Thursday, December 31, 2009

In 2009

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I seldom sit down to review a year, other than making conversation. But this has been quite a year. And I know that its been quite a year because I began saying that around June- this has been quite a year. I am so grateful to have this space to share the biggest or littlest things in my life and work and I'm downright unworthy of all the encouragement and inspiration I am able to find in your support. For that, thank you so so much. And if you don't mind, if for nothing more than my own tiny benefit, here is a personal, albeit somewhat scattered, review right off the cuff....

In 2009::

::My mother's lymphoma was declared in remission. A fact upon facts that I never managed the capacity to talk about here. We all struggled through, no one more than her, and the whole ordeal has just made me feel like I've joined the human race...joined the common suffering of fear, joined the common elation of completely loving.

::I experienced the first slow splitting of fibers in the delicate netting around my oldest girl as she wades through college applications and does obnoxiously independent things, like having dinner with someone other than her family. What!? Sigh.

::We welcomed our beautiful Roman into the family. My deepest, most mother-ish worries of not having the ability to love another as much as those that I already love was...once again...proven wrong....ridiculously wrong~ the instant he quickly and strongly thrust himself into his own world and gave us a lusty newborn cry to sing away my worries, I was proven wrong. And I cried. And my husband cried.

::We had the first and last family Christmas together in which all 6 children live permanently under our roof...they live with us in this constantly messy, untidy, never completely pulled together, often loud and chaotic, sometimes surprisingly peaceful home. Together.

::I learned my limits.

::My children became better friends.

::We celebrated 16 years of marriage.

::I was surprised a few times when I came home from being away and found that my husband was still here.

::Still here. Just checked

::I learned that book writing is hard. I learned that writing a book inspired by pregnancy and babies is especially hard if you are both pregnant and then have a baby. I learned that doing this and also running a business is even harder. AND. I also learned that writing a book, having a baby, running a business and raising 5 other children, one dog and one canary is much, much harder. I won't mention the remodeling.

::In light of the above, I also learned that nursing a baby and using the bathroom at the same time is not unsanitary, but rather its a very good use of time and takes care of two necessities at once. And is really quite comfortable. Don't pretend you haven't done it.

::I coaxed my angry oldest son down from a 30 foot tree to talk to him about kindness and responsibility on the safety of our front steps while he picked at some pine needles that he brought from the treetop.

::I became a Godmother.

::I talked to old friends much less than I wanted to.

::I crocheted more than I had the time to.

::I learned that a hot bath can wash away a lot more than dirt. I do have the remodel to thank for that.

::I said no to some opportunities for the sake of my family.

::I accomplished some unforgiving, self-imposed deadlines.

::I failed at some stuff.

::I succeeded at some other stuff.

As I type this up, I can't help but mention that a funeral procession is driving by our front yard right now on their way to lay a loved one to rest....

2009, rest in peace. You shaped us a little more than I expected you to. Passing time is bitter, but I'm glad we're saying goodbye.

2010, here we are, nice to meet you. I adore the optimism you demand.

I wish each of you all you need in 2010 to care for yourself and those you love, to be inspired and I look forward to our continuing friendship here!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
with lots of love from your friend Anna~xoxoxox

123 comments:

  1. Oh Anna - so, so wonderful - and I'm glad you shared it with us all - Happy New Year and I pray you are able to rest a bit in 2010 (and aren't wonderful husbands just the best thing ever?!)
    p.s. - thanks for being so busy in 2009 because your new fabric is absolutely amazing!

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  2. What a lovely post.

    Happy New Year!

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  3. So very beautiful, thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful 2010!

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  4. Dear Anna,
    that are such wonderful words!
    I wish you & your family a great & successful new year!
    Love
    Anneke

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  5. So beautifully written, Anna. It does sound as if it's been quite a year. Wishing you and yours a peaceful, blessed 2010.

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  6. Wow, you are such an inspiration! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!

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  7. Have a great new year Anna Maria, and stay safe in the knowledge that your fabric makes me happy each and every time I look at it. Every pattern, every time. It brings joy into my life.

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  8. What a lovely post. I am glad to read that your mother has been declared in remission. What a relief to your family.
    Happy New Year!

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  9. I have to say I love those legs on that baby, and yes, I have nursed while going to the bathroom :)

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  10. Such wonderful thoughts and words to share.

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

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  11. I feel ya, sister. This has been one doozie of a year here, too, although when I look at your words, it makes me kind of embarassed-- again-- that what I thought was hard was like what you could do on a bad day when you were kind of loafing around. Superwoman. Or maybe just super tired. Hope you are able to impose some rest on yourself, and thank you, thank you for blessing all of us with your amazing creativity.

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  12. Happy New Year Anna! Such a lovely post, and just what I needed to read. I don't know what 2010 will bring, but I do know that being able to share/read so many other experiances, staves off the fear more than a little.
    Here's to you and your beautiful family. And thank you, sincerely and honestly for playing a role in our lives - your fabric alone is the one that will bring back long forgotten memories when it is spied in a photo album in years to come. It has become my girl's most favourite dresses and skirts. We love it and love that you created it.
    Happy 2010, Manda and family xxx

    treefall design

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  13. Thank you, Anna Maria, for your wisdom in so many matters as well as your gentle spirit. Your blog is one that I always read and enjoy. God Bless You and your dear family...

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  14. That was an honest post. So often we get just the pretty stuff - and such pretty stuff it is - from blogging that the reality of life is lost. You just brought it back.

    How crazy and sad to think that this is the first and last Christmas with your whole family living together!

    And yes, I have totally nursed and used the bathroom at the same time!

    Here's to another creative and raucous 2010.

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  15. Wishing you a wonderful, creative, joyful and happy New year Anna, it's been a joy to visit with you in 2009.
    Lots of love
    Lucexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  16. A sweet post!
    I for one am happy to see the start of a NEW decade ~ hard to believe it's been ten years since we hit that 2000 mark.
    Peace and joy as we move into 2010!

    Blessings to you and your family.

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  17. Happy New Year to you & your family, may 2010 bring lots of love, luck & happiness to you. Looking forward to seeing what amazing things you achieve next year. xx

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  18. Very well said; honest and funny. You seem to be a very "what you see is what you get" type of person and that's the best thing of all. Enjoy your family and a new year filled with happiness. Thank you for the wonderful blog and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create in the new year. Happy New Year!!!

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  19. You had an amazing year! God bless you and your beautiful family!!!

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  20. Beautifully written. Happy New Year.

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  21. All I can say is "What a year!"
    I hope 2010 is kind to you and yours!

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  22. Thank you for your post. Life is such a wonderful struggle! I wish continued good health for your mother.

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  23. Thanks for making me feel like I can tackle 2010, after a long, hard 2009... Though I don't comment often, I am always inspired by your writing Anna. Love, XO, Jessica

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  24. I truly admire your style of writing. YOu inspire me every time I read your blog or view your pictures. I can't wait for 2010.
    Happy New Year to you, Anna and your wonderful family!!

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  25. Beautiful!!! (and funny too!) Happy New Year!

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  26. Glad to hear about your mom's health, nothing worse than that one, my best friend died of that 4 yrs ago way to young at the age of 37 and I miss him lots. I too think this past year was full of ups and downs and well sometimes its what needs to happen in order to grow, and yes giving up opportunities for the sake of the family I know of all to well- Enjoy them! Have a great new Year Anna!

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  27. So happy for your mother and for the other accomplishments (a baby!!!) you've had this year.
    My year has not been good, in fact it has been the worst of my life, losing my mother to a disease I and my 5 yr old fight daily and discovering what it is to have a marriage hang on by a thread.
    May 2010 be uneventful :)
    Thank you for providing a get-away space this year!
    Terry

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  28. You express yourself so beautifully - yet another talent.

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  29. Well said. I couldn't have even come close.

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  30. I admit, I've nursed while going to the bathroom. I didn't particularly care for it, so it was only a couple of times, but it did happen. I must say, though, that the worst thing is having to hold your squirming 8-month-old on your lap while going to the bathroom at Walmart. Not that I would really know, of course. :)

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  31. A beautiful post, Anna. Thanks for sharing with us about your accomplishments, both up and down, in 2009. Wishing you the happiest of New Years!

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  32. Anna,
    Thank you for sharing so much Cheer this year! I have enjoyed your bright and colorful post all year- I wish you and your beautiful family the best in twenty-ten!
    Happy New Year!
    -Sarah

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  33. What a beautiful post. You have been very busy this past year. I hope that you get some much need r&r in this New Year!

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  34. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post with us, sweet Anna~!
    I adore reading each and every one of your beautiful posts on this colorful blog of yours. You are very inspiring! Your courageous spirit, and your artwork!
    Happy New Year to you and yours!
    Hugs,
    Laurie
    xo

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  35. You don't give yourself enough credit. You do a great job and I always look forward to reading your blog. Happy New Year. DeAnna

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  36. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the comment about nursing a baby while using the toilet and how it is NOT A WASTE OF TIME. I laughed out loud when I read it. I can honestly say that I have never used the bathroom while nursing. However, we are due to have our fourth child in June and I will definately try it! (I have however, held a sleeping baby while using the bathroom. Surely that counts for something:)

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  37. Thank you Anna, what a wonderful post. We welcomed our second child in 2009 which has been a wonderful blessing but has also made us be more inventive with time - nursing whilst using the bathroom definitely on that list!!

    For me this has been the year that I have discovered a love of sewing and through that have come to discover many wonderful blogs, like yours and to discover your wonderful fabrics which have been such an inspiration.

    Have a wonderful Hogmanay, New Year and 2010

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  38. What a fabulous post! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  39. Beautiful and inspiring. Happy New Year to you!

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  40. Very, very happy New Year to you, your family and very specially to your mom.

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  41. Anna - thank you for the very sweet and thoughtful post. So true. Especially about the nursing ;-0

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  42. I found your blog earlier this year, and have enjoyed the privilege of getting a glimpse into your life. You have a wonderful family and are so creative and talented.

    Thank you for sharing with us. And thank you for letting us know that your life and house are not always perfect! (Why do we women always think everybody elses lives are more together than our own?!) I'm also very happy for you and your family that your mom is in remission. I know from experience how it is to deal with cancer as a family. Blessings to you!

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  43. you. are. amazing:) happy new year!

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  44. And thank you for your inspiration, beautiful fabrics, amazing patterns and for letting us into your world! A HUGE HUGE fan. Happy New Year!

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  45. A beautiful reminder of all that is good and lovely :) We are dealing with my Mom's cancer too, and it really has been a blessing to take each day as it comes.
    I wish you and your beautiful family all of God's biggest blessings in the new year!

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  46. Thank you Anna Maria!
    You are completely inspiring.
    Happy New Year!
    xo

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  47. Awww...thanks for sharing all your love and laughter and some tears with us all. I am amazed by all you get done but am so humbled by your willingness to share it with such an open heart.

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  48. You're SO right about nursing and using the bathroom! Not only is it possible to pull your panties up with one hand, sometimes you can even get your pants buttoned back up. Talent, people.

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  49. Toilet/nursing.. oh yeah! The only times I get so sit, so why not combined them? Love your blog, fabric, and pure heart.

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  50. Such a beautiful post, I adore you, Anna Maria Horner, though I hardly know you, you are an inspiration to me. Thank You.

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  51. Beautiful, honest and uplifting post, Anna. I have six children also....I hear you. Nursing on the toilet, gathering together so many different personalities, failing at stuff, succeeding at others. All life's rich tapestry, right?

    Thanks for sharing your delightful projects and perspective on life. Hope 2010 unfolds just as magically as 2009. Meredith xo.

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  52. Dear Anna, what a sweet post! You always amaze me with your "super-power" to accomplish so many things (this post confirms it, you are so accomplished! so many things in just one year! and with a new born baby in tow!).
    I wish you all the best for your and your family, specially your mother.
    Love, Reyes

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  53. That was a lovely post! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  54. Happy New Year... You have colored my life.

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  55. Thank you for sharing all this and a happy new year!!!

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  56. Shalini7:58 AM

    Dear Anna,

    Happy New Year! You are such an inspiration, so beautifully written. Hope 2010 is wonderful year for all of you.

    Warm Wishes

    Shalini

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  57. Here, here Anna, shall we toast to the new year! May it teach us so much about love and loss and living! May we learn to bounce when we fall and forgive when we hurt.Heres to 2010, God be with us.

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  58. blessings to you and your family in 2010, anna maria!

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  59. I'm new to your blog and after reading this retrospect on 2009 can see completely why my sister loves it so much. Your post brought tears to my eyes and a few chuckles as I too am a mom of many (4) juggling too much with ever so much to be thankful for. Happy New Year from a new committed fan.

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  60. Lovely post! Aren't we all fortunate to be able to feel life, as opposed to the alternative.
    I, too am grateful for another wonderful year. If we don't have any lows, we cannot appreciate the highs.
    My sweet husband is going on his 16th year of survival in his fight w/lymphoma...aren't we lucky??
    Keep up the great work, it is making a difference in more lives than you know!

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  61. I can assure you that the joy has been all ours! To share your life and creative journey is pure pleasure for those of us along for the ride! I must admit that at times I have wondered how you do it all and I am relieved to know that though it may not all be done perfectly, that we moms can still great things when we put ourselves out there and seek to achieve our dreams!

    I pray many blessings on you and your sweet family in this New Year!

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  62. Annie C11:05 AM

    You are inspiring and funny, as always! Here's to a happy and productive 2010 for all!!!

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  63. Such a wonderful reflection! Happy 2010 to you and yours.

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  64. first of all may i wish you too a special new year adveture! your thoughts on 2009 really made me smile and ponder too...beautifully written.

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  65. Bravo XXX

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  66. Wishing you health and happiness in 2010 and always. All the best to your sweet mom.

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  67. Anonymous2:10 PM

    Thank you for sharing. I'm in awe of how you manage to accomplish so much. You are such an inspiration. I know that because of you blog I have become a better crafter/sewer and a better mother. Thank you. May 2010 be wonderful for you and your family.

    Margie
    margiedicroce@rogers.com

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  68. What a beautiful New Year post. Thank you ~ and I shall quote this wonderful line:
    "Passing time is bitter, but I'm glad we're saying goodbye."
    Amen, sister!
    Peace to you and yours in 2010

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  69. thanks anna for a beautifully written post, reflecting on 2009. mine is poured out in my journal now ready to go in my blog with some hopes for 2010. thank you x

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  70. happy new year to you Anna! with love from one of your many, many adoring fans!! And a couple of days ago I ordered me some sweet little folks with some sweet Christmas money...I can't WAIT for it to get here! Yall take good care!!

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  71. Anonymous5:12 PM

    It is the first time I write here my comment...but this was so wonderful that I HAVE TO!! Gabriela Czech Republic

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  72. Peace,Faith and Love in this New Year that is begining.Happy 2010!

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  73. Monica in Houston8:36 PM

    I came across your blog by accident almost two years ago, and have enjoyed it ever since. You are truly an inspiration to me, and I only wish we were neighbors or even casual school acquaintences. Please keep up your good work - your love of your family is evident in your art and is enjoyed by so many of us.

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  74. Happy new Year Anna,
    Your summation of your year was wonderful, honest, humourous and imperfect. I hope your mother has a much heathier 2010.
    hugs,
    Sharon

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  75. The blogosphere is noticeably devoid of commentary about the stuff that goes wrong in life. The downs put everything into perspective. Thanks for sharing the highs and the lows, which keep us grounded and appreciating all the good stuff.

    Happy New Year to you also - and thanks for sharing your creativity.

    Cheers,
    Tia

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  76. Thank you so much, Anna, for sharing your year with us! What a fabulous, inspiring post! All the best in 2010 :-)

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  77. I'm a big fan of reviewing the year before moving to the next one, and this was a great post. I am 42 and pregnant with my first child, so much of my sewing and crocheting is focused around the upcoming event. Nice to see how you managed it all and gives me courage that I will be fine and that life is good! Happy 2010!

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  78. Wonderful post! I love all the projects that you do!!! Including that cute soccer ball!!! Will that be in your new book? I would love to make one for my kids!

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  79. Hi Kristin- thank you! Its in the first book :)

    xo,AM

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  80. As a fellow mother of another little guy born this past May (he is my 4th baby), I look forward to sitting down to nurse and read your posts when time permits (am doing so now). I must tell you that I am literally laughing out loud at your bit about *unsanitary* nursing - THANKS for the humor! So comforting to hear about the corners other mothers of large families must cut :) Happy New Year!

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  81. MoniCue3:17 PM

    Thank you for your frank comments about nursing! As a former nursing mama, I believe it is important to share how beautiful--and normal--the breastfeeding relationship is. Also, love your written "voice!"

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  82. Thank you! I'm going to hit the bookstore and buy your book! I'm also very excited for the new one to come out this Spring! I've loved all the sneak peaks you've given us through your blog!! Can't wait to see all of your incredible creations in the New Year!

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  83. Hi Anna,

    Loved your post. Am just so inspired by all you do and the manner in which you do it. I was surprised to see your mom had lymphoma. I was diagnosed with it this year and just finished my last chemo. Wow, what a trip! To 2009 I say, "Don't let the door kick you in the a..!"
    Melanie

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  84. Thank you for sharing so much, for being so creative, and for inspiring us all. Happy 2010 to you & your family, Anna Maria.

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  85. What a great post! I just found your blog and can't wait to read through your archives.

    Happy New Year!

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  86. Your way of putting things into words is amazing in addition to the MANY other things you do so very well.

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  87. Thank you! Blessings on you and your family for the next year and always!

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  88. A lovely post. A happy new year to you.

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  89. Charlene9:03 AM

    Many, many thanks for your post. I too am ready to leave 2009 behind and look forward to 2010. May it be filled with love, laughter, joy and good health for all of you. Much love.

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  90. What a sweet post! As a mom of 5 and grandmom to 4, I know how challenging it is to find balance. There are just too many wonderful things to do each day, how can anyone be bored?? (Too tired to think, yes...bored, no!) Anyway, Happy 20-10 from a fan and fellow traveler.

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  91. Dear Anna Maria,
    I've been reading your blog for about 2 1/2 years now. Yours was one of the first blogs I discovered and though I have moved on from most of my other "firsts", this one I still love. I check your blog weekly for any updates and am always blessed by my visit. You are the type of gal I wish I was next door neighbors with... although, if you were we probably wouldn't have time to be friends! I too have a big family (7 kiddos) and I love to sew, squeezing it in wherever possible. You inspire me and make me laugh. I really enjoy your blog... Thanks and Happy New Year!

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  92. Happy New Year to you, Anna. Your posts are beautiful and I always appreciate the time you give to us 'fans'.
    Especially when you have a newborn, a book, a business and a family:) Thank you.

    erika

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  93. Thanks for your very inspiring post!
    Happy New Year!

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  94. Such a wonderful and touchy post and it is so nice to hear all that from someone like you. I highly admire your creativity and your way of balancing between family and work!
    Happy New Year and all the best wishes!!!

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  95. so beautifully said....happy 2010 to you and yours! thanks for letting us peek into your wonderful world!

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  96. Kathy D.1:20 PM

    In 2009...
    I found your blog, and it has lightened my life :)
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  97. I just love the patchwork ball in the corner of your picture. It makes soccer so stylish!

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  98. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post. And thank you for the necessities bit about nursing on the pot - you are a true kindred spirit. :) Happy New Year!

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  99. Thank YOU for being an inspiration to us all!!

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  100. Wonderfully written. I had a boy (Isaiah) a few months after you had Roman. It's a joy to read your thoughts and observe your creativity, as well as enjoy your precious family from a distance. :)

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  101. Happy new year 010 to you and family

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  102. Gosh that was beautiful Anna. xoxo

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  103. Deborah10:00 PM

    I laughed out loud at the nursing while using the restroom comment. Been there and done that and found it an excellent use of multitasking. Just like pumping while driving. Terrible but true. Great post!

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  104. I love the picture (and the post). I'm wondering where you got the pattern for your patchwork ball. I would love to make something similar for the little ones in my life. Thanks. Katherine

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  105. Happy New Year to you and yours! One of my highlights of 2009 was discovering your gorgeous blog. I can't even describe how good your fabrics and photos make me feel (and I can't even sew) - and I love your sense of humor. Thank you!

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  106. Hola, escribiré en español, pues soy chilena y adoro tu trabajo. Admiro tu capacidad de ser mamá, diseñadora, creadora, mujer de negocios, esposa, amiga...todo al mismo tiempo! Cuando veo y leo tu blog me inspiro y siento que algun día podré lograr lo que mas me gusta, coser, diseñar, crear para los niños. Yo soy diseñadora, vivo en Paris y tengo dos hijos, Emma de 3 y Léon de 2 meses. Yo diseño "doudous" y pronto quiero hacer ropa y estuches y otras cosas.
    Te doy mi sitio para que lo veas y mi blog. Que ganas de que me des tu opinion!
    Gracias por los colores!

    www.chic-tita.com

    http://chic-tita.blogspot.com/

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  107. Anonymous3:17 PM

    Hah! My kids are 26 and 28 years old and I have NEVER confessed to using the bathroom and nursing at the same time! I thought I was the only one!!!

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  108. sigh. you are an inspiration. Beautiful, talented, witty, and yet we all like you so much! And wish good things for you and your family, too.

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  109. Katherine: the patchwork ball is from my first book, Seams to Me, my kids ( all ages, love them!

    xo,Anna

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  110. Dear Anna,
    I've not read your quite some time. I'm comforted by the common threads we share. My husband and I celebrated 16 years of marriage this Oct., we are expecting baby #5 at the end of next month and my oldest daughter left for college this past August. I love my small, untidy, chaotic (sometimes peaceful) home and don't know how I'll ever handle empty nest syndrome...thanks for reflecting and allowing me the opportunity to do the same as I read with you.

    Have a fantastic 2010!
    Julie

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  111. I just laughed when I read the nursing in the bathroom. I am passionate about breastfeeding and I was just thinking the other day how funny it was that I was nursing in my bathroom. In my case, it is the warmest room in the wintertime.

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  112. I know I'm late to the party, but had this post tagged as it really moved me. I was glad to see 2009 go and loved your line "I adore the optimism you demand" In light of the earthquake in Haiti it is even more poignant. Thanks for continuing to take the time in your busyness to have a conversation with us.

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  113. A month into the year and I stumbled upon you thanks to "made by rae" I have made her buttercup bag with success and...... this post touched me. Just beautiful. I too started off a new year with optomism and thankful for the ability to say good bye to the last year. I cant wait to re-read this again. And savor it a bit more.

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  114. After getting your email today about your beautiful new patterns, I pulled up your blog to see what I've missed... I'm sitting here with tears because so much has happened and is happening... most of it very good but some of it similar to my year... and all I want to do is give you a big hug! It's been hard to have to close my studio & gallery but when I read about your news, I realize that there's something always new to do! Your bird silhouette painting was on the wall at Hatch the whole time it was open, your books for sale on my shelves, and you were not far from my thoughts. Thanks for being such a great inspiration to me, and now to my young teenage daughter!

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  115. I've totally nursed the babies in the bathroom...each one. We have five kids. They've survivied.;)

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