Friday, March 27, 2009

Blog friends

I clicked onto Novelle360's site yesterday and read her entry about lacking the time lately to blog and wondering if she was going to continue to do so. I have followed her for years...she used to blog on xanga, and I loved hearing about her life as a newlywed, and then being overjoyed to hear she was expecting a little one, and then crying and praying for her and Jerry when she lost that baby. I was privileged to read of her second pregnancy, and now to read her updates about life with Alli and all the joy and struggles that come with being a mom and a working woman and a wife and a friend and a daughter. I started to think about how long I've "known" her, and how much I would miss the daily glimpses into her life. This bloggy thing is a funny creature. It allows you to make friends without ever meeting them, but it also allows you to walk away from those friends without the crushing guilt that can come from breaking up with a real-life friend. I felt guilty suddenly for vanishing so often on my blog sites. For failing to update more regularly, for staying silent for weeks and even months at a time. I know how I feel when one of the blogs I read goes silent, and I wonder if others feel that way about me. I know this isn't where I have blogged for long, or made many "friends", but my xanga site is one of those places. I'm sorry for vanishing on you folks. I will try to do better. And I am hoping that Novelle360 (Kelly) will figure out a way to combine her busy life and her blog in a better way for herself. This is just a big sappy shout out to all you bloggy folks. I love ya man!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cooking with Jules

Yep, cooking with me because this entry will be a dash of this and a pinch of that...the way I cook. :)

Going to take Landon and Corin to Moraine State park for a walk around lunchtime. It is going to be a balmy 56 degrees here today...and woohee does that feel like warmth to us. (Ummm Jenn, bundle him up and we need the car seat base.)

Told MOPS that I would not be on Steering Team next year. And feel really good about that decision.

Sat in on an interesting ministerium meeting yesterday. Local pastors get together once a month to talk and share their concerns and burdens. I liked being a part of it but came away very frustrated because all they did was action plans were set up, no decisions were made. Men....bah!

I have a big prayer request. Been thinking that God is leading in my new ministry direction, and need clarification of that leading. I am considering joining my Dad's mission. It would be as a mission representative, working most of the time here in the US. I'd travel to various churches and organizations, presenting the ministries of LATCOM, and I'd also lead a few teams to Bolivia every year. Here's the would mean raising support. In other words, the mission doesn't pay me a salary, I have to raise support like any other missionary does. I really, really, really am excited about this path, but I am praying hard to see if it is really what God would have me do. My heart would move to Bolivia in a nanosecond and start working at Monte Blanco (and the rest of my body too. lol), but my husband does not feel the same way. But this is a way that I can be contributing to that ministry without endangering my marriage. So pray for me. Pray for clarity on if this is where God wants me to go, and also for the support to come in if it is what He has for my life. I have until April to decide, because that is when the board meets, and they do all the hiring.

Emilie told me last night that she wants to be baptized. So we will be attending a "Your Child Wants to be Baptized" meeting in two weeks. They'll make sure she understands what it means, and whether she is ready for that or not. My heart leaped within me.

I have lots of thoughts I still need to share about my time in Bolivia. This is just for me to remember what those thoughts are when I finally get the time to sit down and write them out. Pointman Leadership. Testimonies. Old house. Grandpa and Grandma. Odd Pastor. Dead man.

I need to do laundry. Again.