Friday, December 30, 2011

NEW Friends...

Before I look ahead to the new year, and share my thoughts about forging ahead, I wanted to say thank you to some of the women who have enriched my life this year through our blogging friendships. I have been spiritually and emotionally supported and encouraged. I have been inspired to create, write, dream and try new things. I have laughed and cried with these women...prayed for them and rejoiced with them. I'd like to share one or two things that I have learned from each of them.

Diana from These Days of Mine has taught me to look to the sky.
                                                           And to love family history enough to write it down.

Debbie from It's All About Purple reminds me to see beauty everywhere.
                                                                    And to embrace adventure.

Ayala from A Sun Kissed Life shows me how to tell my truth. Poetically.

Heidi from Me As A Mother tells it like it is, with a sense of humor and magical photos.

Melissa from Melissa Camara Wilkins says more with a few words than I ever will.
                                                                                  ...even if I write a whole book.
                                                                                  ...six words at a time ;-)  

Tabitha from Fresh Mommy lives fully, faithfully.
                                             She reminds me to see the rich blessings in my day to day.

Kristi from Breath...Shine...Love wrestles honestly, writes beautifully.
                                                       And loves Parenthood - the TV show and the role!

Nessa from Moments & Impressions is a gentle soul.
                                                        She helps me want to be true to me.

Deb from challenges my creativity.
                          And {without knowing it at the time} gave me a wonderful birthday present!

Barbara from Footprints in the Sand reminds me of a time in my life that I cherish.
                                                                                                            I love her stories!
Melanie from Whimsical Creations inspires me to invest in my craft, to develop it!
                                                                            And reminds me to be a fun, generous mom.

MJ at Emjayandthem's Blog wows me with her wisdom.
                                           And in her understanding I find courage.

Rachel and Grace from and then, she {snapped} and grace loves the beatles
                                                               have a love for photography that's contagious.
                                                                             And they're a mother and daughter who blog.
                                                                                                  That, in and of itself, is inspiring!

I feel very grateful to everyone who takes the time to make a pretty space in this blog world. To share their hearts, their thoughts, their kids cute faces and antics, and their creativity. I have learned so much from all of you!

Most of all, I'd like to thank Claire from Beaktweets ...without her I don't think I'd have ever had the courage to really go for it and develop this blog. Hers is still the first blog I hope to see each day. And it's not ONLY cause of the photos of her sweet girl...she's a young woman, wise beyond her years, who always lifts my spirits.


  1. awwwww, you are the sweetest. i love your list and all the things you've learned from them. thanks for including me. i like the way you thought about this post. food for thought for the blogs i read.

  2. Adrienne, it has been an honor getting to know you this year and I am so happy to count you as a friend. Thank you for including me. Happy New Year!

  3. Such a lovely way to honor those who have aided you in one way or another over the past year. You have mentioned some of my favorite blogs and I hope to visit the rest. I love finding new blogs.

  4. I'm honored to be on your list.
    You have blessed me and encouraged me.
    Thank you.
    And, although I already "know" several of these blogs and bloggers,
    I now have more places to look for inspiration and wisdom.

  5. This is really special!!! :)

  6. thanks for mentioning grace and I, too. some of these blogs I LOVE, and the others I'm not familiar with, so I will check them out!

  7. What a sweet post! I am looking forward to reading some new blogs! Happy New Year!

  8. Thank you for the mention, Adrienne! I'm honored that you think this about me. (blushing)
    This is such a sweet post, and what a nice idea to recognize your favorite bloggers.
    As soon as time permits, I'll check out those on your list that I don't already follow.
    Have a wonderful 2012; I look forward to your posts in the coming year!

  9. Thank you so much for this! I am so glad that I found you this year. You have been so supportive and encouraging and I love coming and reading your blog. You have such a beautiful and amazing family and I love your honesty. I hope you have an amazing New Year!!

  10. Thank you, Adrienne! I love reading what you appreciate about each of these bloggers. I only know a few of these blogs, I'll have to check out the rest.

  11. You are just sooooo sweet!! I am honored to be on your list. Hope you have a WONDERFUL new year!! :)

  12. thanks so much adrienne, do you know how special you are to all of us?? that if each of us made a list, you would be on it as well!!

    you have taught me many things my friend, you have inspired and encouraged me. sometimes when i write i think about what you will say when you read my words. the things you will notice in my pictures that i have missed.

    you are a sweet, kind blogger friend....i am just so happy we met!! now why don't you live next door??

  13. What a blessing to be on your list!!! You truly have become a friend and I appreciate your kind words. Thank you for being the blessing and the encouragement that you are to so many! And I'm seeing some new blogs for the first time here too :)


  14. Adrienne, I am honored to be your friend. You are a wonderful woman and this is a great post. Thank you. Wishing you happiness always.

  15. Wow I am beyond thrilled to be included on your list. Thank you to Dianna at "These Days of Mine" for "introducing" us. I love your sweet heart and kind & gentle manner. Thank you for the shout out.

    Cheers! MJ

  16. Thank you Adrienne... how wonderful to be listed and best of all - to get to know you as well. You are so kind.

  17. What a beautiful gift you gave all of us on your list. To be be be such a blessing and you gave that blessing to all of us freely.
    I have been away from my blog (again) because of circumstances that made me lose my focus on taking care of myself. Too many other legitimate needs were out there that I wanted to meet and in the process my blog got put on the back shelf. I so wish I would learn the art of balance a bit more and be more consistent. Blogging fills something in my soul and I always realize how much I miss it when I return.
    It was so wonderful to see that you mentioned our friendship...and I do consider you a friend. Your beautiful blog inspires me and your thoughtful comments always touch me.
    Looking forward to being around a bit more...thanks again Adrienne. You are truly one of the best parts of blogging for me! <3