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Aug

13

2015
Fighting Back An Ocean Of Tears…

Fighting Back An Ocean Of Tears…

For many years I have embraced that family is much more than a bloodline.  Over the past nine years my life has been enriched by friends who have become family.  Two little girls in kindergarten brought together two families who didn’t know they needed each other. My second daughter, Raina, is 13 years old now.  I have watched her grow up alongside my Beks.  Somewhere along...

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Apr

21

2015
Self-Evaluation…Necessary Evil Or Embraced Reflection And Growth–You Decide!

Self-Evaluation…Necessary Evil Or Embraced Reflection And Growth–You Decide!

  Do you physically cringe when you hear the word “evaluation?”  Does your stomach get queasy when you’re up for evaluation in your work place or schooling?  Do you stay up at night dreading your appointment running all the worst case scenarios through your thoughts over and over and over again?  OR maybe you are very accomplished at whatever you’re being evaluated for only for...

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Mar

18

2015
Our Final Leg Of Our Journey–Until We Meet Again, Belize!

Our Final Leg Of Our Journey–Until We Meet Again, Belize!

IMG_3703 dolphin video Early Monday morning (March 16) we rose with the sun, packed for the day, and headed out for yet another adventure.  Pastor Ernest was our tour guide for the day. We arrived at the water taxi terminal, only to discover that the credit card machine was not working.  I went next door to the ATM and found out that was out of...

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Mar

16

2015

Bittersweet Moments–Being present, Reflections, and Anticipation…

It is Sunday late afternoon…our day started quite early (I awoke at 5:45 a.m.)  with plans to take the water taxi to a nearby island, Caye Caulker.  We packed our bag with our gear and started our short walk to the dock. The sun was shining, the sea gulls called out to the fish taunting them in the clear blue ocean below, and as I...

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Mar

14

2015

You Betta Belize It–When To Honour Your Authentic Self!!!

A couple of days ago, we decided to set apart some family time.  It was Ernest and Caroline’s anniversary, so they were off for an overnight get away (we strongly encouraged them to do so because their work here never ends and they need to spend quality time together). We arrived to the water taxi location only to find out that the 10:30am departure had...

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Mar

11

2015

The Hand Dance–Observations For Learning In Belize

Yesterday my family spent the entire day at Unity School in Belize City.  We switched our service project attention from the guest house to the school.  Truth be told, I think we were all ready for a bit of a change. Rebekah and I assisted in two different classes as Randy had a “to-do” list to check off (repair work in the kitchen, fixing the...

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Mar

09

2015

Rice, Beans, Flour–Building Community

As I sat by the ocean this morning having some quiet time, I reflected upon the past few days here in Belize City.  The fresh ocean breeze was like healing balm to a fatigued mind and brought clarity to my thoughts.  As I deeply breathed in the salt air, the fog within me lifted. Yesterday we went into the community near Unity School.  As we...

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Mar

06

2015

A Matter of Perspective: Belize March 2015

As I sit here in the guest house to chronicle our journey to Belize thus far, I keep being reminded that life situations are all interpreted through our lens of perspective!  Just now I found myself irritated that my pictures won’t upload to my post and my video won’t upload to Youtube…oh my goodness, can I say “First world problems?” Belize would be considered “Second...

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Feb

06

2015
Are You An Active Learner? Embracing Life Long Learning!

Are You An Active Learner? Embracing Life Long Learning!

This morning I chuckled to myself as I overheard a lady in her late seventies declare to another customer that there are no “Golden Years.”  According to her once a person reaches past a certain age everything starts falling apart!  I left that brief encounter with questions.  Is she happy?  Does she have friends and family who support her?  Does she live in vibrant community?...

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Jan

21

2015
Don’t Stay Stuck!

Don’t Stay Stuck!

What motivates you?  Are you the sort of person who is driven by internal motivating factors (sense of accomplishment, the love of learning, knowing the benefits of participating in a certain routine or project, etc.)  Or do you need or desire external motivating factors (pay for your work, a doctor saying that you need to take better care of yourself, your family or friends needing your...

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