Tristan Robin said...

stunning photos - especially enamored of the English (?) summer house vignette - lovely pieces, full of romance and grace and elegance.

reading your posts make me feel I live in a more beautiful world than is true.

Elaine said...

Inside where it's warm and cozy. That is where I like to spend my time. Hiding out from the hustle and bustle and receiving calm effects from your lovely blog. A respite from the crazy outside.

Sarah said...

Beautiful words and images, Anita. This serene post is perfect for the busy season. '-)
Wishing you and Ruben the merriest of holidays. Joyeux Noel!

The French Hutch said...

Hello Anita, Such a beautiful message to share with the photos. Enya’s Silent Night is one of my favorite songs of the season. May you and yours enjoy love and peace this holiday season.

nélinha said...

un très joli moment de douceur de calme et de sérénité...TES PHOTOS sont de toute beauté et représentent à merveille cette belle saison...Merci pour cette voix très mélodieuse et envoûtante...Joyeux Noël en compagnie des êtres qui te sont chers
Bisous tout plein

Denise said...

So beautiful Anita,all of it,but what struck Me deep down in My soul was the itty biddy words at the end.Merry Christmas Anita Blessings and hugs across the miles- Denise. Love came to wear a garment of humanity so that one day we could wear robes of glory.

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello beautiful Anita!!!!!
Beautiful holiday photos!!!!! I can hardly believe how fast this month is going!!!! The shops are bustling with Christmas shoppers and holiday parties seem to be every other day!!!!
How are you doing? When are you on break from school?
Today it was almost 65 degrees here- crazy!!!! We're supposed to get snow again by the end of the week.
I watched Breakfast At Tiffany's the other day and admired Audrey's amazing style!!!!! That is a timeless film!!!!!
Wishing you a wonderful week!!!!
Love & Hugs,

Martina said...

Such a lovely Christmas post Anita! I do enjoy the calm and peacefulness that comes from your pictures - elegant simplicity! This is the last week before our trip to Austria and of course there is much still to be done. I do enjoy the seasons exitement, hustle and buzzle sometimes, but feel i need more quiet time right now too. I bet you too are looking forward to some free days to renew and recover. Here's some fairy dust to brighten your start into a fabulous week! xox

despetitsriens3 said...

Joyeuses vacances et bonnes fêtes .
Joli billet plein de charme et de douceur accompagné par une très belle voix pour ce merveilleux chant de Noël. Bisous affectueux

helen tilston said...

Dearest Annette
You have captured the season so beautifully here. The hauntingly beautiful voice of Enya to serenade us it is all so special as it brings back memories of my childhood when I sang, in Gaelic, with our church choir.
Wishing you a spectacular Christmas.

Helen xx

Christelle said...

Pas de neige cette année mais ce n'est pas grave, la magie sera là tout de même ! Merci pour ce partage !

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said... a beautiful post!! I hope you have a lovely week savoring the season, Anita dear! xoxo

Méa Strauß said...

Anita, you really are the magician of words in presentation,
I love to be your eager follower sooo much. Your magic world infects me every day, ohhh, and I am addicted - such a long time already. And now these last days, ohhh, the magic rises, I think, this is, because more and more people believe in it, when it comes to the christmas-days.
So, may the power increase and protect you, as you give so much to so many persons, be HUGGED, ☆ your friend Méa

Simplement ... said...

Ton billet est pur plaisir, un condensé de bonheur ...
En ces temps troublés, tu nous offres un peu de magie ... et ça fait du bien.
Gros bisous chère Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear Celeste, I can't enter your blog! Thank you for your kindness and friendship! Anita

Karen said...

Dear Anita,
This is the best Christmas greeting of the season! You are such a creative and caring person and your posts always reach out and give me a huge, heartfelt hug. :-) I wish you and yours all of the magic and wonder the season has to offer.

It's me said...

Follow the light ...and believe in Christmas....God is great ! you..enjoy december...yes it is almost love love !

I Dream Of said...

What a beautiful start to my day! Anita, I can always count on you for a little heavenly peace and beauty. I hope that plenty of magic comes your way in theses days before Christmas, and that you have many moments where you can soak up all the wonder. Merry, merry to you! XOXO

Mary Hone said...

((SIGH)) I am not a fan of snow but those photos are gorgeous. And of course the indoors are all cozy and beautiful.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Beautiful. Happy Holidays, dear Anita!
~ Lin

Leslie said...

Good Morning Anita! Oh .. I just adore this Christmas song. The calmness here this morning is a wonderful way to begin the week. YES, I do believe and can hear the BELL (Polar Express!) This is wonderful and I think I'll keep the music playing while I pour a bit more coffee! Thank you sweet friend for visiting today. xxleslie

Stephanie said...

My dear, sweet Anita, how calming and beautiful your post is. I find myself closing my eyes as I listen to your soothing music (Enya is a favorite of mine) and thinking of that silent, precious night so many years ago when our Savior was born. Oh, the beauty and joy of Christmas. . .

Thank you, sweet friend, for blessing my heart. Much love to you!

La Contessa said...

I need that little lamb in my LIFE!

Unknown said...

How beautiful Anita...your words and images and Enya...the perfect mix...wishing you a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS
With my love xx

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

Oh how peaceful, calm and LOVELY!! (and the music peeks the mood)!!
This post lifted my heart and spirit, and I paused and thought that I mustn't
fall prey to "hustle and bustle"!! Sending warmth, many blessings and love, Linnie
PS Missie Mousiekin left a note for Tea Rat in Nowhere ;-)

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, I am back, thank you dear for taking the time to visit me, I want to see your beautiful lit tree, this year no ornaments form me, just simple and peaceful.

Is this a picture of you caring the silver covered dish to the table of giving thanks for all the glory.

Must see more, and more.


Rhonda said...

Sending you a Very Merry Christmas and thanks for all of the lovely you provide. Your selected images soothe my soul.

Robyn said...

Dear Anita,
I saw your post in my mailbox this morning and I set it aside for a time today when I could sit back and thoroughly enjoy it. As always, your images and lovely words capture my heart, dear friend. That photo of yours is stunning! You are a skilled photographer, Anita! Thank you for bringing joy and beauty into my life today and every other day of the year. Merry Christmas, Special Lady! xoxo

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

Dans ton message, tu nous fais sentir la sérénité
de ces jours de fin d'année, la chaleur dans les coeurs,
malgré la froideur glaciale de l'hiver.

Je te souhaite un joyeux Noël...

Je croyais de te voir
une femme si svelte
aux yeux chaleureux
sur un chemin lointain
lelong de l'eau intemporelle
cristalline et profonde...

Et je croyais t'entendre
dans la voix d'un ange
un sourire de nostalgie frêle
le frémissement des peupliers
le chant des oiseaux cachés...

Et je croyais te reconnaître dans
une sylphe aux cheveux radieux
un habit blanc comme la neige
l'odeur fraîche de l'aube
le parfum doux du printemps...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh là là chère Troubadoer,

Votre poème ici me dit quelque chose très profond car moi, je fais des rêves au moin 5 fois par semaine, de L'EAU. SI! Le fait que vous parlez d'une femme "le long de l'eau intemporelle" me coupe le souffle. Et moi, j'adore la neige aussi....le rythme de vos mots - c'est une chanson juste pour moi ce soir. MERCI MILLE FOIS mon amie, si lointaine. Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonsoir Christelle! Ton blog me manque! Merci quand même d'être venue! Anita

Rié Moratto said...

Lovely. That all may dare... Merry, Merry Christmas to you! xx Rié | Portobello Design Blog

Botanic Bleu said...

Dear Anita,
Once again I opened a Christmas present to myself by reading your beautiful post with its seasonal images and words. While I love all the images, my favorites are the snowy tree at the top of your post and the couple hoisting a Christmas tree through a snowy woods. I think I see a theme in what I like. I, too, want to see your barely adorned tree this year. How do you have the time to read all our blogs, leave us poetical comments, create your own stunning posts, and teach? However you do it, I am thankful for you.

Merry Christmas et Joyeux Noël,


Unknown said...

What a beautiful post Anita, Is that photograph of the Christmas tree yours? It looks as lovely as I imagine your home to look at Christmas. You set the perfect mood with your lovely eye candy and words as always.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Thank you for your sweet visit, Anita. And yes, I did make the rocking horse all by my lil self, from boards left over from building stairs 20 years ago. Thanks for asking.

Stacey said...

Yes to wearing robes of glory! Sweetest Anita! I wanted to thank you for all your lovely visits even when I am not able to reciprocate immediately. Your blog friendship is invaluable and has always been so sincere. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you and your darling Man the Merriest of Christmases. Love you lots my sweet friend. xx

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I'm late in my comment, returned home last night from our holiday visit with brother and sil in Palm Beach. Even though I had my iPad your posts crashes it... so now back and on the mac pro I can comment. Your post is lovely, your collected photos delight my eyes. my favorite is the one in your dining room. I adore photos of your home, hint, hint, wink, wink!!! This year all my trees are unadorned throughout the home. Peaceful, serene and memory provoking of Chris. Enjoy your first live tree mon amie, it is beautiful.
Love ya,

Pura Vida said...

call me seasonally sentimental, but these are the most lovely words and images and sounds that I have ever seen and heard. pure joy and soulfulness that move me once always, but especially today

Down by the sea said...

Dear Anita, So beautiful and magical and that lamb is so cute! I'm sure you shalll, enjoy more magical moments over the next week! We had Father Christmas who arrived on a sleigh in our road tonight. The reindeer must have been busy as it was pulled by a car, not quite the same. It did make us smile and feel very festive and hopefully lots of money were raised for the rotary club. Sarah x

toves sammensurium said...

aaw,sweet December and Christmas Spirit!!! Lovely pictures - you always seems to find the perfect ones for your posts.I am sure you are spending a lot of time to find them,so I want to tell you your work is paying off!Everything is beautiful!!!
I´ve been such a lazy blogger the last weeks,sp theis evening it was a delight to sit down and surf around on the web and visit some of my favourite blogs,yours included!!!
I hope you are having wonderful days ahead of Christmas Anita...not stressing like me ;))))

Tove-hugs :)

miss b said...

I’m way behind on my blog reading (and my posts!) after a long weekend away and all the Christmas preparations! I absolutely loved this post and your varied festive photos, each one more beautiful than the last. I do have a couple of favourites though. The Christmas tree being carried through the snow and the beautifully decorated fireplace. I like to display pine cones in the winter too, especially giant ones which we collected in a forest in France several years ago! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I dare believe, Anita!! I love this gorgeous post! Every post is like a mini movie. So inspirational. Love, Deb xo

Unknown said...

These photos just put someone in the spirit of Christmas. I love each and everyone. I am your newest follower.

Unknown said...

The cottage in the snow takes me back to our years of celebrating Christmas at our family cottage at Lake Tahoe. I needed that reminder today. Each image, so thoughtfully curated, brings the spirit of Christmas alive, dear Anita. It's fun to see that we share an affection for that lovely mantle image with the garland and fresh limes. Lovely, darling definitely bring the Christmas cheer!
xx, Heather

Unknown said...

Elegant and eloquent as always!!! This captures the beauty of the season and helped me stop for a moment and absorb it all. I think I need to be playing the song on Christmas morning…gorgeous!

Happiest Holidays, Anita!!
xoxo Elizabeth

A Joyful Cottage said...

Oh, yes. I believe dear Anita. The Lamb of God, Emmanuel, the King Who became a Servant. Heavenly peace. . .it's what the world desperately needs. I love this post. I love the music. A lovely way to enter the twilight hours of this day. God bless you. ~ Nancy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Somehow you make every visit to your blog enchanting!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I dare believe ... I dare believe ... I dare believe ...

Good morning, lovely! Thank you for your visit.
Thought I'd stop by to listen to Silent Night,
and be lifted off the ground again by all the beauty.
Enjoy playing with words during your break. :)

Willow said...

Oh my friend your posts are always so very touching to my heart and soul .
I always find myself transported to such beautiful places with the wonderful word and photos you combine .
You are such a creative magical being , I so love that about you.
I loved every single photo and the words you chose of course
~ but that last photo of the little lamb with the
Santa hat ... huge smile !
Happy Holidays my friend
and warmest wishes to you and yours .

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Dearest, yes, I do dare to believe as I think a lot of us do! And as always, a beautiful post with lovely pics! Wishing you and your Husband the merriest of Christmases and all bright and wonderful things for the coming year! How quickly 2014 has sped by! Sending Love, Dzintra xo

Christel said...

Dearest Anita, Just wanted to wish you and Ruben, a Wonderful Christmas. Your post is beautiful, as always. Remembering the reason for the Season with such eloquence, is wonderful! The first photo was my favorite! Peace and love my friend, and a prosperous New Year! Much Love, Christel

"Create Beauty" said...

I can't believe you posted this several days ago and I just saw it! I guess it's my busy-ness! I love especially your final lines....

It says it all.


Barbara said...

Hello my lovely friend, I’m so pleased to let you know you are a winner in my giveaway. Can you please email me your address (you will find an ‘email me’ button on the right-hand side of the blog). I have several messages like this to leave with other blogging friends so this is just a quick visit xx

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hello,dear Anita!
Such a very busy last days of the year....:)
Hope you are ok and wel,my Beautiful friend!
I like this time and in the same time is TOO busy for me....
Most of all I love the light creations everywhere and the possibilities to be together with our beloved peoples!!!
You choose always stunning and very touched me images,
Washington you Beautiful Holidays,full of love, laugh and joy,:)))
Hugs and Xxx,

Red Rose Alley said...

Oooo, you decorated your house one year in Purple? I would have loved to seen it. It's such a magical color. I really look forward to seeing some of your home décor at the beginning of the year. I know how busy you are right now, but things will quiet down as soon as you have time off from school. Then, you can open your cards, gaze at your tree, eat Christmas goodies, and take in all the beauty of the holiday.

love you, sister of mine.


Greeker than the Greeks said...

Anita!!! Just when I think that you can't get any better; you do!
What can I say, the same as always, beautiful pictures?That doesn't begin to cover it!
That little lamb picture, and Silent Night, always makes me cry, but, that version by Enya (never heard it before) was sublime!
Have a very Merry Christmas Anita.

jerilanders said...

"A ribbon of calligraphy in the December sky" how beautifully poetic is that?! I love it all, with special emphasis on Enya's dreamy music. We have no problem taking it easy at this season, no rush, no fuss, here in the Hollow. And to you and Ruben, HAPPY MAY THY CHRISTMAS BE!"

Daniela said...

My dear Anita, God Bless you and give you a Joy-filled Christmas Time, everything is so romantic, poetic, tender and lovely here, I do love to come and visit you, it's a very special moment, thank you !
Sending much Love

marie paule faure said...

Merci beaucoup Anita for your lovely comment. I love your poetic post, I think it's very close, expressed in a different way, from the spirit of mine. We share the same concerns for a pacified world.

Je vous souhaite un merveilleux Noël et je vous embrasse,


La Petite Gallery said...

I believe, I believe, what a spot for Marie and the lamb can move into my house.
The tree in the bucket is such a rustic touch. Christmas is almost here., Now
when I was hoping for snow Christmas day it will rain. Oh well, can't have everything.
I feel blessed I have such great blogging friends and a beautiful Daughter.
Christmas I am making the Fish feast, hope my legs hold up.
Merry Christmas to you Beautiful inside and out Miss Anita.

Personally selected products said...

HELLO !! My dearest ANITA !!
Since you're always so amazing expressing sensitivity.
I wish you a wonderful Christmas, you enjoy all yours !!

  lots of love


Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

Chère Anita,
J'ai déserté les blogs depuis quelques mois pour voyager, changer de métier et m'occuper un peu de moi et des miens. Ton blog et ton univers magique et poétique me manquaient. Je te souhaite de très belles fêtes de fin d'année et t'embrasse.
Marielle en dilettante said...

I promise... THIS one is my all time favorite! There you have it, in Anit'as marvelous pictures and heart striking truth... the message of Christmas for each one of us! I absolutely LOVE this my friend.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Marielle ma chère! Bonjour! J'espère que tu recevra mon commentaire ici car je ne peux pas trouver ton blog! Merci d'être venue me lire! Et c'est très important de t'occuper de ta famille, de ta santé, etc.... je te souhaite un joyeux Noël! BONNE ANNÉE! Anita

French Girl in Seattle said...

Bonjour Chère Anita. This has been another roller-coaster year for my family, but look at me: Still standing as the new year approaches. I have stopped by your blog now and again, when I was in need of peace and beauty. This post did not disappoint. How perfect to celebrate Christmas. I would like to wish you un très Joyeux Noël. I hope 2014 (and your many students) have treated you well. Joyeuses Fêtes, Anita! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Tammie Lee said...

so many enchanting glimpses of Christmas!
just loved taking each one to heart.
and that first cabin half buried in snow, can you imagine what a winter like that would be like!

sweet solstice and holidays to you and yours!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Anita, another beautiful post! Finishing with an amazing quote and that sweet innocent lamb says all that the season is.
I'm wishing you a happy and blessed holiday season. Joy to the world!!

hi-d said...

Oh I can't believe that it's only 4 more days until Christmas!! Beautiful post. I LOVE the quote at the end: "Love came to wear a garment of humanity so that one day we could wear robes of glory." Are those your words? That totally sums up Christmas and why we celebrate it.

I hope you are enjoying your break from school. Are you getting lots of snow. Oh, how I wish it would snow here this Christmas, but it's not going to happen.

Have a wonderful week!

Gail Peterson said...

A beautiful post Anita, I'm so delighted I visited tonight.
Your blog is magical, a gift you share with each of us that is ever so lovely.
Thank you!

May this season hold all the things you dream of...

Merry Christmas,

Anonymous said...

Good morning, fairest! So WONDERful to have you stop by. LOVE my new name...sea girl. xoxo
I hope you're enjoying your time off, pausing to bask in the splendor.

Emailing you, friend.

hi-d said...

Hello my dear!

So lovely seeing your comments this morning. Those are amazing words what you wrote! Definitely publishable! I could see in cards...and it could even be lyrics to a song. Do you write music? I know you play the harp, so you probably do...AMAZING, really!!!! Would you mind if I share that on fb? I would give you credit...if not, no worries... :)

So glad you just started your vacation. For some reason I was thinking you were already enjoying it, but what a great thing to get 2 weeks off. I bet you are giddy and probably have lots of projects up your sleeve. Hopefully you'll find time for rest though as well.

I don't plan on quitting blogging...I have thought of it...but I still enjoy it. I think it's a matter of just staying on top of it more...especially that nowadays my blog is more about the I just need to post more often...just quick little posts, otherwise I feel like I'm trying to play catch up...with updates and trying to figure out which pictures to post. Does that make sense? I do wish that blogger had a little bit easier interface like fb and instagram to make it quicker when you're on the go, but I guess that's not really what it was designed for...I'm really hoping to do it more in the new year...I will ALWAYS stay in touch with you regardless...thanks for your understanding and my absence. You are SOOOOO dear to my heart. :)

Love ya sis!!!

Putri Valentina said...

What a beautiful pictures dear :D

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, I’ve just called in to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year and to thank you for your friendship and for all your lovely comments during the year. I hope Father Christmas leaves you something wonderful under the tree. Barbara xxxxx

designchic said...

I am always inspired by your words and beauty when I come here, Anita. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the new year!

nélinha said...

juste un petit passage sur tes douces pages pour te souhaiter ma chère fidèle lectrice un très doux et joyeux noël, qu'il puisse t'apporter plein de jolies choses et beaucoup de rêves et de BONHEUR

Jo Potter said...

Happy Christmas Anita.
I love Enya, her voice is very angelic. What a delightful collection of photos, you have really captured the Christmas magic. Ah, the little lamb is too cute!
Have a great time and a wonderful New Year!
Warm wishes,
Jo. x

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Merry Christmas my dear Anita! Sending you love and hugs this holiday season along with many blessings, Edie Marie

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Merry Christmas dearest Anita!!!!
Wishing you and your husband a wonderful holiday!!!!!
My poor husband is sick!!!! He got a sore throat last evening & today it's a full blown cold. Never a dull moment I guess!!!! Hopefully he'll feel better for Christmas Day..... It has rained all day here. We're supposed to get some snow on Christmas Eve which should be so pretty!!!!! I love snow on Christmas!!!!
Sending love & hugs,

Jacqueline said...

I just love Enya's Christmas music and your images make me feel so peaceful and warm, even with all the hectic running around no matter how well I prepare in advance!
The loveliest wishes to the loveliest person I know in the blog world! May your Christmas day be filled with the hope and peace and joy that the Savior brought into the world and that is exemplified by our love one for another! Christmas hugs!

Vintage Jane said...

Dearest Anita ... I have been absent for a while and on my return realise how much I miss Blogland and inspirational posts such as yours. Thank you so much for your friendshipover the past year , for the beuaitful music, wise words and uplifting images.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful and blessed new year ...
M x

Madelief said...

Dearest Anita,

Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness in the past year! You have become very special to me. I wish you lived closer by, so that I could invite you for tea :-) Wishing you, your husband and your loved ones a Happy, Healthy and Magical New Year.

Love, Madelief x

Suz said...

This is so beautiful. As always so thoughtful and inspiring. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love to you.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Merry Merry Christmas dear Anita. Such a beautiful and warm post. Truly makes me think of Christmas. Beautiful images to share.
I love Enya. May you be blessed now and the upcoming new year. xoxo

Sylvia said...

My dear Anita,
Thank you for all the inspiring words of wisdom and beauty this year. Thank you for the friendship, for your kindness and compassion - you make me believe that there really is good in the world, that there is always an unlocked door just waiting for me to open it...
Wishing you and your loved ones an Enchanting Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!

Simplement ... said...

Je te souhaite un merveilleux Noël chère Anita.
Pour la Beauté et l'Amour que tu mets dans nos coeurs, mille mercis.
Je t'embrasse tendrement.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family dear Anita and best wishes for a wonderful 2015! Thank you for a year of wonderfully inspiring and creative's always such a treat to visit you x
Susan x

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Anita, lovely to revisit and take in the beauty of the season. Thank you for a wonderful year of blogging and the blessing of a special friendship.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and wonderful new year ahead!!
Love and joy!!

Mapi said...

Have a wonderful Christmas dear Anita
Thinking of you and wishing you all the peace and joy of the season.


Marijke said...

Have a beautiful Christmas Anita!
Lieve groetjes van Marijke

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, just sent you and e-mail. :~)

Vicky said...

Just beautiful Anita, wishing you and your loved ones all the wonder and joy of the Christmas season!
x Vicky

Buttercup said...

Beautiful! Wishes for a bright and blessed Christmas.

A Magical Whimsy said...

Our Lord Jesus was that baby Lamb, slain from the foundations of the world, so that we may live! I so truly 'get' this post, Anita.
Very eloquent, and profound. May you too have the joy of the Lord tonight and tomorrow. We are so undeserving, but God is Love. It just began to rain! Oh! We have had such lovely rain this Autumn and Winter.
And I would love to live inside everyone of those beautiful photos you posted, even the ones with the snow! My sister, Rebecca and family (who live there close to you) are coming to California for a week! Yay!
Be blessed and stay warm and cozy.
love and hugs,

lynn said...

so lovely, anita! wishing you a fun filled christmas!

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Palomasea said...

How beautiful...goosebumps, dear Anita... :)
Sweet, sweet lamb (along with the other gorgeous images)...the music...your words...and what a cool photo you took...everything comes together for the warmest, most precious Christmas Wish...
Merry Christmas my dear artist, poet friend and sister....
I am blessed by your friendship. So thankful. :)
Love love love you....
~ Irina

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Just stunning, Anita! Absolutely stunning!

Hope you and yours have had a blessed Christmas with continued blessings throughout the year to come.

Sending much love your way.


Sheila :-)

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What a wonderful way to wake up Christmas with you! your way to discover the world and your wonderful way to transmit.
I spent the day with my family, far from my house, and I was delighted to read your comment.

I wish you again a wonderful New Year !!
full of love and affection of all !!

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toves sammensurium said...

Dearest Anita,how has your Christmas been?
I feel so bad for not taking the time to stop by and wish you happy Holidays,but to be honest I barely have posted anything myself!
So much stress getting ready for Christmas,I´ve promised myself to be finished in good time next year (don´t I always say that?But this year I really mean it!!!)

I hope you´ve had wonderful time with your family and enjoyed every da of Christmas so far!
That´s just about all that´s happened here,just hanging with the family and taking life easy,stress down and relax! Having time for each other!
Lots of snow,lots of fun.And a warm house.What more can you ask for?
ENjoy the rest of the days, I look forward to follow you in the year to come!

Tovehugs :)

Anne said...

Oh my, Anita, seeing these images again makes me wonder how I could have possibly gone a year without visiting your blog. You couldn't have chosen more wonderful images to capture the season. A belated happy holidays!! Anne