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Friday, June 17, 2016

I'm Back

My laptop has been fixed.

I've been back in India since mid-May. Ryan took a few weeks off to reconnect with us so I had decided not to blog until he went back to work. Then I have tried to write. And tried.

I have written things, but it's so unpolished. There's so much inside me lately. I've been wrestling with a lot. I keep thinking to write in one direction, and then another.

For the past several months I've been thinking of how to redirect my blog. It needs a shift. Since Dreamer has been born, I've not really gotten to write. I am not saying the content is horrible, but it's cohesively what I've wanted. I hadn't had the time to do it, though now she's getting better at occupying herself so I think I will have more time to write.

However, I'm not only planning to write. Before she was born, and even when she was a newborn, I was an avid reader. But since she's been born I've read maybe six books? Which sounds like a lot to some, but I used to read six books in a week. I still have that hungry mind, but now I need my eyes and hands free... so I've been devouring podcasts.

They've been becoming a huge part of my life and when I was in America the first few months I barely had any internet. Then I bought a cheap pre paid phone that had "unlimited" internet. That is, one gig of high speed and then unlimited slow internet. But I discovered, if I allowed for a nice buffering time, I could listen to my podcasts again. And it made me feel more human. I realized I really love the media.

So I'm thinking about starting some podcasts.

Ryan is an audiophile, so I want his imput on equipment (though I'll probably start with something cheap and if it goes well upgrade.) There's no way you'll be listening to anything in a few weeks, because my plan is to record 12-15 episodes of each podcast (and I'm thinking of doing at least two) before I release the first one. This will give me a nice buffer, so unlike with my blog if life gets in the way one week I won't be so ridiculously inconsistent.

I'm not giving up this blog or anything, and now I'm back. I will be blogging at least once a week from here on out. However, I do think things are going to be different.

Things you can expect to see on the blog:

Some nice deep posts I'm still wrestling with, especially about the Lord
Recaps of my trip to America
Updates on Dreamer

I'm sure there will be more, but that's what I know I'll write.

Love to you all.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

He is Risen!

Hello! We are still in America, still not easy to update. I have missed the blog but it's also given me some time to do some soul searching of what I want to do here, and when I return I think it will be better than ever.
In the meantime:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Jersey, part one

Hello all!

I have had a wonderful time in New Jersey this past week. I was born in NJ and lived there until I was seven, when my family moved to South Carolina. My grandparents and much extended family are still up there though and is one of my favorite places in the world.

My mother came with Dreamer and I as we were visting her parents. We had a lovely but busy time. My older sister who loves in Maryland drove up with her husband and my niece. Dreamer and I got to meet her cousin for the first time!

I have lots of photos to share but am back on my parents very limited internet. That is why I put part one in the post title. I will try to post more photos later. These are all photos my sister took. I have more photos on my camera, my phone and my mom's phone but haven't consolidated anything yet.

My grandfather is in front, then in the back my
grandmother, my aunt, me, Dreamer, my mom, my
niece and my sister.

I am definitely thanking God for this visit. Did you know my grandfather is 90 years old and my granaremts have been married 60 years? It will be 61 years next month! I am very blessed and so glad they finally got to meet their great grand daughter!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


My internet situation is precarious at best. Basically my family only has limited data on their phones and I don't have one. They live out in the country where you can't get broadband so there's no Wi-Fi. And living out in the country we aren't getting to public Wi-Fi either. When I am getting online priority is going to communication with Ryan and friends and others I'd like to meet up with, since I don't have a phone yet to organize meeting up.

However I am having a lovely time visiting my family for the first time in three years. Dreamer has totally bonded with her grandparents and Aunt Alison, who is also staying here now. In a couple weeks we'll be going to New Jersey to visit her great grandparents and other extended family. Her other aunt, uncle, and her cousin will be driving up from Maryland to see her then.

Truthfully, I guess real life is just crowding out the blog for now. Dreamer has been well, a toddler, so even in India she was crawling over the keyboard banging things whenever I tried to type and I had trouble stringing two thoughts together. She loves my family but is even more clingy now being so far from everything familiar. I am getting time to type this because Aunt Alison is playing tickle war with her about ten feet away. If I tried to leave the room it would be hysterics however.

I'm playing it by ear but truthfully updates will be irregular and haphazard as long as this trip lasts. I hope all of you are having wonderful holiday celebrations and seasons.

Thanking God for grace and this blog.

(uploading a photo would strain my parents precarious data plan, that'll just have to wait.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Traveling Today

I keep writing posts and almost finishing them but not publishing them.

Dreamer and I fly to America soon, very soon.

Ryan may or may not be following us. His application for a visa was denied; we're praying about reapplying. Regardless it will have to wait until next month because we hadn't budgeted in having to pay the fee twice.

If he gets denied again or we don't reapply I could not see him for five months. That seems an insane long time. In that case we may move up my departure date... We're not sure yet.

As you can imagine these last few weeks have been insane. Hours and hours in bureaucrats offices.  Errands to run and then some more.

But soon, for the first time in three years, God willing, my feet will be on the soil of my native land and I will be in the arms of my parents again, and that is something to be thankful for, indeed.

Monday, November 23, 2015

18 Months!!


Dreamer is now 18 months old!

It's sort of bittersweet. 18 months is the last big "month" milestone, you know? It's sort of unbelievable....

Anyway, enjoy the cuteness!

Thank you, Lord, for:

-delicious new foods
-airy lighting
-clean clothes
-my sweet Dreamer

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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