Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sabbath reflections

Cars whiz by outside the window as I distance myself from the noise and try to ignore the drone. Too much noise quickly boggles the nerves.

I pretty much train myself not to complain.

New country,
no sweat.

Conversations hard to understand,
no biggy.

Can't find syrup in the store,
just consentrate and look a little harder.

Being controlled by my own rules is no piece of cake.

Lord, please help me to find Your true Sabbath rest - today and this week.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Internet at home is a beautiful thing

The land of castles and kings is great and getting greater all the time now that our house has access to the Internet. Are we technology junkies, or what? I should feel ashamed of myself for being so dependent on email and blogging exept that it's become an ever more important link between us and ya'll (that's Texas talk).

I promised a dear friend that I would post pics of our house and neighborhood - and I will soon (D.V.)

  • I've had tea with an elderly neighbor (cream first, then tea from the wee pot, then two sugars, please),
  • I've scrapped my elbow on a castle wall because I was climbing up to a window (probably broke some royal rule - but we won't tell anyone, now will we?),
  • I've seen burly men in skirts tossing telephone poles,
  • and I've walked more than Americans ever do.
These are just some of the adventures.

I do miss my friends and family back home, but in a strange way - this place already feels so right. Hard to explain.

Anyway, my plan is to somehow live here while staying vitally connected with you (you know who you are.)

As one of my first attempts to stay close while far away, I'll keep trying to keep you posted on me/us. I will also have our new Jones/Scotland blog posted soon.

Yours as much as ever -

Monday, July 10, 2006

Thoughts from the other side

Hello out there - from Scotland!

What a crazy, roller-coaster, wonderful week it has been. I will definitely elaborate in the near future. Suffice it to say for now, God is kind and faithful.

We have met some kind and faithful people of God in this neck of the woods. They are enthusiastic about having us and very friendly. I do catch MOST of what they're saying. :-)

We have met several Americans here and just had dinner with an American couple tonight.

Tomorrow, we're off to take a ride in the Highlands north of here. Please pray for us as we timidly trek off on the wrong side of the road.

Glad to be back with you all!