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2011: A Red Pine Mountain Retrospective

A Red Pine Mountain LogoAre you thinking about the year past as we make our way into 2012?  If so, you are not alone as I think about all that transpired in 2011. It's been a year full of challenges as most of us grapple with a struggling economy and ever rising prices that make life increasingly difficult. 

Perhaps you've had personal challenges as well.  I know Mountain Man and I have.  This past year, I've grappled with some serious health issues affecting both my vision and my heart.  And while I've faced health challenges, Mountain Man and I have also struggled with the decision on whether or not to leave our beloved Vermont farm.  

But even though it's been a difficult year in many ways, it's also been an amazing year filled with the beauty of just being alive; of being able to step out into the world and see God's handiwork surrounding me. And if the ability to savor another day wasn't enough in itself,  I also have the incredible friendships I've made through my Grit blog; people I never would have met  otherwise who have taken the time to write to me and to leave me comments.  I'm so grateful for all of you and you have enriched my life in ways I can't adequately express.

I decided to create a video montage of some of my photos from the past year.  It's my gift to you who have become so incredibly special to me.  Thank you again for making 2011 a fantastic year for me and Mountain Man and the kids of Red Pine Mountain.

mountain woman
12/31/2011 5:51:24 PM

Sheri, thank you!


sheri goodwin
12/31/2011 3:27:56 AM

What a beautiful montage! I can picture myself sitting on the horse overlooking the lake.


nebraska dave
12/29/2011 10:07:28 PM

MW, yeah, I keep all my pictures on the camera memory card as well as the computer. Every year I get a new card. I probably don't take nearly as many pictures as you do in a year's time as my 2 Gigabyte card is only 1/4 full from this years pictures. I also backup my documents and pictures folders onto another external hard drive periodically and at year's end back everything up on DVD disks. I guess since I grew up with the computer world, I am a little paranoid about losing stuff when back things happen to computers. Have a terrific New Year.


mountain woman
12/29/2011 4:25:59 PM

Thank you Cindy! Happy New Year's as well to you and yours.


cindy murphy
12/29/2011 1:15:16 PM

Beautiful montage, Mountain Woman! Just gorgeous. I hope you find peace, health, and happiness in whatever the New Year has in store.


mountain woman
12/28/2011 7:08:19 PM

Jean, thank you so much! I love the song too. Lyrics mean a lot to me.


jean teller
12/28/2011 4:35:08 PM

Beautiful images and a gorgeous slideshow, MW! Loved it! And what is that wonderful song? Thanks for sharing!


mountain woman
12/28/2011 12:56:26 PM

Mary, Thanks so much!! Hope you have a fantastic, Happy New Year's as well! Dave, yes lots were from posts. Lost all my pictures before June to a computer virus so worked with what I had left. Thank you as well for being such a great friend to me. Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful New Year.


mary carton
12/28/2011 4:05:32 AM

Hope you had a Merry Christmas. Happy New Years.


nebraska dave
12/28/2011 1:51:01 AM

Sara, That was a great stroll down memory lane for the year. I can actually remember some of those pictures from your blog. The year 2011 will soon be history but it will certainly contain many memories that's for sure. I know that you and Carl have had hard decisions to make and the health issues were difficult to deal with but your determination and Carl's support got you through the year. Thank you so much for share the good time and the bad times. All the best wishes for the New Year.