I have very little brain-space for blogging these days, but I thought I’d at least come on and tell you I’m still alive and mostly happy and I haven’t decided to ditch you for another set of blog readers on the other side of the proverbial fence. Here are a few random things you may or may not care about:

– I took Maddie to the cardiologist yesterday. She still has a slight heart murmur, which means she has a hole the size of a pin in her heart, but they assure us it will never have any significant impact on her life and there is no reason to worry. I felt a little guilty walking out of the heart clinic – most of the kids in there were regular visitors who really DID have heart problems (one had even had a heart transplant, and another had just gotten his wish from the Children’s Wish Foundation and all the nurses were doting on him) and here I was with the healthy kid who didn’t need to come back.

– There are about 30 people descending on me from all parts of the country this week, and I have to host them for two days of meetings and an evening banquet. I am SO not prepared. I feel completely scattered and disorganized. Fortunately, I’ve been doing this long enough that I’m pretty good at wingin’ it and I have enough “back-story” to remember that it’s often when I feel least in control that the results are the most positive and memorable.

– I helped put together a powerpoint for Rob’s mom (Michele’s mother-in-law) who died last week, and even though I hardly knew her, it was quite lovely going through her pictures and imagining what she was like as a young woman. She had the most beautiful, open, bold face in her youth. I think she would have been alot of fun to hang around with.

– I may live to regret it (if people start posting the kind of things on my wall that Joyce is collecting – yeesh!), but I joined Facebook. Okay, is it just me, or does it make you feel like you’re back in junior high when you have to ask people to be your “friends” and then you sit and wait to see if they’ll walk past your locker at recess and say “hi” even though they’re one of the cool kids and you’re SO not? I mostly joined so that I could hook up with the End Hunger Fast group that’s linked to our new website, and now I’m trying to figure out what all the hype is all about.

– Today is World Food Day. If you are so inclined, take a moment today to prayerfully consider the over 850 million people in the world who do not have enough to eat. Approximately every 5-8 seconds, there is someone in the world dying from hunger-related illness. It’s too much for the brain to comprehend, but as Mother Theresa said “if you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.”

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