I also have several friends who post the funniest things and others who post very thoughtful quotes.
Bottom line...Facebook make me feel like I am still in the loop. Facebook reminds me I am an American. Reminds me of the friends and family have I back home. Reminds me of Birthdays!
What did missionaries do before the internet?
At the same time...I hate Facebook.
How can I love something and hate it at the same time? I had a boyfriend I felt that way about once too...but back to the blog ;)
At the click of a mouse I can see everything that is going on back home. Everything. Everything that is going on without me.
Right now the hardest pictures to look at are of family vacations. I would love, love, love to go on a family vacation with my parents and brother and Odessa. I see the family pool pictures and playgrounds and King's Island and ice cream and kid's outdoor birthday parties and Vacation Bible school and Church camp.
And then I look at Odessa. We have no yard. Literally none. Not even a cement one. The street in front of our house is covered in earthquake rubble piled higher than my head. We take walks most evenings down the road in front of our house that passes a tent city full of homeless since the earthquake. Odessa straddles the path of waste water going down the middle of the road. That is her game. To not step in the whatever the heck is in the liquid. And thankfully, she is good at her created game.
When we get home the first thing I want to do is check Facebook. Every evening.
So tonight instead of signing on Facebook, I wrote down the blessings I now have because I obeyed God's call to work in Haiti. Here it is:
- A very energetic 2 yr old who I would walk through fire for.
- A boyfriend who would walk through fire and back for me.
- An appreciation for a culture totally different than my own.
- Mastering a second language.
- Appreciation for running water in my bathroom.
- Being given to chance to know who my real friends are.
- Learning the difference, the hard way, between a want and a need.
- Setting my sights on the next life, not this one.
God never told me it would be easy. (I say this a lot-actually chant it silently in my head on a daily basis)
But He gave me a daughter with a very good imagination, the best boyfriend who is here for me night and day, a job that provides me with a house, running water in my bathroom, a kitchen to cook in, encouragers who haven't forgotten, and the internet to blog about it all on.
He is preparing a real home for us. All who accept. That is the most important lesson I have learned in Haiti. I can't wait to see it! Really see it. Can you imagine what it is going to be like? No family vacation pics ever posted on Facebook will compare!