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014 | Left Field Disaster & Getting Back on the Horse

014 | Left Field Disaster & Getting Back on the Horse

Happy April fools, although this post is not very funny:

It has been a day, a week, and a month. Whew.

“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” — Gregory S. Williams

Everyone and every life will have its tougher seasons. And before I begin, life is still a blessing and our whole family is healthy. So here is the low down to my short post for this week.

  1. Our home's foundational piers failed and were repaired.
  2. The flooring could not be saved.
  3. The plumbing is unusable.
  4. We’ve been living away from home and the gym for 3 weeks.
  5. I’ve gained 5 pounds.


Even with this, our parents are healthy, our toddler’s loving her birthday month, and Easter was a wonderful adventure. According to Harvard, “in positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.”

Seek Wisdom and Support

We had to force ourselves as a family to tell our friends about our struggles and let them walk alongside us and encourage us. We will seek financial help from someone we trust (hopefully older and much wiser than us) this week too. I will talk about that next Monday so stay tuned. But all I want to say is: that one hiccup is not a failure, and even my five pounds is not a permanent problem. This too is a season.

Here's to a journey of purpose, progress, and a life well-lived.


Bonus Content

Birthday Buckwheat Crepes (Small Batch): (from King Arthur)

1/2 cup (60g) Bleached Buckwheat Flour

1/2 teaspoon table salt

1 large egg

1/2 cup (115 g) whole milk

1/2 tablespoon (7g) melted butter

Blue gel dye: 1-4 drops

1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

2. Cover the batter (I use the shake blender and just pur the lid on) and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

3. If needed, thin the batter with water or milk.

4. Preheat a non-stick crêpe pan

5. Cook the crêpe for 1 to 2 minutes on the first side, until it's golden and lifts from the pan easily.

6. Flip it over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes on the other side.

7. This is where I top with an egg, cheese, salt, pepper, ham, or even spinach.

8. Fold in Thirds/roll and flip one more time if cooking an egg so it gets cooked all the way through.

9. Party, eat, and enjoy.