Good morning friends and family,
The Latest from Lacey’s Blog: “Hoarders”
By now I am sure that most of us have seen or heard enough about the show “Hoarders” to be “scared straight” or at least be motivated enough to actually clean enough to a sanitary level. In fact, nothing motivates a cleaning spree in me quite like a “Hoarders” marathon.
Recently there has been a plethora of documentaries and bestselling books on minimalism. “Do your socks whisper to your soul? No. Then get rid of them!” The success in which this information was received has let me know that I am not alone in my issue of unhealthy collections and hanging onto stuff I don’t need.
So as I wander my house trying to prepare for our massive move, I am continually finding myself overwhelmed slowly gazing around at all my belongings and then backing out of the offending room in a desperate search for coffee and a clean space within a closet to hide.
In light of our decision to move from Alaska, I have been tasked with the chore of getting rid of most of our belongings. This is hard for me. We are talking about a woman who, as a child, had a two-hour argument with her mother as to why she wouldn’t throw away a licorice wrapper. At the time this wrapper represented the attention of a pre-teen love interest I had laid eyes upon while ice-skating. Did he give me the licorice? Or even the wrapper? No. No he did not. He was merely in the vicinity of my friends and myself as I consumed the licorice. That, and that alone, was enough to keep the wrapper as an enshrinement of a memory; a happy token of a great moment.
I don’t know why I hold onto these items. From the ugly candleholder given by a high-school friend to the complete collection of Moroccan décor that I love but have absolutely no plans on ever decorating with again. These things consume my storage space as well as my brain.
I have figured out there are a few main reasons I keep things I don’t use every day… or ever:
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P.S. I would love to hear back from you. If you have any comments from this week’s email or prayer requests you would like to share with us, our email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
Nathan will be having his quarterly appointment in Minneapolis next week for his Cystic Fibrosis. Please join us in praying for good scores on his lung functions and general health.
Below are the following projects that we currently need finances for. We will update the amount as funds come in.
- “Bethel, AK”
- Trip Cost: $1000 // Received: $0 // Needed: $1000
- April 17-22 – I will be teaching at a Pastor’s Conference in Bethel, Alaska on the subjects of identity and forgiveness.
- Trip Cost: $5000 // Received: $1800 // Needed: $3200
- May 26-June 3 – Lacey and I are teaching at a Marriage Conference in Iquitos, Peru.