Tuesday, December 11, 2012

counting the blessings


This has been one of my busiest weeks of the year. Our company's holiday party is coming up this Friday and we are feeding 1,200 people! As I get close to my employees, many who are foreign, older women, I realize that an arduous path for a hopeful heart is an adventure. As I look at their marked faces and their callused hands, my heart sings that I can, somehow, be part of their lives.


Then, I come home and I find the amazing card I bought from Jenny, from A Simpler Life. As I said before, a hand written note is to me a reminder the written language is not dead. And what an amazing handwriting Jenny has.


I had the opportunity to play with my new watercolors a little bit and what amazing colors they are.


And snatched this beautiful glass nib pen at 50% off, from the Barnes & Noble in my neighborhood.

Today, I am counting my blessings. I am looking at the little things and I smile.

34 comments:

Cloudia said...

I love your spirit. Thanks for sharing it.


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Red Shoes said...

All in all, dear Ana, it's the little things that will make us the happiest... :o)

~shoes~

Lucy Chen said...

Love that little butterfly, Ana. So pretty.

Jane of The Jewels said...

Wow, feeding 1200 people is no small undertaking!! That card is simply stunning - what a blessing. Your glass nib pen find is almost too lovely to use :)

Adam said...

great work

Fabi (Objeto Transicional) said...

Un placer leerte! Beso

Gloria said...

Hi Ana. You sound relaxed and happy. It shows in your work. What a lovely card and I love that nib pen. Each morning I count my blessings. Nice post. Have a great rest of the week.

Jenny said...

Thank you beautiful Ana... glad it arrived safely... and counting my blessings is exactly what I am doing today too... so much to be grateful for... LOVE your glass nib... and gorgeous butterfly... and hope the holiday party is wonderful...

Jenny ♥

JerseyLil said...

Ana, you truly have a beautiful spirit and a giving heart! I love getting handwritten notes too. Gorgeous butterfly! That glass nib pen is really lovely and a real find.

tinajo said...

Colorful and lovely! :-)

Jacquelineand.... said...

You are going to be busy!

Your truly generous heart is reflected in all you say and do; I'm glad to have 'met' you.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

This post is colourful, beautiful, and spirited, and so are you!

Kyra said...

Oooo that pen! Can you actually play with it, or is it just for show?

alteredstatesstudio said...

the post is so thoughtful. and the artwork is so cool- the girls are very cute! the butterfly- amazing!! love the colors- those must be your new ones? are kind are they?

Optimistic Existentialist said...

It's generous hearts like yours that make the world go round :)

Sherri B. said...

That glass nib is amazing...I love your thoughtful words (and your grateful heart).

gigihawaii said...

Good for you! I am glad you have the true Christmas spirit.

Francie M said...

Oh what colours! My heart is cheered just seeing the work on your blog. Love the 1200 people feed!

ArtSings1946 said...

What a beautiful card Jenny has created ... especially the message that it conveys ... love your new piece, as usual it emits a positive energy.

Happiness always,
Jan

Riot Kitty said...

I think the little things are what make life really rich.

aimee said...

beautiful watercolor and gorgeous pen! long live the hand written letter!

Cristiane Marino said...

Ana, tão poético este seu post. Adorei!
Ficamos tão focados em conseguir grandes coisas para ficar satisfeitas que não olhamos para as incontáveis bênçãos que recebemos todos os dias, que estão nos pequenos gestos, nos olhares, no cuidado....
O cartão com a frase da sua amiga sobre o sonho é maravilhoso e que aquarelas deslumbrantes você comprou!
Bjs

Annette said...

Hi my dear, the glass nib is beautiful and what a find you did get. I love hand written things and it almost getting to be a lost art. My hand writing is hard to read though, a left handed diva here. Hugs and always love your blog. xoxox

Annette said...

Hi sweetie, thanks for the comment on my blog, left you a reply. I forgot and forgive me, to say I love your new watercolor images. I was so excited about your glass pen. lol xoxo

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Oh you have been having fun...wonderful work! Have fun at yur Xmas party toooooo.

Ariel said...

That nib pen is so pretty.Hope you have a wonderful party.
Susan

beth said...

you are SO busy....how do you keep your anxiety and stress at manageable levels?

seriously....how ?

Christine Altmiller said...

I am in awe of your butterflies and the details on them. gorgeous!

Jess said...

That is a LOT of people to feed! I thought I had a lot with my big family but no!
Your butterfly colours are so wonderfully bright, it makes the painting so cheerful!
I agree with you about Jenny's handwriting and what a lovely message the card has too! :)
Jess x

Kashmira said...

Love all the artwork in this post, yours and Jenny's! And that pen is so pretty!

Thanks for introducing me to Jenny's blog :)

Lisa Graham Art said...

1200 people sounds daunting...but oh boy I am sure it will be amazing!

Merry Christmas Ana! Love the sweet face that greeted me at the top of your post.

Ileana said...

Beautiful watercolor and there is so much heart in you, it's no wonder where your talent comes from. Love the glass pen! What a find. Enjoy!

Zena said...

So good you did that. Wonderful post, thanks for sharing your smile xx

Jeanie said...

The butterfly in your post reminds me of a perfect painted representation of all the butterflies in my post a couple back! It's so pretty. All your art just makes me smile. It says so much!