Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Inspiration for the Week: My Heroes Out In the World

In his essay, "Heroism," Ralph Waldo Emerson said,

 "Oh friend, never strike sail to fear. Come into port greatly, or sail with God the seas. Not in vain you live, for every passing eye is cheered and refined by the vision."

Over the past week, I have been cheered by the vision created in this blog:

I am inspired by the account of one family's journey to Taiwan not just because I want MY family to enjoy a similar journey. And not just because it was one mom taking on a foreign country with 5 KIDS. Though WOW! is it inspiring for BOTH those reasons. But in her writings, I hear in the family's experiences the perspective-shifting, eye-opening, delightful moments all great adventures have. I am cheered and refined by reading of a journey, imperfect and laced with difficulty, but cherished too, for being the incredibly blessed learning adventure each moment was!

BRAVO! And check it out at!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Inspiration for the Week

Two years ago my mother-in-law gave me a beautiful Christmas ornament - a small globe. It was far to pretty too hang on the tree for just one month out of the year. Plus, I LOVE the world - the people, cultures, history! I hung the ornament from the light in my front room as a year-round symbol of our family's thirst to take it all in. What an adventure is out there waiting for us in the whole wide world!

Earlier this year, my sister-in-law made a video for her family featuring a song I was unfamiliar with. But I LOVED the lyrics. They reminded me of my globe, hanging above me, right at this moment.

"I wanna hold the whole wide world
Right here in my open hands.
Maybe I'm just a little girl,
A little girl with great, big plans."

Maybe I AM just a little girl, but I've got great big dreams of seeing more and doing more in the wide open world outside my door. Can't wait to share our adventures with you, and hope you'll share yours with me too!