Saturday, January 1, 2011

May All Your Blues be Birds!

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.

 Bluebird outside my sister-in-law, Devon's kitchen window
They are enjoying the winter holly berries!
{Thank you for this amazing photo, Devon ~ Happy New Year to you!}
This summer I saw my second ever bluebird at our cousin's house.
It took my breath away!

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Look at the birds of the air;
 they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:26

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If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature
-if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, 
if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you
 -know that the morning and spring of your life are past.
Thus may you feel your pulse.
- Henry D. Thoreau

Journals, entry for February 25, 1859

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Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder, 
It's the truth, it's actual, Ev'rything is satisfactual, 
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,  Wonderful feeling, wonderful day...
The Song of the South words by Ray Gilbert, 1945

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Somewhere the bluebird is singing,
And somewhere the skies are blue.
So lift up your head to the skies And be happy
For this is true: Somewhere the bluebird is singing
And winging his way to you. 
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Dear Family and Friends,
May this new year be filled with moments that are amazing  
and leave you breathless and may all your
blues be birds!


Rosie said...

Ahhh dear make my heart sing! With each perfect cuppa we share I am left with a silly grin on my face :)
Such a very busy year is behind us and a shiny, brand new one lies at our feet.
Thank you for this kindred friendship you and I have shared...blessings xoxxo Rosie

francis said...

oh you most special deerest sweetest beautiful MARIAMARIAMARIA .
Love your post ! So true and above all I love birds .
Saskia and I both do and we often exchange bird-things ... cards , wrappings and little birds of all kinds of materials .
You make my day !
I already am so happy knowing you but every day more and more ......
NO NO NO my granddaughter will be born in May 2011 ,
But she and my son had the 20-weeks-echo on december 31 and than they heard its a GIRL.
Now-a-days the new generation wants to know that ....
The name will stay a surprise !
All my best for you and happy-birds-year !

It's me said...

Happy new year darling !! love love Ria...xxxx...thanks !!! may all you wish come true.....and stay health please !!!

Devon said...

I'm so gald that the tiny bluebird in our yard has brought such happiness already! Francis, our new granddaughter, Isabelle, is now two months old...such a blessing! Her parents kept her name a secret too.Enjoy.

Roo said...

maria! your family is so beautiful...i absolutely love the stocking with the cutlery on the table...will have to remember that one for furture christmas'.....we are still sick -- 2months now! ugh. but keeping our heads up! HAPPIEST NEW YEAR TO YOU sweet friend. much love to you. xo

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a darling post! Happy New Year, dear friend!
xo Yvonne

koralee said...

Sweet just knew I would adore this post of yours...such lovely quotes and verses.

Sending you some extra hugs today to send your sweet father on his way...I am so glad he is all set up for the new will be wonderful for you to skype together. I know how hard it is to say goodbye as I had to leave my parents as well and their health is always a worry on my mind.
Enjoy your last few days before the routine of school go back Monday? It is a Holiday of us still...Tuesday is our start up day.
Hugs my sweet friend...really what would I do without you? xoxoxo

Rebecca said...

Happy New Year my sweet friend. Thank you for the blessing of YOU in my life. It means more than you can know.

God is good...I'm so glad I found you!

Love, Rebecca

Dianne said...

Dear Maria,
This is the cheeriest of New Year wishes. I have seen bluebirds very rarely in my life but will keep an eye out.

Love your "take" on life.


dcrelief said...

I have two bluebird couples. This is simply beautiful!

Linda said...

This is delightful Maria. I especially love "The Song of the South." It takes me back to my childhood.
Wishing you the riches of His blessing this new year. You bring such joy.

nothingprofound said...

Perfect harmony! The tiny bluebird and the vast blue sky.

koralee said...

Just popping in to see how your first day back went!!! That will be me tomorrow...I am sure your sweet students had lots to tell you. oxoxox Monday hugs.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Well hello dearest sweet Maria, this fresh year is off to a fresh start, isn't it? Your lovely post is oh so refreshing!
We are back home after hanging upside down, spinning around, carrying around my littlest ones Q&C, hanging upside down some more, for four days. It was fun. But I must confess I think getting back in the routine of daily life is fun too ^_~
Lots of Love to YOU xxxx Enjoy the new week of the new month of the new year xxxx

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

We put the bird feeder out over the weekend. The birds haven't found it is a new one, I hope they aren't afraid of it!

I'm a bit worried about that Thoreau quote. I love nature...but and early morning walk doesn't really banish sleep:)

I'm so behind in my, company and stuff. Hope to catch up in the next few days!

Happy New Year!

Julie Harward said...

So true..I have always loved these kind of moments..and zip-a-dee! ;D

Wanda said...

Oh Marie ~ wonderful post, and interesting, my husband has loved Song of the South since he was a boy, and Disney has a lock on it for 12 more years, due to "Political Correctness" ~~ But my daughter's girlfriend found it on an old hard drive and made a copy for her Dad for Christmas.... We've been singing Zip-a-dee-doo-dah....since Christmas!!!

Love and Hugs

red ticking said...

i am so happy to have found you...and i learn something new from Him daily... happy new year new friend... xx pam

Indie.Tea said...

How lovely!
I hope that you have a simply wonderful 2011. And enjoy that Grand Marnier - last year I used up a good-sized for cooking. Very useful :)

The Captain's Daughter said...

What a wonderful post to begin the new year!

Barb said...

Hello Maria, Wishing you many such magical moments in 2011. When you look for beauty - you find it.

Gloria said...

I am in love with your beautiful bluebird post Maria! Lovely words and the photo is so amazing!!

Thank you for all of your encouraging and kind words to me over this last year. You have been a blessing to me!

Thank you for your sweet friendship...:)

May the good Lord bless you in the coming New Year with much love and happiness!

XOXO Gloria

Roo said...

just popping by dear maria to leave a ROO-SIZED HUG! love you.

MOLLYE said...

Hi Maria, Thank you for a lovely post!

EcoRover said...

Your bird quotes brought to mind the words by Redford, playing Blixen's Denys George Finch Hatton in OUT OF AFRICA. Wish I could recall the exact phrase--something about a bird living its life to the fullest with no complaint right up until the moment it drops dead on a freezing winter day? Not sure if the phrase is from the book. Dang, gonna hafta reread the novel just to find out...

Anneliese said...

Beautiful post, Maria! Happy New Year!