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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 .