Finding Family Everywhere

Sep 05, 2023 5:11 pm


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When we speak to our family members about our planned move across the country, we pause to think about who and what we are leaving behind.

Toby and I attended the Albuquerque Wine Festival on Labor Day and enjoyed sampling the variety of wines made in New Mexico. 


We wandered about the field, looked over the kitschy items for sale, and sang along with the dueling piano music playing nearby. We also reminisced about the other events we attended together in Albuquerque over the years.

Stopping to purchase a bottle of Barrel-Aged Blanc de Noirs sparkling vintage wine from Gruet, we started planning a going-away party to say goodbye to our local family and friends.

We also think about the delicious New Mexican food we'll miss like huevos rancheros, enchiladas, green chile cheeseburgers, chile relleno, tamales, and posole. But we're looking forward to eating a lot more fish, crab, and shrimp!

When we call our kids, they are excited that we will be moving closer to where they live because they want to be with family more often. They have discovered that independence can sometimes feel lonely.

There are many choices to make when you are starting over and the possibilities can be overwhelming. 

This week, we embark on a heartwarming journey exploring the powerful idea that family isn't confined to blood ties or geographical boundaries.

In a world filled with diverse cultures, languages, and landscapes, it's easy to forget that the universal language of human connection transcends these differences.

No matter where you live or travel, there are opportunities to find and connect with people who become an integral part of your life, just like family.

The world is filled with kindred spirits waiting to become a part of our unique journey.

Thank you for being part of our community, where we celebrate the connections that make life richer and more meaningful. Together, we'll continue to discover the profound truth that family truly can be found everywhere.


Exploring Wilderness Encounters and Resilience Through Chapters 20 and 21 of 'A Gypsy's Kiss'

by Shelley Carney

Welcome to a thrilling new episode of the "Our Story Your Story" podcast! In this installment, we delve into the captivating themes of adverse experiences, camping adventures, and the journey toward resilience as we explore Chapters 20 and 21 of the gripping novel, "A Gypsy's Kiss: A Treasure Hunt Adventure.”

Hosted by the insightful authors Shelley Carney and Toby Younis, "Our Story Your Story" brings you thought-provoking discussions that unravel the layers of storytelling and dive deep into the emotions that make stories come alive.

Watch the video or download the podcast episode.

Wilderness Encounters: Adverse Experiences and Adaptability

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where things spiral out of control? 

Adverse experiences are like unexpected storms that sweep us off our feet, leaving us scrambling for stability. 

They're the moments when life takes an unexpected turn, challenging our preparedness and resilience. 

Imagine being caught in a chaotic situation where there's no time to think, only to act. 

I try to remember all the things I’m supposed to do when encountering a bear, a black one in this case, of around 350 pounds is my guess. Heart racing and mind swirling, damn if I can remember whether I’m supposed to climb a tree or not. A Gypsy’s Kiss: A Treasure Hunt Adventure, Chapter 21

Adverse situations are chaotic, leaving little room for hesitation. Adverse experiences can't be fully predicted or controlled; they demand adaptability. 

“You don't expect adversity. It just happens and suddenly you have to face the adversity. Resilience comes in when you can start looking at these situations of adversity and not panic and start doing things about them.”— Toby Younis

This adaptability is what soldiers learn in the midst of combat, where no amount of training can completely prepare them for the adrenaline-fueled chaos they face. 

“Nothing prepares you for being in war. You've had training, but when it gets down to the moment that somebody's shooting at you and you're shooting back, it's very chaotic.”— Toby Younis

Adverse experiences remind us that life is unpredictable, but our capacity to adapt remains a powerful tool in overcoming its trials.


Click here to read the rest of Shelley's informative article on our blog.

Here's our next week in content:

7 pm MDT, Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Garage Prospecting with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Livestream.


Humpday Hoedown - Garage Prospecting Paydirt Giveaway Night!

It's Giveaway Night! Join us for a chance to win one of two bags of paydirt with gold from "Toby's Gold Science Take 2 Experiment" and the Garage Prospecting New Mexico Blend Paydirt!

To have a chance at the giveaway, make a comment on this video:

7 pm MDT, Thursday, September 7, 2023. Our Story Your Story with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Premier.


Exploring the Themes of Belonging and Adventure | A Gypsy's Kiss Chapter 22 | Our Story Your Story

Join us in this episode of our podcast as we read and discuss the captivating story of teenage traveler Miguel and his unexpected encounter with Ranger Bolton and his wife. We'll talk through the prevalent themes of belonging, family, and adventure in this heartwarming tale.

7 pm MDT, Friday, September 8, 2023. Garage Prospecting with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Premier.


From Ore to Gold: Crushing and Panning Genuine Colorado Gold Ore

Welcome back to Garage Prospecting! In this exciting video, we're diving deep into the world of gold prospecting as we process Genuine Colorado Gold ore to uncover hidden treasures. Join us as we take you through the fascinating journey of turning raw ore into precious gold flakes.

🔨 Crushing Process:

First, we'll showcase "The Mighty Mill" in action, a powerful machine that crushes the ore into a fine talcum-like powder. Discover the science behind this crucial step and watch as the ore transforms before your eyes.

💰 Gold Recovery:

Once the ore is finely crushed, we'll take you to our clean-up sluice, where the magic happens. Learn the techniques and tips as we carefully wash away the impurities, revealing any gold flakes that may be hidden within. Will we strike it rich or find only a few specks? Join us to find out!

🌄 Genuine Colorado Gold Ore:

Explore the fascinating geological background of the ore we're processing, and gain insights into the unique characteristics that make Colorado's gold so special.

This video is perfect for anyone with a curiosity for geology, mining, or the allure of striking it rich. Whether you're a seasoned prospector or just a gold enthusiast, there's something for everyone in this adventure.

Don't forget to like, subscribe, and hit that notification bell so you won't miss any of our upcoming mining adventures. Share your thoughts and questions in the comments, and let's embark on this golden journey together! 💰🌟

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