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Well, you know life is so similar to tumbleweeds! You are merrily going along a path, or think you are, and out of no where the path changes and the road rises up to hit in you in the head ... or you come to a dead end, or chicken little falls out of the sky .... whatever! And those are the life changers, the events you remember, the things that make you say Hmmmmmm. And they are usually things you had no idea were going to happen. Things that "snuck" up on you, and out of the corner of your eye you caught a glimpse of something shimmering ... and before you knew it, you were nailed.
There have been some major tumbleweed connections this year that have been attention getters, life changers and wake up calls. Not all of them have been pleasant, but ALL of them have been necessary for one reason or another. And I am grateful for them all.
Recently, our friend Dan had a major motorcycle accident. Normal just stopped for he and his wife, Patti for a little bit. It gave them time to rebuild their beautiful bond and their defenses together against the tumbleweeds. The beauty that has come from that, and the miracle of his healing, has been a lesson for us all. Wonderful and precious is life. Do not abuse it!
Paul and I have been pelted by some tumbleweeds the past few years. It has made us stronger, and it has forced our hands a couple of times. It has given us pause, and we have had to rebuild our defenses and enrich our bond, too. And not only with each other, but with our "tribe" members, ourselves and our faith. Always, always renewing our faith. It has been immeasurably valuable. Oh yeah, and kind of hard, too. But here we are, in another situation which gives us an opportunity to have a new adventure, and a fresh look at things as we enter into 2014.
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Blessings to you all,