The older we get, the more we crave the comfort and stability of familiarity. What happens when we intentionally fight those urges to start fresh some place new?
We're inching closer to our own move halfway across the country, although ours is due to the end of a very long military career for my husband.
Congratulations on just up and doing it.
Brother, I’m so proud of you. I’m so proud to know you.
I don’t know exactly how this story ends, except that it will be beautiful because you will be in it and you are brave, you have a heart filled with love and a ton of integrity.
Good luck in getting a good price for your home in Phoenix. In regards to your struggle with the Catholic Faith, is your main issue with the corruption in the hierarchy or are you actually having problems in believing that Jesus is really the Son of God and that he really rose from the dead? Or are you have problems believing the moral precepts, especially the sexual ones? Just trying to understand exactly what you are struggling with.
Happy this is happening. I hope you can move forward.
God's blessings on you and your family at this great and adventurous time. I haven't been back here in a while... and the photos of the family and your cross country trip are simply amazing. Blessings again.
I was a bit forthright the last time I was here, so I apologise if I offended anyone, but you are correct - change is a messy business. Though it can be fun too... Remember the days as a little kid when mum or the teacher would put a covering on the floor and let you play with all the paints to your heart's content..! I'd say that's close to where you're at right now :) Enjoy every moment 'cos it's only going to happen once and in that very special way. Enjoy... You and the family have worked HARD for it... and your children are far too good looking to be yours!!! Hahahah!!!
I'm putting a link here, to a video that I watched recently [hope I'm not breaking any house rules!] and it affected me profoundly to the point where I no longer feel nervous or anxious in the company of others. I warmly and sincerely recommend this testimony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeDzSfquYcs&list=PLPWmHKl6FtWAUMO5juXUiTpsHDlJ1pO5Y
Well done Steve, keep soldiering on, consider yourself Simon the Cyrenean, helping our Lord carry his cross with the victory of God spreading out across time behind you as you carry it. A mini Christ I guess you could say. Not too far to go now.... Persevere. Dominus vobiscum.
A share…from one of my long ago fave authors and thinkers. Seems apropos. It’s subject to being squishy. Your audience may attempt to tar and feather me for daring to offer this potential insight from outside the Catholic, especially, from my POV, myopic traditionalist lane. He’s a liberal Protestant. Even by that standard he’s disappointed me by how unmoored he can be here and there. Anyway…
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” -Frederick Buechner
Steve, Very glad things are going well. Welcome to New England! We’re not all lib-tards up here.
1. Lobster is meant for an outside picnic table. Hose down plastic table cloth when complete.
2. Bake a gigantic Blue Hubbard squash in an oven with maple syrup. Feeds an army. And it’s cheap and delicious.
3. Embrace Winter when it comes. Get outside. Walk the woods in heavy snow. “My little horse must think it queer…. to stop without a farmhouse near…”
4. Baltic Porter by the fire.
5. St Patrick’s Church in Twin Mountain NH
One of my favorite places on earth.
From a lifelong Rhode Islander, who as a boy fell in love with New Hampshire and who spends as much time at our cabin in NH as I can: Welcome. Welcome to New England, Welcome to New Hampshire. I hope you find peace, happiness and success here for you and all your family.