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End of year is time for reflection

Record Courier Staff Reports

As I sit here writing this, the weather has begun to turn. It’s cold and drizzly outside.

My husband has built a roaring fire and I’m feeling rather cozy. After our sunny Christmas, I find myself hoping for a little of the white stuff to ring in the New Year.

The end of each year is always a time of reflection. It’s an opportunity to look back and remember our triumphs, challenges, and joys. In that spirit, I asked several fellow Ranchos residents what made 2004 memorable for them, and here are their responses.

It was a Hawaiian holiday with her husband and two sons that created a special memory for Karen Rudd.

The vacation provided her with much needed rest and relaxation, and she enjoyed watching her children play in the sand.

“You can’t beat sunset on the beach in Maui with your boys,” she said.

Nadine Allen’s most memorable moment was of a spiritual nature. This past July, she received her personal development certificate from the Licensed Unity Teacher Program at Unity Institute. The graduation ceremony was held at Unity Village in Missouri, and Nadine says that the energy there was nothing short of fantastic.

She recalls walking across the stage to accept her certificate in tears, overwhelmed by the love, appreciation and support she’s received throughout her studies.

A June afternoon poetry reading was the highlight of the year for Carol and the crew down at Pony Espresso.

Students from C.C. Meneley Elementary School walked over to enjoy an afternoon of smoothies and sharing poems they wrote with classmates and family members, as well as with the public.

Lots of hard work and practice led to Logan McNeil’s favorite memory of 2004.

He made the seventh grade Pau-Wa-Lu basketball team.

Logan’s sister, Kelly McNeil, says that in addition to starting high school, she’s enjoyed earning her driver’s permit.

One of her favorite places to drive is to In-N-Out Burger. “But that’s just me talking. I love food!”

You’re not alone, Kelly. I know that the grand opening of In-N-Out Burger was a highlight for many people this year!

The birth of our son, Samuel, is what made 2004 so memorable for me. His presence has added more to my life than I ever could have imagined.

I still find myself staring at this tiny marvel and am filled with a sense of joy and gratitude that defies explanation. Each day brings about new adventures, and I’ve begun to experience life with a depth and intensity that did not exist until he did.

My wish is that you enjoy a safe and happy new year full of wonderful memories-to-be. May 2005 bring health, blessings, and peace to us all!

— Amy Roby can be reached at RanchoRoundup@hotmail.com.