Tuesday, January 01, 2013

:: In 2012 ::

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The notion that this year in review is being written on the first day of the new year instead of the last day of the old year (one day late) speaks volumes.  I am sitting atop an unusually made up bed trying to figure out what to make of 2012 as though there is a phrase, a feeling, or a thought that could sum it up.  It was neither up nor down, nor anywhere in between.  Neither hard nor easy.  Almost from the beginning, it did seem to require that I live very much in the present, and to live very intentionally, without the excessiveness of actual plans.  I am reminded of the quote that goes something like planning is essential, plans are useless.  And now with the luxury of looking back I can set some order to what it was.  Perhaps it's this planning in reverse, as though the year were all intentional, that puts me at ease at the beginning of each new year.

:: I had the pleasure of being in many, many cities besides Nashville in 2012: Sacramento, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Colorado Springs, Denver, Spokane, Tampa, Kansas City, Houston, New York, Asheville

:: Most of it was for work.  But it only felt like work in the preparation.  Actually getting to the sharing, speaking, sewing, quilting and creating time with hundreds of women across the country felt nothing like work at all but more an undeserved privilege.

:: No matter where I went or for how long, I missed home.

:: I held other people's babies.

:: I reminisced a great deal on all of our own baby memories.

:: While it will never feel completely natural, I think I finally got the hang of being myself (only with more makeup) in front of the camera through my work with Janome and with Creativebug.  I am very proud of both projects and so elated that both will be moving forward into 2013.

::  I uncovered and documented so many family handmade treasures with the help of my mom.  In my own efforts have never felt more convicted or more honored to carry the tradition of creativity onto new generations in our family.

:: I thought a great deal about all the women in my life who have contributed to who I am: my Greek grandmother Eleni, my American grandmother Anna Ruth, my mother Mary Lynn, my sister Eleni.  All such resilient, beautiful, strong, talented, loving and character-filled women.  Even with my grandmothers having passed, I have never felt them more present in my soul than this year.

:: We rescued an abandon pup, and named him Cash.  He is a wily, darling, spirited boy with very little self control which has cost much patience.  Though patience has been paid back time after time with the "thank you" I see in his eyes each time he holds his long gaze on me as I rub his furry white chest.  I adore him.

:: We planted, harvested and ate from our first vegetable garden.

:: My children found new categories of chores to argue over, see above.

:: I turned 40.

:: I felt strong.

:: I managed to cry a great deal.

:: My mother spent a month with me while receiving treatments here for her lymphoma. Everyone kept saying how hard that must be for me, and how I must be so exhausted helping her through that and so on.  The only thing I ever felt was glad that I could help, and happy to have her near.  I think she would agree when I say that I continually forgot why she was here, we would just visit like we normally do, trading our knitting, sewing, crochet, or embroidery project status thoughts, only with the addition of a visit to the hospital every afternoon. 

:: My mother continued to be an amazing inspiration to me and countless others in her journey and I learned from her that you can accept an unwanted fate and be entirely optimistic in equal and harmonious doses.  I learned that she, the one suffering, somehow offers more strength and encouragement to the rest of us, than any of us can offer to her.

:: I prayed for a year where this illness is not a bullet point.

:: I did not (and will not) lose hope.

:: I have never felt more required of me in a given year, but also realized how that is the whole purpose of living.  

:: I hosted a gorgeous group of dear, kind, and thoughtful women for a memorable weekend of making with our own two hands and a bit of our hearts too.  All in celebration of my third book that published just a few days before.  I am so proud of both endeavors.

:: I was given gifts for no reason at all, and felt humbled and thankful for the generosity of others.

:: I fell in love with my husband.  Dozens of times.

:: I ran 5 miles.  All at once.

:: I learned to knit.

:: I kept a secret.

:: I knit the above sweater for our new BABY due in June.

:: We will know next week whether to add boy buttons or girl buttons to the sweater.

:: Yes, number 7.


Maybe all 2012 was, in reality, was the makings of 2013.  The behind the scenes of new paths, new lives and new stories still penciled in rough draft.  I sit here, slightly reaching around the swell of my belly to write this, looking out at a gray, damp day.  But I think of the seeds underground.  The plants out there freezing and lying dormant absorbing that necessary chill only to awaken anew when the time comes.  I remember that they will do that without any help or plans from me, they will do it because they are created for it.

May 2013 bring you all of your heart's desires, even in the smallest doses.  I hope that you will be given all that you need to feel comfort in what it is you are created for.  Thank you for being here with me and allowing me to have a comfortable space to invest my thoughts.  I look forward to sharing this year with you.

All my love, Anna Maria xoxoxo

168 comments:

  1. brooke2:58 PM

    ah! baby, baby, baby! love love love! nothing fills my heart more with joy, the heartiest congratulations.....

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  2. Oh my goodness, 7! You are blessed. Happy New Year!

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  3. Congratulations! There is absolutely nothing like a new baby to bring into a family!

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  4. what a beautiful post, thank you for that! and congrats on no7 :-)

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  5. Yay! Another baby. SO happy for you.

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  6. I can't put into a comment the emotions I felt during that post. Lots of love and great excitement on your baby newsxxx

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  7. Anna,

    I know your mother well. And the words you spoke of her were heartrendingly beautiful and true. She always brings such joy to my heart when I think of her and in person, she just lights up her entire surroundings. It seems that all too many people in my immediate life are battling cancer right now. And your mom could show them all how it should be done!! With courage and the will to see it through the tough times and the serenity to accept what might come down the road.

    Congrats on the new little one. And cute, cute sweater!

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  8. Congratulations - what a life - and what a blessing! best wishes from Norway

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  9. Congrats on baby number 7!!! With all that is in this list, you sound happy, content, and in the moment - no better place to be. Here is to a wonderful 2013 ♥

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  10. Beautiful post....congrats! Looking forward to much more baby inspiration

    Got your latest book for Christmas...yeah!

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  11. Prayers and blessings to your Mom and beating that awful disease. Congrats on the wonderful news of your new baby. So wonderful! Let's hope 2013 is filled with all that is good and happy!

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  12. Sounds like an eventful year and another one coming! Prayers for your Mom and your family as you add another blessing to it!

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  13. Life's a journey, not a destination, and it sounds as if 2012 has been quite the journey for you. Congratulations on. Your pregnancy, and wishing you and your family joy and good health in the upcoming year

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  14. oh, anna! blessings and congratulations to you and your family! happy, happy new year, too.

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  15. Thanks for the lovely post! I'm so happy for you that you spent such precious times with your mother even though the reason for the opportunity was sad. Your wisdom of living in the present will repay you many times over as you take joy in what you have rather than mourning for what you don't have. Congratulations on your new baby! And thank you for the idea to record handmade (and/or handed down) family treasures. Some day your children will rise up and call you blessed for doing it!

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  16. Very very happy for you and your family! I got the pleasure of meeting you in Spokane this year, and trust me whole heartedly that it's on my list of highlights for 2012. Your a beautiful spirit who deserves everything you have. Cheers to 2013!

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  17. absolutely wonderful news to begin the New Year with!! Congratulations Anna Maria to you and your family. Babies are a wonderful gift from above!! Blessings to all in 2013!!

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  18. Congratulations and very best wishes! Thank you for being such an inspiration to me :)

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  19. Oh my seven blessings to call your own; congratulations!

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  20. Yay baby! Prayers to your Mom, to you and your new little one. May this year bring health and happiness to all!

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  21. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Congratulations!

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  22. What a lovely way to look at the past year. I am so excited for you with the new baby, Congrats! I'm due in April and will be at one of your classes at Quiltcon, I am excited to not be the only one with a bump! Happy New Year, all the best in 2013!

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  23. Oh I was really hoping that's what that picture meant!!! Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you and for your family! what excitement the new year holds for you all.

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  24. Oh, WOW!!! SEVEN! You are amazing! Congratulations and Happy New Year!

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  25. A big congratulations to you!! This is a lovely post all around.

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  26. yay!!! wow 7, that's amazing. what a beautiful family. :)

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  27. First of all congratulations on adding a new bundle of joy to your family. That is so very exciting. It sounds like 2012 was exactly what it needed to be and that you did well being present for what each moment brought you. May 2013 bring you much joy.

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  28. Warmest congratulations!

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  29. Such wonderful news! Glad you are taking one day at a time. I feel like I am always more thankful for my friends and family when I am taking each moment at a time. Keeping you all in my prayers.... Especially your mom.
    Elizabeth

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  30. Congratulations! and Thank you for sharing your creativity and heartfelt thoughts. You put a smile on my face and encourage me to pursue my own dreams.
    Happy New Year!

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  31. Congrats. my grandmother was also named Anna Ruth, but she didn't like it and went by Ruth. I miss her so much. you also have me thinking, if you can have #7 at 40, maybe I could have #3 at 42;). Everything I put it out of my mind, something brings it back

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    1. DKB, my close friend just had her third at 42. I just had my third at 39 (40 only days from now).

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  32. What a wonderful way to start the new year. There is no way 2013 can't be a great one!

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  33. So happy for you all! Congrats! Happy New Year! Enjoy the cozy family time this time of year!

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  34. That's wonderful! What an amazing year of ups and donws you have had! A sincere congratulations on continuing to inspire so many people while adding another member to your beautiful family! :)

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  35. Awesome! Congratulations on a new baby. And for a great year. May God give too the strength you need for 2013!

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  36. Rebecca4:57 PM

    Congrats on the baby! I am so happy for you!

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  37. What a year! Congratulations xoxo

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  38. Congratulations on the new baby! You are such an inspiration to me and your post brought tears to my eyes. You are truly an amazing person. Thanks for all that you do!

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  39. Congratulations!!!! I had #6 this year and just can not get over how interesting, funny, and individual each of these children is. What a blessing!

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  40. Congratulations! I have a baby coming in March, my third and last. I'm not sure if I'm sad knowing that or not. Seven children is amazing. Wishing you all the best for 2013 (will there be a new baby book to go with the new baby!!!????)

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  41. Had a baby at 40 ... s'not easy (lol)...people said "he'll be the joy of your life" yet i wondered while carting him around to soccer games and being an older mom if it would be so. He's 11. He IS the joy of my life. He owns my heart. Best, best, best to you.

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  42. OK, now I can tell everyone what my next knitting project will be!

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  43. So lovely! Congratulations! I think there is something special about larger families.

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  44. Congratulations on the new addition to you family, and thank you for sharing your personal review of the year. I read so many blog posts in one year, mostly about crafts and sewing projects, and I sometimes forget that there are humans behind all that creativity, humans with ups and downs, which makes their creative projects all the more special, knowing they were made despite all that was going on in their lives.
    Thank you for the reminder!

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  45. I'm so, so glad for your new baby. Here's to a lovely 2013.

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  46. Ooooh, congratulations on the new baby! That's such wonderful news :) Wishing you and your family an amazing 2013 filled with love, fun and happiness x

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  47. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with the world. You help me to dream bigger, create more and snuggle closer. Congratulations on your new little person, and a happy 2013 to you!

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  48. Congratulations Anna Maria! That is great news. We had a 'surprise' baby this past June- my highlight of 2012! Making our family bigger was the best thing we ever did.

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  49. Congratulations to you all!! In 2013 my eldest will turn 19, my youngest will be 4...she was also born when I was 40 (that pregnancy was a delightful surprise). Sending very best wishes for good health, happiness, and creativity. xx

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  50. How wonderful! If anyone should bring lots of beautiful, happy, creative beings into the world, it's you.

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  51. Oh SO SO excited for you! I'm convinced big families have more fun! It's been awhile since I commented here but you have been an inspiration to me for a long time now! I switched from blogger to wordpress back in april and lost some of the blogs I follow due to the technical changes. I've followed you again and hopefully will keep up with you a little better than I have the past few months! May God bless 2013 in amazing ways for you and your family - Congratulations to all of you on baby number 7!

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  52. Congratulations to you and your family! Big families are a wonderful blessing. Tons of work but lots of good times too.

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  53. Betsy7:41 PM

    Congratulations!! SOOOO excited for you and truly amazed that you ran 5 MILES in your first trimester! You continue to amaze me and so many others. I hope that the holidays were magical and blessed for all of you.
    Betsy

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  54. So beautiful. Congratulations!!

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  55. Congrats on your new little one. You amaze me. You have a passel of children and yet you accomplish more than most of us. Or, all of us. xoxo, Cheryl

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  56. Such a lovely post anytime AnnaMaria but especailly as we start a bright new year. Congratulations on the new little one, can't wait to meet them!

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  57. so happy that one of those babies you held this year was mine! ♥
    And if you can handle 7, perhaps I can face the notion of 3. :) Beautiful reminder of what life is all about.

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  58. Bridget8:35 PM

    Aw, congrats! What a great post. Best wishes for your mom, the new year and a new baby!

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  59. Thank you for your words... they brought tears to my eyes. Maybe I'm a little sensitive today, but so thankful for your reflections on the year. Cheers to 2013 and a new life!

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  60. Know that so many kind hearts are with you and your family during good times and bad. A baby brings so much joy!! Congratulations! xoxo

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  61. Bonnie9:16 PM

    What a blessing , a new baby. I always loved being pregnant at Christmas. Such a special time. Congratulations to your family>

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  62. Congratulations! I've been wondering for a bit now if you were pregnant and I just missed the announcement. Why would that be I wonder.

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  63. Oh congratulations! How exciting!

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  64. Wonderful. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

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  65. Holly9:39 PM

    How blessed you are, Anna Maria! Congratulations!

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  66. What a great year and what a great way to start off a new year. Congrats!

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  67. I haven't had any children and am 36... Some seem to think that I have ran out of time. But you have given me hope! Thanks, Anna!!

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      There is plenty of time-- but many, many tests that need to be performed (if you have been "trying") so, um, go ahead and get started? We waited and now are trying to smash it all in with work and caring for an elderly father....36 is plenty of time!

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  68. Congratulations! Gorgeous news. Please tell me what that sweater pattern is - I love it!! Greer x

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    1. Purlbee's little baby sweater. Check their blog knitting gallery under baby :) and thank you!

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    2. Thank you! I'm expecting our second in April, and I think I must knit this sweater! Congratulations to you and your family!

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  69. Congratulations, Anna! Wonderful news!

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  70. Congratulations! The funny thing is, that as I started to read your post, I began to wonder if you were going to make an announcement, long before I got to the end of the post!

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  71. Jennifer11:29 PM

    I love how you live your life!
    Congratulations and best wishes for a great year ahead.

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  72. Oh my goodness. Your energy, accomplishments, and outlook on life is an inspiration. Thank you for all the lovely posts in 2012. Wishing you and your family a blessed new year.

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  73. I have been wondering on and off for a while if you were going to have another baby! I kind of hope it's girl buttons for you this time! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  74. Aw congratulations!!! It'll be a fabulous 2013 indeed!

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  75. Love to you, Anna, and I pray 2013 will be a wonderful year for you. Congratulations on baby!! How exciting!

    Hope to get the privilege of seeing you at least once this year!
    Tons of love,
    Achaia xxxx

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  76. What a lucky baby to come into your home! Congratulations!

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  77. Wow! Congrats on the little one. I'm expecting #3 in June.

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  78. Oh, yay! So very happy for you. I suspected it at buttons. Wonderful, wonderful...

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  79. Congrats on it all dear Anna Maria. I hope to write from my soul just as you do. thankyou for all of the wonderfulness.
    7 is an amazing number!!

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  80. Very many congratulations, you are an absolute inspiration. Very best wishes for a wonderful year.

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  81. Congratulations to you all! You are blessed indeed!

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  82. Congratulations! Such heartwarming post, and happy news! :)

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  83. Seven is magic! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, family, inspiration. Take good care of yourself.
    Love from Michigan.

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  84. Anna-
    I remember talking to you about the miscarriages that both of us had in 2011 while we were in Palm Springs last year... your blog post talked about feeling empty. I am rejoicing for the fullness you have o celebrate now! How wonderful that while are times for mourning there are also such sweet times of rejoicing mixed in... I love the reminder to take comfort in being what we were created to be. A good reminder for me as I still wrestle with a desire to be a mother to more than two.
    Like the sketching on your blog header, the early stages are such an exciting place to be! I am so excited for the new little one who is in it's early stage now. What a wonderful anticipation! Best wishes and overflowing blessings to you and your family!

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  85. Congratulations! Baby number 7, wow! Best wishes for a healthy year.

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  86. Anonymous8:05 AM

    There is nothing lovelier than news of a new baby. Congratulations, enjoy! You are a remarkable woman.

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  87. Jenny9:32 AM

    Congratulations, what wonderful news! I am so happy for you and your family.

    Also, I need to thank you for your lovely book. I was reading from it and instead of starting some stuffed toys for my little guy, found a panel of Gnomas from Monica Solario-Snow...earmarked four of them to stand in for our family foursome and started embroidering one for the three year-old. When he came back into the house, still taking off shoes, he heard I was making something for him. "Is it a blanket? I love it! No? What? A gnome? I love it! What's a gnome?" He's so incredibly excited for his gnome to be done, knowing only that I'm making it for him so it's special. What a joy!

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  88. anna, a joyous new year to you and your family, and congratulations!! thank you so much for the constant inspiration and joy that you bring to so many. i hope that i'll be able to take another class from you in this new year, and wish you congratulations in person! xo, amisha

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  89. First and foremost, Congrats!!! So very exciting. Next, as a new years goal I set to the task of connecting and saying thank you to bloggers that I have been stalking from blurkersville for like EVER. I have followed you for a long time, bought patterns, hoarded your fabric, made countless things from your amazing free patterns and have not just one but 2 of your books! So without further ado, Thank You Ms. Anna!! You truly are a creative goddess and inpire me endlessly. If you get a sec (which i can see you are incredibly busy so I won't be offended at all if you don't) I just posted my latest creation using the love emblem pattern as my center block. Thank you again for EVERYTHING you contribute to the creative world!!

    xo the Rebel
    therebelandtherailroader.blogspot.com

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  90. Yes! What wonderful news! I had a feeling we would be hearing about number 7 soon. :) we have seven, and even though it is hard sometimes, it is also more fun than I ever thought I'd have. God's blessings on you and your wee one (and the rest of your nest!).

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  91. Congratulations Anna!

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  92. What a wonderful post. Congratulations on the little one to come...

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  93. Congrats to you my beautiful friend. Bring the new babe to Portland and just drop him/her off at my spot. Ok, good.

    xo
    sandi

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  94. Congratulations on baby #7! So glad the time with your mom has been more wonderful than exhausting. :)

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  95. So excited for you and your growing family!

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  96. Many congratulations for your blessing on the way. And many healing thoughts for your mum.

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  97. Anna, many thoughts went swirling through my head as I read your latest post, but all I can think to say is...bless you. Bless you for the many ways your blog has touched me or insired me over the years. Bless you for sharing wonderful techniques and projects along with the simplicity of daily life. Bless you for sharing the beauty of the world as you see it and for brightening mine. You are an inspiration to me. And as one who is expecting as well, may I offer you my sincerest congratulations on your new bundle of joy.

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  98. Anonymous4:45 PM

    Lovely news ..The patter of timy little feet...You and your blog are an inspiration ♥ Thank you for sharing such heart felt words ♥

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  99. Clare5:02 PM

    Congratulations! Wishing you a very happy 2013 x

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  100. Jutta5:58 PM

    Dear Anna Maria! I wish You all the best! I really enjoy your blogg and your lovely projects. I hope 2013 brings motherhood for me too, we pray every day for a little baby, today we will pray for you too! A wonderfull year for all we love....Jutta

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  101. Congrats on the baby news :0) I am also due in June :0)But with #2..

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  102. A new bubba is such wonderful, happy and exciting news. Congratulations to you and all your family! I am stunned. STUNNED!!! that you managed to run five whole miles all at once whilst pregnant! You are an inspiration. I am struggling to run 5 kilometres, and I'm running off the baby belly, not with a baby belly! And so nice to hear that you were able to forget that your Mom was ill and just enjoy the time you had together, what precious memories for you.

    I am so very delighted that I will get to meet you in Austin next month - I'm coming from Australia for QuiltCon and had really hoped to get into your composing a quilt class but missed out at registration. Then, thank my lucky stars, I was on the wait list and a place became available. SO thrilled!!!

    Happy new year to you and yours, may it be filled with laughter and good health for all. Jxx

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  103. I am thrilled to hear your happy news. Congratulations. I will pray for healing for your mother.

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  104. prayers and love to all of you! wonderful!

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  105. Congratulations. Lovely news. And thank you for the inspiration and your lovely new book, I love it so much!

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  106. Annie C11:24 PM

    Anna -- if you can create and mother seven amazing kids, as well as creating and mothering an amazing business, then certainly I can cram creativity into my working mom life! Congrats on your new sweet one -- you are SUCH an inspiration!

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  107. A lot to take in for a whole year (I've had years like that) and then a baby due too ~ what JOY! Congratulations!

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  108. Congratulations on the newest baby!!! I am one of 7 and ABSOLUTELY LOVE BIG FAMILIES!!! God bless you and yours with happiness, health and wholeness (and a special prayer for your Mama!)
    Love from Alabama!

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  109. :) I am the 7th of 7 :)
    <3

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  110. Congratulations!! Blessings to you and your growing family!
    –Cassandra

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  111. Congratulations, how wonderful for and your family!

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  112. How exciting! Big congratulations. But seven, wow! I have three and though I would love more, I just don't think my body could do it, despite starting at a young age just as you did. I'll have to be broody vicariously through your blog instead!

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  113. I just fell over! Congratulations to you and your family!! You are so so lovely. Be well. :)

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  114. I'm pretty sure we are the same age, I also have a child in college and kids all different ages sprinkled down to age 5 (9 of them). I am so very happy for you, in all that you accomplished in 2012 and of the new baby coming in June 2013. Happy New Year, thank you for sharing yourself and your family with your fans - it is a gift.

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  115. Congrats on your wonderful news!

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  116. Congratulations! What wonderful news. I cannot wait to see pictures of him or her! Best wishes for a peaceful, joyous new year.

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  117. Congratulations!

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  118. I love all your words here, this post makes me really excited for this new year and all the possibilities it could bring. Congratulations on baby #7! I am 20 weeks along with my fourth (21 weeks tomorrow), so we may be very close timewise. How exciting.

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  119. Congratulations on the new baby! How exciting! And I have the pattern for that sweater - from the Purl Bee, right? - and I want to make it. It looks great!

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  120. ACK!!! Congratulations! So very excited for you and your lovely family! I rarely comment on your blog, but I am a long time admirer of your work. You have a beautiful creative spirit that extends well beyond fabric and stitches - your children are evidence of that :). Wishing you a continued happy and healthy pregnancy!

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  121. Anonymous6:12 AM

    New babies are the best.
    I like to visit & see what your family is doing. sometimes I feel the energy and often the love within your family and I can tell how much it all means to you.
    Looking forward to a wonder 2013 for all of us.

    again one day I will need to up my skills and not sign as anonymous.
    Mary Jo

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  122. Congratulations! Looks like 2013 is going to be a great year for you all.

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  123. Blessings to you and your family! Congratulations on your little baby and praying for a healthy pregnancy!

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  124. Best wishes for 2013 and congrats on the expected new addition! I lost my mother in December and am heartbroken (she was 97, almost 98!). Cherish your mother, which I'm sure you do.

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  125. Best wishes for the wonderful, healthy and creative 2013 and many congrats for the new pregnancy:)

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  126. CONGRATULATIONS! Oh, my gosh, that's so great. Wow. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. That was a beautiful post. Sending up prayers for your Mom.

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  127. What a beautiful post on your year, you have such a way of sharing your heart in words. I started following you, inspired by a love of your fabric designs, and find so much that inspires my heart in your posts. Sending love, well wishes & prayers for your pregnancy, may 2013 bring you and your family huge joy xoxo

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  128. Wow! How exciting! We are expecting #4 at the beginning of March...I will probably never reach 7 as I'm almost 38, but I love big families! Congratulations!

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  129. Anonymous4:24 PM

    Congrats you little baby factory! You're so crafty, you make babies!
    SheriNJ

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  131. Lorna4:22 AM

    Oh Anna, how lovely - baby no. 7! Fabulous! It must be the loveliest thing, to have a house full of children. After trying for a decade, we have one 19 month old. I'd have loved half a dozen, but I'm so grateful for our little girl, and at 45 we'll have to make do with one. How wonderful for you! I'm sending you and your mother much love from Scotland. May 2013 be a wonderful year for you, your mother and the rest of your family. xxxxxxx

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  132. Congrats Anna! That's fantastic news!!!

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  133. Congratulations to you and Jeff! That is so exciting! Sending lots of love and prayers for a full recovery for your mother, too. xoxo

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  134. Congratulations! Wonderful news! You are amazing.
    And I love your loving spirit!

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  135. kuoknits2:08 PM

    you are awesome!

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  136. you are both blessed and a blessing. may the road be slightly smoother this year x

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  137. Congratulations!! Seven is such a lucky number!! :)

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  138. Oh my goodness, I'm behind on my blog reading. First may I say that although I'm very sorry about your mother's illness I am very happy that the two of you have the opportunity to spend this special time together, it's wonderful for both of you. And congratulations on baby number 7!! You are truly a wonder woman, I don't know how you do it all with such grace. You inspire me . . . Blessings on you and your lovely family, and I pray that this year will be a bit less stressful.

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  139. Nice blog... thanks for sharing with us..

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  140. Laura G1:05 AM

    What wonderful, exciting news! God is good. So happy for you and your family!

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  141. What a wonderful way to sum up a love-filled year! By adding some more love. Congratulations! A new baby is always such a beautiful blessing!

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  142. Congratulations! Thank you for the fabulous fabrics you design and for sharing with us!

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  143. Anonymous2:03 AM

    I so enjoy reading your blog...your words come from your heart,sweet girl...so happy to hear about another sweet pea coming into your life.

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  145. Wow, am I behind the power curve! I thought I had read this, but I think I pulled it up to read it, got called away, then thought I had read it. But wow, great post! Exciting news and lovely words about your mother. Congratulations on lucky #7!!!! Happy New Year!

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  146. Beautiful post. Thank you for being so personal and open and YOU. I love/feel the image of myself as seed trying to find comfort/faith to realize/manifest what I have been created for :)

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  147. You are truly gifted, and a gift. Thanks for sharing 2012 with us. Here's to a wonderful and joyous 2013.

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  149. Congratulations on the new baby!! Such a Blessing to add to a wonderful new year full of amazing possibilities. You are a HUGE inspiration to me and I want to thank you for being so. I look forward to and enjoy reading every post :) Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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    Raili

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  150. Why your arts is never depleted Anna? Congratulations...
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  151. Hello dear Anna Maria,

    I just read this post a minute ago.
    I was/am following you time to time and utterly love your designs. :)
    I bet I am not the only one. :))
    CONGRATULATION on your new pregnancy and wishing you the BEST BIRTH EVER!
    I am sorry for this late congrats BUT better late than never. :)


    Tunde from Texas

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  152. One more thing: I really, really hope that you can come to Texas and have a craft gathering in this lovely state.

    Tunde from Texas

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