Monday, February 22, 2010


This blog I started is my first time ever blogging. 

I'm not sure what I was hoping to accomplish but I am enjoying it. The strange thing is that this isn't for my family and friends. In fact, they don't know anything about this. If I do let them know about it I will have to edit out some stuff. For instance, I can't write about how lousy it felt when my Dad told me I could go move away but to leave my kids here. That's nice, very supportive. 

It's been fun making new connections. Foreign Service people connections. People who know what I'm talking about. It's nice not having to explain too much. You get it. Even if you don't know me. And that's kind of nice. 


Digger said...

When I started my blog, it was for my family. The Lebanon War was going on and my family had images of missiles flying over Jerusalem. I couldn't send each of them an email every day saying "the skies are still blue here," so I blogged instead. I figured they could check in when they were worried.

Over time, it became something different, and so I split the blog. I still have the blog for my family, and it is limited to family only. And like you, my family doesn't read my regular blog. It is more about a conversation with other FS folks.

Hope you get the call soon!

A Daring Adventure said...

Yes, the FS blogging community is a wonderful thing. Such an incredible blessing.

I am so grateful to live in this wonderful age of internet communications!

Crystal said...

I totally understand and agree, what an amazing blessing to have the internet to connect with others in the same situation. Even though my blog is for family and everyone, I don't think my parents check it. They aren't very internet saavy : )

I sure am excited for your family!!!! It would be fun to meet up with some of my FS blogger buddies abroad. What fun we would have~

fsowannabe said...

I completely understand the family issues. My side of the family is okay with the FS life (to be expected since my family is military on both sides going back 3 generations); my wife's family is in a mild state of panic (and we're not even done with clearances or on a register yet).

mama puffin said...

When we lived in TX we felt like outsiders with not a thing in common with our neighbors or co-workers. We left a 4 BR home in a nice subdivision to move into a 2 BR apartment at the Oakwood while my husband attends his training. The old me would have fretted about that to no end and thought that in some way it just wasn't 'right' for a family of four to squeeze into such a small place for who knew how long. All this is to say that it doesn't seem to matter much at all. We have made more new friends in the past 4 weeks than we ever made in all our years in Seattle and San Antonio. Why? Because everyone here is here for the same reason. We seem to fundamentally value the same things and have a desire to expand our horizons beyond the corner Starbucks (don't get me wrong...I love Starbucks). There are things about us that make us want to live this way, and this commonality makes for great conversation. It's like getting to see your blogosphere friends nearly daily. I also consider it good prep for cozy posts to come.....Not everyone can understand the choice, especially family. But you will soon be surrounded by so many families who do!

Shannon said...

I agree! I started my blog to keep in touch with family and friends but just as important or maybe more importantly it helps me connect with others who are going through the same experiences in many different parts and of the world. Some days I need that sense of community and to find it all I have to do is urn on the computer.

Bryn said...

I started my blog as a "personal journal" or sorts. Now that we are in the FS, I love reading about other people's journals and I want them to enjoy ours. Great blog!! Keep it up!