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Well, I’ve officially moved everything from the old site (blogspot) to this one and set up with my hosting company, etc. When I attended the business conference last month, I thought I was going to have a bit to learn (emphasis on ‘bit’), but I honestly thought that other than experience I pretty much was set and ready to go. After all, I knew HTML and had kept pretty current in it.

Or so I thought.

As it turns out, there is so much more to web design these days than just simple HTML. There’s MySQL, PHP, and a zillion other acronyms that are like reading Greek to me. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ So this site has been one giant learning curve after another–or, as a friend put it, a continually-growing Mt. Everest of Learning. I like that phrasing, but honestly, the idea that I might never reach the peak of the mountain is a bit discouraging. ๐Ÿ˜

So yesterday I hiked to a computer store to find a book on PHP (I would have been thrilled to find one of the “Dummies” series)…and I struck out. Apparently (according to the clerk), no one wants to learn this stuff these days and they just don’t stock them for weirdos like me (my interpretation of what he said). So then I went to the monstrously large bookstore in Lexington and found the technology section, which was very small (surprisingly so). I found a few books that looked like they would work, but they had publication dates of 2003 and 2004. I don’t ordinarily check these things, but since I’m looking to learn technology and buy a book at the same time, I didn’t want to buy a book that had old tech info in it and immediately have to learn something else. I did end up finding two books that are current and am pleased I could, but geez-o-pete! I dropped $40 on tech books? Sheesh. At least I’ve got them as a reference now, and hopefully, they’ll make my learning curve a little less steep and I’ll actually crest Mt. Everest sometime soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I had a lovely evening last night, hiking up to Starbucks with a friend who’s back from the mission field. We sat and chatted, had a tasty iced macchiato with caramel, and worked our yarn arts. :) I knitted (currently a baby blanket) and she crocheted. And we caught up on life. One of the joys of this friendship is that although they’ve been living abroad in one of the the former Soviet nations, we’ve ben able to pick up where we left off before they hiked overseas. No “erm…what should we talk about?” and no awkwardness. It’s a great place to be. :)

One of the conversations we had last night cemented why I’m launching out with this new business venture (stemming from the conference I attended a few weeks ago). I met people who live lifestyles that are downright extravagant in comparison to what we have. I don’t begrudge them anything–if they’ve earned the money, they can do whatever they want with it. But I don’t want to live a $50,000 per month lifestyle (I just wouldn’t know what to do with that anyhow!). My goals are simple: no mortgage, no debt. And I want to be a mom to many, bring babies home from across the oceans, and love and serve my family. I dream (literally) about how many missionaries we could help with my income, how many ministries we could support, how we could tithe more (instead of 10%, we could give 20%!), and how we cold bring babies home. My desires are simple, but I love that this potential income could do something for us and that God could use it to do something for others as well. I guess deep-down, I just love to give. Stuff, money, time, love, whatever. And for me, that’s a good place to be. :)


Incidentally, if you find something on my new site that you think should or could be tweaked to be better, please drop me a note. While I love to learn, I *really* like to learn from others’ experience and ultimately, from their mistakes. I’m certainly not too proud to change stuff that isn’t efficient–and I have no ‘pride of ownership’ stuff going on here. ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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