Friday, April 30, 2010

Home Sweet Electronically-Connected Home


I just returned from three days at a beautiful conference center near Raymond, WA. My husband was leading a retreat for mission pastors. Great people, delicious food, lovely rooms, beautiful views . . . all only two hours from our home in Seattle. But it felt like we were out in the middle of no-where. And it was not just the cows. THERE WAS NO INTERNET.



How did this happen? During college, I used to wait two weeks for letters from my parents to arrive from Viet Nam to Box #165 at Biola. And all the letters and postcards Dave sent from Europe to our home in Spokane in the early years of ministry travel, before the girls and I went along. Much waiting for my friend ~ the postman. I have written hundreds and hundreds of letters, knowing that in a week or two they would reach my family around the world. And now, I feel lost because I had an idea and could not connect to http://gg-notesonthejourney.blogspot.com/. What is a blogging girl to do . . . well, I read the autobiography of Carol Burnett, worked on my Bible study, started my book on shame, prepared snacks for all the hungry pastors and even went to bed at 9:00 one night. It was a wonderful change of pace. But I have to be honest . . . I really missed blogging. 



photo credits: members.shaw.ca and sgfl.org.uk

11 comments:

  1. Welcome home!!!!!

    Cathie

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  2. and i missed you!!
    a

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  3. Can you tell me about the book you are writing. BTW...I am thinking blogging is addictive!

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  4. Thanks, Anne and Cathie. Debi ~ I am only reading books. I have always thought it would be fun to write a book - but no ideas yet . . . so, you are enjoying blogging too? I love your writing.

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  5. I'm so glad you're back. I sure missed you! I'm glad the retreat went well. <3

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  6. So sorry..thought you were writing a book about Shame. Is that a book you are reading? What is the title?

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  7. "I Thought It Was Just Me." by Brene Brown. I also appreciate her blog, "Ordinary Courage." I've just read the first two chapters and already it is profound. If you read it, let me know what you think.

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  8. Sounds like you made good use of your time away from the 'blogosphere'! But I do know what you mean! Wow! The things that we've become dependent on...Enjoy being 're-connected' and God bless!

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  9. Reading your entry made me think of letters I used to write to Honey when I was in college and he had just graduated. We couldn't afford the phone bill (and he wasn't a great talker), but we wrote letters to each other every week. I can't tell you how many times I almost attacked the postman waiting for a letter from Honey.

    I personally believe it (blogging) is very addictive and I miss it when I don't "visit friends" this way. I have found there to be an awesome support group of ladies who are tremendous encouragers and cheerleaders for each other.

    Thank you for your thoughts on finding ways to help our daughter with upper-level math. I think Math is the thing that scares me and worries me the most about home schooling! We're still trying to figure out what to do about next year, but you've given us some great ideas to consider. Thank you so much!

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  10. Nice to hear from you again, Maria. I had to catch up on your blog when I got home.

    Mom2three ~ I too, love waiting for that special letter. Happily, our daughter still write "real" letters. Hope you find the perfect Math solution.

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