Wednesday, January 4, 2012

goodbye to a very good year...

This morning I vacuumed up the last of the pine and fir needles that have been hanging
around here on tabletops and carpets and  putting
everything back where it had been before the Christmas decor
took it's place.
I never know how putting away the holiday decor will effect me.
Some years I can't wait to get it all boxed back up and other years I drag my feet
because I want to hold on a bit longer.

We had a wonderful Christmas
 as a family, and hope that you all did as well.

(the photos in this post have nothing to do with my writing,
but are a few things I snapped around the studio yesterday)

I spent most of New Year's day thinking about the how the past year had flown by and  
found myself missing it. 

2011 was a good year for us.
So many good things came our way over the past year.
And if you don't count the two little bumps in the road I had with my health, it was full 
of good changes.

My husband's retirement from his career in law enforcement being one of them.
He feels  lucky that because of his career choice,
he was able to retire at the age of 57.
I love having him home, and he is enjoying the fact that he has more time to
work with and ride his horses.
It's much like when we farmed and had the dairy years ago.
 I loved having him just outside the door
to come in for meals and to take the children out to feed the animals with him.

Two beloved family members who had lived good long lives left us during 2011.
My father-in-law and a beloved aunt.
I am thankful for the good lives they lived and how they impacted the lives of my family.
It is always difficult to lose them, and yet it is part of life, and I just feel blessed to have
had them in my life.

My children have all had good health and safety this past year---
something I never take for granted and pray for every day,
as I know all you do for yours.

I have a daughter and son-in-law who adopted two boys (ages 3 and  4) this year,
who brought the total of grandchildren to nine.
One of the best gifts that came to us in 2011!

This is a picture of my daughter Kimberlee and I  at Christmas when she was 2.

I would be remiss if I did not say how much
I feel blessed for every year I have to spend with my sweet Landon.
What a gift it is to spend my days seeing his smile, hearing his laughter and caring for him.
The richness of life this child has brought to me really can't be
written and expressed in words here.

I remember when I first thought of writing a blog, it was to be
a blog to connect with other mom's of children with Angelman Syndrome and to
 educate others about the little known syndrome.

I laugh about the v-e-r-y wide turn my blog has taken from it's first intention,
but because I am home every day, I have a passion for
making my home and garden a comfortable and peaceful place for
Landon and I to spend our days together.
Before I started blogging myself, I was always drawn to blogs that showed beautiful
interiors, great DIY projects and artists who could create art from things that
had been forgotten and discarded. I felt inspired by them and could see that
they were influencing me to use my skills and love of rescuing old and vintage items
to create art for my own home.
 They made my sometimes boring and harder days
interesting and satisfied my craving for beauty.
And then when I started blogging myself, I was able to connect with
 others who had the same longing.
To find more beauty and friendship
in a world that isn't always
friendly or beautiful.


Several weeks ago I won two giveaways and I wanted to share
the things I won in this post.

The first giveaway was Trisha's from the lovely
blog Glass Slippers and all Sorts of Stuff.

I have been a follower of Trisha's blog since I found her.

Trisha is another Idaho girl and I just found out she lives in the same town my sister
lives, so I am hoping to meet her sometime this Summer
 when I visit my sister.

She made these beautiful Eiffel tower ornaments from playing cards for Christmas
and I won three of them for my own tree.
I love them Trisha!!!

I am looking forward to seeing you sometime this Summer Trisha.

Maybe we could go shopping at a couple of our favorite Boise antique/junk shops
when we meet?

My next giveaway win is from Carola at Boxwood Cottage.
When I entered her giveaway I think I kept my fingers crossed the whole time
that I was waiting to hear who the winner was.

  When I heard I was the winner, I was, to say the least, very excited.
Carola's blog was one of the first blogs I found when I started following blogs.
I was instantly in love with her house and garden.

Carola is an artist, and it shows in every room of her house.
Her garden is amazing.
Her artwork too.

Her giveaway was the two magazines in the photo below. Her home is featured
in the Casa Chic Brocantage, and it is a gorgeous layout.
Twelve pages of photos of her home and garden.
Every page is full of beauty.

And if the magazines weren't enough, Carola made this beautiful soldered ornament for me and the
Christmas card and little angel ornament.
One of the many things I have always admired of Carola's are her soldered ornaments.
Now I have one of my own!
The magazine is in a language I can't read, but the pictures speak louder than words.

Thank you so much Carola!
I love the magazines and am so thankful for the lovely extras you made for me.

Below are some photos I took of Carola's feature.
I know you will enjoy them.

This is a photo of her gorgeous studio.

 Wishing you all a joy-filled 2012!!!!
A little late, but with all my heart!


MiniBinoy said...

wow loved going through the write up and the pics June.:)Wish you and family a very happy and prosperous new year.. Pls do visit my humble profile when you get time:)............Mini

joanne said...

wishing you a shower of blessings and many shining stars to fill the coming year. Nice to see you post again ;) Would love to meet you in Nampa sometime this summer...?

Felicity said...

What a glorious recap of the year that was June.

I hope that the days, weeks and months that follow are equally blessed and look forward to reading about them as they unfold.

Biggest of happy hugs from across the seas.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi June,

How are you? I knew from the moment I found your blog the other week, that I would enjoy your future posts, and this one is no exception of course! All the beauty and talent that you inspire through your images and words expressed, is just nothing short of amazing & uplifting! Nice to hear that your hubby now has more time to spend with you and your family at home. It's also refreshing to see how much you enjoy the time you spend with your darling son. :) Happy New Year to you! Take care and have a most blessed upcoming weekend!


Wendy & Megan Chamberlain said...

Dear June
Loved your blog, was thinking yesterday that I had not heard any positive thoughts on 2011. Quite refreshing to hear that it was a good year, think we are all sometimes inclined to remember all the downs and not the ups!
Wishing you and your family a most wonderful 2012.
Hugs across the pond

Dorthe said...

Dear June,
such a ,in every way, beautiful post. I is wonderful, to be able to look back at a year filled with blessings and beautiful moments.
And your photoes are gorgeous, I alwayes love to visit you -your home and your stunningly wonderful garden.
I wish you and yours an equal good and happy new 2012-as the one you just left.
Hugs and love, Dorthe

Val said...

Happy new year to you! I love that old photo of you and your daughter. :)

Villa König said...

Wish you a wonderful and blessed new year, hope it will be so great like the last one. Thanks for all the inspiration you give everytime!!! Lots of Love Yvonne

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi June,
Thanks for always showing us something beautiful and for sharing your lovely thoughts. I'm glad that you had a good 2011 and you are right it goes by way too fast.

Here's wising you a wonderful, beautiful, peaceful and prosperous New Year.


The Green Pea said...

Hello June, I always enjoy your blog.
It is so nice to hear that you had so many blessings this past year. I hope 2012 is another wonderful filled year for you and your family.
hugs, sandi

Unknown said...

2011 was a great year! I just love all your photos and your wonderful spirit! Can't wait to see your garden again this year!!! Happy New Year!

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Dear June
I can not tell you how lucky we are that your Blog took the turn it did as we all anxiously await your next posting.. 2011 was a great year for you & your Family and I hope 2012 brings more of the same. Family is one of the most important things in this world and your Family is blessed to have such a talented, caring, loving Mother to lean on and share their lives with. I am so glad I stumbled across your little piece of Heaven a few years ago as your postings always make me smile and I feel inspired to create. Take care my Friend! Hugs for Landon too.


My name is Riet said...

Good morning dear June and happy New year.
I was happy to hear your year was a good one and told us all about it.Your Christmas was with family and I think that is how it should be. Glad it was wonderful.
You won two more give away's . Congratulations. You are one lucky lady and I am sure you deserve all of it.
LOve the photo's of your studio.
And I also want to thank you for the lovely Christmascard which came just in time before Christmas
Hugs from Riet

Anonymous said...

Hi June....
I loved this post & the heart warming way you describe your love of your family is wonderful. You are an amazement to me.... Love our photos especially Ashes. (Hey, you know I am a feline lover!!)
Have a Great Day!!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I was wondering where you were and hoping you were gone because of GOOD reasons. It appears you were because it sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas Season.

Your photos are wonderful and I am always glad to pop by here to see what you have been up to. I sidetracked to Boxwood and almost forgot to come back!;>)

Blessings to you in this wonderful New Year- xo Diana

Victoria said...

Happy New Year June!!! I'm always excited when I see you on my blogroll because you always have such beautiful images and equally beautiful words to go with them:)

Congratulations on the giveaway wins. I love winning giveaways!!! I'm definitely going to check out those blogs.

That's wonderful about your husbands retirement! I'd love to have my husband home all day but he's waaaaay too young yet:)

Junebug said...

2011, I so glad it was a good year. One problem, it flew by way too fast! I want to slow this speed wagon down so I can enjoy the ride. I love the photo of you and your daughter. I'm sure it seem just like yesterday. Here's to a wonderful 2012 and a sweet, sweet friend!

Debby said...

Sounds like last year ws a good one for you. Happy New Year. May many more blessings come your way.

Unknown said...

...happiest new year, dear June!
yes, 2011 was filled with many new adventures and with our hearts full of gratitude we move into 2012 ~ anticipating even more wonderful, fullfilling days to come:)
i know when i stop by here for a visit,
i am always in the presence of ~
an angel!

xo, Rosemary

summersundays-jw said...

Happy 2012! Loved the pics.

Trisha said...

I am so glad that 2011 was a great year for you...hoping that 2012 is even better! It would be so fun to get together this summer and I am definitely looking forward to it! Thank you so much for your constant kindness and friendship, June!


Ann Marie said...

I am Grateful you had a beautiul Christmas!

Grateful you had a Happy Year.

Grateful that you blog.. and we are blog friends..

Grateful for your beautiful photos... as always.

LOVE your winnings.. and I hope we meet sometime one day too!!♥

Pondside said...

I always know that I can expect a few very special things from your blogs, June - something beautiful to look at, something uplifting to read and something of an affirmation too - although that last one, I can't really explain.
It looks like you and I were very lucky in the last weeks - two lovely wins each!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I am so happy that 2011 was a good year for you and your family. I hope 2012 is the same!! Loved all the pics and congrats on the wins!!

Vintage Home said...

Thank you June for this entry......what a year you have nice to know a bit more about you.
Your blog is truly an inspiration, not just for your beautiful pictures of your stunning home, but for the heart of joy that resides.
Thanks to for links to these wonderful blogs!

Low Tide High Style said...

June, I wish you and your entire family a Healthy and Happy New Year! I feel so fortunate to have found you through Z this year, and I look forward to getting to know you even better in 2012.

Kat :)

C'est moi Claudette said...

I was waiting to see some of your beauty and there you are.
June, what a lovely way to start the new year. Nice and positive with only a couple bumps. I love the way you can speak to us with your special pics in between. Sometimes they don't even need words.
Love the pic of you and your daughter.
Glad you won the giveaways. How special.
Love that little giraffe in the box. Is he a "jack in the box"?
So happy your hubby is home with you. Randy works from home. He goes into the city once or twice a week for meetings. I've always had him around, but sometimes I just want my house to myself. I seem to get more done when he's away, funny but true.
Nice to see you again June.
Love Claudie

Suz said...

You always write from your heart. I love that! Do you know you are the only person who has become a follower on my blog since Jud has been sick? It doesn't matter...I thought it was interesting. You have known hard times and sadness that brings unexpected joy so I know you get it. You have had quite a year with losses but I am glad you carry your loved ones in your heart. So glad both your husband and Langdon are home with you!
Thank you so very much for your support!

Ana Márquez said...

What a sweet blog, I love the title and I love the pics :-) The horses are so wonderful. Thanks for sharing so beautiful images and thoughts. Regards from Spain and happy new year.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear June, happy new year. 2011 sounds like it was very good to you. There are always those bittersweet moments that come with all the good. Your thoughts and images are so lovely. Congrats on winning those wonderful giveaways. Wishing you and yours a year filled with light and love, health and happiness, peace and prosperity. Blessings, Tammy

sevencherubs said...

Just gorgeous June. I love how you have described your feelings about the year and towards your family. So lovely that you are enjoying having hubby home and hope that you can fill this year with delightful experiences together. Great to see your family growing and expanding. A true gift and treasure. N x

Astréor said...

Je te souhaite une très belle année June et merci pour tes billets plein de poésie que je ne me lasse pas de regarder. Gros bisous. Astréor

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear June,
as always a wonderful post with the most beautiful photos and I really enjoy visiting your beautiful blog. 2011 just flew by and I wonder what 2012 will bring us.Wishing you the most wonderful 2012.

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Your New Year's greetings may be a few days late but they are rich in sincerity.
The photos are lovely June, always so enjoyable.
I hope you will continue sharing 2012 with us too!
Susan x

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

It does sound like a very good year! I hope this one is just as good for you and your family.
Thanks for the links! I had a lot of fun checking out those blogs.
Happy New Year, June!

Diane said...

You always have the most beautiful post. Congratulations on your beautiful wins - I love Boxwood Cottage, too. She's very inspiring. You write so lovingly about your family, June. I can just feel the warmth in that house. Blessings on the new year, Diane

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening dearest June!

You home and sentiments are lovely and comfortable, OUTRAGEOUSLY beautiful and so well-loved. So good to see you and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Anita

Robin Thomas said...

Of course your house and garden are beautiful. Your natural instincts for style are loved by all.

However, your heart is the most beautiful thing you have to show, you shine from a warm and generouslace.

I am so blessed to have found you here.

I so admire your patience and passion for Landon.

Anonymous said...

June what a beautiful synopsis you wrote of your year of 2011. We all have so very much to be thankful for - I like you take the first days of the new year to look past and forward- I think we all need that time of reflection - catching those blessings that we may have not noticed in the busyness of life.

Your studio just looks more and more amazing and one of the things I am hoping might be possible for me is to make a little haven like this somehow for me.

So glad the Lord lead your blog in the direction it is so I could meet you my friend!

bee blessed

Deb said...

Happy New Year June!
Beautiful post ♥
Wonderful wins ... Carola was one of my first blog reads too :-)

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Happy New Year, dear June! May 2012 be even better for you as the last year. It's wonderful that you can spend more time with your dear hubby now. I look forward to seeing lots of wonderful pictures of your beautiful home and garden as well as of your fantastic creations.
Congratulations on winning the giveaways! Carola's cottage is so lovely. How sweet that she had sent you one of her soldered ornaments too.
Have a great weekend :-)!
Big hugs,

Apple Blossom Barn said...

I really enjoyed your post, and the reasons you blog are beautiful

Happy retirement to your hubbie, it is a little bit of heaven at you home!

Best wishes


The Rustic Victorian said...

Beautiful post June. I am glad you are happy and healthy, soon spring will delight you once again. May God continue to bless you greatly. Your photos are magic my friend. I follow Carola on flickr, where I spend most of my online time.
Love and a Southern Hug!

Ana said...

Dearest June,
May this new year be filled with even more blessings. You are a kind-hearted, sweet and caring person and I feel truly blessed to have met you...even if it is only through our blogs. I want you to know that I have always drawn inspiration from your beautiful blog, gorgeous pictures and heart felt and honest words. Here's to a brand new year full of love, health, laughter and hope. Sending you a great big hug.

Much love,

Barbara said...

A beautiful post, June! And charming photos. Exactly what I love about you.
Happy 2012 to you and your family and I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to count you among my friends!

Julie Marie said...

Hi June, so happy you had a nice holiday... your photos are all so pretty... I know you are like me, and anxious to get back out in the garden... since we both had surgery last summer, we need our precious time even more so this year!... beautiful giveaways you won... xoxo Julie Marie

birdie blue said...

so happy that 2011 was a wonderful year for you and your beautiful family. the pictures accompanying this post are just so lovely, june. thank you for all of the thought provoking 'beauty-filled' posts this year.

may your 2012 be just as joy-filled.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That sounds like a great year, it is so refreshing to hear a wife saying she is glad to have her husband retired. Your pictures are breath taking.... gorgeous!! It sounds like you are set up for a perfect 2012


Boxwood Cottage said...

June, so glad to read that you had a very good year and that your hubby was able to retire so early and that you can live your life together now 24/7 if you wish so. It's so sweet of you to post about your give away win and even show pictures of my home in the Brocante magazine. I'm just so happy that you liked the magazines, ornament and card so much! :)
Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful new year my dear!
xoxo~ Carola

Boxwood Cottage said...

P.S.: Love all your gorgeous studio photos!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ahh, every time I come here, I gasp. Your photos and home are simply ethereal!!!! June dear, you are too too kind. You visit me, and I know you are so busy, but thank you. What a fun FOUR YEARS blogging has been for me, and the kindness of a friend's comment or a passer by means a lot to me. Merci.


Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh June I forgot to tell you that the magazines are not in German language. The brocante one is in Italian language and the Vakre Hjem is in Swedish. Oh well we have so many languages here in Europe lol
And one other thing is that I have no camp trailer, well at least not that I know about. You must have mixed me up with someone else there ;-)
xoxo~ Carola

Anonymous said...

Wishing you & yours a Happy, Happy 2012, sweet June!

Rachel said...

Hi my dear! I absolutely love your space and all of your beautiful inspiration you share with all of us. It's delightful coming here and when we go out we go full of sweetness, tenderness and joy. Thanks, my dear, thanks so much for everything. Have a wonderful 2012! Lots of kisses, Rachel :)))

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love hearing the happiness and contentment in your post June! I am hoping for a wonderful 2012 myself and visiting here often will definitely be part of it! Wishing you and your family all the best this year!

Alina said...

Wishing You a very blessed New Year my Dear June ! You are huge inspiration for Me in many ways...
I adore You blog and I feel very fortunate to have this chance to be part of vitual world of bloggers !
Lots of hugs !

Lisa said...

I think, I've read your post several times...yes, several!
Even if I've read your post umpteen times I know I've missed something.
you just breath something into me...sigh! from your words or you's why you have so many responses.

you give.
xoxoxox thank you, June, Thank you!

Leslie said...

Happy New Year June <3 ~
Thank you for the thoughtfulness, charm, beauty and inspiration you bring to each of your posts. I'm always delighted to find a new entry from you and thoroughly enjoy each one. I wish you and your family a year of joy and contentment. Love ~ Leslie

Pam said...

Beautiful! This is my first time here, and I'm having a wonderful time, immersed in your gorgeous blog. Your photography is stunning. I'm a new follower.

Art em Rosa said...

hi, i'm from Brazil and i loved your blog... god bless you!!

Olive said...

Hi June, I am delighted the last year was a blessing to you. We were blessed as well. I have just returned home from traveling and would not want to miss your post. It is funny how blogs take a turn. I started with writing stories and then the photography bug got me. I hope one day to snap images nearly a fraction as good as yours. I know it is January but I want to get out in my garden soon. Have a terrific week, Olive

wendy said...

I am glad your 2011 was a good year. I KNOW I still had blessings and joy in that year...but nevertheless, was GLAD to see it go.
I need to make changes for me in 2012. I hope I don't disappoint myself (tee,hee)
LUCKY...winner of 2 giveaways. Beautiful things for sure.

congrats on your hubby's retirement. Retirement can be tricky business....important to find things to keep yourself busy and active. I am still learning about "richer retirement (and I am not speaking about money)
Nice to have our days to call our own though.
I love and admire so much about you June. I hope this year brings you even MORE joy then the last one.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

Wishing you the happiest 2012, with good health, happiness, prosperity and many blessings.
How wonderful that your husband has retired and you will be able to spend more time together.
Congratulations on winning the gorgeous giveaways.
Lovely post and beautiful photographs you have shown.

Sending love & hugs

Mary @ Sea Quilts said...

Beautiful pictures. Beautiful sentiment.

Beautiful New Year.


Evy said...

That 2012 is of the happiest and most creative for you, a blessing for all your family!

Beautiful day

Teacup Mosaics said...

Dear June, Hello my friend! I have missed your lovely words and photos they always inspire me in so many ways. I have been absent in the blogging world and thinking about returning and you give me the energy and "boost" I will need. Happy 2012 as we leave a wonderful 2011.

Teacup Mosaics said...

Dear June, Hello my friend! I have missed your lovely words and photos they always inspire me in so many ways. I have been absent in the blogging world and thinking about returning and you give me the energy and "boost" I will need. Happy 2012 as we leave a wonderful 2011.

Anonymous said...

June, what a beautiful post this was.
Thank you for reminding me to count the blessings of 2011. I had been focusing on other aspects of the year and a reminder is a good thing!

Hugs and more blessings for you,

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Such beautiful pictures, June! And very sweet sentiments. LOVE that sweet doll in the teacup. Happy 2012!

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

It sounds like you have had a wonderful year, June. I have as well, and am so blessed and so thankful. I try not to take it for granted and I thank the Lord each day for what he has provided. I absolutely love coming to your blog, reading about and seeing pictures of your lovely home - it's better than any magazine! Hugs to you, my friend.

Carole said...

Oh June I so wanted to come back sooner and comment on this beautiful post. I read it the day you wrote it and was so moved.
You've had such an incredible year and it's wonderful to see all the love you are getting from everyone.
You deserve it, you give us so much by lifting us all up with your visits and what you do on your life.
I feel very lucky to have gotten to know you in the last couple of years.

I wish you as wonderful a New Year as 2011 was.


Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Love to hear you count your blessings with such sweet gratitude. Its refreshing and certainly gives a wonderful perspective. Thank you for being a leader.

Maison Beldecor said...

Dear June,
I am very happy for you, that the last year was a good and pleased year for you and your familiy. It is allways a pleasure to visit your blog to see the wonderful pics from your home and especially your gorgeous garden. Warm greetings

P.S. congrats to your beautiful winnings

Fete et Fleur said...

Dear June,

It was so comforting to read this post. We have so much to be grateful for. Thank you for reminding me of that. May your new year be filled with more wonder and the joys of a life well lived.


Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...


I am happy that you and your family had a such a great year. Thanks for sharing your story and your beautiful images. Now I have something to ask you and I think you know what that it spring yet!!?? Let's hang in there!


Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi and happy new year! What a lucky girl you are to have won two such great giveaways.
Thanks for such sweet reminder of all we have to be thankful for as we enter this new year. Thanks for always sharing such beauty and inspiration.
God bless,

victorian parlor II said...


Happy New Year! As always, your photos are breath-taking and I am soaking in all of the beauty they behold! I have missed everyone in blogland and decided to take a quick trip through to visit some of my favorite people:). The book is going well and hopefully I will have a release date very soon. Hope your new year is going well!

Blessings dear friend,


koralee said...

It is always a joy to come visit you my friend...your heart is always so full and grateful for all you have...thank you for your blessing spirit.
May 2012 be amazingly wonderful and you be blessed in every way. Your photos of your home always make me smile..such beauty surrounds you.
love always. xoxoxoox

time worn interiors said...

2011 was a good year indeed! Thanks for taking us through your wonder journey! I always love seeing photos of you lovely home and gardens.

I just know 2012 will be even better than 2011, I can feel it in my bones! Hahahaha!


Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Dear June,
it is always such a treat to visit you on your blog. Your photos are always so gorgeous with a certain special something that I can't put my finger on. Always a pleasure and a delight to see what you're up to or just take a peek into your beautiful world. Wishing you a wonderful 2012.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear June such a beautiful heartfelt post! To look back at all the positive things that have happened in your world even in times of sadness and loss is a blessing.
I am so pleased that blogging has changed your life bringing so much happiness and comfort from new found friends.
I wish for you many hours of joy and happiness in your home and garden with your hubby now at home too during this New Year.
Love your beautiful and your kindful soul!

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear June such a beautiful heartfelt post! To look back at all the positive things that have happened in your world even in times of sadness and loss is a blessing.
I am so pleased that blogging has changed your life bringing so much happiness and comfort from new found friends.
I wish for you many hours of joy and happiness in your home and garden with your hubby now at home too during this New Year.
Love your beautiful and your kindful soul!

Unknown said...

Sweet June ... the love, romance & beauty of your home & you! Such joy & peace ... beautiful pics of your home ... & loving memories.

Your gifts are wonderful! No one would deserve them more than you. Enjoy!

Love the hydrangea tucked on the corbel.

May this New Year bring you nothing but awesome adventures & love for you & your hubby/family. Enjoy his retirement.

All my spring flowers are way up out of the ground from this 'odd' weather ... giving me the itch to dig.

Have a beautiful weekend ~
Hugs & love,

awal.ny said...

Such a nice look through the past year. It is important to be thankful for all aspects in our lives for they are what shape us. Sorry to hear of your loss. I am glad that you are enjoying having your husband home, so many wives say they don't enjoy having their husbands around during retirement. I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet Junie.....

Always the girl to lift my spirits with your words......what a wonderful blessing you are to the blog world.....I'm so happy you're here.

Sending hugs, kisses and wishes for a spectacular 2012.


Peonies & Magnolias said...

Everything is so beautiful and I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog and stories this past year. I hope the new year brings you much joy and happiness.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

You my friend need to write and illustrate a coffe table book of your own...these photographs and your writings bring tears to my eyes. You have such a lovely soul
and have the heart of a ANGEL..
SO appropiate...along with your dear son to have your blog named as you do.
Oh how I wish you were my sister and lived near me !
But you would have to have your hubby out in your garden with a shotgun as I would be coming by and taking your flowers.
BTW...Congratulations on your husbands retirement.
They are nice to have around.