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4/13/2017 12:01:00 AM
Raised By A Village
The Adventures Of WWMLP
From Janet's Blog of April 10 2017
Wonder Woman and My Little Pony(Photo Courtesy Janet Reep Morgan)
Wonder Woman and My Little Pony

(Photo Courtesy Janet Reep Morgan)



Janet Reep Morgan
Guest Columnist


A few weeks ago, I stayed overnight with a friend for logistical purposes. Her daughter Ali gave me her favorite toy, a Wonder Woman action figure and a My Little Pony toy with a purple mane. To me, these two little figurines are like the widow’s coins; they may seem like trinkets, but they represent a great treasure. It’s one thing to receive a gift it’s something special to be given a favorite toy by a 5-year-old. 

Ali wanted me to have a toy in case I got bored. The past few weeks have been far from boring.  Between hospital visits, healthcare navigation, work, farm life, new baby goats, a car accident, my own trip to the emergency room, and a few UMW presentations and meetings, life has been topsy-turvy.  In the midst of it all, Wonder Woman (#WWMLP) and My Little Pony have adventured into the world.  They’ve been to my office, walked on the nature trail, saved a cat-toy from peril, helped install new packages of honeybees, helped me with a sermon, and they were in my backpack when I was in a multiple-car accident on my way to work. 

No, I’m not placing my faith in an action figure that was conceived by a man in the 1940s. During this stressful time, these little toys remind me to take a break from my spreadsheets, to be connected with my coworkers, friends and family, to do something silly, to be brave, and to be faithful.  I believe that Ali’s gift of her favorite toy was a visible example of how God gave the world His son Jesus. 

I am in the early stages of photo-journaling the adventures of Wonder Woman and My Little Pony through Instagram #WWMLP. Just in case you grew weary of my goat and chicken stories, now, you can look forward to the adventures of a Wonder Woman action figure and a purple-maned pony.  There will still be plenty of farm stories….now with an action-figure side-kick.

More About Janet Reep Morgan: Janet started RaisedByAVillage.Com in 2011 as an expression of caregiving and sharing while she and her husband cared for his mother during her last months with dementia. After that, the site took a backseat to graduate school, mission trips to the Philippines, South Korea and Cambodia, and forays back into farm life. Now, Janet still volunteers with the United Methodist Women, is a public speaker promoting missions, works fulltime, tends to animals on the farm, sews, and makes soap. Sharing stories from the village is a natural part of the soul. Some stories are funny, some are just another day, and some are a look back into times that shaped who she is today.




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