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Friday, December 31, 2010

The last for 2010....

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

~Lady Bird Johnson

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
~Henri Matisse

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”

~Indian Proverb

“Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.”
~John Ruskin

“Stretching up his hand to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.”

~Jeremy Bentham

“So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, 
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”

“Life is like a rose…More exquisite and precious, when shared with others.”
~Jane Oechsle Lauer

“Plants are like people: they’re all different and a little bit strange.”
~John Kehoe

“You don’t need to know anything about a plant to know 
that it is beautiful.”

~Montagu Don

“A flower that has not bloomed…has not lived.”
~David Uthera

“The seed is hope; 
the flower is joy.”

“Earth laughs in flowers.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Flowers are happy things.”
~P.G. Wodehouse


Thank you for bearing with me as I post this year's Review in everything these past few days.
For some reason I feel the need to sum up my year in all I've seen and experienced.
I love nothing more than the outdoors and seeing Creation...in everything.

I truly am grateful to all of you for reading these posts, and am thankful for your comments. I may not always respond, but what you send me in the way of your thoughts, truly brightens up my day. I read and cherish every comment!!
Thank you!

I want to wish all of you a very Blessed New Year in 2011.
Aren't you so very excited to see what lies ahead?
I know that some of you are hoping things take a turn for the better....I hope that for you as well.
Some are wishing life will continue on in the same pleasantness of this year...I wish that also.
Regardless...I hope we all continue to grow and bloom into what we were created to be!

Saying Goodbye to 2010....
Happy New Year of 2011!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Favorite Moments of 2010...

Bare with me for one last (I think) post in my Review of 2010.
It's been a good year....and it's the people in it that make it so.

Summer Days and BBq'd Pancakes

The Shock of realizing I finished my first Triathlon

Fall Walks

Road Trip with my Mom and Sister

Teaching these 4 and watching them grow

My 2 Favorite Football Players

Best Tri~Team ever

Field Rides 

Cousin Time

Sunday afternoon bike rides

Road Trip with a best friend ( in her snazzy sports car)

Annual West Coast Trip with my Sister

Moose Mountain Trail Race with my Best Running Friend ever

Canoeing Trip down the River

Best Family Holiday ever

Fear Conquering

Picnics in Parks with special people we love

Together~Thoughtful Times

A Good Year

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

No Resolutions....

...only this thought:

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

No resolutions for me this year.
They aren't something I tend to do well.

(Is that in itself a resolution?:)

My Travel List of 2010.....

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel's sake.  The great affair is to move.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

(Vancouver Island)

(Cherry Picking Week- Greenbluff, Washington)


(somewhere in Arizona)

(Grand Canyon)

(Edmonton, Alberta)

{The Canadian Rocky Mountains}

(Sedona, Arizona)

(The Backyard)

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

~John Howard Payne

No place like it.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things Learned in 2010....

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.  ~Josephine Demott Robinson

ask- before dumping a 5 gallon pail of swamp water out.
With 3 boys, at least one bucket is liable to contain a pet....:(

So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. 
Today's trouble is enough for today.
~Matthew 6:25-34

ummmm....is it me, 
or do you think the Leather Couch may have been inspired by the hippo?

You can tell yourself anything.
 It just depends on how you decide to set your mind on a matter.

A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke.
The less he spoke the more he heard....
Why am I not like that wise old bird?
~(Still in dire need of learning this one!)~

Free-Roaming Anything...
scares me.

The pedigree of honey Does not concern the bee; 
A clover, anytime, to him Is aristocracy.
~Emily Dickinson

It isn't enough to know how to ride....one must also learn how to fall.

There is so much beauty in the simple.

Even though at times it may seem like it-
not everything in this world is out to get me!
(I also learned I do NOT like being surprised...)

"Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?"
(I have learned I do this. Just ask 
 the "2 timed-burned-out-bottom" tea kettle:(

A Lot can happen when you sit still 
and embrace life with arms wide open.


It's been a good learning year.