Ashpole Family 2017

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“Everybody has a home team: It’s the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It’s the people who, near or far, know everything that’s wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets. These are the people who cry when you cry. These are your people, your middle-of-the-night, no-matter-what people.” 

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Glerum Family 2017

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“Believe that this way of living, this focus on the present, the daily, the tangible, this intense concentration not on the news headlines but on the flowers growing in your own garden, the children growing in your own home, this way of living has the potential to open up the heavens, to yield a glittering handful of diamonds where a second ago there was coal. This way of living and noticing and building and crafting can crack through the movie sets and soundtracks that keep us waiting for our own life stories to begin, and set us free to observe the lives we have been creating all along without ever realizing it…”

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Tapia Family

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“Child of mine, come as you grow. In youth you will learn the secret places. The cave behind the waterfall, the arms of the oak that hold you high, the stars so near on a desert ledge. The important places. And when with age, you choose your own way among the many faces of a busy world, may you always remember the paths that lead back to the important places.”

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Brand Family

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“But this is what I’m finding, in glimpses and flashes: this is it. This is it, in the best possible way. That thing I’m waiting for, that adventure, that movie-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our houses and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables, in our dreams and prayers and fights and secrets – this pedestrian life is the most precious thing any of us will ever experience.” >>Shuana Niequist 

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