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New Year Lanterns Lighting the Sky

By Naomiestment @naomiestment

Sky Lanterns being lit at New Year celebrations

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your wishes find wings and your heart’s desires be fulfilled in 2012.

Our dreams took flight last night, in the embrace of beautiful sky lanterns that breathed enchantment towards the stars. Mine couldn’t seem to wait to take off and floated first with a prayer for our beloved Jina, who disappeared inexplicably again almost three weeks ago. Hope burns silently for her safe return.

sky lanterns taking flight

Sky Lanterns taking off on New Year

Here’s more of Dave’s photography from our garden:

Sky lanterns sailing upwards

Sky Lanterns sailing away

sky lanterns leaving outstretched hands

Sky Lanterns leaving hands

New Year sky lantern celebrations

New Year's Eve Sky Lantern Celebrations

Release of a sky lantern

Sky Lantern about to fly

flight of a sky lantern

Sky Lantern in flight

Celebration at New Year

New Year Celebrations - Johannesburg, South Africa

Warmest thanks to our wonderful friends who shared this New Year celebration with us – and also to the Faces of Hope Foundation, on whose behalf Dave bought these sky lanterns in July (at a travel lunch auction described in my post Beware: Balloons Can Be Addictive).

If ever there was proof of the fact that giving is receiving, this is it. What a treasure we were granted through his spontaneous gift. Thank you, my love, for everything!

For more photo’s, here’s a link to my Facebook album: New Year Sky Lanterns – and to order lanterns (for delivery in South Africa) visit (“Don’t light a rocket, Light a Lantern”).

Finally, thanks to for this special inspiration and life philosophy:

I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.

All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.

All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have — these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

Here’s to the most magical year imaginable, for us all!

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