Wednesday, September 19, 2007

good practice...

Lately, I've been filling my "Waiting Place" days with cooking, cleaning, and babysitting. I hear that this is "good practice" for being a mom. Alas, my own mother might let slip that my cleaning is mostly ("Though not completely," I would interrupt ;) limited to those messes I make while cooking. My brothers may add that my cooking, while good, takes twice as long as any normal person (as I've never attempted to make it a habit before...). My mother would jump back in at this point and say that, though the Sloppy-Joe's and Hooner Schnitzel were appetizing, i keep giving the deserts to everyone but my own family. My family loyalty is called in to question (for these are serious matters ;) ) when I allow them each such meager helpings as one slice of banana bread and two peach turnovers before hauling the treats out of sight to give to other people. "This, my dearest family," I would interject," is not because I don't love you and want you to enjoy my cooking, but as far as the desserts are concerned, allow me to explain: when I let you eat my desserts, you are happy, but then once your initial joy at the taste is gone, things change..... the remainer of the sweets are simply consumed like any other food in the house. It is now a leftover. There is no awe at it's goodness on your part and no joy given to me by giving you pleasure(if you have none while eating it). If, however, I let you have your fill and then take the leftovers abroad (in a manner of speaking), then each piece is no longer a leftover, but a fabulously new and exciting sweet to each person I meet, and with it comes all the joy of giving others joy, from giving them something good to eat. I also have full and complete understanding that it is a rather selfish way of going about things, but there you go. I made you dinner, I can give away the leftover desserts." This I would explain to them. As I'm sure they will want an explanation when they come home tomorrow and find two thirds of the peach turnovers I made tonight gone. I'll let you know how that goes.. :D As for the babysitting, I just play with the kids, it's not like it's hard, but I hear that being a nanny is good preperation for motherhood... not that I'm ready for that yet, lol. But i hear that it really can't hurt to get in some good practice. :D

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Latest News...

Well, I just heard from my travel agent that there are 10 kids from the US going (with RYE) to the Czech Republic. Five of them left over a month ago, while five of us, all from the west coast interestingly enough, are still waiting to get our visas back from the consulate. I am told that it has never taken this long before. Also, they found that the delay is not, as we origianaly thought, from within the czech consulate in L.A., but is occuring because of something (we know not what) in the country itself. I'll update as soon as I know more.

*PS. Be on standby for a very sudden "going away get-together" because i have heard that as soon as my visa comes back, i leave quite promptly... like within the next 72 hours. It's cool if you can't make it- no pressure. I'd just like to say goodbye to everyone before I leave. :D

Monday, September 10, 2007

"The Waiting Place"

Have you ever read "Oh The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss?? There is this one part where "you" go to the "Waiting Place" where everyone is just waiting. Waiting for all types of different things, but they're all just waiting. I feel as though I've stumbled upon the "Waiting Place," and at times it is quite as unbearable as the one described in that famous poem. Thankfully, I realize that the "Waiting Place" is, as least for now, right where the Lord wants me. "To wait upon the Lord." I would ask all of you to pray for me that I would- instead of waiting anxiously for my visa to come back from the consolate, or my plane to take off, or whatever particular detail concerning my trip- that I would wait upon the Lord and His perfect timing. Thank you.
In Him,