When I open the dashboard on my blog site I’m always curious to see how many have visited me. Slowly but surely the number of visitors is growing and every time I wonder who my readers might be. Sometimes I get notifications about someone who liked my blog. Then I go to their website—maybe it was yours!—to see what they’re up to.
I’ve been blogging for 40 months now. I print every blog and categorize them. I have a thick “My Life” binder, I have one just as thick called “Family Blogs,” I have one called “Bible Blogs” and another one for just miscellaneous. My goal is to write a book about my missionary life so these blogs will come well in handy.
I never stop being amazed that someone would want to read my blogs. I have too many sites! Seven is too much for me to handle but I can’t make up my mind about which one to drop. If I stopped writing on this site I could probably keep up, but I like to write in English and I like all you faithful readers, so I don’t want to do that.
I’m most faithful to this site and the weekly La Perlita, with a life-application story, a coloring page and a page with an activity like crosswords, word searches, questions to answer, etc. That blog takes one day a week to write and publish (I did #144 this week). On Friday mornings I publish one of my Bible lesson on Facebook. I can’t miss that!
I have a blog for translators; I have a Swedish blog where I try to keep up with my Swedish friends and family; I have a blog for women; I have the main blog with a personal domain —HermanaMargarita.com— where I publish articles for teachers and all my teaching materials; I have a blog with stories for kids… You get my point? I have too many! Some of them get a post just once in a while.
But these are like my children —my 7 kids!—, that’s why I can’t get rid of any. If you’re a mom or a dad you know what I’m talking about. You love your kids. You love them each in their own way and not for millions of dollars could you give one of them away!
During all my working years I looked forward to the day I could retire so I could write. I’m writing and writing but I still haven’t gotten to move towards my goal of writing an autobiography. Most of all I want to write a book so my grandchildren will know the missionary life their Morfar and Mormor had (that’s Swedish and means grandfather and grandmother on mother’s side).
It’s Friday evening after a busy week. But the week’s not over! Since I only get out for the very basics, tomorrow I will publish lessons I’ve been working on all summer. If you just started reading this blog you probably don’t know I have problems with my feet and it’s very painful to walk. So, my computer and I have become the best of friends. I have a couch that I can pull out and put my legs on and I’ve devised a way to have my laptop in my lap. Of course, it’s a laptop! I have the television close by, mostly to have some company. The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie and The Brady Bunch have become my friends. They are in the background while I’m working.
Another friend is my camera. I thought of sharing some pictures to give you and idea of my week.
Let’s start with the bicycle fence. Have you ever seen someone fence in their yard with bicycles? That’s one of the peculiarities from my neighborhood.
From bicycles, let’s move to a school bus. This one has been sitting in my church to collect school supplies for children and the new school year.
This is another vehicle—an electric cart to drive around in to do the shopping. They are not easy to come by, especially at Walmart. Some are Out-of-order and others are taken when you get there. This time I prayed real hard to the Lord that there would be one, otherwise I could not have done the shopping.
You see what I’ve stocked up on. Vegetables! That’s what we’re eating this month during the Daniel Fast. Corn, artichokes, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, bananas, rutabaga, nuts,—lots of nuts!
Here are the rutabagas, deliciously mashed together with potatoes and carrots. And the bananas—have you ever tried frying them? Would you have joined me in this meal?
Or would you like some beans with spinach and cucumbers? There is a great variety when it comes to vegetables to combine. That’s what Daniel had. Vegetables and water.
I saw the dark cloud one evening and wondered if the long-time-longed-for rain would come. If you live in the States you know about the drought. They know it in Sweden, too. My long-time pen pal wrote me about it.
We didn’t get the rain. Just colorful clouds! But later on in the week we had some rain. And immediately the grass started picking up its beautiful green color.
Green! That was the color for our Bible study leader. We have been studying…
As you see our studies have been about the end times and the future ages.
Beautiful color combinations the students had! Why the stars you might ask? Because we used the classroom for Girls Ministries STARS.
Here are some beautiful colors on a house I drove by.
I’ll finish off with more colors. Tomatoes, peppers and herbs that a friend brought over one evening. They are almost gone already!
That’s about it for tonight. This might give you a little more insight in my life. I can’t stop wishing I knew who my readers are. I guess that’s the dilemma of every author. You will know very few of your readers. I’m just thankful that I have some readers! May God bless each one!