Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This home currently houses 40 children... for every child rescued from a life on the streets, there are still hundreds more who need the simplest things we take for granted...
a safe place to sleep, something to wear, something to eat, someone to trust...
It takes so little to do so much....
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
OK, so there's this guy... I met him 18 months ago in a very unlikely place, doing some very unusual work. We hit it off right away; we laughed, cried, laughed some more, and we talked and talked; I mean, we REALLY talked; about everything and nothing at all, and it was GREAT! And then I had to come home... We continued to communicate via email and text messages. I went back for a visit 10 months later, to do some more work in the area, but partly to be sure I wasn't being a silly, romantic little ninnie. The second time we laughed, cried, laughed, talked and talked and talked some more, and it was STILL GREAT! (In fact, even better!) And then I had to come home again, but this time he kissed me good bye.... (and a right proper kiss it was, too.....)
So now you say, that sounds nice, what's the problem? Once again, I'm home, and he is 10,000 miles away. No really, I mean it, he lives ten-freakin-thousand miles from here! Seriously! It's the middle of summer where I am, and he's in the middle of winter! It's the middle of the day here, and he's in the middle of the night! Talk about poetic justice, or penance for my past wrongs, or something... just when I find someone I can really connect with, he's literally on the opposite side of the world! Maybe I'm really not meant to be that happy, or God knows I can only take true happiness in very small doses...
The memories are nice, though... and there's always hope...
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sometimes the preparation to take a STEP is quite a learning experience... I know this one was for me. This STEP required a bit more introspection than is generally comfortable for me, but once the STEP was taken, I felt an incredible peace. The next STEP is out of my hands, and all I have to do is wait for a response...
This STEP has a lot to do with leaving my heart in Mozambique... Here it is.... I have submitted my application packet to be considered for full-time missionary appointment. I'd like to work in Mozambique, establishing children's homes for children orphaned and abandoned as a result of the rampant AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. Yes, that's a BIG STEP, especially at my age, but one can't walk around with half a heart, hey? No, my heart wasn't stolen in Mozambique, I gladly gave it away, and I'll continue to give it away, as long as it's beating....
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
1. Go parachuting
1. Clean out my closets, drawers and garage and get rid of all my JUNK
1. Live in Mozambique and care for orphans
1. Vacation in the mountains every summer with someone special
1. Learn to play the bassoon
1. Sing in a community production of a Broadway show
1. Get a Master's Degree in something useful (as opposed to my now-useless Bachelor's Degree...)
1. Finish the hand-smocked dress I started for my daughter now that she has a daughter I can give it to...
1. Fall in love with the same man over and over every day for the rest of my life
OK, that's only a few of the things I think of putting on the list. No, it's not like the bucket list, I'm not sick or dying, just thinking and wishing. (And yes, they are all numbered 1, because that's where they may end up on the list....) someday!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
ANYWAY, I also have the bestest grandchildren in the world! Grandson Number One was hilarious during the Easter Egg roundup we had at Grandma's house (now, just for clarification, Grandma is NOT me, she is my Mom, so technically she is GreatGrandma to him, but that's just too hard for a barely two-year young lad to try to say...) Last year's Easter Egg roundup was really his first one, but he wasn't quite walking, so didn't really get the idea. THIS year, however, as a fully two-year old kid, he totally 'got' the "Easter Eggs are full of CANDY" idea! He was so serious and intent on opening each and every egg to investigate the prize within that he really didn't roundup a huge amount of eggs. He didn't seem to care, as long as there was always one more... All us grown-ups got such a giggle watching him, meticulously opening each egg, picking out every last piece of candy and putting them one by one into his basket, closing the egg and then looking up at his mommy and saying, "more?" (except it actually comes out like "mowah?" , a totally two-syllable Texas drawl word!) Grandkids are so great!
Well, thanks for looking in, see you next time!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Did you ever wonder (no, I'm not going to do Andy Rooney - hehe!).... so, did you ever wonder why you believe what you believe? For example, I know this woman who believes that when we've used up all the oil & gas reserves, the earth is going to collapse in on itself, and that teriffic, final collapse will be the huge earthquakes mentioned in Revelation... She believes this with such fervor, with no scientific proof, and I wonder why? Who told her there were pools of oil and caverns filled with natural gas holding up the earth's crust, and why did she believe that unlikely (and most definitely untrue!) story? Did she jump to that faulty conclusion based upon limited facts and little or no logic? I've tried to describe to her in layman's term the mechanisms by which oil & gas are recovered, and how they are trapped inside the rocks, not in pools or caverns....but no amount of explanation convinces her, regardless of the logic... I wonder, did someone purposefully mislead her, or did she come to these conclusions on her own, and more importantly, what else could she be misled into believing?
Now I'm not a scientist, by any stretch of the imagination, but I am fairly intelligent (OK, OK, I scored way high on the Mensa exams....) So, when I come across something that is a 'given' or 'that's the way it is' or a 'they say...' I tend to try to figure out why people think the things they do, if I'm at all curious about the subject. (Some subjects don't interest me in the least, so I just ignore them....hehe!) So, maybe this blog can be about some of the random things I've learned in my mental wanderings, trying to figure out "Where do they come up with this stuff???"
My personal beliefs have been overturned, turned inside out, tossed aside, picked up, dusted off, re-examined, refurbished, reformed and reclaimed many times throughout my life. There is always more information to be considered and there are increasingly more experiences to rely upon. Flexibility in life is essential....
OK, OK, enough already! I hope I haven't bored you so much you never return to my ramblings.... Now, home to play with my dog! Toodles! (no that's not the dog' name...hehe!)