Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 in Pictures and Memories













I want to thank you all for, once again, joining me here in this space where I share my images, thoughts, joys, I think about the significance of having this blog very often, and am always overcome with gratitude, to have this place where I not only express myself, but where kindred souls mingle.

This year was very turbulent at times. Learning to live with loss. My husband working extremely hard and me being alone alot. Starting my own small business. Welcoming a new puppy into our family. Moving to a new home. I'm exhausted just writing it all down! 

Amidst the whirlwind of action, I did my best to find pockets of peace and quiet. Mostly outdoors, walking in the woods. But also at home. Taking a bubble bath. Staring out the window at deer and wild pigs on the opposite hill. Writing to friends. Playing with the dogs. Even taking naps and daydreaming when I had the chance. 

This fresh new year lies ahead, so virgin and mysterious. Are you also fascinated by the opportunity a new year brings? I always feel it is a gift. A chance to do things better. To see more beauty in simple things. To be kind and generous. Be creative and innovative. Wake up earlier, eat healthier, move more. Live in gratitude for all of the blessings in my life.

I am turning 30 in February, so this year holds special meaning for me. Understanding that, even if my circumstances aren't exactly as I had planned or pictured, they are truly amazing and full of grace. 

Thank you for being here with me, and always leaving such thoughtful notes. Your words make me feel connected to a community of kindred spirits. 

Happy New Year! May all seasons be sweet to thee in 2011!!

xoxo country girl


  1. hello my sweet friend...lovely post. enjoyed all the photos...john enjoyed them too...

    your words ring true...

    sad to see this holiday season go...but looking forward to the new year with a grateful heart...

    so Happy to have you in my life...

    happy new year greetings to you and yours

    sending love,
    kary, john and teddy

  2. Oooh I just love how you have done the year in photos - hope you don't mind if I steal your idea - copying is a form of flattery. grin.

    Al the best for 2011.

    Love Leanne

  3. Happy New Year dearest Dawn. I used to feel wistful at the turn of the old year, but now I look forward & get quite excited at the thought of all the new opportunities it brings! Sending love and a big (((((hug)))) to you. Rachel xoxo

  4. what a gorgeous year and you have handled all of the stress in a gracious and beautiful way. i'm happy to know you through this little space and look forward to 2011.

  5. Your photos make me want to see your sweet land, your words tug at my heart and your blog has become one of my favorites! Looking forward to the new journey with you!

  6. I've so enjoyed reading your posts this past year...I have gotten so much inspiration and encouragement from them.
    I hope this new year brings you happiness, peace and new opportunities!

  7. I love your photographs, and the seasonal header, too! I hope the New Year brings many blessings to you and your family.

  8. I love coming here. Your photos and words always speak to my soul. Your imagery reminds me of Tasha Tudor. I hope this year is the best year ever for you and yours.

  9. I just found your blog and your photos are stunning! So pretty. I can't wait to follow you in 2011.

    Happy New Year!


  10. Oh Dawn..this post is amazing and what a great idea having pictures from each month...I might copy this idea on my blog too.. I hope you don't mind..but it is such a great idea!!

    You are so special and I just love the connection we have even though it's across the

    Have a blessed New Year!!
    xoxo Gert

  11. I love seeing your artwork in the header!

  12. I loved this photo montage... all my best wishes for you on this coming New Year :)

  13. Wow, such amazing photos!
    Thank you....and Happy New Year!!!
    Whoa...30? Time flies...
    Loving you every day

  14. Dearest Dawn,
    I love this post, not only is it a great idea, but it is beautiful seeing 12 months neatly packaged into one lovely post.
    I am really rather looking forward to a bright shiny new year and all of its wonderful prospects and things to look forward to.
    I cannot wait to share all of 2011 with you my dear friend.
    You new banner is divine, it sings of Springtime and all of its fresh new beauty...gosh isn't that something to look forward to?!
    Love Morwenna

  15. Gorgeous photos Dawn -and a wonderful post! I'm excited about the New Year too! I like your words to describe it. I hope the new year brings lots of promise and hope for you and that you celebrate 30 long years of being alive and memories! Lots of Love xxx

  16. Wow thank you for sharing some truly breathtaking photos. I am so pleased to have found your wonderful blog in these last remaining days of 2010 and look forward to many more visits in the upcoming year. Wishing you a happy, healthy and joyful 2011!

  17. Dawn you just blow me away with your art, writings and photos. I feel so blessed to be able to share another year with you. Thank you so much for making this space such a nice place to visit and just for being you.

  18. Happy New Year kindred friend. You have so much talent and are a constant inspiration to me.
    Thank you for taking us along on your journeys, for sharing your joys and loss with us. Your blog is a beautiful extension of who I imagine you are.
    Your new header is beautiful Dawn. I hope you keep it like that for always...but all your headers are beautiful so I imagine if you ever change it the next will be lovely too.
    Happy New Year to you, your sweetie and your puppies.
    xox Johanna

  19. ciao Dawn have a happy 2011 sharing with people generously your enthusiasm for the simple things of everyday's life


  20. Happy New Year, Dawn!! You have been blessed with many talents...your art, photographic, and writing abilities leave me in awe!! May 2011 bring you lots and lots of joy! Love, Sherry xx

  21. Happy New Year! May you have a wonderful 2011.

  22. Happy New Year Dawn!! Such a beautiful blog!! I love the pictures for each month; each so beautiful and unique! Looking forward to another year of treasured readings! xx Joann xx

  23. Tell me about that forest! It looks like where I live.
    Your dogs are so very cute!



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