We Are ALL A Village

Have you ever had a picture just melt you?

This one does that to me.  I actually gasp every time I look at it.

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For so many reasons.

I was away last week attending a blogging conference, SNAP, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I knew in going I was leaving Dana with a lot and I was missing a lot.

There were three softball games, opening day ceremonies for little league where Sunshine was being recognized along with her all-star team that went to the championships, and this girl – was singing at the All-County Choir competition.

And that was just on Saturday.

I had come to peace with what I was missing and I had my whole family attending to cheer them both on at all events – my village was in full swing.  And I knew Dana could handle it all with grace.  And he did.

But then, at lunch on Saturday, a text came through.  Peanut had auditioned to be part of a solo group – and made it.

I fell to pieces.  Not because she made it – but because she tried.

For this girl, that is a lot.  It is huge.  And I was missing it.

But God had a plan because she was surrounded by her village.

And at that exact moment, he placed this sweet friend next to me… (pardon the grainy, way too close iPhone picture).

Tricia of Uncommon Designs.

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And she knew.

What it meant.  What I needed to hear.  How to be my friend in that moment.

And when I went away to the ladies’ room to pull myself together, others asked what was happening, and Tricia sweetly shared.

And my village grew all around me.

Throughout the day, so many sweet friends checked on me, hugged me and congratulated my girl.

And it made it all easier.

Later that day, I was speaking to this sweet lady and she told me the best story.  Last year, when I attended SNAP, I shared small containers of mints with my business cards.

She said my mints got her a job.

What?

She explained further that she was nervous for her interview which lead her to a cup of coffee.  Then, she realized she had coffee breathe and was even more nervous.  And then, she remembered my mints.  She popped in a few, relaxed and nailed her interview and got the job.

And I realized, I was part of her village.

And then I got to meet Susan of Freshly Picked again and remember how the pin she gave me at SNAP last year sticks with me every day.

“Decide the life you want and run like hell at it.”

Susan, is part of my village.

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Every day, we all interact, make connections, impact each other.  Sometimes intentional, sometimes not.  Sometimes we realize it, and sometimes we don’t.

We always say how it take a village to raise a child.

I think it also takes a village to find our way each and every day.

This amazing group of women have supported me, encouraged me and taught me so much over the years.

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(Cheryl, Heather, KariAnne, Vanessa)

And many more who were not in the picture or present.

Across the street, I have a village.

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In our church, I have a village.

Throughout our community, I have a village.

In Hawaii, I have a village.

In New Hampshire, I have a village.

In Massachusetts, I have a village.

In Nevada, I have a village.

In South Carolina, I have a village.

And this list goes on.

I learned a lot about blogging, and SEO and using Pinterest to grow my business at SNAP.  But even more importantly, I learned that we have to treasure our villages.

That we have to nurture them.

And we need to be a village for all of those around us.

And I realize now as I type this – I have a village here.

So, thank you for reading this little ol’ blog.  Thank you for lifting me up and encouraging me.

And I hope, in some small way, I get to be part of your village some day.

Wishing you a day full of grace and thank for reading!

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Comments

  1. That was a beautiful story — I have to wipe the tears away because I can’t see to write. I have to thank you and many others for encouraging words and sweet comments. I am a newcomer to this blog world but whenever I’ve had a question you and the other ladies were always so generous with their time and answered my questions. It makes you feel as if you’re not alone. Putting yourself out there to be judged is difficult but you and the rest of the village have made it easier. Thank you and I hope all is well with your family.

  2. Patty says:

    What a wonderful post! This is one of the many reasons why I love your blog. Thanks, Laura! You’re the best!

  3. Carol says:

    Laura, thank you for this beautiful post and for reminding us that each and every word or action can have an impact on someone else’s life – one of the multitude of reasons to maintain a positive outlook and manner. And by the way, thank you for the warmth and gentle humor that come through in all of your writing – I enjoy your decorating and lifestyle ideas, but I read your blog because of your personality that comes through in each posting. Very best to you and your beautiful family -

  4. Christy Keyton says:

    What a great post, Laura. So true. I was involved in a direct sales company for twenty years and the hardest thing about retiring was leaving my “village”. But then, I discovered that some of those “village people” never left me and we are still supporting each other on new adventures even to this day. Friendship is perhaps one of the sweetest of God’s gifts in this lifetime – a gift that will stretch into eternity.

  5. I’m reminded every day of the wonderful village I live in and am a part of! Thank you for highlighting just how important these friendships are!

  6. Congrats to your little peanut, Laura! Being away from family is always hard but when those big moments happen it’s exponentially so. At dinner the other night it was so apparent to me what a strong “village” you guys have together, one that started online! I just love that, and the fact that when you connect with someone, even someone you just met, they really can and do become part of you in some way. Awesome post! :)

  7. Melissa Leach says:

    Beautiful post!

  8. Love this post. Love.

    Love! (Can I say it again?!) looooove it.

    xo

  9. Shannon M. says:

    Awww….way to go Peanut!!! Trying out for all-county choir in itself is a stressful. Sometimes you walk in front of three to four people and start somewhere in the middle of a song, sometimes with music, sometimes without!!!! It’s NOT easy!!!! Your baby girl has nerves of steel!!!! Then to try out and make the solo group….. Purely talented singer you have Laura!!! Your post reminds me of a previous post you wrote not long ago…..And I think to myself…. What a Wonderful World….pass on my congratulations to your peanut and to your husband for surviving without you!!! Lol!!!
    Happy Day!!!

  10. I would be part of your village any day! You were so welcoming at SNAP and I really enjoyed meeting you. People often don’t realize how a smile or simple kind word can make someone’s day. I’m sure you were disappointed to miss out on all of the events going on at home, but know that you touched people’s lives and made a difference at the conference.

  11. xoxoxoxo Got ya back always my dear sweet friend!

  12. Julie Eberhardt says:

    You name it — I’ll be your Hawaii village, your UNH village, your Betty village! xoxo

  13. Your.Best.Post.Ever. Loved it!

  14. I am not sure I could love this post more. So happy to have you in my village and know you always have one in VA as long as I am here.

  15. Susan says:

    Glad to be a part of your village~

  16. Such a simple but oh so powerful message; it made my heart sing.

  17. Amelia says:

    loved this, you are opening your heart to the wonders of the universe!!

  18. Laura,
    What a wonderful post! My heart really went out to you as I read your words (and your heart). :-) One of the wonderful things about having different “villages” is that our dumplings can sometimes take on different roles. To my embarrassment, my son cried nearly every.single.day of second grade when I dropped him off at school. When he was a third grader, I went back to teaching at another school which would involve his dad taking him to school. I stewed and worried about this all summer. When fall rolled around and school started, my son never cried. Not once. When I told him how proud I was of him and dared to ask why, he replied, “I’m a different person when I’m with Dad.” Then to make me feel better, he added, “I guess I just won’t miss him as much all day.” Ha!

    I enjoy the different roles I get to take on in different villages, too. I’d gladly be one of your Village People. :-) Thanks for a very inspiring post!

  19. So true Laura! I believe people are not randomly placed in our lives. That is really why I try to embrace everyone. Because you never know. Maybe you don’t need their experience, but you have a friend who does. Or maybe you need them to say the right thing in the moment. We learned in the Army that the world is really very small. I’m so glad your village kept life at home running for you so we could all enjoy having you at Snap! It was great to see you again!

  20. Laura this is such a beautiful post. Love. It was so wonderful getting to meet you at SNAP! You light up the room and are so easy to talk with. It was so nice to meet so many wonderful online friends in person. Have a great week! xo

  21. Beautiful Laura…we cannot “do it all” or be in every place for every moment….embrace your “beautiful village” …
    Congrats to your girls for all of their wonderful accomplishments!

  22. I am just getting my head above water from SNAP and finally had time to read your latest posts… you just had me in tears. Thank you so much for sharing from your heart in every situation. I am so thankful for your friendship, support, and crazy sense of humor. I am so blessed to have you and so many others in my life… my village!

    Take care,

    Trish

  23. What a sweet post, Laura. Thanks so much for sharing and kudos to your daughters and their accomplishments! :) It’s so gratifying to see our children soar, isn’t it?

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