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Is the Bible meant for literal interpretation or symbolic inspiration?
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/a_j_jacobs_year_of_living_biblically

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Well, the Hill family has survived and thrived through another ordeal…HEADLICE. Who knows where we picked it up or who we shared it with in ignorance. Hopefully we caught it early. It is a long tedious process to get rid of them which consists of bleaching and washing everything on hot, spraying mattresses, floors and furniture. The girls slept on air mattresses in the living room on hardwood floors for a week and were not allowed to go downstairs to their rooms or play with any of their dolls. Inspired by a conversation with my friend Sheila we just concluded a ceremony of intended thankfulness complete with candles.

Together we compiled a list of the things we learned from lice:
{read by Selah}

1. To recognize our feelings like when our head itches.

2. To be thankful for the toys in our room that we missed.

3. How to be patient in “nit-checks”.

4. To obey Mommy & Daddy and stay upstairs, sit still, stay off the couch etc.

5. Sometimes there is a reward for patience.
{Mommy bought us new toys…Polly Pocket Cruise Ship and My Little Pony Dance Palace…GW Bargains…See Pics}

6. Learned compassion for others in hard situations.

7. To be thankful that we are able to be together.

8. It’s fun to craft and create together.

9. How to turn something bad into something fun. {Our Spa Party with the Hair Treatments and painting nails}

10. That our friends love us no matter what!

Our ceremony concluded as we carried our lit candles outside, symbolizing the lice exiting our house and lives. We wore our paper clothes we designed together inspired by Selah. We took a moment to thank the lice for the lessons we learned from them and then said goodbye blowing our candles out in unison.

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Recently in a quest to re-organize I finally found my missing clip of pics from this summer. I took pics of my 95 year old Grandpa when I got to go home for a month this summer. He stayed up til like 2 am wanted to “visit” with me. It was a precious time. It is interesting to me that we don’t choose our families and we cannot walk away from their influences on us. Every relational strain teaches us something about ourselves and provides an opportunity for us to grow. Every moment of intimate closeness gives us the love and assurance we so desperately need. I enjoyed so much getting to visit the places and people of my childhood….the days I knew the beauty of innocence and the sweetness of unconditional love. I grew up across the field from my grandparents and had the luxury and freedom of romping around the farm and going to my grandparents house any time I wanted. I could waltz in at any given time and enjoy a saltine and some spiced tea. Those times are still so real to my heart that I can smell the sweet tea and taste the salt. Though their generation had very different ways of showing affection, I always knew my grandparents loved me.

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We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives.
We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us.
We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something.
We have to be content with what we are.”
-Marjorie Pay Hinkley

I need to stop and enjoy my view.

I have too much on my plate.

Trying to do and be everything.

I have 2 little kids.

My husband is working hard being the listening ear that everybody needs.

I am a perfectionist.

I sew.

I read.

I cook.

I clean.

I make gifts for my family and friends.

I craft and do digital scrapbooking.

I Pinterest.

I blog here.

I google.

I spend way too much time on my computer.

I try to be there for my friends.

I have been stressed.

I have been known to feel homesick for my family.

I am now at a place where I need to be content with not being everything.

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Knowing I need to add some modern colorful design elements to my white/tan/black/brown scheme I have going…I asked my friend Amanda for input. To play on some colors to accent with I made this frame of our family’s individual goals for 2012. Interesting….I love these colors! I am going to look for some accent pieces for my bedroom and maybe even let it flow out to the living area. We shall see. Thanks to my neighbor Gary who was throwing out some old frames. I love making someone else’s trash my treasure!

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My friend Amanda Strine came over to bring in the new year and we enjoyed a fabulous visit together. We listened to some meaningful music and I was able to do some long overdue scrapbooking. It truly FED MY SOUL. I was able to really put into words my gratefulness in being a mother. I am working on 2010 Scrapbooks.

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