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February 08, 2005

Envious Me

Carol and Andrea spent the weekend together. Kristen and Lenise visited each other, too. So, when am I gonna get to visit my blogging friends?


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I'm just envious that you have blogging friends!:)
Thanks for checking out my blog! I really enjoy reading yours.

Posted by: Tonia (sparrow) at February 8, 2005 08:02 PM

don't you think it is time they took a trip for their geography or history-in-the-making lessons to visit you:) they could learn a lot of real history and expand their world immensely beyond the USA. or maybe a mission trip to kiev for a specified ministry to help your baby church. it probably won't be building a building, but i know there are lots of things that can be done there to help. it might take a year or so to plan but it wouldn't be impossible:) it seems to rarely be the first thing people think of but a week or so over there seeing you all in real life is mind expanding. martha

Posted by: martha at February 8, 2005 08:03 PM

Just as soon as you make your way to St. Louis! Sorry, is that selfish? I don't think we'll be making it to the Ukraine anytime soon...

We're happy to squeeze your family into our on-campus apartment with us, or I also hear Covenant offers a pretty decent room rate for visitors... You come to St. Louis and we'll pay for your room!

How does that sound?


Posted by: Megan at February 8, 2005 08:30 PM

Um, come to Atlanta?

Posted by: Reid at February 8, 2005 09:26 PM

Hey, come to Hawaii! It's great this time of year! Or ANY time of year!


Posted by: Anne at February 8, 2005 10:55 PM

I used to go to church with Lenise, I just never knew her. I did know her husband, though. I'd love to come to Kyiv and hang out... I should start buying a lotto ticket a week and see if that helps me get there... :o)

Posted by: kristen at February 8, 2005 11:05 PM

I work for a major airline (at least for now), and we were THIS close to coming to Odessa to visit some expat friends of yours. (I geeked out on it -- free on my employer from ATL to IAD, then an ID95 on Austrian to VIE and a connection to ODS.)

Then Wife(tm) got pregnant, and shortly thereafter the friends came back to the ATL. We'd still love to make it happen, but I'm not sure I'll still be in the major airline racket long enough to put a trip together. (The industry is looking bleak these days.) Also not sure if Grandma is up to babysitting a two-year-old for a week!

Posted by: Reid at February 9, 2005 09:37 PM

well, i'm not going to let up on the pressure folks. i've been on the "mission field" and now my daughter is...in kiev. they can't stop and come over here. sometimes you can work up a mission trip and get your church to help pay but it is too inconvenient. tulipgirl can't say it. people don't really want to go visit ukraine--it's not pretty in the winter like hawaii is. (i hear the spring is pretty.) how do you think they feel some days? they aren't made of stone. they get lonely for english speaking friends from home too.
i know it isn't possible for many, but in some of the comments i just hear plain inconvenience or discomfort, not "hmmm, maybe this is something i should seriously consider so i could be of help/ministry to people in a similar boat to myself--parenting/homeschooling children."
it concerns me to hear us so wrapped up in "me and mine". i know part of it is the stage in life many of you are in, but i don't hear a consideration of other options very often. can you imagine the impression it would make on your kids to see what real life in a missionary family is like for a week overseas...or is that what you are afraid of? i worry that our love of our families and having them close is not motivating us to push them to consider foreign service seriously. if your children are especially gifted, that's a major area they should be considering. can you imagine learning a language or 2 like russian and ukranian, learning to relate well to people from all over the US as well as cross-culturally and being able to integrate faith warmly and at an intellectual level as well? these are not people who are ungifted. yet in order to get along with each other, they can't be aware of it:) i've rambled too long but expressed my concerns not to chastise everyone but to challenge some (and only they know who they are) who could be of help and could learn a lot from a visit with the purpose of ministry.
if the shoe fits, wear it. if not, throw it out:)

Posted by: martha at February 11, 2005 04:01 PM

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