Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Did my title catch your attention? HA! I couldn't help myself.

But, truthfully, I'm discovering that I am addicted to the Internet. Especially to email, Facebook, and my blogs that I enjoy reading. Our computer died two days ago. We went to the library yesterday to check email, and the library's Internet was down-go figure! All night last night I would sit down to relax and just naturally reach for the computer to check email and remember that it wouldn't boot up. Today, I am at the church with my husband while he is planning worship for Sunday morning catching up on emails and getting my blog "fix" to last me a few more days. We will be in Albuquerque with my parents next week and will have limitless Internet availability for 2 1/2 weeks! Maybe during that time we will figure out what is wrong with our computer.

In the meantime, I am learning how to enjoy doing other things. I am learning that the world does not fall apart when I can't check email for 2 days (or even more). I'm learning that it's okay to have a phone conversation instead of email conversation when things do need to be taken care of. It's been good to identify my need to connect to the web and to realize I can survive without it. :)

So, all that being said-I'm signing out of the World Wide Web for a little while and will learn what life was like before my Internet addiction existed. :) Have a blessed week everyone!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Novel Reflections

I am reading a book right now called Ever After by Karen Kingsbury. I have cried my way through most of this book, and I plan on finishing it tonight for two reasons:

1-I can’t put it down. She’s an amazing story teller, and this story is captivating!

2-I can’t spend another day weeping over this book. I need to enjoy the story and move on to happier books for a time.

Having said that, this book has encouraged some contemplation that I wanted to share. I won’t go into details of the story because it is definitely worth reading even though it is a tear jerker! So, here are some reflections

I do not think I would be a good military wife. From where I sit today, I don’t find in myself the strength it takes to let my husband (or child, if I had one) go off to fight in dangerous places. I admire these wives so much!!! I also admire the men (and women too, but I’m thinking more about husbands at the moment) who in many ways might rather be stateside protecting their families still choose to go where duty calls because they have such a passion for protecting so many others. My mind just doesn’t want to wrap around it because I’ve never experienced it for myself. But, I can tell you, I pray for these families. For those overseas and for those still at home hoping everyday that their loved one comes home. Selfishly, I’m thankful I do not have to be a military wife. Who knows about my children, but for now I pray for all the wives out there who find the strength from Above to be mom, dad, nurturer, and provider while their husbands protect our freedom!

Thank you soldiers! Thank you wives!

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” 1 John 3:16