Our family and friends have just delighted in preparing for Johanna and Josiah's arrival and in helping them settle in their new place. Not too many things will make me climb stairs, but I did it several times this week...slowly, but joyfully :-) Josiah said today that he likes playing with all his cousins, but was very happy that his Nana is coming to see him (tomorrow). He may have his doggie with him and lots of kiddos around, but there's no substitute for Nana! (Granny kind of thinks the same thing.)
Today it was also my privilege to share a meal with our friends who've recently had a new baby. I tell you this only as an excuse to tell you about something that has added a new dimension to our ministering to one another. Our HOPE group and our church have begun using a wonderful new resource called the Care Calendar. The person or group who needs help (meals, child care, transportation, prayer, whatever...) is set up with a calendar, on which her friends sign up to provide a portion of that need. The calendar then posts everyone's commitment to help, sends out reminders ahead of time, provides info on schedules, likes, dislikes, allergies, etc., accesses maps to the person's house, and lots of other features. I was able to see what meals they would be having this week from other friends so that I wouldn't duplicate or overload them with one kind of food. I was able to see how many, including visiting family members, would be eating with them today. And if I had needed to change the day I was scheduled to help, I could have done that. All of the info is password protected so that names and addresses are not available to anyone other than those authorized to view the calendar. The Care Calendar is just one of the many ways that technology really does improve our lives and enhance our opportunities to show practical love to one another. So if you haven't used something like this before, check it out!
And a big GrannyGrin to Christine for getting this all set up for us!
I'm running short on blogtime...but if you ever have the chance to hear Alan Keyes speak, don't even think twice. Just go.