2016 Rearview Mirror

December 31, 2016 · 14 comments

The snow blobs are falling straight down this afternoon, just like they did on that magical day earlier in the Christmas season.

New Year’s Eve… For me, it’s an afternoon for reflections, mostly about the people we love, the places we’ve been, and what I’ve learned in the past year.

With family spread out literally from coast-to-coast and across two nations…

… there will always be some precious moments we miss in person (thanks, Helen Overholt, Kate’s friend on Facebook, for all your wonderful photo sharing of the past year) …

… and some that we’re there for.

The trick to it all is to be where you are…

… and enjoy who you’re with…

… and cherish ALL the loving moments that come your way as they unfold.

Give back to your community when you can.

… be grateful for mind-bending, world-changing work when it comes your way…

… and travel for as long as you’re able…

…with as many loved ones as are willing, and especially those who enjoy a big fat martini at the end of a long day.

I still have many stories left to tell of 2016, of travels to Alaska…

… and more moments in India…

… but also of travels closer to home…

… and of those right in our own back yard. (Hint: brilliant green ferns, fresh snow, and majestic cascading waterfalls probably mean we’re somewhere within an hour of our house on Vancouver Island.)

I could write more about all the amazing dining out we experienced this year…

… or blab on further about all the fresh delights that came out of our own kitchen…

… or how this was the year that all grandmothers everywhere discovered the latest fountain of youth: Snapchat filters…

… or remind us all about the nasty consequences of poodles believing they can fly. (He’s better now.)

But my biggest lesson of 2016 was what it takes for me to witness and harvest opportunities for beauty…

… and creation…

… and peace.

May 2017 bring blessings to you and your household that will make you blink twice.


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Charlie January 2, 2017 at 8:29 am

Glad to see that life is treating you both so well! I may have to head your way to devour some of those oysters! All our love to you both! Charlie and Cristin


Gail January 1, 2017 at 6:08 pm

When the popular refrain for 2016 has been to relegate it to the trash heap, you remind us of how our lives are made up of wonderful personal moments, no matter how crazy the world may seem. Thank you for the reminder and hope you have many happy adventures in 2017!


Sandi Fentiman January 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

This is one way of doing a Christmas/New Year’s newsletter; picture style. Never thought of doing it that way. I’ll have to remember that and save up some pictures.
A lot of great pictures; a few of them great. Can I use at least two of them? The land point one (I guess from your home) and the flower girl one?


Kathy P. January 1, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Just a lovely recap, Kath & Rick — all our best to you!! ♥


Dad January 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

What a fantastic way of reflecting on such cherished memories. I’m so glad to have been a part of such wonderful times together. And I am looking forward to adding new memories throughout our New Year. Happy New Year!


Jane Fentiman January 1, 2017 at 9:25 am

Love it – brings back some wonderful memories for us all. Dinga is absolutely beautiful!


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