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My Reminder

A Sell Family PortraitGood Evening, Friends.

It's been two months and I have not posted here. Two whole months of our lives, gone from these pages and yet so busy that I could barely tell you succinctly what was going on.

But two months is nothing compared to the nearly two years that I've been waiting to watch a movie. That's right, a movie. And that movie has everything to do with this blog right here and the priorities in my life.

When Ethan was barely a month old, Andy and I were visited briefly by our missionary friend Alice and her prayer partner. Amidst talking about the farm (Alice was key in our mandate at Foxwood), she asked if we had ever seen Julie and Julia. I had heard of it, but hadn't really taken interest. Our time for movies is rather limited, as you might imagine. But it caught my interest when Alice explained that it was a true story of a woman who began a blog and eventually wrote a book about her experience. Alice is one of our sprititual mentors and when they suggest you watch a movie, well, you do it.

Unfortunately, for the next year and half, we either didn't think about it or the library was out of its copies. (Do you think we have a budget for renting??) Eventually, it became a here and there thought on the back burner and in time, I didn't think of it at all.

On Friday, Elly and I stopped at our tiny local library here in Coon Valley and as we were picking out a Clifford the Big Red Dog video for her, I had the presence of mind to ask the young librarian if they even had a copy of Julie and Julia. I think she was a little thrown off at my exuberant reaction when I was told they not only had TWO copies, but they were both in!

And so tonight, after MUCH ado, Andy and I settled in to watch the movie. I'm not going to give a review. This movie was so much more to us than a Netflix pick. It is a re-centering.

For me, I love blogging. I just love to write about what's going on, for so many reasons. And with our move, the new job, the kids and being tired from my third pregnancy ... I didn't have the energy.

For Andy, he is determining his role here at St. Brigid's; is he just a salesman/marketer or is he the personal chef that he's always dreamed of being? This movie was here for us at the right time, the exact right time.

I will make blogging for you and for me a new priority. I don't care if no one is even reading anymore. This is so important, if not for my sanity, then for my kids to know all about our lives right now. And their kids. And so on.

And I think Andy is going to get Julia Child's famous book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. We are going to tighten our family budget in other areas and loosen it in our grocery list. (Excited much??) And he learned once again, a person does not need a degree to be taken seriously.

The movie is inspiring in and of itself, so I do recommend it (there is one section near the end where the F-bomb is dropped, in case you are thinking of allowing the younger set to watch) but overall it's pretty family friendly and really does have a good message.

But here it is. My big reminder. This blog is more than me. It's about so much more than our little lives. I have to keep writing. I can't be too tired anymore.

And from this point on, it's going to be a lot more real and personal (like the posts about losing Foxwood). So hang on, friends. This is gonna be great.

Rebekah Sell lives on a small plot of land with her husband, Andy, on which they are hoping to build a sustainable homestead. With a small business and four kids, life is always interesting as Becky and Andy live fully the idea that the journey is the reward. Find her on .

becky and andy
11/17/2010 7:56:48 AM

Hi Friends, Well, I must admit that I had no idea we were missed. You are all so kind and warming of the heart. Thank you for edifying our decision to return to the blog. We will be sure to keep it up this time. And I'll be sure Andy chimes in more often now to give his very valuable and different perspective on our lives these days. Is it too soon to post another? :)

jean teller
11/16/2010 11:55:39 AM

Becky and Andy! So good to hear from you. I too recently caught up with Julie and Julia - a friend highly recommended it (or is that recommended it highly?) - and I loved it. Both sides of the story were inspiring. Plus the writing, acting, cinematography, directing were all terrific! I may eventually add it to my DVD collection. And Becky, we have absolutely no objection to more blogs from your direction. :) I love your writing style - and Andy's too - and look forward to more tales from St. Brigid's.

nebraska dave
11/16/2010 4:23:24 AM

@Becky and Andy, I so glad to see your blog. I had often wondered what ever happened to you and your family. The last blog entry indicated that live was moving at a very fast pace with major life changing things happening. Giving up one life and entering into a new season of life always is a traumatic thing. A new priorities and a new level of normal has to be established. I for one am glad that blogging is one of those normal priorities. I always enjoy hearing about your real life adventures. Life always seems to throw us curves and how we deal with them makes us who we are. Thank you for sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly for us to know that we are not alone in the struggles of life. Have a great day.

dede jacques
11/15/2010 9:06:58 PM

I'm glad you had this gentle reminder. I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I love it. Thank you for getting personal, that's how we connect. Thank you for blogging.

11/15/2010 4:33:52 PM

That's great news! Thanks for your renewed enthusiasm, and I know I won't be the only one eagerly anticipating each post. On those occasions when I get to sort of stop and smell the roses – peruse the reader blogs – it's wonderful to see one of yours up near the top. Bless you guys!