Sunday, December 26, 2004

Earth Quakes

So after a relatively uneventful journey from Indonesia to Singapore to Detroit we arrived in the midst of a surprise winter storm. But, we found ourselves drawn back once again to that Little Rock (the capital not the Kabah). We're spending the holidays with family and attempting to feel something approximating normalcy.

I am writing due to the concerns of several who have heard of the devastating earth-quake that happened today in East asia and the subsequent tidal waves that have killed thousands. We were shocked and concerned about our friends, but it seems that the epicenter and waves were so far from our home in Manado that all of our friends and students are unaffected. Even a friend of ours on Jakarta emailed and said she was fine and didn't even feel it.

Thanks for your concern and prayers as we continue to look for work, insurance, permanent lodging and transition back into life here.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the update. We at FSBCMC are really glad that you are back in the good ole USA. I do hope you had a great Christmas. I'm sure that both sets of parents are glad to have you back home. I know I would be, and am. Robbie is back from Kuwait and it sure is nice knowing he is a lot closer. We went to Iowa for Thanksgiving and were totally surprised that Robbie was home. Maybe you will have a job at our church again if you would like that. I've heard several people mention that it would be nice to have both of you back. Well, I'd better go to work. Congratulations on the baby and welcome home.
Love, Pat Frank

Joshua Daniel Franklin said...

I'm glad to hear you made it back alright with no horrific travel stories. Sorry we missed you when we were in Arkansas.

Adam said...

That's good to hear, you guys. Hope you had a great Christmas. It's so weird that on virtually the same day that we accumulate all these new things, so much was taken from millions of people on the other side of the world.

Take care!

Anonymous said...

hey you two. glad you're back, and glad you're safe. i was worried. i'm already back in texas, but if you ever make it this way, give me a holler. love, ange

Viator said...

Really now. This hour of the morning and already you're online, eschewing the conversations and consolations of those present in favor of voices which come digitally,and generally from far, far away?

Fair enough. The latter go so much lighter on one's cracker supply, don't they?

Myles said...

though it has to be conflicting for you being back, i'm glad you two are safe.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm so glad you guys are doing okay. I kept meaning to see if you had missed the tsunami. I knew it didn't hit Manado, but the devastation was so just never know. And can I tell you how EXCITED I am about little baby Lumpkin?!?! What a cute, gigantically brilliant kid he/she must be!!! :) I'm so thankful that you are well and back home...though I know it must be hard to adjust back to American living...I honestly hope you never fully adjust. Apathy is slavery.

I love you guys and am grateful for your safety! Jamie

Glenna James said...

I am happy you are home too. However, I keep checking your blog every day for another update. Are you guys going to keep this blog going even though your are "home"? I believe the same people will still be interested in hearing what is happening in your life. You are such interesting people. I'm looking forward to seeing both of you again.
Aunt Glenna

Hayne Begley said...

I found your blog from brandon o'briens. Glad to hear that so many things are going on with you 2 and congratulations on the baby. Perhaps we will see each other if you ever make it back to Arkadoo.

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