Today we started a spring cleaning fest which will take the entire week, I am sure of it.
With this many people under one roof and with so many hoarders for children it is a HUGE task. It must be done, however, and I am determined to get rid of clutter! Clutter is one of those items that really serves no purpose and just keeps a full house in disarray. I cannot function with a mess and a mess is all clutter will bring. Do we really need all of this stuff anyway?
This weekend Devin and I went to the mall to do a little birthday shopping for two girls who have birthdays next week. It opened my eyes as to how much we buy and want and really...do not need.
I read an article Saturday about a NM woman who has the measles and she flew back to the US on an international flight from Europe. Anyway, she was not vaccinated and got measles from who knows where and now the US and the CDC have issued warnings to passengers who were on her flight, etc. All out panic for a disease that is almost eradicated in the US thanks to vaccines.
Did you know that on Saturday thousands of people died from the same illness in a third world country and yet NOBODY here reports on that fact. NOBODY!
We are so wrapped up in our lives to even consider how great we have it in the US. I am as guilty of this as anyone. It is easy to go about our lives "not knowing" or pretending to not know about the trials and troubles of our neighbors. Neighbors.
Is it just fear or a lack of faith that keeps us from stepping out of our comfort zone to help a neighbor or a child or anyone who needs help? Or both?
Again, I am guilty of this too but I intend to make a true effort to step out a little. Step to the edge and see what faith and fear really can do. Devin is in with me too and so are the kids. This family is stepping out to take a peak over the edge.
"...once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act."