Is this in English or Chinese??

Thursday, June 14, 2007

This is an absolutely hilarious post ~ only because I wasn't sure I would be writing in English or with Chinese characters!! No, I am not proficient enough in Chinese to write in Chinese but when I went to sign on to create a post, my entire screen was in Chinese characters! Too funny!! We'll see what happens when this actually posts!

I know that I haven't written anything for awhile and I didn't finish my heart friends stories (I still have 3 to go!), but trying to prepare to leave took more of my time than I realized. Throwing clothes into a suitcase does not take a lot of time, but there were a lot of details (I won't bother to bore you with them) that I had to take care of before leaving China. All that to say that I am sorry I haven't blogged lately. I have missed you! At the same time, this is also my last blog for 2 months as I will be busy traveling around Texas, with a short trip to Tennesee, for the next 7 weeks! We are so excited to be coming back to the States and to see everyone. I'm sure there will be plenty of tears flowing!!

I look forward to meeting you here on the page in the fall. I have enjoyed the time we've spent together and I pray that I will have much to share when I return. Until then, take care and God bless!!

Heart Friends - Day 2

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Yes, I know. I haven't blogged all week. Time gets away from you faster than you realize, especially when you take a day to go out of town! But enough about me....let me share with you a little bit about my next heart friend, Susie.

Susie - I met Susie in 1995, a few months after my first daughter was born. We met at a backyard bbq hosted by a mutual friend. We went to the same church together but didn't really know each other that well. Like me, Susie was a teacher and had a daughter just a few months older than mine. After our first introduction we would occasionally run into each other but we never really did anything together. Shortly after that Susie and her husband Skip left Victoria to take a position in Corpus Christi at a small church called Bay Area Fellowship. It's funny how God works things out because a year later we would move to Corpus Christi and attend the same church! As we became more involved in church and began to see each other more often, Susie and I became really close friends. We did Bible studies together, worked in the same ministry side by side, and spent time learning from each other. Our sweetest time together had to be the weeks we spent working through the book A Woman After God's Own Heart. It was life changing for both of us! Then in 2004, it was time for us to move again (yes, we move ALOT!). It was so hard saying good-bye but I knew it would not be the end of our friendship. Looking back, separating actually strengthened our relationship. We e-mailed each other constantly and I think we talked more that way than we ever did living in the same city. To this day, that hasn't changed. I am so grateful for the amazing way God brought this heart friend into my life. Susie is an amazing woman....she is caring, funny, and beautiful. She is passionately in love with her husband. She adores her 3 children. She has a heart for women. But most of all she is striving to be the woman God wants her to be. Susie is also my "writing" buddy and I know that God has given her a talent that she is using to glorify Him every time she puts pen to paper. I'm sure that those of you who know her would agree! Susie is a true heart friend and I am blessed to have her in my life.