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2007 July 31 » Philoxenos

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8 Things About My Marriage

31st July 2007

8 Things About My Marriage

Jennifer over at Snapshot has tagged me for a marriage meme. I haven’t seen this one around before, and considering that my husband is now 10,000 kilometres away, I think now is a good time :)

1. I have been married 7 1/2 years.

2. One of the most romantic things he has ever done (it really stands out in my mind, not that he doesn’t do romantic things other times) was when we had been married about six months. I had a difficult time finding full-time work in NZ and was getting a lot of rejection letters in the mail. We didn’t have a lot of money and I had a big interview coming up but I didn’t feel comfortable in any of the clothes that I had. One evening I broke into tears and my husband takes me over to our closet and he pulls out an old boot. He upended the boot onto the bed and out falls about $100 in small bills and coins. He had secretly been stashing money away so that I could buy a nice interview outfit. I cried some more, but they were tears of joy :)

3. I am a musical person. When I used to pray about the person I would marry, I always wanted to pray for a musical person but thought that was a bit superficial. God heard my unspoken prayer and gave me a musical person who knocks my socks off.

4. We met on the internet.

5. I love when Handsome leads worship at church. Because I know his heart, watching him lead worship brings me that much closer to our Lord.

6. I know first hand that when my relationship with God is not strong, my marriage suffers. Because of this we put Bible study very high on our priority list.

7. When I look at our relationship, I see an example of Christ’s love for all of humanity. Marriage is a lot of work and requires a huge amount of grace.

8. Being without my husband these last 10 days have shown me that I am not complete without him. We are partners, in every since of the word.

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31st July 2007

Going to the toilet

Catchy title, huh? One major interesting thing about living in another country, even though it is the country of my birth, is that they use different language here. Obviously the primary language is English, but it’s a different kind of English.

For example…

In New Zealand if you need to ‘use the facilities’, it is not uncommon to ask “Where is the toilet?” Or perhaps you might hear “Where is the loo?” Neither of these are considered rude.

Here in the US, you would ask “Where is the bathroom?” Or even “Where is the restroom?”

I must say, it makes much more sense to me to ask where the toilet is. After all, when I’m out at a restaurant, I’m not planning on taking a bath and there isn’t even a bathtub in the room! So calling it a bathroom is really a misnomer. Precious, my oldest daughter, pointed this out to me last week. We were out somewhere (I don’t remember where) and someone we were with (I don’t remember who. Gotta love my attention to detail) had stepped out to the ‘restroom’. She asked where they had gone and I said that they’d gone to the bathroom. She looked at me with a quizical look and said “They’re taking a bath?”

And if a Kiwi is ever in the States and needs to use the loo, be prepared for a look of contempt if you ask where the toilet is. As if no one knows that’s what we really want!! We don’t want to rest, we’re not taking a bath, we simply need to use the facilities.

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31st July 2007

I miss my daddy

This is what my oldest daughter says almost every night as she goes to bed. Handsome is still in New Zealand, eagerly awaiting any piece of official paper from PNG. We now have an old friend, an Australian living in Port Morseby, working on our behalf as well. Please pray that something happens this week. I was talking to my dad about it this evening and I said that God must have something he wants me/us to learn through this whole situation. I said that I would be happy to go ahead and learn it so that we can just get this over with!

Will update later when more information is available. Sorry the posts have been so scarce. Although I have lots of blog fodder, I simply don’t have time during the day to write and in the evenings I’m just wiped out. Being a solo mum really stinks.

I miss you, Handsome.

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