Are 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.