Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday photo

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Grandma and grandaddy

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What's your song?

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Certain words of certain songs can stick with you over time. Even over several years. Lyrics can attach themselves to you. Songs are powerful, revealing, and illuminating. One of them for me, from the very first time I heard it, was from a John Cougar song, "you gotta stand for something or you'll fall for anything." Growing up a child of divorce, having two families was a blessing. But it also presented an immense challenge. Given how extraordinarily different my families were, and are, from each other — you learned to adapt in each. Problem is, if you grow up this way you become better at adapting who you are, than being who you are. Nice thing about life, and us human-types, is that we are under constant evolution. Change is always possible.

And I like sound of that.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fall, autumn, et ma tombée

There's a french postcard I have on my refrigerator that says, "je ne cherche pas, je trouve." I don't seek, I find. Then again, some things find us. I wasn't looking, but six months ago today, an amazingly wonderful, sweet, sexy, funny, thoughtful, and patient, patient man stumbled into my heart. With tulips. Upon realizing where my heart is now, this may be one of the most perfect, certainly one of my favorite, breadcrumbs... that it would be in autumn, in the 'fall', that I would finally embrace que je suis tombée amoureuse. He's got me.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday Photo — recap of the trip

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Near Hayesville, NC
The contrasts we saw last week on our volunteer rebuilding trip to Hayesville, NC were striking.

Riding through the unbelievably rich Fall colors of the North Carolina mountains — vs. — the poverty of the county we landed in being the worst in the whole country. I believe it was around 27% with a median annual income for a family of four being around $20,000.

The sweet, simple, and gracious hospitality — vs. — three folks being laid off from the very lumber yard we were getting our supplies from. Back here in the city, you can find another job, but out in those rural areas, that's it.

And the most poignant contrast, illustrated by this photo, was the absolute devastation that a family can endure, and be impacted by (suicide of a son, $17K+ in medical bills, a deteriorating home, and local food pantries at capacity) — vs. — still having an infectious joy in their hearts and an unrelenting faith at the core of their being. What an immense inspiration.

Joy, joy. Dripping from your heart and from your soul. Nothin' I can do but sing 'bout joy in my heart... oh, my lord. Pick me up. — FD

I know a lot of us, myself included, have things in our lives that feel challenging and taxing. Our concerns are are valid. Our concerns are also no less or more important than other folks'.

Life is challenging. It may feel even more so in our worlds right now. But when we learn to lean on eachother, reach out to eachother, help eachother, and know that we are not alone in this four-letter word called, "life." When we can tap into a basic human compassion, an acknowledgment of our similarities... that we are not rich or poor, democrat or republican, old or young, this race or that race, educated or not. When we can see eachother as vulnerable, equal, fallable, human beings in need of eachother, filled with compassion for eachother. Only then will WE, like these amazing kids in the mountains of North Carolina, also be able to sustain an infectious joy in OUR hearts and an unrelenting faith at the core of OUR being, that no matter what may come our way in life, we will make it.

Our amazing, inspiring, and fearless leader, Julia a.k.a. "boss", played this on the guitar the last night of our trip... "Perhaps Love."

PHOTOS ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The house(s) that love built

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Okay, I'm back on th' blog. Just returned from a week on a volunteer rebuilding trip in Hayesville, NC with my church. The hardships these families endure in the Appalachian region is humbling, yet they possess a joy for life and an unshakable faith that seems to see above and past all of the sadnesses they told us of. So inspiring. It was a privilege to be down there with them — as well as helping with their homes. If you've never done a volunteer rebuild, I recommend trying it. There is such need, and often there are local efforts that may only take up one day of your time. And as conditions in the world we live in can be so harsh and unforgiving, it really is a blessing to be able to reach out, help, and connect with these folks. To whom much is given much is expected. Where can you help fill a need?

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Photo

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Galena, Illinois
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Words in my home [No. 4]

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Si l'on sait exactement ce que l'on va faire, à quoi bon le faire?
'If you know exactly what you're going to do, what's the point of doing it?'
A postcard I picked up while living in the south of France.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins
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