A New Year

From my heart.

Cynthia Reyes - Author

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Birthday Cake

We measure a year in months and milestones

Birthdays and other anniversaries

The goals achieved, honours received

And various victories.

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Sunset

These things we dream of, yearn for, live towards

The dates forecast in calendars

And marked off by celebrations

Of our lives.

aunt Rose with her son, great niece, and great-great niece

I wish you all that and more.

Blog Photo - Garden - Butterfly on Mint

But when I wish you a happy new year

I know there will also be struggles

And challenges and dirty dishes

Because this is life.

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Maple Leaves

And so I wish you:



For when things turn out crazy

Blog Photo - flowers with alium closer


On days of loss or disappointment

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem CR Thinking


In times of uncomfortable change

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Hydrangea in Rain


In the small things, not just the big ones

Blog Photo - Doggies in window

Blog Photo - Doggie Runs


For the gifts you have and will receive

Photo by Hamlin Grange


For tomorrow and the morrow after

Forest Tunnel


To do the things you most enjoy

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Skiis on Snow with Trees

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Cyclist

Blog Photo - Playing guitar 1


In the fact of your humanity.

Book launch cynthia and rev claire


Dedicated to my Family, with love.


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63 responses to “A New Year

  1. A great perspective that I will reread often.

  2. This is a beautiful and inspiring post. Great mix of words and photos. Thank you Cynthia. May we have have peace, love and health in the new year.

  3. Murtagh's Meadow

    Words of wisdom Cynthia – truly beautiful.

  4. I wish all the same to you and your family Cynthia.

  5. A great post, Cynthia. Happy New Years! πŸ™‚ ❀

  6. Beautiful words of wisdom graciously given. I enjoyed the photos, too.


  7. Very best wishes for 2016. Thanks for reading my blog in 2015, Cynthia πŸ™‚

  8. Thank you for this post. These are beautiful, calming and inspiring words. Wishing you a new year filled with beauty, peace and plenty.

    • So glad to know you find this calming and inspiring. I think of you from time to time, especially knowing that Rick’s mother recently passed and that much of your life was dedicated to making her time comfortable and peaceful.

  9. Thank you, beautifully written.

  10. A lovely post Cynthia. Thank you and a very Happy New Year to you too. xx

  11. Lovely. Happy, happy, happiest New Year to you and yours! ❀

  12. Beautiful photos, beautiful thoughts and hopes. Much appreciated.

  13. Beautiful! So nice to read this again and look at Hamlin’s lovely photos. Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family Cynthia!
    Clare x

  14. What a beautiful post … tears pricked my eyes. I wish you the same also lovely Cynthia and your wonderful family!

  15. Lovely post. Thanks!
    I have to ask, the path through the tunnel of cedar trees, that isn’t up at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario is it? It certainly looks like it!

  16. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. Wonderful photos. πŸ™‚

  17. Beautifully written (and illustrated). All best wishes for a joyous and peaceful 2016!

  18. “Health to do the things you enjoy”, jumped out at me. Thank you, dear Cynthia, for a lovely post reminding us of what we already have as we enter 2016. May your cup run over with peace, love and joy.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  19. Thank you so much for this wonderful post! Wishing you a happy and safe New Year!

  20. Happy New Year, Cynthia! Wishing you all the good I know is already on its way to you.

  21. Inese Poga Art plus Life

    Great wishes for our new year. Happy New Year Cynthia!

  22. What lovely wishes, may they all come true for you and your family.

  23. Beautiful photos and thoughts as well. A happy new year to you and your family.

  24. Yours are lovely wishes for the New Year as well, Cynthia. Thank you, and I will be blessed if half your kind wishes come true.
    p.s. I won’t comment on the faucet page because I don’t own this home and wouldn’t want to even chance winning it away from someone who would love it and install it; however, count your blessings – I’m sure you do – that you have a man that would go beyond the faucet installation to beautify your powder room. What a gem!

  25. Thanks you. Wishing you abundant blessings in the New Year and beyond, Cynthia! ❀

  26. Margaret Mair

    And – a little late – a very happy New Year to you too. May it be filled with all you have so graciously wished for others.

  27. Back atcha, Cynthia!!! πŸ™‚

  28. Very beautiful post, Cynthia!!! Wishing you and yours the same. πŸ™‚ ❀

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