Thoughts & Stories: Old Barn: Adventures Are Good for the Soul

Last night I found myself...far too late at night...reading the novel Wicked by Gregory Maguire (thanks to Jessi Zuver for letting me borrow it). It's a witty and gritty prequel to the land of OZ, think, "pre-Dorothy". Maybe a few of you have seen the wildly popular Broadway Adaptation? It's on my to-do list.

ANYWAY. I was reading a book, for fun. Just for the pleasure of story-telling and some imagined characters. I haven't done that in SO long due to a busy schedule and an ever growing "guilt" complex over not accomplishing my to-do list everyday. The stack of books by my bed has mostly been "how-tos" for business and other "do it yourself" style reads. Great for growth, not so fun for the imagination.

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As I get ready to start school full-time, it's been a difficult task to weed out my priorities and refocus my heart (perhaps you all can relate). In the midst of my ever growing "to-do" list...I've got to make time for things that feed my soul. That's been a missing link in my life for a couple years now.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I found an old abandoned barn. We played in it...took turns with the camera and acted like school kids about to open up a stolen bag of candy on "Mr. McGregor's" farm. It was one of my favorite moments from the last year...

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Last night, in fact, we were driving home from dinner when a little fox ran across the road in front of us. I was beyond excited and said to my husband, "Can we follow it?". He replied, "My thoughts EXACTLY!" So we stalked the fox into a suburban neighborhood where other business men and ladies came out of their houses to see the little guy trotting along the sidewalk. Everyone sported sneaky grins on their faces like small children. It was funny.

I'm not sure what my blog post is exactly about here, but I think I miss wonder. Peace. Quiet. Simple Beauty. And what better time of year than to chase after it! Tonight my hubby and I are bringing home a little charlie brown christmas tree from a KUZA Program fundraiser. We'll put our little box of ornaments on it...shut off our cellphones...turn off the computer...and just BE. 

Money is a bit tight this year. We are hand-making a lot of our gifts. We are eating lots of potatoes, oatmeal, and homemade soup trying to save a buck or two. I wouldn't have it any other way. Because simplicity and adventure are good for the soul. So are little foxes. And old barns :)