Well, hello world. I’ve always wanted to start a blog. I’ve been trying to get around to it since we moved to Bosnia in December, but I just keep getting sidetracked…go figure! But after an accountability meeting with the other two lovely women I work with, we decided to challenge ourselves to fast from Facebook for two weeks. We recognized the almost silliness of our conviction, but recognized that we might be surprised by the time we free up. As much as I would usually NOT like the idea of being off of FB, I actually found myself a bit giddy as I contemplated how I might fill that time both spiritually and relationally. And how has day one proceeded? I’m finally getting my blog started! I’d say a success.
That is--welcome! Indeed! Here we go…I have always wanted to start a blog, the creative side of me that rarely sees any outlet, especially right now (newly relocated to Bosnia with my family of 8!). I'm not sure I have any profound message to bring to the world nor any sage words of wisdom. I am hoping this platform might be a way a more meaningful way to stay connected to those whom I already love dearly that are so far from me and also a way to connect with others who find themselves in similar situations to me. Most who will read this already know me, know my loves and passions. For those who might not, I am a bit of a renaissance woman, hopelessly bound to want to try my hand at almost every new thing I read about: from making bokashi to ferment and compost my garbage to making yogurt and cheese to raising chickens to learning about photography to sprouting grains. Hmmm…there are a lot of farming kind of things in there! Yes, my family used to live in a lovely rural setting of southern Indiana, but currently we find ourselves living in Banja Luka Bosnia. Quite a jump but by no means a whim: God began tugging at our lives several years ago. We were glad to follow though perhaps a bit reluctantly at first. We dearly loved our house in the country…did God really want us to let go of that? Sometimes, as we adjust to cultural shock here (we have been here almost exactly four months), we often wonder why did He want us to leave a place where we were so happy…. But, in God's awesome way, He has led us to an incredible opportunity to live reliantly on Him in a way we never quite have before and to experience a wild ride of cross cultural living that keeps our eyes wide open almost all the time! We do love adventure and this has been one indeed.
My desire with this blog is to share my life as candidly as I find I can in such a public forum, shedding some light and laughter on our life here on a daily basis. I also hope to post perhaps a picture a week, maybe a day if I'm ambitious enough which is highly unlikely as baby number seven grows in my belly and language learning looms before me! So, no promises! But I do love photography and have rather neglected it since arriving. I'm hoping for some inspiration as I strive to share our city with you.
Sure hope you like what you find here--my dear sweet friends, if I were near you, we'd chat over a cup of čaj (tea) as we so often have done in the past: laugh, cry, pray. This is not quite the same, but make your cup of tea (and I'll have mine as I write), and we shall have our chat over čaj.