Murdo Girl…All is well

A very special group of amazing musicians and singers performed this song for me today.

Thank you Jubilation 5. This song has been on my mind for days and it has brought me peacefully through a bump in the road of life. To hear you sing it, was the greatest gift.

(I wrote this story about a time when life was less complicated)

The corner window


I remember sitting in this old schoolhouse. I could look out the corner window in the back and see the changes in the seasons. Since it doubled as our country church, I spent six days a week here.

In this little building out in the middle of someone’s pasture, I learned about life here and everywhere else. I learned how to count as high as I would ever need to, and I learned to count my blessings.

I learned how people survived hardship and how some did not survive success. I learned the happiest people are those who truly care about others. I learned how to pray for strength, courage, and wisdom. I learned how to be humble, grateful, and compassionate.

I learned that nothing is forever, and life would be better if I learned to embrace change. I figured out that we all come from a long line of hardworking people, and we should be proud of our heritage.

This old building shaped my life. I wouldn’t be who I am if I hadn’t come here when it was too cold, or too hot. I learned everything from how to tie my shoes by watching my classmates, to what love is and isn’t from reading 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.

I also know that learning and living are two different things. I can learn the lesson, but not live it. I can justify, argue, and spin my mistakes, but it doesn’t change the truth. Anyone who doesn’t hold me accountable does me no favors.

I’m an imperfect human being who was lucky enough to cross the threshold of this old building where I gazed out the corner window and saw a beautiful world, because that’s what I chose to see.



4 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…All is well

  1. Bobby February 20, 2019 / 8:34 pm

    Is that the school that all of the aunts and uncles attended?? Is the building gone-other than in our minds?? Beautiful tribute Cuz.


    • Mary Francis McNinch February 20, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      Hi Bobby,

      A friend of mine in South Dakota loves to photograph old buildings. I think this one is near Presho. I’m sure it was a country school at one time.


  2. sanjuan831 February 20, 2019 / 7:54 pm

    Beautiful! Enjoyed this immensely.


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