Monday, August 6, 2007

~Swapping Howdies!~

Dearest Blogging friends...thought I'd just chat with you for awhile! I appreciate y'all's friendship more than I can express. Since I have no people from the USA here, no one that speaks my language, understands my culture, cooks or bakes like I do, decorates like I do, etc. I REALLY enjoy (even more) having my blog friends from the USA. (The ladies here are good cooks, but don't bake breads, cookies, pies, etc., they get all of that from the Bakery!) For a lady to have other lady friends, is healthy....someone to chat with, ask advice from, swap recipes, books, ideas, share about your life with, compare pregnancy, nursing, toddler, and older children stories, etc., so I MISS those lady friendships in my life. I guess I miss going to a Holiness church there in the USA on Sunday morning, and seeing lots of other ladies that look like me, and just "Swapping Howdies" and telling them about my life that week, and them telling me about theirs. That's why this blog is a God-send to me. I love posting my post, and love to read the comments that y'all leave! I love reading y'all's blogs too! I love to stay active and do a lot of things, (baking, sewing, Scrapbooking, etc.) because, #1. It's my personality to be doing something, #2. It keeps me busier here, so that we aren't so sad, and don't miss our family, country, and culture so much. Sometimes we missionaries have SAD days...for no reason at all. It's part of culture shock, and also the devil fighting us because we are trying to help souls come to know Jesus, and get to Heaven, which makes the devil MAD. Many of you may not know me very well, so I want you to know that I'm NOT BRAGGING when I post something I've baked, or sewed, etc., it's just my way of sharing my life with y'all there...I sort of feel like I've "Swapped Howdies" with y'all! =) Thanks for all the nice comments, thoughts and prayers! I really appreciate your friendship.
~Kimberly snapped this picture of Phillip and I on Sunday. I'll give you a report of our Sunday soon, we had a good day. (I decided to make myself a new, simple, dressy skirt, [black with white stripes], on Saturday night. Jesus helped me, and an hour later it was done! =) We're having so much fun having a sewing machine.~

18 comments:

Kelly S said...

Hi Heather! Thanks for the email about the rolls. We usually eat Sunday dinner with David's parents, but this week I'm cooking for my little family. I will definitely put these on the menu and let you know how they turn out.

The skirt you made is very pretty.

Please don't EVER think that we feel like you're bragging when you post about your baking/sewing, etc. I LOVE to hear it! That's the fun of blogging, is getting to share those things.

We are in VBS this week with the Bakers. Very busy week, but worth it.

Love you all.

Anonymous said...

I'm lovin' swappin' Howdy's with You!!! From my Howdy's Hausman style to your Heather's Highlights style! :) I love you and miss you... and thanks for your nice post. I love staying in contact with you this way. Makes me not miss you soooooo much this way, when I know what you've done that day. My timer just went off so it's time to bake Moma's Red River Bread recipe... we'll have bread to eat tonight if nothing else!! :) Love you much, Laura

Kim M. said...

Hi again! Please keep posting everything you post! And don't ever, ever feel like you are bragging. Like Kelly said, that's the fun of blogging (or a better word for it is "sharing"). What a great way to keep in touch! Wouldn't missionaries of old be "jealous" if they had known what kind of communication technology we have today?
Again, let me say I consider it a honor to read your blog.

Kim M. said...

P.S. Cute skirt :-)

Michelle said...

I never really knew you very well when you were back in the states. You and Phillip left CNC to go to Arizona not all that long after we came. But, through your blogs and updates I feel that I have gotten to know you alot better. I enjoy keeping in contact this way. It is easier than a letter or a phone call. (Not as personal as either of those but, easier) I really appreciate you and your family. AND, you have taught me a lot about my youngest daughter by reading about you! She is only 12 but, she loves to Bake, sew (her Grandma Jowers is teaching her) and she loves children. (Her goal is to have a babysitting job.) When she was 7 she could not understand why we could not go to another country and be missionaries. We had to explain to her that we could not just jump up and go but, that God may be calling her to the Mission field and beginning her preparation then.
You are an awesome person and I am privileged to know you and your family. Don't quit sharing I really appreciate it!!
Love the skirt!!! Michelle J

Roseanne said...

Howdy to you to, dear friend. You are an inspriation to me, so never stop blogging! Very cute skirt. It looks stylish and professional. You can sew for me if you ever move home.

Vonnie said...

I love to keep up with everyone through blogs too. It helps us to not feel so far away up here in Alaska as well. So, to a certain extent, I know how you feel. Although we don't have the culture shock here.

Patty said...

I have enjoyed gettng to "know" you better through your blogging. Thanks for shareing so that we can have a look at missionary life. It also helps us better know have to pray for you all.
Keep up "Swapping Howdies"
Patty

kayla said...

Cute skirt. Reminds me again of those black and white dresses we made in our youth. I now know why God gave you girls to pass on your skills to instead of me.
I'm loving being able to stay connected with you this way. Who would have ever dreamed.

Jana said...

Hey Heather--

I just love reading your blog and hearing about all of your activities.
I love to bake as well, so also enjoy your pictures and recipes. Keep them coming!!! :-) And, WOW, a new skirt in an hour?? That's impressive!!

Anonymous said...

Just home from "yearly meeting" for a few hours and had to send you a note of thanks. So glad that you have connected with a new friend, Nacole Cassidy on her blog. She and her husband are excellent song evangelists and also are members of our church here but rarely home as they carry a full slate. She let Heather know that they would see us at camp. On our first night there I looked and Nacole was running towards me with a big smile. I ran to meet her thinking that maybe she had a hug for me from Heather. As I was nearing her I saw that she had two candy bars in her hand, one butterfinger and one mound! Immediately I knew that those candy bars had come all the way from Bogota, Colombia! I was right, via Nacole filling Heather's request. Your gift warmed our hearts little dear. Daddy and I were on our way home with them yesterday before we noticed that she had printed off notes from you saying 'to the best Moma(and Daddy) in the world' and sending your love. with a pretty postage stamp picture of you on a sweet pink back ground. Thank you sweatheart, so like our thoughtful littliest! Love, Moma
PS That was such a neat idea to use the old pocket and the embroidery is a work of art. Can't wait to see your new machine and all the seamtress in your house. :-)

Michelle said...

I am so glad we have been able to reconnect this way! I've never thought you were bragging; I am just a *wee* jealous of your abundance of energy!!!

Beth Dickinson said...

You did a good job on your skirt.

Miss you all Love
Beth

Liz said...

It is such a pleasure to be getting to know you through your blog. My heart is always encouraged after reading your posts - so thank you for being a bloggin' buddy. you're a sweetheart - thanks for sharing your life with us. It definitely gives me perspective . . .
Lizzy Stetler

sankey family said...

Dear Heather,
I feel like we're in the same boat, just rowing with a slightly different paddle. I certainly understand your feelings and want you to know that your positive attitude and encouraging posts have lifted my head and heart on more than one day! Isn't it great that one of these days there'll be no more loneliness, culture shock, etc.? Until then, we'll keep going!
I love your blog and staying in touch with another missionary wife...love the recipes, too!

Love and prayers,
Melodie in Salamanca, Mexico

Les said...

I am so thankful to have "met" you thru this blog. Since I knew nothing about you before, I wanted you to know that I have NEVER thought you were bragging. I can tell from your posts that you give God ALL the glory for your talent and abilities. I have said before I am fasinated with your lives and have loved learning about all you and your family does for God's kingdom. I know we have some differences, but I know we both love God and want to serve him. I will be honored to meet you in person someday! Thank you for allowing me into your world.

Les said...

Please excuse my incorrect grammar and spelling errors, I have a migraine. :)

Kimberly said...

Heather...I am thankful for you that you do have this way of connecting! And be confident that we all enjoy hearing your news and needs...and your motives are obviously, w/o a doubt the BEST!
Your outfit is really cute!
Go SS Teacher Kimberly!
Love Ya!

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