I sit here at the keyboard reflecting upon how long I have been away from blogging , looking back at how life has changed since we arrived at Jojoba Hills SKP Resort in Southern California. Although I have missed what has gone on in your lives, this quiet time has given me the space to work on some personal issues, while embracing this new community we find ourselves in, a community where we feel supported and deeply connected with our neighbors. Jojoba Hills, which I will write about in more detail after the holidays, is a rare gem, a place where we felt we were returning home, although our first visit to the resort.
I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a most blessed holiday, filled with the love of family and friends, quiet time to reflect upon the many gifts you have been given this year, and more joy than you could ever imagine. Wherever you find yourself this holiday and however you celebrate the season, be present with a grateful heart. I am filled with much gratitude for the love and support I have been given this year and am looking forward to reconnecting with all of you in 2015.
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So glad to hear from you. Am equally happy that you are enjoying your “new” home.
A very merry, blessed and wonderful Christmas to you both!
The same to you and Paul. Hope to meet you both yet this winter. 🙂
My best wishes for the holiday and new year as well.
Happy holidays to you and your family as well.
Thank you for your warm wishes, LuAnn. I AM living with a grateful heart for the end of this past year. I hope you are Terry are doing well.
Happy holidays to you as well Joan. And I know that you are living with a grateful heart.
So good to hear from you again LuAnn! Thank you for the holiday wishes. I too wish you and Terry a healthy and happy new year ahead.
I am looking forward to your thoughts on Jojoba Hills. We wanted to stay there for 3 nights just before we arrived in San Diego but the park was full and we went to Lake Skinner instead. I’ve not been to Jojoba before but it looks really inviting on the website.
Happy holidays to you and Hans as well. We hope to meet you two yet this winter. Hopefully Pam and John, you and Hans, and Terry and I can get together for a visit. We are really enjoying Jojoba Hills. There is so much to do here and the people are wonderful.
That would be a fun meetup if we can manage it!
BTW, if they have pickleball at Jojoba Hills you should give it a try…what a fun game!
We are hooked on pickleball! I didn’t even know of the game until shortly before we arrived here. 🙂
So glad you are back but really understand the need to relax away from blogging and such. A blogcation is a good thing at times. We are glad to hear you are enjoying the park and the people. Have a very Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year. Love to you both.
We are glad to hear that you and John made it through your Amazon stint and are back on the road for some great adventures. We hope that you both have a very Merry Christmas and that 2015 is especially good to you.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to both you LuAnn and Terry 😀 ❤
Merry Christmas to you as well Ralph. I hope to catch up with everyone after the New Year.
Wonderful to see you again, LuAnn. Jojoba Hills looks to be a really beautiful place. I wish you both a very enjoyable festive season and a healthy and happy new year. 🙂 xx
Thanks so much Sylvia. I hope you and your family have a very blessed holiday. I hope to catch up with everyone after the New Year. 🙂
Lu & Terry…Merry Christmas to you both. Wishing you a joyous and healthy new year. Miss you guys…hope to see you again soon.
Marcia, we hope you and Carl have a very blessed Christmas, filled with love and the great joy of spending time with family. Would love to see you both again.
I hope your Christmas is even better than you hope for and that 2015 is your best year yet. Happy Christmas LuAnn
Merry Christmas to you as well Al. I hope you and your family have many blessings this holiday season and that 2015 is a special year for you all. I am looking forward to catching up with you after the New Year.
Take your time and make sure you are all sane first 😉
Will do. Thanks my friend. 🙂
Beautiful photo LuAnn. So glad you’re enjoying your stay at Jojoba Hills. Wishing you and Terry a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to your return to the blogosphere 🙂
Ingrid, I am pleasantly surprised with how much we are enjoying our time at Jojoba Hills. There is so much to do and everyone is just wonderful. I hope you and Al have a very blessed Christmas and that 2015 is filled with many grand adventures for you both. I’m looking forward to getting back into the blogging world after the first of the year.
They say into each life some rains must fall …and like any rain, it too shall pass. Your winter home base seems to be the best place to sort things out as it looked very peaceful and scenic.
Here’s wishing you and Terry a safe and joyful Christmas. Cheers !
Thanks so much MonaLiza and Steve. Jojoba Hills has been a lovely respite for us. We hope you both have a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year brings you much joy and lots of grand adventures.
Merry Christmas Lu. I read your email. I hope our plan get through. 😉
Merry Christmas to you Rommel. I hope to see you before you take your leave of California. 🙂
Merry Christmas to the both of you. May 2015 be a blessed one for your family.
Thanks so much Laurie. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a most joyful 2015. I hope to catch up with everyone after the first of the year.
Happy Holidays to you as well!
Have a wonderful holiday Nancy.
Wishing you and Terry a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I am sure things will turn the corner in the new year:)
We are so looking forward to getting together. We’ll have to have Hans and Lisa over for a meet up. They will be here starting Jan 2!!
We are thrilled to have shared a little piece of your lives this year Pam and John and are looking forward to more visits. We would love to meet Hans and Lisa as well. Have a fantastic Christmas with Jessica. 🙂
LuAnn it has been a pleasure to get to know you over this past year. Wishing you much happiness over the holidays and in 2015.
Thanks so much Sue. I hope you and that crazy hubby of yours have a blessed holiday. 🙂
Wishing you and Terry the same. So glad to know things are looking up and that you’re getting a well earned breather. Hoping to hear about it soon.
Thanks Gunta! I hope you and that lovely man of yours have a beautiful holiday. All the very best to you in the upcoming year. 🙂
Lovely to know you are well and happy in a new place LuAnn, have a wonderful holiday 🙂
Thanks Mike. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.
Wishing you blessed and happy times LuAnn . It’s good to take time out for whatever reasons and return refreshed . All the very best over the holiday season and beyond into 2015 .
Thanks Poppy. I look forward to reconnecting with everyone after the New Year. Have a wonderful holiday. 🙂
Looking forward to reading the stories. Wonderful to hear from your agin.
Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and Terry!
Thanks Amy. I hope you and your family have the very best holiday. I look forward to catching up after the first of the year.
Hi LuAnn! I hope it’s been a good year for you and Terry. Happy holidays to you and all the best for twenty fifteen. ~ Carol
Hi Carol. Hope all is well with you and your family. Have a wonderful holiday! 🙂
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Glad to see you back in the blogging world. I’m looking forward to seeing what you are up to next year!
Thanks and a very Merry Christmas to you two. I look forward to catching up after the New Year. 🙂
Your photo took my breath away! It looks like a lovely retreat.
Best wishes to you both!
Thanks so much Lynne. Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015 for you and your family. 🙂
I have missed your posts and was happy to see your email. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and best wishes for a wonderful New Year.
Thanks so much and Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. 🙂
Happy Holidays LuAnn! California looks gorgeous! Are you there permanently or just for the winter? Wishing you and Terry a wonderful holiday season filled with joy!
We are here for the winter then off for other grand adventures. 🙂
So – you’ve been away from the WP too – eh?
Good to hear that you’ve been taking tme for yourself.
Sometimes – you just have to do that.
One day – I hope to find that time too.
But – for now -it’s all about the kids.
It certainly is difficult to find that time RoSy when children are in the mix, but what a wonderful reason to be away from blogging for a bit. Merry Christmas!
Have a very blessed and Merry Christmas… see you next year
Ditto my dear friend. Please give my best wishes for the holiday and 2015 to that lovely wife of yours.
It looks like you and Terry have picked a beautiful spot to nest for a while LuAnn. I know that for me, these desert landscapes are conducive to reflection and introspection (probably goes back to my Carlos Castenada days), and this is the perfect time of year to relax. I hope that you and Terry are both well and have a wonderful holiday. ~James
Thanks James and Terri. Have a blessed holiday. 🙂
It’s so good to hear from you, LuAnn. This is the perfect time of year for taking time for quiet reflection and for restoring body, mind, and spirit—it looks as though you’re in a lovely place for doing just that. I look forward to your thoughtful and beautiful posts in the coming year. Wishing you and Terry all of the blessings of the season!
The very best to you and Eric. Have a blessed holiday and much joy and wonderful adventures in 2015. 🙂
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Hope you had a wonderful holiday!
How we have missed your awesome words and photos my friend. Have a wonderful Christmas my friend for you deserve it. xx
I just found your comment. I have also missed following along with you Ste J. I hope you had a lovely holiday, although I am guessing you would love to be in the NW right about now. 🙂
I would indeed love to be up that way, or even just heading that way…life is funny. I had a good holidays and I hope you did too, here’s to the potential of a great year to come.
I will toast to that! 🙂
Happy Holidays, LuAnn!
And to you and your family!
LuAnn, the warmest of blessings to you and Terry! Enjoy your days, wherever you are, and may they be filled with love and joy! Merry Christmas!
Thanks Sheila! Merry Christmas to you and Howard as well.
Great to have you back LuAnn! Wishing you and Terri all the very best today and through the coming year!
Good to be back Madhu! A blessed 2015 to you and your family.
It is so nice to see you blogging, LuAnn. As always your words are beautiful. You are sorely missed (which you can surely tell, here in the comment section). Hope you’ll be able to blog more, soonest. I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas. And of course that your New Year will bring many, many good things your way. The nice thing about being “online” is that one is never far away – if the need is there! All my love, Penny xo
I am hoping to get back to blogging on a more regular basis after the first of the year and catch up on everyone’s lives. Since we won’t be traveling as much my writing will most likely branch off in a different direction, something I have been pondering for some time. A very joyful New Year to you and your family Penny. Love you!
I do look forward to the direction you’ll be taking in your blogging. With your natural talent and writing skills it should really be something, LuAnn. Thank you and once again a most Happy New Year to the both of you. Love you too!
Speaking of writing, how is that book of yours coming along?
Welllllll, I’ve rearranged, rewritten, changed my mind and the focus of the umpteenth draft so many times (the publisher is awesome, she thinks it will be done … when I decide it’s done – good thing too!). The stickler is our changing society and trying to be appropriate, meaningful and impactful. Sigh!
Thank you for asking, LuAnn, Christina and I do have some other things in the works, so we’ll see how they progress in the coming year! 🙂
I will forward to it! 🙂
Wishing you a super , healthy and amazing new year. May you have many more travels or stories and take us to be with you! Much love and take care from Ute x
Thanks so much Ute! Hoping you have a blessed, joyful 2015. 🙂
How lovely. I really like the picture you chose. Blessings to you and your loved ones!
Thanks Pam and to yours!
My dear friend , Health and happiness to you in the New Year. With love Maxima
Many blessings in 2015 to you and your family Maxima. 🙂
Happy New Year to you, LuAnn! Southern California sounds like a wonderful place to be! All the best to you in 2015! ~Lori
And the very best to you and your family in 2015 Lori. 🙂