This year was a challenge for me, I lost my Dad. For 87 years we gathered at the family farm just for coffee (and there were always a sweet to go with it) as well as birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Dad enjoyed a life well lived on a farm he loved.

This year was also a great year as Wendell and I welcomed grandchild number seven into our fold. Jamie is wonderful baby, happy, easy to hold and love. His big sister Caitlin loves him and has enveloped him into her little world. When you gather this Christmas look around at the people you are sharing it with, take the time to really appreciate the season. Cherish the family you have and have had, they are the keys to your past as well as your future.

Merry Christmas!

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