Happy Holidays and Reflections on 2016

Happy holidays and Reflections on 2016

As 2016 comes to a close I have to say this has been a very good year for our family. We are so  blessed. The year started out well and I was able to teach sustainable garden classes once again. I love to share my passion with everyone whether you are a new  or seasoned gardener.

Happy Holidays and Reflections on 2016

The kitchen garden grew well and we harvested more tomatoes that the two of us could eat so the freezer is full of our abundance. I am already excited to be planning my spring garden. Before the end of December I will start winter sowing perennial seeds. If you would like to try winter sowing I have instructions on my post called Winter Sowing 101.

Happy holidays and reflections on 2016

In late summer I found out that I would be speaking at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. I was beyond excited. I look forward to travelling to Seattle for the garden show. It’s always worth the visit. In late fall my husband Jim received an award of excellence at work after 40 years with his company. I am so proud of his passion for customer service. My youngest daughter passed the real estate exam this fall and is so excited to be serving her community.

Most of our excitement came when we found out that two of our daughters were expecting this year and our son told us he had proposed to his girlfriend. The first child was due in October and he came fast and furious.

Happy Holidays and reflections on 2016

Baby Elliot was born to my daughter and her wife and big brother Gavin. We were thrilled to see them so happy.

Happy holidays and reflections from 2016


In November we flew to Mexico to attend my son’s wedding. A wedding on the beach is always magical with the sun beginning to set. We stayed at the Barcelo in Huatulco and loved it. The weather couldn’t have been better.

Happy holidays and reflections on 2016

The last highlight of the year was the birth on December 23 of our first granddaughter, Ava. She wasn’t due for another week but obviously she wasn’t missing Christmas. As we head into 2017 I am not sure next year can get any better for our family. We all had some awesome personal achievements this year.

Happy holidays and reflections on 2016

My 2017 calendar is filling up with talks and classes on gardening. I love to teach others and my first talk in less than two weeks. I started selling seeds in the fall and will see how that goes. My goal for 2017 is to build and plant a tea garden so stay tuned as I try to convince hubby to make a few more changes in the garden.

Wishing all of you a happy new year!




2 thoughts on “Happy Holidays and Reflections on 2016

  1. Dear Kristin,
    How very nice to hear such good news for a change … I wish you all good luck and happiness this next year.
    So plesent to read your posts about a garden so far away, you see I live in the South of France and I think I am lucky sometimes, but I have to say ‘it’s a toss up’.
    I look forward to next year and your exploits in your garden. Best wishes and a Happy New Year.
    Theo Beslee.

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