New Year...New Hopes...New Dreams

To accomplish great things,
we must not only act,
but also dream;
not only plan,
but also believe.
- - Anatole France - -

to you, sweet friends!
I may be 2 weeks late 
in wishing you a happy new year,
but please know that I hope 2019 is extra special
for you and your loved ones.
I hope this year is filled with a million moments
that contain joy, love, hope, and peace.
I pray that this year is truly extraordinary!

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

Another year is dawning: 
Dear Father, let it be, 
In working or in waiting, 
Another year with Thee; 
Another year of progress,
Another year of praise, 
Another year of proving 
Thy presence all the days. 

Another year of mercies, 
Of faithfulness and grace; 
Another year of gladness 
In the shining of Thy face; 
Another year of leaning 
Upon Thy loving breast; 
Another year of trusting, 
Of quiet, happy rest. 

Another year of service, 
Of witness for Thy love; 
Another year of training 
For holier work above. 
Another year is dawning; 
Dear Father, let it be, 
On earth or else in heaven, 
Another year for Thee.
- - Frances R. Havergal - -

'Tis a new year, my friends.
It's a year for new hopes, 
new dreams, new aspirations.

It's a year for being adventurous,
seeing new places, trying new things.

It's a year for deepening our spiritual lives 
and growing closer to the Lord.

I asked the New Year
for some motto sweet,
some rule of life
by which to guide my feet.
I asked and paused;
it answered soft and low,
"God's will to know."
- - Unknown - -

With this new year comes some changes. . .

My sweet and lovely friends,
I feel the need to slow down on my blog
and have decided to post only once a week.
I will do my very best to share beautiful creations,
delicious treats, encouraging words, and all-around loveliness
on a weekly basis.

I am also stepping away from my online shop.
I don't know for how long,
but for now I simply want to create 
and make treasures at my leisure.
Often I get too wrapped up in trying to keep my shop fully stocked
that I forget to enjoy making something just because I feel like it.

You are never too old
to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- - C. S. Lewis - -

I have dreams. . .
my husband and I have dreams. . .
and maybe this is the year 
that some of those dreams will come true.
I am truly hopeful that this year will be extra special
filled with an abundance of blessings.
I hope the same for you, sweet friends.

Every day take the chance
to do something new.
It won't cost much more
than the courage it takes to do it.
- - Unknown - -

It's good to be back, my friends,
and I look forward to catching up with each one of you.
I hope you have a most beautiful day
and I will "see" you next week.

Love and hugs!


Vee said...

You have gathered beautiful thoughts and pictures. I am so glad that you are just cutting back and not quitting. What would Blogdom be without your sweet voice?! Here’s to wonderful days ahead...

Ann W said...

Beautiful post! I am now following you - you can follow back if you wish at Annster's Domain

Debbie Harris said...

Awww Stephanie...Vee said it best, "you have gathered beautiful thoughts and pictures." The cabin in the woods is gorgeous!
As your mother ~ I'm delighted to see that you are slowing down and we will enjoy every bit if what you so graciously share with us at anytime.:-)

"Every day take the chance and do something new,it won't cost much more than the courage it takes to do it."
I LOVED what this is saying, because that is what my heart desires for this year. There are some small things I would like to try and I'm challenging myself to do them.
I needed this little quote, thank you!

So good to see you posting your beauty in this glorious New Year!

Love you~

Carla from The River said...

Oh my, the photos today make me smile. We still do not have snow here in Wisconsin. We have a C-C ski event we participate in on 2/16 and we have yet to get out and ski!!

Best of wishes for 2019 and your dreams my friend. Keep us posted.
Lots of Love,

Roosterhead Designs said...

What a wonderful blessing you are Stephanie <3 We all look forward to visiting your blog each week and seeing what the Lord is doing in your life! Thank you for the beautiful pics and quotes~ Hugs and love to you and yours, karen o

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh good for you, my sweet and lovely friend!! Once a week will be wonderful for you, and making treasures at you whim will be, too. Thank you for sharing the beautiful words and quotes and snowy pictures with us. May all your dreams come true, and Blessings for you in 2019....xxoo

Sarah said...

Dear Stephanie,

This is such a beautiful post, the words and pictures are truly a lovely tribute to the new year! I pray that the year ahead will be filled with special blessings from above for you and your family!


Rose L said...

Once a week postings are just fine in this busy world! I find that people who post every day I often ignore most posts. Just do not have the time for daily! Once a week gives me something to enjoy and look forward to! I am sure my new year is going to be amazing with the love in my life who gave me a ring for Christmas! May you be Blessed.

Creations By Cindy said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures Dear Stephanie. So good to see a post pop up! Made me smile today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie, it's so nice to see you back and Happy New Year. It's great that you have decided to do a once a week post. Blogging takes up a lot of time and it must be so hard running your shop too. I hope you enjoy more time with your family and the things that you enjoy doing most.
I loved looking at those beautiful photos of the snow and mountains.
Hugs, Julie

Debby Ray said...

A beautiful and uplifting post, dear Stephanie. I think it's wise to listen to your heart and your heart is surely telling you to pace yourself. I never understood how you did it all anyway! Enjoy your new routine and go after your dreams for 2019! Love and hugs!

mamasmercantile said...

As always a beautiful and very uplifting post. Hopefully the New Year will fill you with the hopes and dreams that you so richly deserve.

NanaDiana said...

Happy New Year, Stephanie!
I am glad that you are just stepping back a bit and not leaving blogging behind. I do think we have to make wise choices of our time and I have cut way back on posting and commenting. Working full time again I just don't have the time I used to have to "play".

I took anything that was left out of my shop about a year ago and it sure felt good-even though I didn't have it open for that long. It can just get crazy and when you HAVE to create it does take some of the joy out of it.

I hope you have a really wonderful year! xo Diana

Dianna said...

Slowing down...it is always good, my friend. With my husband's retirement we are learning what it is to truly slow down. I shall enjoy your one post a week and pray that God will richly bless you with joy. xo

Regina said...

Welcome back Stephanie! It's so good to hear from you and see your lovely snow pictures. I should have taken pictures of our last snow. It was very pretty. I'm looking forward to your next post.

Christine said...

There is just something so special and so beautiful about trees with snow and blue sky. You captured it so well.

Kim said...

Lovely thoughts and gorgeous photos of your little corner of the world, sweet Stephanie. I have always thought blogging should be an enjoyable pastime, to post when one feels like it and when one has something to say or some pretty to show. May your new year be overflowing with wonderful times and memories made with your family. May it be one where each day you experience the sweetness of Jesus as you and He walk down all those lovely paths yet to be discovered and explored. I look forward to visiting your lovely place throughout this new year, lovely lady♥

Mary Hutchins said...

I loved the pictures, brrr. . . so cold yet so pretty. We don't have that in southeast Texas!! Happy New Year.

Louca por porcelana said...

Stunning pictures and quotes!Awesome post!!!See you next week,hugs!

Cheryl said...

Good for you, sweet friend! I hope all of your and your husband's dreams end up coming true for you in 2019! Enjoy your time away from the screen and the pressures of being bound to a stricter schedule. God bless you abundantly!

Margie said...

Happy New Year, Stephanie. You photographed the winter scenes beautifully. I echo the other comments about the weekly blog posts being sufficient. It's important to find a happy balance between blogging and real life!

krishna said...

Oh dear! such a beautiful post. I always wait for your post. XOXO

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Thank you for the beautiful post Stephanie! I love the snowy pictures.. the mountains and trees (and horse!) and the little log cabin in the woods. Oh to be able to go there and have some rest and respite from this busy world. It seems even busier now than I'm "retired"... what? really? retired? NOT...... it is good to learn to slow down... I'm wanting to do that this year.. may close my Etsy shop too as around each holiday, I get stressed out thinking I need to make stuff that fits the holidays! I too would like to just craft with whatever sparks my job.. and not worry about putting things in a shop. I do need to find somewhere to "home" my overflow from crafting! I'm hoping to give things away for other people to enjoy so that is my goal for 2019. I'm glad you will still be posting once a week, but even if you can't do that, post whenever you want to share something. That's what I do. It's much more freeing that way... I think I would miss not blogging at all! Take care sweet lady... Marilyn

Mari said...

Simply beautiful photos! I enjoyed them and the songs and quotes you shared. I will be happy to see you when you post, and I think it's good to step back sometimes.

Sylvia said...

We all have to set our priorities in order at times. I no longer can post everyday but try to do a short one from time to time. I have always enjoyed your blog. Such beautiful snow photo's.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm SO happy to read your blog and know you will be here! I would rather cut back on the number of posts I do than give up my blog. I've made so many friends and would miss them. Friends like YOU!!! Hugs!

Brenda said...

That is right Stephanie,
we must not only act but dream and believe. I love the recipe for the German chocolate brownies.

Anna said...

Lovely words with lovely pictures !
Hope you'll have a lovely Year !

Anne Payne said...

We all need times of refreshment and sometimes that means a hard cutback on things we enjoy but can be too-consuming. I applaud you for recognizing it's time, and happy you aren't stopping altogether. As Vee said...What would it be like without you? :-)

Your images are picture postcard perfect!!! I absolutely LOVE the little log cabin on the snow. And I mean LOVE!!!!

Rest in the Lord and he purposes your steps, my dear friend. {{hugs}}

Tamago said...

Happy New Year, Stephanie! What beautiful pictures of beautiful landscapes! Covered in snow, under blue sky - just so lovely!
I think it's good to have comfortable distance from blogging and shop. Doing when you like to, enjoying is important :-) And I hope your dreams come true!
P.S. About the tunnel, it does kind of take up our small room but is not terribly big. It's collapsible, so you can store it easily when you want to :-)

Debbie said...

It is never too late to wish anyone a joyful new year. Happy new year to you as well. Your images are glorious, I don’t think I have ever seen more beautiful images of the snow. I am still waiting in patiently for my snow, it may be coming this weekend!

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous pictures of the snow. It is so good to see you have decided to keep blogging, even if it is just one day a week. I do understand not wanting to try and keep up the store, I was asked to make my cards to sell in a friends store and I said yes to begin with but started getting a little anxious about it, and how it would take away from cards I would be making for family and friends and I have decided not to do it, and it was a such a weight lifted off my shoulders, even though I felt bad for letting her down.
May all your dreams come true in the year ahead!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such beautiful scenes of winter, dear Stephanie, and such sweet and inspiring quotes to go with them. I am so glad to hear that you are slowing down and not stepping away. You are such a sweet, kind soul and we would miss you so. Sometimes we all just need a little breathing room in life... and time to play. I hope that all of your sweet dreams come true in the coming new year. Sending hugs xx Karen

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Blogging means so much to me, and has brought such beauty into my life, but it is very time-consuming. I love each one of my dear friends so much, and hate to miss out on any of their posts. I think once a week sounds about right to me! Putting the Lord, and our family first are the most important things we as women can do. Then, with the time we have left we can bless others in the ways God opens for us to do. Saying no to put our family first should be our priority. I'm happy to see that you and your husband have dreams together as a family to work towards, how important that is, to put your husband and son before other things. I pray the Lord blesses this year in beautiful ways for you! You are always such a light and joy when you post, and I look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for you! And yes, having to create on a schedule does take the fun out of it! I'm thrilled, really to hear about the shift in your blogging, and pray that this brings about abundant blessings in your life this year! Blessings and hugs!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I completely understand stepping back a bit from blogging because I know creating your beautiful posts takes a lot of time that could be spent playing with your crafting supplies and spending time with your family as well. I'm sure if your readers are feeling a case of withdrawal coming on, they can go back and revisit lots of your previous posts and be charmed all over again. Enjoy your newly-found time my friend!

sarah said...

Dear Stephanie, I wish you and your family an abundance of blessings for this new year. Thank you for all the beauty you bring into the world and kindly share with us.

Jackie P Neal said...

Such a glorious post Stephanie! Best wishes and blessings to you and your family for this new year as well!
I applaud your decision about taking time out~seems it must the year to do so for many of us!
Create something beautiful for the sake of creating !
hugs to you,Jackie

Madison Marie said...

Wow, such breathtaking photos! Happy New Year, sweet friend!!! xx

Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

Lowcarb team member said...

It was so lovely to see and read your beautiful post.
Your pictures and words complement each other perfectly.

I am so pleased that you will be blogging. Like so many here I would miss you and your lovely posts.

May 2019 bring you and your family wonderful things.
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year and may your dreams be fulfilled.
My good wishes.

All the best Jan

Olivia Bell said...

This was such a beautiful post, I loved the photography and the poems were so lovely! {{smiles}}

Red Rose Alley said...

Your photos made my heart sing this morning. Look at all the snow - it looks like a winder wonderland. These pictures show all the beauty of the Winter season, and I especially like the one with the little cabin. Looks like a post card. Oh, how I wish it snowed here, Stephanie, but I have to drive about an hour up in the mountains to see it. This is a perfect post to start the new year. So many hopes and dreams. : )

love, ~Sheri

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Such beautiful scenes, Stephanie. Wishing you a wonderful 2019, filled with all the delights of your heart.

Carol Z said...

I pray that this is a good year of dreams for all of us. I had my hip replaced on January 7 and it's been a quiet month of getting stronger and spending time with friends. I made very few plans for January and February and I've enjoyed the quieter pace. It's been a lesson in stop and smell the roses. Take care, dear Stephanie!

Ida said...

What a lovely post. Your snow photos are gorgeous! How well I understand your decision to cut back on blog posts. Sometimes we just have to prioritize what is most important in our lives. I miss being able to visit and comment on people's blogs on a daily basis but life goes on and we do what we feel is best for our lives. Take care & I'll be visiting whenever I can.

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