Behind The Brand

Looking Back On The Blessings Of 2020

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'I know the title to this blog post seems to be in conflict with what most people think of when they think, "2020". It has even become a catch phrase on social media. "That's so 2020" (along with many more). In no way at all would I want to diminish the trials, heartbreaks, and sickness that many have endured this year. This year hasn't been easy for my family either. But looking back it has been a blessed year. But I tend to be a cup half full type of person. My survival and sanity depends on not letting the...

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Dead Plants, Rocks, and Forgiveness

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I had an epiphany yesterday. As I typed that word, I thought...no that word is wrong. Don't be dramatic. So I asked the google for a definition, and I believe I did have an epiphany. (...an illuminating discovery...insight...a revealing discovery...) My husband and I had just returned from a 4-wheeler ride to look for deer. We live in the country, and this was a mini date for us. :) We saw eleven deer, and over the course of the ride witnessed the beautiful constantly changing sunset. The whole journey I kept whispering praises to God in my heart. It was...

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We May Not Have Toilet Paper, But We Have Hope

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 Well, friends, I think we would all agree that this year has been an eventful one.  It seems like almost each day brings a new wave of SURPRISE! Am I right? If you're wondering what the photo has to do with the title of this blog, keep going. It will be revealed. :)  As mentioned in my last blog, Shelly and I left school on March 13 fully expecting to go back in a week or two. But no. We never did. There was the announcement for Shelly's family (along with a lot of you) that school events were cancelled....

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The School Is Not Closed

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March 13: Shelly and I, along with another teacher, stayed late after school. It was a Friday. We were in the gym decorating for the next week's book camp. The eager participants in the upcoming Dr. Seuss Book Camp were signed up. The supplies were bought and ready. As we finished the decorations, we started getting messages that the President had declared a pandemic in our nation. We called in the forces in our families.  Let's divide and conquer. Hit the stores on our way home...just in case. What if we're out of school for a couple of weeks? That's...

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I Built My Life Around You

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We have talked in the past about our fears. On our Facebook lives we have teased each other about our "irrational" fears. And although that's been a hot topic for us in the past, the point of the conversations wasn't really about the fears themselves. The point is overcoming the fears. The point is not passing those fears on. The point is supporting each other through all the "irrational" stuff. The phrase "fear not" appears in the Bible at least eighty times. That has to mean something, right? I am certain that satan uses fear to immobilize and limit us....

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