March 20th is the first day of spring! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the first day of spring than playing in the dirt and planting more vegetables, maybe some flowers and watching the sunset over the creek at the end of a long productive day. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do,” Hellen Keller.

“Give us Lord, a bit o’ sun. A bit o’work and a bit o’ fun. Give us all in the struggle and sputter Our Daily Bread and a bit o’ butter,” Unknown. It was a pleasure to deliver thirty loaves of bread to Lefler Apartments and meet some of the residents this week. Sunshine on a gloomy day is a loaf of bread and smile for another.

We’ve had a busy week of day visitors and overnight guests. Romeo and his three lady friends from Iowa graced us with a visit the early part of the week. Our visitors came all the way from Iowa just to see Arkansas snow flurries, share a meal and a chat at the retreat. It was certainly a pleasure and the unusual weather made for a memorable visit.

Our next visitor was a school teacher from Missouri who came with a warning about drinking a “bitter almond” tasting tea at a Bed and Breakfast. (For more on this story refer to the short story, “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl.) Again we enjoyed our visit with this polite young man who has a sincere love of teaching and the great outdoors. His spring break travels brought him to the retreat for some much needed down time but as many times as I offered I could never get him to drink any tea.

We ended our week with the recipient of a gift card for an overnight stay at the retreat. “Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be,” Gossip Girl. The retreat is the perfect place to unplug, regroup, and recharge. We have enjoyed this busy week meeting new people, and sharing our passion to give to others from our abundance.

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