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Chapter Four: Slow Down

June 9th, 2017


Oh The Simple Things

Digging my grave... JUST KIDDING! Goodbye truck stop style baby wipe showers and hello water meter. It's been real. I don't think I've ever been so excited to dig a 4 foot deep hole hoping I'd aim right and hit the main water line so I could tie into it and get water to the camper! Nathanael was able to help for about 10 minutes before he had to do something "important" in town, or so the claim goes. I like to think its because he entrusted me with such an important task that only my elite skills were equipped to execute. I mean not everyone can dig a hole in the ground, right? Yeah, I should probably add that to my resume.

Actually, pretty sure I'd just been fooled...

After a couple months of the, I'm sure very confused but oh so kind, mail lady putting our mail in one of the side compartments of the camper, I thought it was time to make a quick mailbox! Remember how I said I was an impatient person? Well heres an example for ya - One of Nathanaels favorite stories to tell is about this mailbox - Made out of old scrap wood lying around, a chainsaw, and one wifes stubborn attitude that was tired of not having a mailbox so was very determined to have one by the end of the night. Again, I can't praise my husband enough for being so gentle and patient with me! Because even though he thought I was insane, he still helped me tamp it down and level it up. After I used my incredible hole digging skills first of course.

More Of The Basics

Around this time we were also able to get a power pole installed on the barn side of the property and some more work done to the barn and valley. My goodness, the gentleman who owned this place prior to us is such a nice guy but it seems like he had a lot more important things to do around here than keep up on yard work. Lots of land clearing, tilling, and seeding just to get to the basics of a decent lawn!


Slow Down

Time to breathe… These past couple months have proved overwhelming both mentally and physically. There’s always so much to do and never enough time. It’s becoming more and more clear to me how important my time really is... I’ve been trying to become more intentional with my time - how it’s used, what it’s being used for, or who it’s being used with. Too much of my time lately has been used towards stress and frustration. There are so many things to do... it seems too much. Can it all be done? Where do we even start?!

“In order to use in your head you have to go out of your mind.” - Timothy Leary

Maybe I'm not using that quote in the write context but I'm definitely going out of my mind so when do I get to start using me head again??

There have been times where Nathanael and I have wondered how we were going to take down a tree.. whether it was the incredible size, the obstacles, or danger. Sometimes looking at the tree as a whole with those things in mind are so overwhelming we just want to drop everything and leave. But we put on our gear just like any other job, get up in the tree just like any other job, and start with one limb at a time. Pretty soon the tree gets a little smaller... a little less intimidating... and stress starts to melt away. And with each limb taken down you gain a little more confidence... a little more knowledge... and a lot more courage and motivation. Pretty soon the tree is on the ground, cleaned up, and the customer is happy.

*SORRY* Trust me I'm very aware of how cheesy this all is. But sometimes the cheesy stuff is so true.

I’ve been trying to view our situation, our life, just like the difficult trees we take down everyday. The different obstacles, trials, and hangups that come full force can only be dealt with one at a time. And as soon as you face one that seems too big to overcome, you realize it really wasn't all that bad, and you're ready for the next. Learn how to overcome trials with grace, poise, and confidence. So much easier said than done. Learn when to slow down and breathe. You can push yourself to do incredible things you never thought possible but sometimes you need to learn when to slow down, take a break, and just breathe. The Lord knew how much we’d need rest. Rest is meant to rejuvenate our mind, body, and soul. Don’t rob yourself of that or you’ll quickly get burnt out. Right now Nathanael and I are a little too close for comfort to being burnt out. It’s time for us to settle down for a bit to prioritize and get rejuvenated.

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If you’d like to follow our venture I’d love to see you follow our pages @ThePreludeXII on Facebook and Instagram. I hope to encourage people to not deify common sense and to go all in for their passions and purpose and if this only encourages one single person to do that than it's more than worth it!

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