Stories… and the Curing of Soul

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One of the most wonderful facets of the minimalist community… particularly in the blogosphere, is that we are able to offer mentoring, directions, friendship, and family to each other. We’ve all taken the risk of stepping away from over-consumption.

As we journey together, we give and take insight that eventually ends up leading to a place of wholeness and healing. It is a safe place, where we are able, as individuals, to address our own baggage, brokenness, distortions and longings. As we learn from others, we are able to follow our own life story a bit more, and to grow into the person we’ve been created to be.

It’s an amazing community.

As we write, share, and learn from all of you, there are a few questions that we keep in mind, that helps us to recognize and isolate our own desires, hungers, needs, convictions, areas of separation, and thirsts of our soul. They go a little something… like… this…

  • What are you longing for in life?
  • Where do you experience this longing in your life right now?
  • What do you think is at the heart of your longing?
  • Where does your mind go when it isn’t focused on this longing?
  • Where have you experienced pain because something/someone else has taken the place of really satisfying the longing?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • Where are you compromising in life instead of pursuing your longing?

Questions like these are what make up your story.  How would you answer them?

This blog has been an attempt to address these questions in the moment… and unpack what lies at the root of it all.  All that being said…

What is your story… we would love to know.  If you are able, tackle one or two of them in the comment section below… or email us.   It is our desire to offer you the opportunity to share your story… through blog post, YouTube video, podcast, etc…

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A Brief Pause… An Anniversary Weekend

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Yesterday, we celebrated our first anniversary… and for the next few days, we will be off the grid.  So… that means no new posts for a short time.

We are grateful to all of our family and friends who have been a support to us during this time of building a new life, and blending two worlds.

To our folks…

Ricky and Barbara Alexander: Could not have the opportunity to grow together, rest together, sort together, love together… and all of the other emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual landscapes that we travel together without the two of you.  Deepest appreciation and gratefulness for who you are.  We are looking forward to our time together with you both soon.

Dave and Mary Oberlin:  The simple way in which we are able to spend time together talking, eating, and laughing is always encouraging and just what we need.  We always feel at home whether the time spent is random… or seeking deeper understanding.  Thank you for your humor and for sharing  your life with us.

To our kids…

We love you all… and are proud of the way that you except each other and us as we blend our two families.  We know that we are lame… and that you don’t like it when we make you hand in your technology at night.  We know that you sneak down stairs after we go to bed, because we can hear you, and can follow your trail of laffy taffy wrappers throughout the house.  We know that their have been bumps along the way in learning each others language… but you are all amazing people, and we are honored to have a roll to play in helping you discover who you were created to be.  You are loved…

To the Griffes’, the Hydes’, Kim, Jodi, Brian and Kelly, the Wright’s, the VanTreese’s, Kyle and Tom, and everyone else (should never have started to list individuals)… thank you.

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