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Keeping Calm

(Written on Sunday, posted on Monday.  I compressed the pictures so much because of our slow internet speed, so if they seem a little blurry, they isn't a problem with your eyes!)
"Keep Calm and Carry On"....this expression was first used in a poster in 1939 as a reminder to the British people who were being attacked by Germany to keep calm and carry on. Few of the posters were printed, so the saying was little known. The expression has had a resurgence in popularity starting in 2000 when some of the original posters were found. It can now be seen all over the internet, on posters, and on mugs such as this one that I bought when I was in Oxford in April.
Probably it is popular, because it is a good reminder when life is crazy to just keep calm and carry on, not panic and freak out.  By personality, I am the type of person who does this quite naturally.  A lot of drama just isn't my style.  But life gets crazy sometimes for even me and this week was definitel…

Christ is All I Need

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here at The Gypsy Mama and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready? Please give me your best five minutes on:::
Enough…The year was 1992.  We moved with our three-year old son and our one-year old daughter to a large town that had no electricity and few amenities.  When we arrived, it is probably safe to say there were no Christians indigenous to the town.  In fact, the general perception of Christians was that they smoked, got drunk, and lived immoral lives.  That's what they saw westerners doing on TV and westerners are "Christians", so that's a Christian for you.
Through the years we got to know many people.  Little by little people began to …

The 4th of July

Daniel and Kelly were married in Iowa, which is quite a long ways from Arlington, VA.  We had decided even before they were married that we would load up our car in Iowa with their wedding gifts and then go visit them in Arlington.  We thought that going down for July 4 would be great....they'd be back from their honeymoon and we could see the parade and fireworks in Washington DC.

The day they arrived home they were without power due to a storm and they were without power for over 48 hours.  We decided to stay with the plan even though when we left Ohio they still didn't have power.  Thankfully it came on before we got there.  But they hadn't had a chance to get organized or unpacked or even to buy food.  In fact, they ended up throwing out everything that they did have in the fridge because it went bad.  They hadn't even stayed in their 3rd floor apartment because it was too hot.  For anybody reading this who doesn't live in the eastern part of the United States, …

Story....New Books and New Chapters

Five Minute Friday at TheGypsyMama

I like to think of each person's life as a story.  Each new adventure is a chapter in the book.  My story started in 1959.  Some of my chapters have been "Growing up in Africa", "Coming to Know Christ", "Moving to America", "Living in Four Different States", "Going to College", "Missionary to Kids in Nigeria", "Getting Married", "Having Kids", "Ministering in Small Town Niger", and the latest "Becoming a Mother-in-Law".
Mingled in with my story have been my husband's stories and my kids' stories.  For almost 26 years John's and my stories have shared chapters.  For 23 years Daniel's story has also been partly our story and for 21 years Suzanne's story has been partly ours.
Now their story lines will diverge from mine.  It's been fun helping the newly-weds set up their apartments and to spend time with them as they begin t…