Happy New Year 2016 ~ and Happy 3rd Birthday, Sanctuary Gardener!

Happy 2016 & Happy 3rd BdayHappy last day of 2015, everyone! Not only is the first day of 2016 only hours away, it will also be this website’s third birthday. I can’t believe we’ve been on this journey together for three years now. It’s been a great ride so far!

With that said, I am wishing you and yours a very happy new year. May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may the year hold only happiness and joy for you. And may your 2016 gardens produce more than ever before.



Merry Christmas 2015

Christmas winter photo via FacebookFor those of you who celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus, I wish you a very joyful and meaningful Christmas. May the Lord bless you and your family with His presence, and may He who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, be the very reason for EVERY season of our lives.

Merry Christmas!


Yom Kippur 2015

Yom Kippur picGood morning, everyone. This would normally be the week I would share the monthly installment of “How My Garden Grows.” However, due to the High Holidays, I am going to postpone it until next week. Because I’ve had questions about the Jewish holidays, I thought I’d share a bit about Yom Kippur with you in this post. What is Yom Kippur!

Partner with an Israeli Farmer!

Shemittah pic Good morning, everyone! As you know, I just finished celebrating Rosh Hashana, or Yom Teruah (the Biblical name), which is the beginning of a new year. What you may not know, is that this Rosh Hashana marked the end of a very special year – the Shemittah. And that is the reason for today’s post. The Shemittah year and farming!

Happy Rosh Hashana 5776

Rosh Hashanah shofar picGood morning, everyone! Since Sunday night, I have been celebrating the new year on the Biblical calendar! (Well, it’s one of the new years; there’s another one in the spring. There are many reasons to celebrate on God’s calendar!) We are now on day two of the celebration, and I wanted to be sure I wished all of you a happy new year and a happy Yom Teruah (the Biblical name of the holiday).

May all of you be inscribed in the Book of Life, and may your year be blessed, joyous and prosperous.

L’Shanah Tovah! Happy new year!


Happy Independence Day 2015!

Independence Day 2015 pic

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!

On this special day, let’s not only celebrate time with our families, cookouts, and summer fun. Let’s also take a moment to be thankful for the country we live in – to remember the sacrifices made to create this great nation of freedom and liberty, as well as the sacrifices made over the centuries to keep those freedoms and liberties. Take some time to read the Declaration of Independence today, out loud, to your children. Explain what it means. Teach them that freedom isn’t free. It comes with a price. May we all be willing to pay that price – as those who went before us were willing to do – so that our children’s children’s children will still celebrate this great blessing of a nation, the United States of America!

God bless America!


Fiscal Year End 2015

Hair Pulling PicThe past few days, I’ve been at work almost from sunup to sundown. I’m not sure I even remember what my garden looks like. (I don’t even want to think about my veggies getting overripe on the vine while I slave away at a desk.) Yes, folks, it’s the annual fiscal year end crunch time, but it seems that this year is worse than it’s been in several years. To be honest, I’ve been so frazzled at work (yes, that’s a picture of me above LOL), so exhausted and overwhelmed, that I actually forgot to prepare an article for you guys for today! And last night, after getting home at sunset, I still needed to deal with the monthly bill-paying exercise (yes, I get paid once a month), so I had no time (and no energy left in my brain) to create an informative – or even entertaining – article for you. And for that, I apologize.

However, lest you think I had totally forgotten you (how could I ever do that??), I decided to share this frazzled public domain photo and more-than-appropriate phrase with you. Good news? Only a few more days, and then I get a long weekend – to sleep, to get into my garden, and to stir the creative juices for next week’s posts.

Here’s looking forward to a holiday weekend. I know I sure need it!


Happy Second Anniversary!

Happy 2nd Anniversary Pic

Today is a special day at SanctuaryGardener.com. Not only is it the first day of 2015, but it is also the second anniversary of this website! I can hardly believe that I’ve been sharing my garden with all of you for two years now. It’s been an exciting year, and I’d like to thank you for some of the highlights because you made it possible. 2014 Highlights!