Happy New Year! “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending,” Carl Bard.

As I look back on this year our journey has been filled with new people, new experiences blended with a good balance of times spent and memories made with old friends and family. It was a little over a year ago that we made our move from Main Street in Clinton to the retreat here in Botkinburg. We closed a chapter in the book of the cafe but opened a new chapter at the retreat. Life is full of decisions and choices that are sometimes hard to make. We can spend time asking ourselves the “what if’s” or we can accept our past, work on the present and plan for the future. The past is what brought us here, the present is what keeps us going and the future should be something we look forward to. Sean and I are looking forward to the future of serving others and giving of our abundance in 2018. The fruit trees including the new ones planted have been pruned and await the coming spring. The garden beds are ready and lay dormant waiting for spring planting. We are working on projects around the house and personal things that need to get caught up on before the busy spring and summer months.I enjoy my weekly baking of bread that we take to seniors in our community and look forward to a bountiful harvest last this year to share.

The retreat is open year round for day and overnight guests. With each season there is beauty to be found if you only take the time to see it. With the leaves on the ground we are able to see more clearly the beautiful rock formations that surround the retreat. The recent rains are helping move the creek that has laid dormant for far too long and the waterfall is more than a trickle now. I’m ready to snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book and sit by the wood stove with Oh cat at my feet. I’m planning on being a warrior in 2018.

Sitting Bull once said, “Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”

Thank you to the old friends who continue to bring joy to our days. To the new friends we have made this year we look forward to many more times together making cherished memories for us to reflect upon. To those who read this column and find some enjoyment in reading it and to those who receive the gifts of our abundance we wish you all a very Happy, joyous new year!

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