I was going through some things today in our process to simplify and de-clutter our lives.  I came across a notebook with a single journal entry from our time in the summer of 2009 when we moved to West Virginia and lived in a modified horse trailer in a campground for 3 months……

My thoughts were suddenly broken by Dave’s voice as he looked at me, bewildered, and said, “What is the purpose of all of this?”.  I felt temporarily confused as I swam out of my own reveries. “The purpose of what?”, I inquired.  His hands flew up in frustration as he gestured all around us.  “This, all of this, living for three months in a horse trailer.  What lesson is there in all of this?”.  I looked down at my camp chair, the mud on my jeans, up at the blue tarp over our picnic table, and then at the horse trailer itself, our home.  It made me tired.  Why is it that some of life’s most valuable lessons come out of such struggles?  I wondered, too, why the lessons themselves are so long in coming.  At first, I was slightly embarrassed when people I hardly knew would ask where we were living.  I would mumble about rentals being difficult to find and try to change the subject.  Now I just say it matter-of-factly, “We live in a campground”………

End of entry.  Funny how some things just never change!  It makes me ponder our lives, to think of what it is about the two of us that leads us into such crazy adventures.  What makes us different? Most people would not live in a campground for three months, or move across the country with two kids and camp for ten weeks while building a house? Most people would not live in a 100-year-old house in Alaska and haul water, fuel, and commute by snowmachine (snowmobile). I know that we are not most people, but what is it, I wonder, that makes us different? It must have been the same with pioneers back in the old days, moving West with their families, or the Pilgrims, going across an ocean by boat to a new land. Sometimes we find ourselves wishing that we could just be content with ‘normal’. But alas, here we are, in the middle of another crazy adventure. This time, however, is vastly different than previous ones, because this time, we have been able to see the lessons, as they happen, and thank God for bringing them to us to make us grow into better people and a stronger family.

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