Thursday, February 19, 2009

Does This Surprise You?

Would it surprise you if I told you I've never been to Australia? Probably not! I haven't been able to get my mind off of the fires and floods the Australian people have endured recently. Water and fire are two of life's essentials, but oh how devastating they can be when out of control. I see my Australian blogger friends living though this and I am sad. I do not like to see anyone endure hardship.
It is so amazing to "cyber meet" people from all over the world. For several months now a new friend named Sue and I have been emailing each other. (Hi Sue!) She has never actually commented on my blog, but she sent me an email and told me she thought she might know me. How neat it was that somehow she'd run across my blog. What a small world. Her nephew and I were classmates in Mountainburg, Arkansas USA...all. twelve. years! Yes, first through twelfth grade we were in the same class.

So from Australia to Arkansas or anywhere in between I want to say you're in my thoughts today. Does this surprise you?

Love, Rachel



18 comments:

Esther said...

I'm not a bit surprised! You're sweet! I, too, am saddened by the loss in Australia. My prayers are with them.

Love, Esther

Barbara said...

This is an awsome testemony! Thank you for sharing.

Pink Slippers said...

I'm at amazed the prayers through the blogging community. It is wonderful.
Wendy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

It seems there is so much to pull at our heart strings..but it always touches me when someone mentions it and gives words of concern and comfort. I...think it restores my faith in human nature.
For all the people who DON'T care, there are many, many more who DO!
Rachel...you are one of those who care..and let it be known.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this tradgedy.
Mona

Wanda said...

I feel the same way, my heart breaks for the Australian people. I have been blogging with some of them, and they are a brave lot.
One of them was sad at the thought of having to give up her flower garden due to the drought. If only we could send her water.

Alison Gibbs said...

The fires and floods have had a devastating affect on so many Australians. So many people here(Australia) are helping the victims of both the floods and fires. So far 201 people have lost their lives in the fires here in Victoria. So sad.
Blogland is amazing. How incredible that you and Sue's nephew went through school together.
Thank you for your kind words for what our country is going through
Alison

KEITH said...

HI RACHEL, THAT IS A GREAT STORY. HOW NEAT. KEITH

Sheila said...

Hello Rachel, Does this suprise you? lol.. I live in arkansas and i have never been to Mountainburg arkansas.. I have no clue where it is.. I live Just north of Little Rock close to Searcy.. I know how you feel with each day turning on the TV is so depressing.. It is great to be able to come to all the wonderful blogs and look at beauty and read uplifting things to escape once in a while. Sheila

The Vintage Rose said...

Rachel, thank you for thinking of us here in Australia, we appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Amazing story about Sue's nephew and you going through school together.

Mommy said...

I "met" someone through my blog as well that is from Australia that knows someone I know in "real life", lol!

Infact, she knew about three people I knew in real life.

It truly is a "small" world, or maybe it's just divine Providence? ;-)

Our Back Porch said...

Wow! It is a small world indeed.
Yes, this has been so devastating for our friends down under. So, sad! They are in my prayers!

Blessings,
Rebecca

Angie said...

That's so cool you could connect with someone you know :) Small world!

Jean Tuthill said...

My prayers are with the people in Australia and I wish them a speedy and healthy recovery.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

So sweet of you to give tribute to our friends in Australia, and to call this to our attention so we can also pray for them.

Katherine

Patti said...

Hi Rachel~- It doesn't surprise me- the blogging community has such a connectedness about it that nothing with it surprises me at all. It's helping to bring the world closer to each other. Isn't it great?

~Patti

TattingChic said...

It is sad what has happened to many people in Australia. It is amazing how blogging connects us around the globe. :)

Debbie said...

I'm also saddened by what has happened to the wonderful people of Australia. Blogging lets us be closer and know so many different people. We are so far away but we can reach out with our prayers and encouragement.
Debbie

kayleeg2005 said...

hey rachel, the pot in the pic, the one with the jewels is too cute! did you make it?