Home is the place you invite those you love to come, stay, share a meal with you and enjoy each other’s company. Opening your home to others is a very personal and special thing. There's so much joy is sharing your home with those you care about and even better than that is having them tell you when they leave how they can't wait to come back. We enjoyed sharing our home, our time, our love and lots of hugs with a few good friends who over the years have become family. We all have something we can give and when given with lots of love attached the results are so powerful that all barriers dissolve.

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope,” Maya Angelou.

I have great hope for this family, for our friends as we continue each week to find new ways to give and to share the love.

    Home is where the heart is. Home is where you long to be at the end of a hard day at work. Home is where you go to retire.

“Retirement is when you stop living at work and start working at living,” Unknown.

One of my dearest friends retired this week and I just can't wait to see what she will do now, where is this next leg of her journey going to take her? When I told her how happy I was for her she told me that she was happy too but it just really hadn't sunk in yet. We work hard for a good part of our life, all looking towards something...that something being retirement.

Retirement is our time to do whatever we want to do. It means we have a choice. We slow down, we take the time to smell the roses, maybe we'll travel, spend more time with family and friends, devote more time to a hobby we love and cherish our golden years with our best friend. It was so good to see her so happy and I hope her retirement will be all she hopes, and wants it to be.

    At a recent get-together at our home we had a good range in the age of our guests in attendance. Our youngest guest was still in the single digits age group and our oldest guest was twenty years shy of the triple digits age group. With that being said, I was curious as to how my granddaughter’s boyfriend would react to being around all of us “older” folks, so I asked him what he thought about our night together and meeting everyone. His reply was, “It was really a lot of fun. It's good to know that no matter what your age is you can still have a lot of fun.” Well there you have it! So simple, so easy and so right!

We did have a lot of fun this week, opening our home, our hearts and giving of our abundance to others.

    Your kindness challenge for the week: Make a wish or say a prayer for someone in another country. It's easy to think of those close to home but what about people in other countries? We live in a pretty amazing place, we really have so much, but there are so many others that don't have it as good as we do. Each day be grateful for what you have, give what you can and remember those less fortunate.

    Fall is a perfect time to pay a visit to the retreat. If you would like to book a stay or pay us a visit, give us a call. If you have a heartwarming story, a thought or word of inspiration, or if you would like more information on how you can make a difference in your community by giving to seniors call, 501-253-4716, email grandmayogi7@yahoo.com, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market.