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14 Days

Today marks 14 days since I returned from South Africa. I’m relieved that I’ve had no COVID-19 symptoms after being in an enclosed space with hundreds of other people. I’ve been self-quarantined to my house these past 14 days only getting out for walks. The only thing that changes now is that I can go to the grocery store. Today I’m busy making a 2 week menu and list. My goal is to make the least amount of trips to the store as possible. I watched this video on disinfecting my groceries in preparation for the big trip…

As I was watching this, I was also thinking how it’s crazy how life has changed in such a short amount of time. I’ve realized I have to constantly align my thoughts in the course of a day. I can be frustrated at the limitations and the fear that creeps in, or I can embrace it for what it is and walk in wisdom, trusting in God.

I read this today. It has been on my mind all day.

“We do not handle suffering;Ā suffering handles usā€” in deep and mysterious ways that become the very matrix of life and especially new life. Only suffering and certain kinds of awe lead us into genuinely new experiences.”

Suffering can lead us into genuinely new experiences. How many of you have found that to be true? Today I’m choosing to embrace the suffering for the new…new ways of looking at the world, new games to play with my family, new ways of doing date night. I’m only limited if I let myself be limited.

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Totally Me This Morning

This morning I said to my husband, “My chest feels tight.” He didn’t say a word but instead pulled out his phone and showed me this clip…

OMG. I was laughing so much. I do find myself nitpicking every possible ailment I might feel in a given day, mainly because I traveled 8 days ago. This was a reminder to take a deep breath and not operate in fear. Oh, and before noon, I felt fine.

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the power of vulnerability

There is such power in vulnerability and yet, we tend to shy away from it. Why? Because well, it’s vulnerability, and it can feel uncomfortable. Putting your heart out there with no guarantee of what the outcome will be isn’t something that people are jumping up and down to do. Brene Brown points out, however, that vulnerability is necessary. I do believe her talk on the power of vulnerability is probably one of the best TED talks I’ve ever listened to. Please have a look and come back here with some of your thoughts. I would encourage you to take notes while she’s talking. I would love to hear what you think and start a discussion on living a wholehearted life driven by the courage to be vulnerable.


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for all the newbies out there

Happy Monday to you! I don’t usually have a whole lot of words to share on a Monday morning. Have I mentioned, since the kids have been in school, that I’ve dedicated Monday mornings to writing? It’s bliss, I tell you. I love it.

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I was a big fan of Kid President’s Pep Talk that circulated a year ago. He’s back. This time with a letter to a person on their first day here. After all, there’s a lot you need to know when you enter this world. Despite your feelings on corn dogs, I think you will find this video quite informative. šŸ™‚

Happy Monday!

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it’s a ten thousand homes music video!

We have a Season of Service program we run here at Ten Thousand Homes where individuals can come for 1-3 months and volunteer with our projects. During Laura’s 3 months here, she took footage of all of our staff dancing and made this awesome music video as a thank you for her time here. Enjoy and don’t laugh when you see the Price’s. Promise? šŸ™‚