2006-07-29

Woe is me

Tomorrow our friends and colleagues gather in Holland for CAI's annual staff conference. This is the first time we have missed staff conference since we moved to Euorope in 1998. I am really sad that we won't be there! This is an amazing group of people who are out there on the front lines.

CAI people, we love you and miss you!

Explaining the Hairstyle Comment

For Sarah, lest she think badly of me

This is the haircut/hairstyle I wanted. The profile picture on the right is what I got. It's OK, but not exactly like the photo. That's all I was trying to say!!!

Have fun in Holland Sarah!

Meggie Joy

Click here for some recent pictures of Meg.

2006-07-28

Thank you Scott & Becky for having wireless!

I am a happy woman! I am sitting in the living room of our good college friends, Scott & Becky. (Normally when we are furlough we stay here, we sit in the living room and fold laundry and watch TV. Scott and Becky are currently showing us up and spending 2 1/2 weeks in Norway for their 15th anniversary. I think we'll be lucky if we go out for dinner! Anyway, I digress....)

As I was saying, I am sitting in the rocking recliner in the living room, with my laptop in my lap and I'm connected! I have felt very disconnected from my normal world the past few weeks. And oh yeah, I also have a bowl of ice cream. There was no chocolate sauce, but one scoop of chocolate and one scoop of cherry chocolate something will do. My hubby was kind enough to dip it for me.

I feel like I need to write about 30 pages to cover everything that has been going on since we've been here. We arrived in the US four weeks ago yesterday. I highly doubt I'll remember everything I have wanted to say at once, so there will probably lots of rambling etc.

Even though our furlough has been much better emotionally than the last one, I can feel it begin to wear on me. Our family is together almost 24/7 and I have begun to lose patience when the kids squabble and that sort of thing. Right now I'd like a day in our own home. I'd like to hunker down on my couch with a good cup of strong coffee and frothy milk.

Now that we are almost halfway through our furlough, I've been trying to stay off the "fund-raising-roller-coaster" when you wonder if the money to cover the deficit and the monthly support is going to come in. You wonder what you should be doing more, or better. It's a hard balance remembering that we are responsible to share the opportunity, God is responsible to get the money in. Yet I think deep inside of us we worry that come the end of August, the numbers will come up short.

America can woo you into kind of a half slumber, where you are lulled by ice makers and cold water direct from the fridge door. People are so good to us, treating us to meals and spoiling us generally. You get kinda used to the remote-control doors on the borrowed minivan. You go shopping at Walmart and feel kind of like Madame Blueberry in Stuffmart. You go on a quest for the perfect girlie computer bag. Yikes.

That's all for now...hopefully there will be more regular updates!

2006-07-23

6 Random Comments

OK, I decided that I am never going to get a chance to write out all the thoughts going through my head in full form, so here is a random sampler for you :)

1. I have been driving our friends' Honda minivan. It has sliding doors on both sides that open automatically with the little remote thingy. I could get used to that.

2. No matter if you take a photo and pay big bucks, it's HARD to get the haircut you want!

3. Even if you buy all kinds of hair products, which take you a chunk of time to pick out, you still don't get the look you were going for.

3. I have only eaten Arby's once, and today will be only the second time we've eaten at McDonalds.

4. I know Walmart is not all good, but I have fun shopping there. Yesterday day I got cushy leather sandals for $11.

5. I see a big yellow Hummer thingy pretty much EVERY time we go out. Seriously people, what is UP with that?

6. We always keep track of the license plates we see while we are on furlough. So far we have seen more than 40 states, I think, including Alaska.

More random thoughts later. Gotta go.