Monday, September 28, 2009


Main Entry: 1fam·i·ly
Pronunciation: \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural fam·i·lies
Etymology: Middle English familie, from Latin familia household (including servants as well as kin of the householder), from famulus servant
Date: 15th century
2 a : a group of persons of common ancestry
3 a : a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation
~Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
I am surrounded by family. I talked with my Auntie Jan on the phone tonight her voice and thoughts were like cozying up with your favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate, thousands of miles disappeared until my connection went fuzzy and we had to hang up. I had the dose of family I had needed to keep me connected to my support system (as if a rescue breath). I stopped by the post office today and found a card from Anne, she stuffed 'sunshine' in that card and updated me on the latest in Hayward, she keeps me connected to my roots (breath). She is part of my family. I went to bible study tonight, there I meet with my sisters in Christ, fast friends we have become every Monday night here in Quin. They keep me connected to my Anchor, they are my support system, my family (breath). I go to school here in Quin and work along side my new family (breath). We call June at Lac Courte Oreilles back home and catch up on my family at school there (breath). A familiar voice on the other end of the line, a picture on my fridge, a memory in my heart, a smile and word from a friend here in Quin or beyond, a blog comment, email, prayer from far away, Mike visiting from home, all are my family (breath, breath, breath...). Placed in my life each one a true blessing and cherished (keeping me breathing). I just have to say Wow. Thankful tonight for family of every kind. Wish we could all get together and have a campfire. Wish I could introduce everyone to each other. Amazing people meeting amazing people. I wish you could see yourselves through my eyes. You all inspire me to be a better person than I am. My family. Thanking God for you, every one!

"...Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you."
Mark 5:19


  1. Hi Rachel,

    Great blog! I know your family misses you just as much. Reading about your journey encourages me to be a better person and enjoy every day that God gives me here on earth. I know my parents miss you too, they enjoy reading about your adventure and say hi to you and Ani. Take care and stay warm!
    Lisa & Matthew, Larry and Barb, and Max too!!
    Do you have a e-mail too? Mine is

  2. Glad to see you're breathing in deeply the love God has poured out to you through the many wonderful people in your life. You most certainly give us a deep breath of the sweetness of Jesus.

  3. Hey Kid, I am always amazed when I read your blog on what is going on and what you are doing and who's life you have touched and blessed. Good luck this weekend with the First Annual Salmon Run!! Just a reminder when you get down look up!! Blessings!!