Whispers of Hope + Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps

Should I Or Shouldn’t I

Do you struggle with making decisions? Last night I was trying to decide if I should go to Whispers of Hope horse farm and volunteer in the morning. I was going back and forth, wondering if this was something I should or shouldn’t be doing. Gerald, Miranda’s husband, calls this squirreling. Running back and forth in the middle of the road, unsure of what to do, and then… nothing good happens. :/


Although volunteering is a good thing, I wondered if I was doing it for the right reasons, if this was where I should be volunteering, and if I had anything to offer to the therapeutic riding facility. I questioned if I should call or just show up, if I should put it off till next week, or if I should look into doing something else. Maybe I should do homework, or clean the house, and on, and on.

When I woke up this morning I was still contemplating. After texting my mom, and reading my bible, I decided that I was up, I was ready, I should just go. If anything I could commit to a schedule while I was there.

Personal Growth

John Maxwell often says that leaving your comfort zone, is a way to instigate personal growth. My fear of failure and the unknown make me uncomfortable. Fear squelches great potential. Maxwell says, “Feed your faith and starve your fear.” There is no room for both!

Whispers of Hope

You might have guessed it already, but I did end up going. I worked with Janice cleaning stalls and doctoring horses. I think I dumped about 20 barrels of muck this morning (strength workout, check!). I also saddled up a horse named Gussie so she could watch me ride for a bit.

Classes with challenged kids are in the afternoon, and soldiers in the Wounded Warrior program come Friday mornings. I decided that working with the horses was great, no problem. What strikes my confidence is wondering what if I am not good with the kids, or what if I mess up.

This morning I did feel like I was helpful, which in my opinion is what you want to feel as a volunteer. I loved that I might be making someone’s life a little easier by cleaning stalls. Even though I am still nervous, I am going to continue volunteering there, while I am blessed with so much time to do so!


When I got home, I ran a short and sweet 3 miles.

Last Nights Dinner

Chicken Stir Fry Wraps and Udon noodles 

  • 2 pounds chicken strips or breasts 
  • 1/4 bag ( 4 cups) frozen, Asian stir fry veggies
  • Small handful green onions (mine were frozen)
  • 1/4 cup Stir Fry sauce
  • 1 tbls oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • Salt, Pepper, Soy Sauce to taste
  • 1 Head of Iceberg Lettuce


  1. Spray pan with cooking spray and add chicken to medium-low heat.
  2. Flip once to cook both sides, when juices run clear, remove chicken from the pan.
  3. Add stir fry veggies and green onions.
  4. While veggies are cooking, dice chicken into bite size pieces
  5. When the veggies are no longer frozen add the diced chicken back in.
  6. Add Stir Fry Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Rice Vinegar, and Sesame Oil.
  7. Add Salt, Pepper, and Soy Sauce to your liking.
  8. Cook until thoroughly heated.
  9. Remove and set aside whole pieces of lettuce for the wrap.

The Udon Noodles were for Eron, but I still snagged me some.

Stir Fry Lettuce Wrap

Have you ever been limited by your fears? 

Do you volunteer anywhere?

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5 thoughts on “Whispers of Hope + Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps

  1. I can relate to so much of this! Decision making is never easy for me – and the fear of failure, fear of not being good enough at the job is a huge mental block I’m trying to break through. What a great and real post.
    I’m glad you went! 🙂

  2. That’s so awesome of you to volunteer like that! I volunteered in high school for the local humane society and (even though I’m allergic to cats and dogs) loved it! I wish I had more time to do something like that now. Good luck with it!

  3. Fears have absolutely prevented me from doing certain things. I have to work everyday to overcome this fear (of failure, of looking silly, ect) and just do it! I’m so happy you ended up deciding to go and being happy with this decision. I’m sure you’ll be great with the kids!!

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