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This Phoenix Speaks

Seven years in the making, my first published book, This Phoenix Speaks , is now a reality. The tireless and tiring work invested to ma...

thirty minutes

What would you take with you if you had but thirty minutes to gather it all up and forever leave the rest behind? First and most certainly, I would take with me my children. But after that, who can say?

I think to grab my scrapbooks and a bag of clothes. I reach for some blankets made by my mother. There are family heirloom furniture pieces I could tie to the top of my car, but then where would I put the piano mom used to play all the time? There is no room. I want to snatch up all the children's playthings and throw them in a box, really quick, with the basket of letters and photographs from my family history work. Oh! But what about those dirty dishes in the sink? I must wash those up and get to that laundry before the clock runs out. I wouldn't want it rumored I could not keep house. I dare not leave behind my scriptures, books, and sewing machine nor the keepsakes on the walls. And I shan't forget my makeup bag and my favorite purple shoes. Do you remember if I already packed the baby blankets and some snacks? I want to take it all with me, but there is no time for that.

Yet, with all this said, I really do take every important thing with me. I have them within my cherished memories. No tangible item could matter more than what a heart can hold. Thirty minutes could never be enough if I had to load them in a car.


  1. Your post made me think about this...I haven't thought about what I'd take in a long while. My books are pretty valuable to me...I love my photos that are framed...of course the Bible and my computer, even though it is old. I need my files...oh and the zip. xo nanc

  2. Oh my gosh, I need to think about this! Photos for sure, but what about all my writing notebooks???? Before my laptop (which I would also grab), everything went into a notebook! Do I need a big steel fireproof box?? Maybe!

    Thank you for making me ponder this!


  3. I have to think about this. What would I take? hmmm


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