Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bidding Farewell To 2014

"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."
- Rainer Maria Rilke -

Today we wrap up another year, and what can I say about it that I haven’t said about every other year coming to an end? That the world has seen its fair share of tragedies and ugliness? That humanity still has a long way to go before we all live in peace? That my faith in humanity is shattered again and again?

Always keep Christmas alive inside you.

Yes, our planet certainly needs healing. And yes, we have a long way to go as a species. But despite everything, the world is also filled with beauty and compassion and decency and generosity. There are unsung heroes around the globe working hard to make this world a better place for all living beings. They are the reason my faith in humanity is restored. Again. And again.

My younger daughter is growing up way too fast.

I feel an abundance of gratitude for having been given another 365 days of life in 2014. 365 days of sunrises and sunsets. 365 days of adventure and harmony and love and joy and - most important of all - good health. 365 days of more memories with the people I love. More time with them. It’s been a good year. A happy year. A year of contemplation and inner growth. I am thankful for all these blessings.

My older daughter sharing a joyful Christmas with all of us.

I am also thankful for all of you, my blogging friends. For taking the time to visit my blog. For making me think and smile and laugh out loud. For all the lovely, fun and thoughtful comments you leave. For the kind words and encouragement you offer about my photography. And more than anything else, for sharing this amazing journey with me. Year after year.

It's a blessing and a privilege to be married to this amazing man.

I wish each and every one of you peace, love, joy, prosperity and good health for 2015. May it be your best year yet.

Happy New Year, my friends! I look forward to the adventures we'll share together in the upcoming months.

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    1. All the best to you and yours! Hope it's a great year for you.

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  2. Such a beautiful post, and a beautiful family, you are truly blessed! Have a very Happy New Year xx

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    1. Thanks, Chel. I truly am, and I'm grateful for that. Happy New Year to you and yours! xo

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    1. Thanks, Bethany! I wish you a wonderful year ahead. You're so young, and already so wise!

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  4. You sure have a way with words Martha, Happy New Year, wonderful photos!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

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  5. You are such a kind-hearted human being, girl, you share such beauty and make me laugh out loud, not an easy thing to do, you make me think, and feel better and I agree the world is being changed very slowly very painfully but there are people who's sole purpose for living is to increase human conscience, you are one of my special people, whom I wouldn't miss a day of visiting, so I thank You Martha for all the good you do every day, and all the beauty and fun you share...You are more loved than you know...May the next year be as wonderful as the last one was, I consider myself lucky that I know you, x oh and your girls and the most wonderful man in the world, also as handsome as you are beautiful. Happy 2015!!!!

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    1. Lorraine, my sweet friend, I am so grateful to have met you through this social network. Otherwise, how would we have crossed paths? I think this is what I love most about blogging; the amazing people I run across from different places. I hope for us to meet in person one day, but for now at least we have a way to keep in touch. All the best to you for 2015. I wish you get everything your heart desires. And 2014 has ended in the most beautiful way with the arrival of your first grandchild! Happy New Year, girl.

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  6. 2015, here we come! Best wishes to all of you.

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    1. Yes, here we come! Love that. Happy New Year to you!

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  7. Dear Martha
    Happy New Year!
    I wish you and your beautiful family a most wonderful and blessed New Year.
    Hey, that is a very handsome man you are married to ... :)
    Thanks for sharing the great photos ... loved seeing your family. xo

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    1. Well, I may be a teeny weeny bit biased, but I think he's a very handsome man :)

      Thank you, Margie. Happy New Year to you. I am so happy to see you back in the blogging world. xo

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  8. Nice photos of you and your family! Glad I discovered your blog this year. I've enjoyed your posts. Have a wonderful 2015!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I'm glad I discovered your blog, too, especially the chance to see all those stunning images you take. Happy New Year!

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  9. Such great, great pictures. Love it.

    Here's to 2015, my new and quickly, very good friend. Been a blast sharing stuff with you. Someday, we'll meet up.

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    1. You bet, Wonder Woman! I'm counting on us meeting one day. It's been wonderful getting to know you. You rock, girl. Keep on doing what you're doing! And I hope 2015 is very VERY good to you. Perhaps you'll even start making cooking videos. I'll be your number one fan :)

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  10. What a lovely and thoughtful post, Martha! So often you write words that are tumbling around in my heart, but I haven't gotten out. Happy new year to you, my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Louise! That's very kind. All the best to you in 2015! I look forward to more of your wonderful blog posts.

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  11. You've written a very balanced post to end the year. We have some good and some bad. We do have to improve.
    Happy New Year to you and your family. I look forward to your blog next year.

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    1. Thanks, Red! Another year of blogging coming up. I'm looking forward to more of your great stories.

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  12. Lovely photos! New Years blessings to you and your family, Martha!

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    1. Thanks, Francie! All the best to you for 2015. I'm so happy we had a chance to meet in person, and that we've hooked up on Facebook to keep in touch!

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  13. You all have nice skin... Happy New Year.

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    1. The younger family members do. For the rest of us 'older' folks, keeping the photos soft makes a huge difference :) Happy New Year!

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    2. I agree! Martha does have beautiful skin :)

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  14. What a thoughtful post - of which I would expect nothing less from you, Martha :)

    Happy New Year!

    Oh, and your amazing man is also rather handsome! Saying that, as is your whole family actually :)

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! That is really kind. Let's hope for good things in 2015, especially where the more vulnerable are concerned. Happy New Year, girl! From your friend in the Great White North.... :)

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    2. PS I keep meaning to say that I love your new haircut! :)

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    1. Happy New Year, Adam! I hope it's a great one for you.

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    1. Thanks! And a very happy one to you. I hope to see more of you in the blogging world this year.

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    Martha, you lovely soul. Thank you for being a part of my life, my sister-friend. You are one of the people that make me believe that there just may be hope for all of us yet. Blessings, dear one. xo

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    1. Oh, thank you, Birdie. You are so sweet. I hope 2015 is a wonderful year for you. And it will be! You'll see :)

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  18. Dear Martha,
    You have such a wonderful family :)
    Faith in humanity is the solace amidst the ugliness of the world.
    Yes, you are right; we all are grateful to 365 days of sunrises and sunsets.
    It's been two years that we know each other through our blogs. Isn't it wonderful? Afar yet near, unknown and yet known. Looking forward to reading more of your writing full of warmth. Happy New year.

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    1. "Afar yet near, unknown and yet known" Chirasree, that is beautiful. So well said, and exactly right. Yes, it is wonderful that we know each other through our blogs for so long. And for this, I am grateful. Happy New Year to you!

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  19. I hope 2015 is your best year yet, Martha!

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