As a new years resolution I said I would write down a way that I gave to others each day. Then at the end of the year I plan on reading and reflecting on all the good things that I have experienced over the past year. My first jar filled up and I’ve resorted to putting my slips of paper in the bottom drawer of my dresser. With the year almost half way over I took time to read a few of my notes. I have had days where my gift of giving was a small gesture like a kind word or a smile and days where my gift of giving was much larger and more time consuming. I read every day on social media the needs of friends an family and do my best to reach out each day and try to meet their needs in some way. It warms my heart when I see people doing big things in our community for others but it also warms my heart when I see a small act of kindness shown to someone. Sean and I have had an amazing week helping a friend in need here at the retreat. Giving isn’t just for the recipient of that gift it’s for the Giver as well. When Sean and I give of our abundance we receive so much more in return. Everyone says that the reason why they love the place where they live is because of the wonderful people that live in their community. This last week I had the opportunity to share my love of my community and represent Van Buren County at a conference in Little Rock. I just want to thank all of you for giving me the experiences that has allowed me to share my love of my community to others. “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” Maya Angelou. I’ve learned so much from my participation in Uncommon Communities and working with others in my community and love sharing my experiences with others. “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa.

This last week I posted some photographs on social media concerning some graffiti, really vandalism, that we have had to deal with here at the retreat. We were given a beautiful gift, this retreat. We have promised to be good stewards of this land and give back to nature and share our abundance with others. It breaks my heart when I find things like names carved into the walls at the waterfall on this property. The retreat is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to come visit and at no cost. We only ask that you call and let us know that you would like to visit and ask that you respect nature and leave no trace behind. We have posted no trespassing and no hunting signs because we are here to protect and care for not only the land but the animals that live here. We have great spots for swimming on a hot day and two waterfalls for you to enjoy. If you want to have lunch during your visit we will be happy to make you lunch and our lunches are on a donation only basis. We grow produce here to give to seniors in our community and we have a cabin that you can rent if you are looking for a quiet get-away which includes all your meals. We have had visitors come for workshops and families come and enjoy the retreat and visiting with one another in a beautiful area. Please help us keep this place beautiful, where sharing of our abundance is respected and appreciated.

If you have a heart warming story to share, would like to visit the retreat, book a stay, or volunteer to help call, 501-253-4716, 501-757-2750, email, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.