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Pockets of Light

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Pockets of Light
In the forest Sun beaming down Yet only pockets of light appear
As in life Love transcends Yet we see only hurt and fear
Opening windows Opening doors Allowing light to flow in
When the light reflects In our hearts Only then may the love begin

Synchronicity

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We're back in Minnesota! After months of house hunting and still living in our trailer, Eric and I walked into a home we love.  We loved it so much we didn’t want to leave.  It is right by University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. We scheduled a 2nd showing.  And before we could go inside we decided to take the kids by to look at the yard.  The owners were home, so I knocked to see if it would be okay to take a peek in the back yard.   The owners are a recently retired professor couple.  Carl answered the door.
We visited a bit, and he invited us inside.  Again we loved the home… and our kids loved their cat! We talked for sometime.  And when we were leaving I asked “Carl, what is your last name?” “Barrentine”, he replied.
“I know a Barrentine”.
Carl looked at me quizzically.  “There are not many Barrentines”, he said.
“She was my first grade teacher back in Idaho”.
A moment of silence passed.
Carl's kind eyes became serious as he looked right into mine and asked, “Did you go…

Ketichikan, Alaska

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Ketichikan Creek Street
Totum bight
Banana slugs longer than
My child's height.
. Saxman Village,
City park
Lake Perseverance
Hiked 5 miles
Before she made her appearance
. Salmon berries,
Art,
Temperate Rain forrest
Ketichikans is where earths green is harnessed.
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Our last day in Ketchikan was bittersweet. We love this rainforest city in Alaska. The salmon capital of the world.

Alley Alive- Grand Forks, North Dakota

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True Pain knows True Joy

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Sunrise beach clean up with my son Elias today was,  well…  Beautiful sunrise, amazing waves, and the remnants of yesterdays celebrations scattered for miles.  It is constitution day in Mexico.  We gathered 3 bags of discarded plastic and styrofoam.   It was an amazing, disheartening, beautiful, difficult, joyful, challenging experience.  For many reasons.
So, Ive been reflecting and asking.  How does one survive the tragedies of life?  How do we get through times of utter pain, despair, hurt beyond knowledge?
The thing is… pain is real.  Deep suffering occurs because something happened to you.  And you have choices.  You can choose how you deal with your suffering.  However, there are wrong ways to suffer.  Or maybe I should say there are ways to suffer that only lead to more suffering.
We all suffer.  We all experience pain.   And when we push the pain away, distract ourselves, pretend that it didn’t happen, we only create an underlying anxiety.  The pain doesn’t go away if you sim…

Disney Alaska~

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I met my husband in Alaska back in the summer of 2000.  He on break from BYU and I, hitch hiking around the state finding adventures.
It was a surreal time in my life.  A time of new found hope and healing for me.  It is an amazing gift to return to AK each summer as a family.  Still, a place of healing, heart healing.  Now watching my children enjoy this magnificent green land is truly a gift.
The Disney Wonder will be our home for a month this summer.  It is an amazing ship.  It was remodeled since we were last on board.  I am especially excite to try Tiana's Place- the new restaurant. https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/ships/wonder/




7 Years on the planet- Happy Birthday Ruby Catherine

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Local Schools

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I'm volunteering at a local school for a few hours each morning.  It has been a wonderful learning experience, both for me and my kids.   Only Spanish is spoken at school.   We are all increasing our vocabulary.
The best part though, is the FRIENDS! We have met so many wonderful kids and teachers.
So, as a special educator I have made several observations in this school here in Isle de la Piedre, Mexico.  It is interesting to me to see how other countries and cultures work with children, including those with special needs. 
There are a number of children with special needs at the school, some with physical disabilities and some with other challenges.  Just as in the states, some of the children need/benefit from having a paraprofessional in the classroom.   At this school most of the paraprofessionals are the parent or relative of the child with special needs, and if they are not, they are paid by the family of the child with special needs.  I am not writing to place judgement on their…

Here's to Adventures in 2017

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Villa del Mar

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We said goodbye to this lovely little Villa today.  We really enjoyed our time here.  Alfredo the owner was kind and helpful.  The showers were always clean and had hot water.  I could hear the ocean waves from my bedroom window.  What more can a girl want?