One year closes and another opens, much like the sunset that closes out each day and the sunrise the starts the following day.  Today marks the close of 2017 – a year filled with adventures, travels, and events that I truly couldn’t have envisioned or seen ahead to back on January 1st.  And as I look forward to 2018, I see a horizon with brightness and color, new adventures and things that I can’t foresee right now.  But I’m ready to step out through that sunrise and embrace all that lies ahead.  Happy new year to all of you, and I hope you continue along with me in the new year.

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12-photos-of-2016_staatsA new year – a clean slate.  And yet I find myself marveling at the past year.  To encapsulate the year with one photo for each month is a challenge.  2016 was filled with new adventures, new sights, and an appreciation for the people that surround me as well as the beauty that’s available to us each and every day.  I wish you all a new year of wonder and joy, amazement and appreciation, happiness and love.

Farmland snow_Staats 12034A new year — new ideas, new hopes, new resolutions.  Or maybe not.  As I look back on last year I realize that sometimes the most memorable times were the ones that were unplanned.  They came about, perhaps with a seed of thought, but they developed into something wonderful.  One grandson, then a second grandson, a marriage proposal, friends near and far, and family that came to visit.  This year I have many things to look forward to: two family weddings (one which is my own!), a honeymoon, a nephew’s college graduation, followed by his brother’s high school graduation.  Yesterday we took a drive through the Wisconsin countryside.  We had a general idea where we were headed, but the route developed as we wandered.  We found undulating hills and valleys in dairy country, fields of fresh snow, a creek where the hoarfrost was still evident in the late morning,  and a military veteran who was brought to tears when we thanked him for his service in World War II.  All these adventures came about because we were present in the day and 0pen to the discoveries that developed.  My wish for the new year is to be open to all that each day offers, and embrace it fully – life, friends, family, adventures, and memories.