Reflections…

My family traveled back to my home town for a few days at Christmas this year.  Every time that I go back to West Palm Beach, I am reminded of my childhood days.  I find myself trying to connect the dots that led me from the swimming pool and the beach to the prairies of Nebraska.

Christmas morning at the beach...

God’s paintbrush creates breath-taking Florida landscapes…

Approximately 1800 miles to the north and west takes you to Cozad, Nebraska…

While very different, God's artwork is also prominently displayed in my back yard in Nebraska...

While undeniably different, God’s artwork is also prominently displayed in my back yard…

Some may argue that Matt dragged me those 1800 miles from civilization to the great unknown but I view my move to rural America as a journey led by a search for my own special place.

16 and a half years later, Matt "encouraging" our oldest daughter (a Nebraska prairie girl) to try a taste of ocean life...

16 and a half years later, Matt “encouraging” our oldest daughter (a Nebraska prairie girl) to try a taste of ocean life…

As you can see, she was not initially a believer---adventuring into uncharted waters of her own accord...

As you can see, she was not initially a believer—lacking a desire to adventure into uncharted waters of her own accord…

It did not take long, however, for her to embrace the beauty of the ocean and all of its secrets...

It did not take long, however, for her to embrace the beauty of the ocean and all of its secrets…

Maybe she's just a little bit like her Mama---searching for her path in life---looking to discover how she can best use her talents...

Maybe she’s just a little bit like her Mama—looking for her own life’s path—searching for a way to make a difference…

When I arrived in Nebraska, I realized the start to a beautiful journey.  I found:

  • A place where I would discover a passion for the land and all of its marvelous creatures.
  • A place where I would find my own true self and the vocation that I believe that I was born to fulfill.
  • A place where I would learn to raise animals and grow food–cementing my belief that personal pride grows alongside hard work.
  • A place where I would raise a family—the next generation of thoughtful and motivated Americans.
Her life may one day take her back to the ocean---her life may instead keep her on the prairie, but it is my hope that she will make the most of all of the gifts with which she was blessed by continually sharing them with others...

Her life may one day take her back to the ocean—Her life may instead keep her on the prairie…

It is my sincere hope that wherever her destination, she will strive for greatness and stay true to her beautiful self.  I pray that she will always share of her gifts and talents as she ventures through those uncharted waters of life.  Today as I reflect back on the last 20 years, I remember this mantra from Winston Churchill:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.DSC03744


May we all have the courage to delve heartily into 2013, always remembering that gifts are only as powerful as the number of people with whom we share them…

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4 responses to “Reflections…

  1. Beautiful post… reminds me of the beaches I saw as a kid in FL near Ft. Pierce. Glad you had a nice trip 🙂

  2. I think it is good to let children experience new areas, so much to see in this great country and we tend to settle in and get too at ease in our own little corner. But still there is no place like our own home. We had a great Christmas here and then I got sick, really sick. I had pains and then a ruptured appendix, it just seemed to happen so quick. I spend a week in the hospital. I got home this week end and still feel pretty lousy but better. Hope you have a good new year, with health and happiness.

    • Oh, Ellie. I am so sorry! That does not sound like a fun way to bring in the New Year…I am glad that you are on the mend and getting better. Hopefully 2013 will get better for you as we move forward.

      I agree that it is important for everyone to experience new areas–I gain a different perspective every time that I go outside of my comfort zone. I am always glad to get back home, and bring back with me a new respect for both where I live and for those that choose to live other places.

      Take care of yourself and get well soon!
      Anne

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