Friday, December 31, 2010

A Year...

hello dear readers...

i hope everyone had a joyous christmas season...

ours was wonderful...

magic...

and spent near the bedside of my husband's grandpa who's health is failing..

we reflected on life...

a life that has been amazing...

a life we deeply respect and love...

he is hanging on, and we are weeping for lost opportunities...

so this past season will hold a very special place in our hearts and in our memories...

i wanted to also do a little reflecting on this past year and what it has meant to me...

of where i have journeyed..

2010 started cold and bitter here on the prairie...




huge snowfall totals made it difficult for cattle on the winter range to make it...

a huge loss was taken by many in the agriculture business..

but we endured...

2010 was a year of growth for my brick and mortar store as well as my online shop...




i learned to listen...

to the small whispers of truth...

the raw being of myself...

i learned to trust...

in my gifts and my dreams...

of becoming a true photographer and an artist...

{there i whispered the word....ARTIST...}

it is who i am...

and it has been recognized...





2010 brought forth an adventure that i will not soon forget...

a trip to the pacific northwest...

to finally meet my favorite barnhouse boys, dear, dear sue, and darling natalie and lissa...

truly remarkably, talented, kindred spirits...

{2011 promises another trip with some exciting news....} :0)






2010 has been full of truths...

full of dreams realized...

my family is healthy, my family is happy, my family is my world and i am SO blessed in this little life of ours...

i am SO excited to begin a new year...

to EMBRACE my journey...

the ups and downs, all the joys and trials...

they make up who i am...

i am SO grateful to have each and everyone of you to follow along in my journey and to give strength and guidance...

thank you to all...i never realized how many kindred spirits blogging would bring into my life...

simply blessed...

happy new year!



38 comments:

Tammy said...

Happy New Year Sweet Prairie Girl! Your images are always so beautiful. I enjoyed your recap of 2010. You are blessed and you know it. That is a great gift.
Happy 2011!
Tammy

traci said...

beautiful post kristin. happy new year to you. i hope 2011 continues to bring wonderful opportunities to you and your family. xo!

very merry vintage style said...

Sweet post and sweet pictures... love it all. have a wonderful new year--

Blondie's Journal said...

Wishing you the happiest and healthiest year ever, Kristin. This is a beautiful post!

XO,
Jane

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Looking forward to your exciting news, Kristin!

Happy New Year!

poindextr said...

so so pretty. Happy new year wishes!

michelle said...

So sorry about your husbands grandpa but I am glad that you got a chance to be all together.
I am so glad to have met you this year and I look forward to joining you on your continuing journey in the new year! You are a beautiful soul and so inspiring to many of us!

Blessings for you and your family and Happy New Year my friend!

Relyn said...

Your photographs are beautiful, but that first one, especially amazes me.

Gracefully Vintage said...

Oh How I love your blog, so beautiful and so Inspiring love that image so Happy to be New Follower of this great blog..
Karryann

cityfarmer said...

oh how I wish I'd been a part of your year .

I just heart you.

happy happy joy joy

Kristy said...

Happy New Years to you, your post is always a soothing one!

BCBC said...

Kristin~
I found your blog and have loved reading every post since. Have a wonderful New Year on the Prairie. Your photos are otherworldy to me. I would say that, yes, you are an artist. All the best ~ Amy in the Nevada desert

Amy Arnaz said...

Kristin~
I found your blog and have loved reading every post since. Have a wonderful New Year on the Prairie. Your photos are otherworldy to me. I would say that, yes, you are an artist.
All the best ~ Amy in the Nevada desert

(oops! sorry for the re-post! I'm on typepad and sometimes it doesn't merge properly with blogger.)

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

So happy to have "met" you this year, Kristin! You ooze style, Sweets. :)

Heaven's Walk - said...

Kristin - you are an incredibly talented artist, writer, photographer, and an amazing friend. :) I agree with CityFarmer when she said, "I heart you". ♥ I am so looking forward to our visits together in the coming year. :) I will be keeping your hubby's grandfather in my prayers, too... Happy New Year, friend - xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh -- just a couple more things....
I missed a post somewhere on what you decided to name your sweet cow in your header. :) Also, what ever happened in the Gingerbread Man Chase...?? Just curious! :) xoxo laurie

Amy Kinser said...

Happy New Year, my talented, sweet, beautiful friend.

God bless you and your family this upcoming year.

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

So happy we get to be part of your journey!

Wishing you continued health, happiness and success,

Deborah

Rachel Noelle said...

~*~**~Happy New Year!!!!~*~*Hugs,Rachel

*French Farmhouse 425*

Secret Garden Cottage said...

It sounds like it was a memorable year for you, Kristin... thanks for sharing it with us. Your pictures are just beautiful!
I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's grandpa. ♥
I hope you and your family have a happy New year filled with lots of love, joy, and good health!
Prairie Hugs,
~ Jo :)

Allison said...

Happy New Year to you, Kristin!

slommler said...

Thank you for sharing your blessings with us! What a wonderful year you have had. Love your pics as well!
Happy New Year and God bless
Hugs
SueAnn

Tammy said...

Happy New Year Sweet Kristin!
I'm so happy that I found you this year...your blog is such a wonderful treat to read and enjoy! Your images are breathtaking!!
Much Joy and Happiness is wished for you in 2011!!
Tammy :-)
JUNK WILD

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I always enjoy my visit here and I think you have an amazing kind spirit and great style as an ARTIST! Beautiful photos I love, love , love them.I lived in eastern Montana for 6 years and still have family there and your photos remind of Montana.It's a different way of life for sure.I miss that often.My best to you in 2011~Cheers Kim

A. Rogers photo said...

I love that first image! Wonderful!

Farmgirl Chaos said...

May God bless you and the prairie life dearly throughout this new year, as you learn what He has in store for you. :)

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

May 2011 knock your socks off.

Happy New Year! :)

freckled laundry said...

Beautiful post, Kristin. Sorry to read of your husband's grandfather. There is nothing I can say to take the weeping away but know that you're in my thoughts and prayers, sweet friend.

You are indeed a talented ARTIST, Kristin. Your photography (on your blog and in your shop) literally draws me in and takes me to the ranch with you. I can't articulate it very well at midnight but YOU HAVE A GIFT. Even your "as good as it gets" Christmas Card created such raw emotions. Oh, how I'd love for my children to experience that scene for one second. Makes me thank God just looking at something so beautiful.

You deserve everything coming in 2011!

♥ Jami

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

It sounds like you have had an amazing year...how wonderful to realize your dreams. I hope 2011 brings you much joy ♥ Tricia

Florence said...

Beautiful post, there are so many bloggers out in this blog world, we are all so lucky. Florence

A Cottage Muse said...

Wonderful post full of beauty and happiness! I can hear the excitement in your words and they help me hold on tight to my dreams so thank you!

My Shabby Passion said...

Kristin, I have always enjoyed your blog posts, and your pictures are just gorgeous! I grew up on a 200 acre dairy farm in Battle Ground, WA., so I know the farm life is never a dull one. Good luck to you in 2011.
Michelle

Lady Liberty said...

Enjoyed and admired you in 2010...looking forward to more. Your photography is simply wonderful. Happy New Year!

Leah C said...

Well said:) Wishing you a blessed and happy 2011!

All That Jazz said...

Great post Kristin! Happy new year and wishing you many more blessings in 2011!!!
~michelle~

Martha said...

Happy New Year...and embrace may be just a fabulous word for me this year...loved your year in review
xo

Skip and Faun said...

SO glad to hear you use the word "artist" in describing yourself because that is what you are! Amazing could be another word to describe you... just sayin'.
Sorry about Dunk... I did hear he is improving some?
AND wow was I surprised on Christmas to find a beautiful present from your shop! I LOVE my husband!!!
Happy new year, sweet Kristin!

hometown girl said...

happy new year kristin! i hope that 2011 is filled with wonderful things for you all! God bless, susan

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