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16 December 2014

Moving forward, looking back

These tiny pink roses were one of my mum's favourites - Cecile Brunner roses. They're easy to grow and they're what I'd call a non-vigorous climber. Also, no thorns, a definite bonus. The buds are about the size of a small finger nail and they smell divine. These are growing happily in our front garden weaving through the wisteria.

I like having the luxury of looking back and remembering what's happened to me and my family during the year. Over the past couple of days I've spent a bit of time looking through old posts and being reminded of just how many people I've connected with through my blog - both online and in person. When I started writing this blog I wanted to create a record of my own changes. I also wanted to get simple life information out to the world because there wasn't enough of it around. That was over seven years ago now. In the beginning there were plenty of people looking for ideas on how to simplify and I was happy to share what I could remember about doing housework the old way and encourage others towards self-reliance. Now there are a lot of blogs and simple living experts everywhere, how times have changed us all. I am not an expert. I'm just an ordinary woman who remembers how things used to be and can harvest some of those memories and tack them on to contemporary life in a way that makes sense. If I am anything, I will always strive to be that.

A year's worth of notebooks. I love to hand write and write something every day. I hate the thought of handwriting dying out so I make sure I keep mine up to a reasonable standard.

To be honest with you I did think of stopping my blog a couple of months ago. I wondered if it had run its course but I continue to receive so many emails about being a surrogate grandma and online friend and in the end, I realised the blog is an important part of the day for many folk, not just for me. So the blog will continue next year and I hope you'll continue reading.


Square knitting needles, bought in Katoomba when I visited Tricia. Have you used square needles before?  They're supposed to be ergonomic and easier on the hands.  And below: slow and steady with the organic cotton baby blanket.  I'll have it finished in plenty of time. 


This will be a quiet week for me. I have Christmas chores, cooking, some personal sewing and a new embroidery project to plan. Hanno is getting through the mowing by doing a small amount every day. The cricket continues, the days will slip by slowly and then another Christmas will be here. So shhhhhh. It's early in the morning here and I'm up with the elves. I'll do a few things before Hanno wakes and if I keep working slowing during the week, I'll do everything I must do without rushing, and I'll appreciate it more. 

It's been a year full of toys and story books and stepping on Legos. Again!

A year of fruit photos on our kitchen bench. I wonder if anyone likes these photos as much as I like taking them.

And a year of tea - loose for me and bags for Hanno, enjoyed on the front verandah, watching the lizards and birds and being entertained my Jamie.

Looking back these past couple of days has reminded me just how much I have to be thankful for. Kerry and Sunny have been living close by for a year now so we've finished a year of having Jamie in our lives on a much more frequent basis. I must say he's slipped  into our routine like he was born to it and he's given us a hurry up in the process. There has been dancing in the lounge room, soccer in the hallway, conversations in the garden and so many snacks and drinks.  It's been a joy. We also had Alex here with us staying overnight. He's another gentle soul who seems to have been born knowing us. And maybe that's what does happen. Maybe kids just know their grandparents because love is like glue that bonds generations together.  And next year?  Well, a new baby of course. Due in April, Shane and Sarndra are expecting their second child and I can't wait. Another little love to care for and cherish. These are the people who will replace us and be here to form our family when we're gone. I'm grateful that I have such a loving husband and wonderful family. I hope most of them keep simple values close when they're older and help encourage those who will come along after them.

I have to say though that both Hanno and I are tired at the end of this year. We'll celebrate the season along with our family but we'll also take the opportunity to rest and relax and get ready for next year. We have some movies chosen to watch, I'll have the knitting needles clicking away, I'll be hand stitching and I'll be writing.  Both here and more for Penguin, but that's another story and it can wait till next year.  See you tomorrow, my friends and in the meantime, please tell me what you're grateful for this year. 

56 comments:

  1. I love your mother's favorite roses, so sweet. We have really become tea drinkers this year. Being from Texas we were cold black tea drinkers but we've really begun to drink for health. I can't even believe that we're looking at the end of the year and the beginning of 2015. Anyhoo, hope you have a great day!

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  2. I enjoy your blog very much. It seems so much like your title 'down to earth' in a way that other blogs do not. I enjoy a blog written by a woman my age with grandchildren etc. I only read 3 blogs. Yours is always first. I look forward to the 'weekend reading' sections. Also, I have both of your books on my kindle. I have re read them twice. Thanks for what you do.

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    1. Hello Roxie, thanks for your lovely comment. This week's reading list will be the last for the year, so I hope there are a few things you really enjoy. Merry Christmas, dear. xx

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  3. I love this post, Rhonda. My mum is visiting and I can relate to what you say about Jamie. It certainly feels as though my mum and our daughter had always been together. Wish dad could've been with us, but sadly he'd passed away on New Year's Day more than two decades ago. I know mum misses him still, and this time is usually a bit more wistful for us all. This year, I am grateful for a lot of things -- all of them centred on family.

    I wish you and Hanno a very Merry Christmas, and a good rest during the holidays. Good health and more blessings too. Please don't stop blogging yet!

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  4. Rhonda your blog has always been an inspiration and encouragement to me, and as I have mentioned previously it is the very first blog I ever read. I am so happy/relieved you are continuing your blog. You are a pioneer of the simple living lifestyle. So what am I grateful for?…. So many, many things. – Haematologist oncologists top my list this year, I am just so grateful that these people have dedicated so many years of their lives to studying so that I and others may benefit from all their years of learning. It makes me feel so awed, lucky and blessed just thinking about it. My dear husband. Being alive. Having eyebrows and eyelashes, (one just looks so much healthier with them!) and my hair growing back. Solitude. Prayer. Your precious blog and your dear self. I will stop now cause I could keep adding to this list for half the day or longer.

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    1. See Sherri, this is why I love blogging, it's a discovery every day. Had I not read your comment today I would never have know that eyebrows and eyelashes are something to be grateful for. But it makes so much sense when it's in this context. I am happy that you're continuing to survive that terrible disease. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope you have many more Christmases after this one. xx

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  5. I'm glad your blog will continue. I always look forward to it, and your wisdom is so refreshing and helpful. I hope you have a good rest and some lovely family time over Christmas and the peak of summer :)

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  6. Another lovely post Rhonda and I'm pleased you will keep up with your blog. It's lovely being able to spend time with grand kids and I know those kids will treasure their time at your place picking veggies from the garden and helping you both water the garden or bake biscuits. I am grateful for my kids and my family that my mum is still here and my sister is 7 weeks off her year of treatment with breast cancer. Family is everything. Have a great Christmas. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    1. It was good meeting you this year, Kathy. I hope your sister's treatment is successful and you all have a lovely Christmas. xx

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  7. I enjoy reading your blog. You give me some insight to how it will be us soon when my husband retires. Happy holidays. Hugs

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  8. Dear Rhonda,

    forget the simple living 'experts'! - I think your blog is the original and the best! I think the reason why we all love you so much is that you are a deep thinker, and you share that process with us and allow us to go on the journey too. You're full of common sense (which isn't always so common these days) and I think so many of us feel encouraged and supported on our journeys, even though we've never met you in person. I think you also validate a way of living that isn't popular and make it easier for those of us walking out of step with the mainstream. Now, more than ever, the wisdom and knowledge you share is so very much needed!

    Losing my grandmother was the saddest loss of my life, and it happened before I began my simple living journey. So I guess, like many other women, I see you as a bit of a stand-in for my grandmother, filling in all of the gaps in wisdom that have been lost. And it's just comforting to know that you're there :)

    I know I'll be spending a part of my break re-reading a lot of your old posts - what a resource! And when the time comes that you finally do want to retire from the blog, we all have that resource, and your beautiful books to keep us going.

    Finally, what am I grateful for? So much, but especially thriving children, a long holiday coming up, abundance in the garden, health, good friends.

    Madeleine.x

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Madeleine. You have a good bundle of things to be grateful for. I hope you have a very happy holiday. xx

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  9. I am grateful that you will be sticking around! Also my husband's excellent care and return to health after his heart attack in January. A new granddaughter in June. Paying off our house and now living debt free. Friends and family and enjoying daily life. The ability to stay at home and take care of us instead of my having to be in the workplace. SO many more that I am not thinking of now...there is something to be grateful every single day.

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    1. You've had a good year, Lana, there is so much to be grateful for. xx

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  10. I was fascinated to learn babies are born recognising their mother's voice and (here's the really interesting bit) within minutes they can recognise their relations due to their accents and tones matching those of their parents. I think this is why babies are comfortable with family but might fuss with friends/strangers.

    After watching the siege unfold I am reminded just how grateful I am for the health and safety of my family.

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  11. Your blog is my treat with a morning cup of tea at work. I find that it slows my mind right down, allowing me to focus on my staff and clients again free from rush and hurry.The words, photos and sentiments that you use help me to relax and recharge, I am reminded about how I carry out my tasks and chores at home, and carry that calm into my workplace.

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  12. a wonderful post! one that i'm grateful that i found, suffering with depression badly, when i saw you on a current affairs (forget which actual show now) thought now there's a lady a could relate too! came home & looked you up & started reading your blog. you reminded me of my grandma too :)) like most here am very grateful for you & hanno & the blog you have so selflessly shared
    thanx rhonda

    hope you have a wonderful xmas

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  13. Rhonda,

    I am thankful for my family, our good health, and our many blessings, too many to number. We cook from scratch, sew, knit, garden, have chickens. Life is not always easy but it is good, and full of rich relationships. Our parents, siblings, children, granddaughter, dear friends. These are the important things in life

    Deanna

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  14. Rhonda, though I would completely understand if you chose to let go of the blog, I am so happy you will continue it! I find gentle inspiration from you, and always encouragement to go at my own pace.

    I too am hoping to do some end-of-year reflecting and planning...once the danged semester's work is done! Just a few more days...

    In gratitude and with wishes for happy, joyful, restful holidays to you and your readers here,
    Erin

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  15. I am glad to know your blog will go on. It has become a part of my day on a regular basis. It is like coming home. You asked what we are grateful for this year -- I am grateful for continued good health and my family. I am thankful for my home which I took for granted until I started reading your blog -- I now have a completely different viewpoint. I am thankful for blog friends -- I have made some friends that I have come to feel as close to as those I see on a regular basis. I am simply grateful for my simple life.

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  16. I came upon your blog several years ago - read it regularly - and enjoy it immensely; I've gone back through the archives and believe I've read most of those posts, too. You and I have a lot in common. I adore hearing about your grandmothering, living the simple live, and your love of practical things. The pictures you take are wonderful. I've come to learn through you that the everyday things of home and family are the best. Thank you for all you do and I hope you'll keep with your blog for as long as possible !

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  17. I, for one, Rhonda am grateful that your blog is carrying on a while longer. I intuited that you might stop it a few months back, and am pleased that you decided to continue it. I always enjoy seeing it first thing each morning. There are many thing to be happy about and grateful for. I have a home; a loving partner, enough to eat, and some fine interests to make life more pleasant. I hope you and Hanno and all of you enjoy a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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  18. Hi Rhonda. I have been reading your blog daily for the last 6 years and you have certainly been a source of wisdom and inspiration in my life. I can understand you considering ending the blog and I am glad you have decided to continue. I find blogging once or twice a week is my limit and I really admire your ability to write so frequently and steadily! My best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and 2015 :)

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  19. I am very grateful for you, Rhonda! So long as it does your heart good, I hope you will continue blogging for a long time :)

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  20. Some of my earliest and fondest memories are time I spent with my Grams. I spent my whole life trying to please her or be like her. She was a wonderful, quiet, but strong woman that always lived frugally. It is people like you and her, that teach us a simpler way that are our true treasures. Best wishes for a lovely holiday with your family.

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  21. I'm thinking of starting a gratitude link up in January where people can link to letters of gratitude they have written to people who have helped them, eg excellent customer service, or people who gave them useful advice *and/or* the companies who make the products we use and rely on regularly.

    So many people write a negative email the moment a product does not satisfy them, but not very many of us write emails to the companies whose products make our lives better on a daily basis. I have seen you do it here on the blog, and I have done it myself from time to time, but I want to make it a regular thing and get into the habit of doing it weekly because I believe positive feedback is valuable as well.

    I enjoy your blog and I thank you for writing it. :)

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  22. I enjoy your blog and really enjoyed this post. I too am grateful for my wonderful husband and family. We have a new grandchild due this month-maybe he'll be here in time for Christmas! That would be a wonderful present! It is sweet to have these new little ones coming along and settling right into our hearts.

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  23. I am grateful for family, all in good health. Grateful for my beautiful daughters, both grown young women now, forging ahead in their careers in media and nursing. Grateful for my wonderful husband, who works way too hard for us but loves what he does. Grateful for the blogging community, I love sharing everyone's lives, the good and the bad. Grateful I live Australia most of all. xxx

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  24. Just the other day I was whipping up a batch of biscuits and thinking about sharing a few with an older neighbor ... then I thought of you and this wonderful blog. You have helped me see the honor and dignity in the little things-- things that didn't seem special before, but now have more significance. You show us your life in a real way ... and it gives my tablecloth and tea pot dignity. That may sound a bit silly, but too many magazine articles and pictures of perfect homes and table settings had started to make me ungrateful for the things I use every day.

    I'm grateful for a safe home, for jobs to do around the house that give me a routine and a purpose, and for family and friends nearby. My budget is tight but it's not about the size of the gifts we give this Christmas -- it's about the laughter and the pies and the funny stories passed on to the little ones. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for being our friend. And have the merriest Christmas ever.

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    1. It doesn't sound silly, Leslie, it sounds real to me. Merry Christmas to you too. I hope you have a wonderful day with your family and friends. xx

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  25. I don't normally comment but I certainly look forward and read all your posts and love your pictures of your garden, family and whatever you do. Unless you want to stop blogging which will be very sad for us all....please continue. Your blog is one I love xoxoxo Merry Christmas and a happy new year

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  26. I have so much to be grateful for this end of year...my dear husband is on the mend after a long illness following a ruptured appendix...the joy of loving my beloved little grandson...good relationships with my children...and am so grateful for your blog: it inspires me, calls me to a higher standard and reminds me to take thought...all good wishes from the other side of the world( south africa)

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  27. I love your comment about how it's as if your grandkids were born knowing you. From my own experience I believe it is a combination of that and the feelings of love and comfort they can sense coming from their parents when they are with you. We only get to see my parents a couple times a year as we don't live near them, but my daughters who are 7 and 9 have always run into their grandparents open arms without any hesitation whatsoever. They do the same with my brothers and sisters. They do not act this way with my friends whom we see on a more regular basis. I have always been amazed by this instinctual connection they have with my family. It's the exact same with my husband's family too.

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  28. Dear Rhonda, I don't comment often but I read Every day. I hope you continue to post, I find such comfort in your blog. I'm in my early 50"s a wife, mother to three (12-17-19) and work two part time jobs to help make ends meet. I cook from scratch, sew and kit, bake, preserve grow bits and pieces and live a very busy life. My mother has been gone for 15 years now and I still miss her terribly, she was only 65 and my children have missed so much by not having her in their lives. I have often thought of joining the CWA as I really do miss older women that can nourish my life. I find that you fill a piece of that void for me - not that I am saying you are a mother figure to me!! Most of my friends are five to ten years younger than me and I miss older women in my life - so thank you xxBrenda

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  29. Thank you Rhonda for this post. I treasure your wisdom and common sense and how you remind me of the important things in life. I have so many things to be grateful for, mostly about home and family.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and rest well. I'm so glad you have decided to continue blogging.
    kx

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  30. Dear Rhonda, while I don't get to visit here as often as I used to, when I do stop by its always nice to hear whats happening with you and yours. The photos are homey and serene and your words remind me that what I do each and every day in my home is worthwhile. Mind you, I know that but still its good to hear from some one else!
    I'm grateful that I"m feeling so motivated, positive and creative after quite a few years of feeling muddled and negative. In this last few months the clouds have suddenly parted and I am a whole new being with a new zest for life…..and my family breath a sigh of relief!!!
    Wishing you and your family a very relaxed and merry Christmas……all the way from Tassie!

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  31. I'm so happy you decided to stay with us through your blog. I don't comment much, but I am always reading. We have so much to be thankful for, but I would have to say most of my joy this year comes from three precious grandchildren and another on the way! Merry Christmas to you all!

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  32. Love the fruit photos - love the lovely bowl they are in today too (pity we can't see the whole bowl). Your blog is a masterpiece, so happy that we have it for at least another year....

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  33. I love to read your blog and your words of wisdom. Glad to hear you will continue. have a restful Christmas.

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  34. Glad to hear you're sticking with us! You blog is such a great source of comfort and wisdom the internet would feel empty without you. Happy holidays and best wishes for you and your family!

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  35. Thank goodness this blog will continue. You are a treasured older-than-me woman who is teaching me so much. I love to read this blog each day and have read your book three times through so far. I love the fruit bowl pictures - it reminds me of my mom (who has been in heaven for 16 years). As I am learning all these new-to-me ways of doing things I am teaching some of the easy ones to a 4 year old who is like family to me. Thank you for this blog and for a wonderful year of learning. Best wishes and health to you and your family in 2016.

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  36. I thoroughly enjoy your photography Rhonda. I think they resonate so much with me because they are snapshots of yours, mine and our everyday life which can be so fulfilling and rewarding. Not the way the media can tend to make us Stay At Home's feel like 2nd Class Citizens.

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  37. Beautiful post Rhonda! I am truly grateful to you for your blog. In the midst of some of our chaotic days grabbing my ipad and sitting down to read your blog helps to centre me and remember that being a mum and grandmother at home full time is a worthwhile 'job' in life. I am very blessed to have had 15 children to raise, some my own and some from families unable to. I have been parenting now for 34 years and still have preschoolers at home so God willing there are many more years of 'mothering' to go.i have learnt many things from you and consider you to be a wise and wonderful mentor and even if you decide to stop blogging there are many many posts that people can read and re read to gain inspiration for their simple life. Merry Christmas to you and Hanno and hope you have a wonderful New a Year!

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    1. Wow Lynn, what an inspiration you are to me. We certainly need more people like you. You have my respect and admiration for looking after so many children who need someone to love them. I hope you, your family and your preschoolers all have a wonderful Christmas. xx

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  38. Rhonda, I always enjoy your posts - it seems like a chat catching up with a friend. I am glad you are continuing to blog, but sorry to hear you are feeling tired. I hope you both have a good rest over Christmas, and enjoy time with your family. I am enjoying my skype calls with my grandson, and he does recognize my voice for which i am so grateful. I do believe there is a little place in childrens hearts for grandma love.

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  39. Hi Rhonda, I check your blog each day as there's always inspiration and a reminder of how wonderful this simple life can be! I'm glad you'll keep writing and sharing what you do and how you do it for those of us learning as we go along. I'm grateful for all the simple living tips I find here as they help a lot!

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  40. I am so happy that you decided to continue with your blog. It is a place of gentle wisdom and learning and reminder to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and to tread softly upon the earth.

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  41. I'm really relieved that you have decided to continue with your blog. Yours is the first blog I have ever read and it helped me to figure out how I wanted to proceed with my life when I gave up paid employment. I have found your words and musings inspirational, so rest up and take some energy from the knowledge that you have supported another woman to lead a simpler, more centred life through your writing. Many thanks.

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  42. I'm so thankful that you are inspired to continue blogging. I'm 47, but do not think of you as a surrogate grandmother or mother. I think of you as a fellow, simple-living friend that I may visit and sometimes learn from. Here, most of my peers seem too busy or thrive on drama. Sometimes it feels a bit lonely. We are soon to be "empty-nesters" and our first grandchild is not on the way yet, but I find a certain security in knowing that you will share your wisdom and experiences of living through the seasons so that I, too, might glean that wisdom and face the future with a little more confidence. Having a place to visit (your blog) is a moment of grounding many mornings as I have my first cup of coffee for the day. It truly always feels like a casual visit with a good friend that is only a few steps ahead of me. Because of this, I can face the changes with a little more confidence for what is to come. The simple joys, the reminder that we will face changes, the advice based on your own experience, the beauty in the simple things that do not change; these are the things that you bring to the world and I am so grateful to you for doing so.
    I wish for you all the things you need and joy overflowing as you live your one life. You take care of yourself and know that no matter what, this person has already been blessed b/c you've shared a bit of yourself. When the time comes that you need to stop blogging, although I would be sad, I surely would understand and support that decision as a friend would. I'm just happy that isn't today. ;)

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  43. Hi Rhonda,

    I too am glad you have decided to continue your blog. It takes a lot of work to do a really good blog, like you do! One thing I really like about your blogs is that they are centred around values that I am comfortable with, yet you do not push them on your readers. I visit you in “blog-land” over breakfast, coffee or sometimes lunch. When there is no daily post, I go to the archives or recommended reading to keep my learning curve going. Your questions at the end of the posts have budged me to comment. Thanks!!! You asked what we are thankful for?

    Having an attitude of gratitude-it makes each day worthwhile! My condensed list: my faith; my health; being blessed so far beyond our basic needs (matter of perspective); enjoying and supporting family and friends as we celebrate their milestones, welcoming a new granddaughter and enjoying her family (we live in separate spaces under one roof); harvesting and consuming the little we grow and caring for our animals; supporting local small farmers; trying new recipes, ideas, etc; communicating, networking and learning via internet; desire to maintain an orderly family history, organize and simplify(ongoing processes, thankfully!!) and be a good steward.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and holiday season with many special memories!! Thanks for giving so much throughout the year!! Your posts have been daily gifts that keep on giving, especially if each of us can do our part to share the light of knowledge and stimulate discussion with others. csa

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  44. I too am glad you are going to continue blogging I really enjoy your posts. I am grateful to be able to connect with like minded people all over the world without having to move from my home. I am grateful for my beautiful home, my heathy family. I am also really really grateful that my brother is still with us after a horrendous accident he had at the end of October.

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  45. I felt a bit sad for you when you said you have thought about stopping your blog. I know how you feel. A person wonders if their efforts are appreciated - do others really care. I've felt that way twice since I started my blog in May. Very few comments are on my blog. It makes me think my efforts are for naught. Then I found the 'stats' section of my blog and I was so surprised to see over 160 people access my blog most days. I was even more surprised to see the countries that are interested in my blog - UK, Australia, France, USA, Germany, and many others. I have resolved that if I help just one person, I will be happy. We are here to support each other - that is our mission. You do an exceptional job at that mission while I do a small part to accomplish the mission. Keep up the good work. Angie

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  46. Decorating with food always looks lovely to me! From market to home to be arranged in the appropriate baskets, bowls or trays until they are used. I ensure that the ethylene producers are kept away from the “root” crops, don’t mix onions and potatoes, etc. Arranged food is beauty to the eye for me! From silken smooth apples, chayote, to bumpy pineapple and shaggy eddoes and of course the rainbow of colors. I even display the variously colored eggs (pink, green, blue, along with the tan ones etc) when I am fortunate to get them. My space is small, my allergies do not dispose me to having most kinds of flowers in or too close to the home, so fresh cut displays are limited to herbs (purple and sweet basil, sage, cilantro, parsley, lemon grass, oregano and thyme) that I cut and plan to use later in the day.

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  47. Happy weihnachten to you both.

    I am thankful for challenges, like moving from Melbourne to Leipzig. Tenacity for continuing to learn deutsch and kindness for meeting so many lovely people in my new home.

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  48. Dearest Rhonda, I have been reading your blog for 6months now and love the changes simple living has been making in me. Thankyou for your words. Merry Christmas and look so forward to reading more of your blog next year. Xx

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  49. Hey there Rhonda, I hope you and Hanno have a beautiful New Year and look forward to reading some more of your blog. This year I am grateful that my son has completed year 12 successfully and made the transition into the workplace smoothly! I'm also very grateful for the opportunity to return to Uni at JCU.

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