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Crossroads

Crossroads

I had a dream last night. All I remember was that I was approaching a crossroads. Maybe that was the entire dream. It did go on for what seemed like forever, so it could have been. You know how in movie dream sequences, paths can stretch out far into the distance? The destination gets further and further away? Well, this happened to me in the dream. All I wanted to do was to make a full stop at the stop sign….

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Dealing with Stuff

Dealing with Stuff

We’ve been counseled that if we no longer need something, then we should just give it away rather than sell it.  No garage sales for us. Throughout this process two scriptural passages often come to mind: Matthew 19:16-21 and Matthew 6:25-34. I’ve spent the last few weeks going through our possessions and hauling away most of what we own. I’m now faced with the big stuff, the furniture and large appliances…and the paperwork, including pictures. Yesterday, I put half of…

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Achieving Dreams We Never Dared to Dream

Achieving Dreams We Never Dared to Dream

We listened to someone lament the other day about her latest trials; she didn’t understand why her family experienced hardship. Didn’t they pay their tithing? Go to church? Do the right things? Why was God punishing her? I turned to Alan and whispered, “She hasn’t figured it out, yet. How wonderful it will be for her when she does!”

A False Start in Buying Our RV

A False Start in Buying Our RV

Alan has been busy finishing up his last physics class. For the last three weeks, he’s been doing 12-16 hours of studying a day (it’s a five week class!). Well, he desperately needed a break last night. We took the time to look at RVs and had a great laugh. Where else but in an RV can one shower, poop, wash their hands and play fetch with the dogs (sometimes even do laundry!) all at the same time? Okay, I…

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Attachment and the Nature of Suffering

Attachment and the Nature of Suffering

I’ve been thinking about this Buddha quote for the last few days as I have been getting rid of our possessions.  After the first donation load was dropped off, I felt physically lighter, happier. Liberated. To be honest, it felt so good that I can’t wait to get rid of the rest of it. This hasn’t been the first significant purge we’ve experienced. Before coming here to Texas, I got rid of everything that didn’t fit into one POD.  We…

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In the beginning…

In the beginning…

It all started with a simple sharing of a testimony. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Every first Sunday of the month, our churches across the globe engage in what is called a fast and testimony meeting. We fast for two meals prior to church (24 hours) and donate the money we would have spent on those meals to specifically help those in need.  (This is in addition to the tithe and other contributions…

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