Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What a year AND a winner

I don't know about you but I am happy to see the arrival of 2010.

2009 was a very interesting year for us.
If someone would have told me that my youngest son would be in the hospital for more than half of the year
my oldest son would join the Army, be learning Indonesian
his entire family would be living in Monterey, WHEW
I would not have believed it.
O.K, I might have believed the hospital part.

Truth is stranger than fiction.
One thing I can say is, we have all
come through much stronger spiritually.
For that I am thankful.

2010 already promises to be a year of change and excitement.
I can't wait.

O.k. enough rambling.

This post brings me to the last giveaway from The French Elements
for 2009.
Whoo hoo!

This is what #91 (the Winner was chosen by grandchildren generator),
will receive.

This elegant (I think) white on cream embroidered pillow.
I love this damask flower.

The winner will also receive this Anti-Fatigue Gel Mask
by Chanel.
This is one of my favorite things.

So, #91 (aka Stephanie) come on down girl.
Your gifts will go out ASAP.

I really want to thank everyone that has followed my blog.
You are more appreciated than you know!

Now a shameless plug-hehe.
I have been busy adding items to my little shop.
I am an animal freak and have had so much fun making these pillows.

You already know how I feel about LOVE.
Second chances are amazing.

Since this is my last post of 2009,
I thought I would end with a fantastic youtube video.
Many years ago, we had the opportunity to go to Euro Disney.
The kids were in heaven.

While the name has changed, the magical feeling is still there.

Enjoy the show.

I pray that each of you has a spectacular New Year and may
God Bless us all.

Big hugs,



Kathy said...

Lucky Stephanie for winning these nice gifts! Loved the video of EuroDisney's fireworks show.

Blondie's Journal said...

You really did have a tremendous up and down year, Barb...but you always sound so positive!! Hooray for you! And hooray to Stephanie!! What great gifts. And I love your new pillows. Off I go to your shop!!

Have a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year, my friend!!


Lorrie said...

Like you, I'll be glad to see the back of 2009. How wonderful to have hope for a new year, hope in God, not just in time. You've come through marvelously.

I think the pillow is wonderful, too. Congratulations to Stephanie!


*Chic Provence* said...

Stephanie is so lucky!

Yes, let's bid adieu to bad ol' 2009 and start anew!

Thanks for your wonderful blog and we'll see you in the new year.


Lori E said...

Happy New Year to you and good riddance to 2009. I hope 2010 is filled with good health, good friends and good times.

Theresa said...

Congratulations Stephanie, I won last time so you can win this time:) Loved my gift! I also enjoyed the video... wish I could have seen that first hand. I am a wimp and never even make it to midnight. I am always zzzzzzzzz! Have a blessed day and I hope your Sons are both well now! Hugs, Theresa

Stephanie said...

Thank you so much! I am so excited about this. You have no idea how this pillow is going to fit in so perfectly with some redecorating projects I have going on. It could not be more suitable and elegant! And the chanel...soooooo excited!

Thank you again,


BonjourRomance said...

COngratulation Stephanie, what lovely gifts you'll be enjoying. Here's to 2010 - wishing you a fabulous New year filled with many blessing and happiness!

Jane said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. My stepson left Monterey in early 2009 after learning Persian Farsy. He is in the Navy. A very happy 2010 to you and to your sons.

Sarah said...

Congratulations to Stephanie! Lucky girl!
Hugs to you and all the best for 2010. Hope it is a better year for you and your family. ~ Sarah

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearesat Barb, you were one of my first followers when I started blogging one year ago yesterday. Thank you for a year of great posts, French-filled fun, and much friendship. My prayer is that your son stay out of the hospital, that your military son stay out of harms way and that you will be able to see more of you beloved family. GOd bless you dear friend! Anita

Six divided by two..... said...

Happy New Year!!!

Charm and Grace said...

Wow, your pillows are beautiful. Sorry I've been an absent blog friend. It's been a crazy December... I am looking forward to a less crazy January. I never would have dreamed I'd have so many commissions between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Happy New Year to you and your precious family!


Tish Jett said...

OK, an animal freak who loves France, who sees the glass half-full -- I'm on board.

Your blog is exciting and full of a joyous esprit.

Your year was shall we say "trying" but you shined through that is clear.

I wish you the happiest new year ever in all the ways you wish.

Warmest regards,

Jacque said...

WTG, Stephanie...such a wonderful give-away! Barb, I am with you on all the things that have happened this past year that you would have never expected. But, I have determined in my heart that I am going to spend, with God's will, the last year of my 50's with a smile on my face and a determination to live it with expectation of ONLY GOOD things!

I wish you and your family the best for 2010. Keep blogging and keep making those goodies for your ETSY! You go girl, or as the kids are saying now...You rock!!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year...I hope 2010 brings you inspiration and Love.....and better health for your son.......bless you sweet lady. Your shop is so pretty!! Love your pillows!!



Happy New Year!!

Anette, Norway:)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful blog!! Loved reading it - thanks for sharing a small piece of your world with us x

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