“They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more.”  `- Jeremiah 31:12

Our family  is extremely grateful for the blessings of a good harvest, health, friends and family.  It’s been a year of ups and downs as we struggle on in this life  journey.

Many have written to us and shared their personal struggles. We are extremely touched that you have taken us into your confidence. We know that many of our readers have been going through trials, such as: cancer;  recent death of a  former  volunteer;  lingering, debilitating  illness of a long time friend; economic  troubles;  unfounded  lies and rumors; relationship problems.  Also, the world, as a whole, has been going through its own upheavals in nature, economics and political divisions.

We, too,  are not immune from tribulations.  However, at this time of year, we must not forget our dedication to our Creator, our fellowman and the planet. It is through the struggles that have, hopefully, made us better people as we strive to serve faithfully in the best way we can.

During this time of the year, we take time out to remember and to reflect so that we can live more purposefully & faithfully through the coming year. We wish you and yours a bountiful and blessed year, full of happiness,  joy and especially meaning  and purpose.

I’ll be taking a few days off from blogging to rejoice in the Holyday Season upon us. Hugs to all.

Here is something on which to reflect :

“So as we observe the state of the nation and the world, see their progress and their struggle, we can and we should observe the state of our own being. Not only in terms of how much more we are doing, observing and learning, but also in terms of how much more deeply and sensitively we are living.”

– Rabbi David Lapin on Rosh Hashanah


  1. Jason says:

    Amen! Have a great rest guys!

  2. Anais Dervaes says:

    Shabbat .Shalom

  3. Mitzy says:

    L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu Wishing you the best in this new year!

  4. Kerstin Ehry says:

    Well said! Thank you for this reminder.

  5. Kerstin Ehry says:

    Well said! Thank you for this reminder.

  6. Bev says:

    Very thought-provoking words. Yes, we have had a year of ups and downs; but you have to keep going, and I do. Blessings to you and yours. I’m a real fan of the website 🙂 Bev from NZ.

  7. Chrs V says:

    So eloquently stated. I am thankful that you have been such a blessing with your generosity of how much you share about your journey along The Path to Freedom. This website continually teaches us all how we can individually strive to “Be The Example” to empower us to bless others in our lives. Enjoy your Holyday season.

  8. Nancy says:

    Wonderful post! There is so much going on these days. Thankyou for the wisdom and encouragement to keep on.

  9. Hannah says:

    Particularly in the midst of the craziness of university midterms, these were such beautiful and inspirational words. The mitzvahs you all do were such a wonderful reminder for me of the connections and beauty we truly have in this world, if only we take the moment to look around us. Thank you for all you do, and a belated Shanah Tovah!! May it be a sweet and prosperous year for you all and the homestead!

  10. Tina says:

    Touching post. Thanks for sharing your lives with us, and continuing on your path because you know its the right thing to do.

  11. Eloise Martindale says:

    Clearly you & your family practice thoughtful reflection about your lives. You are a blessing, an example and an inspiration. So few people seem to live life on purpose. I want to do that. I want to be a blessing to my family, my neighborhood and to honor my Creator. Sometimes I’m better at it than others. May your reflection be joyful, inspired, & productive. May your rest days be filled with peace and real rest. Shalom.

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