Yesterday a Facebook friend shared this short film.  It's really good animation, but it's also part of the problem. There's so much cynicism, anger, and resentment against life. So much hopelessness. Granted that life can be difficult but there is also so much beauty. There is so much to believe in! Simply pointing out problems and pouting about them is a dead end. Look for the good in the world and you will see it everywhere, even in the most difficult situations. By sharing it with others you become a part of the creative force of hope. You become a part of the answer.

A few years ago that probably wouldn't have occurred to me.  In fact. I might have even agreed with the sentiment of the video - life sucks, then you die.  It's the subtle and insidious theme of many current books, movies, and TV shows.  I wasn't aware of this until my husband pointed out how depressing one of my favorite shows was.  Then I began paying attention.  I began to guard my heart and mind from cynicism.  When Kevin and I watch TV, we watch things like Iron Chef, Fixer Upper, Dancing with the Stars, and American Ninja Warrior. We also watch videos by MJ SailingJB Peterson, Rupert Sheldrake, and Sadh Guru.  They are all examples of people making themselves and the world a better place, and they inspire us by focussing on creation.  Hope - something to build upon when life is difficult.  That's what compels us and keeps us going as we build our dream.

House update - 

We bought the house on Nov 2 and moved in on Nov 14.  All of the major systems in the house are up and running and we've accomplished a lot.  We've been keeping score and it seems like we're catching up!


We hired a couple of guys to pull out all of the insulation from the crawlspace under the house.  Thirty 40 gal bags!  It had been severely damaged by weather, wildlife, and neglect and was hanging down in sheets instead of being tucked up under the floorboards.

And this is why we hired someone instead of doing it ourselves.  Six and a half foot snakeskin!

Now we're hoping that we'll actually be able to focus on unpacking and prettying up the place!

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  • HOPE – I have been watching your ( Lisa and Kevin) progress for months, maybe even years now. I get my hope from watching you two. Your journey has not been without speed bumps (for sure), but, as I sit here and write this comment, I say to myself that if you can do it, so can we. It is true that there are many evil things going on in the world right now, but this too shall pass! Never forget: “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his arms now and forever!

    Bob Yelle
  • I am glad you and Kevin are finally getting what you both deserve a nice house to start a fantastic new journey in your lives and I heard mom will be there for x-mas she is so excited to go down to she you both and your new house

    Paul Bohnwagner
  • You certainly are making progress by leaps & bounds. I am sure it does not always feel that way. You two are the poster children for Hope . So glad you have heat!

    Mary Jo

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