Christine


Some of you may have noticed that I don’t post about Christine much here. There are many reasons for this. The biggest is that already a great deal of our relationship is online and available simply by Googling our names… we need some privacy.

Having said that many people will be interested in how things are going and others may find it useful to see how our relationship is lived out.

Christine and I have a very close relationship considering the distance between us. This has really surprised me. We talk via webcam usually twice a day for about an hour or so. We talk about our days and just regular everyday stuff like “normal people” might. After each conversation we pray together.

Thursdays is “our day”. We usually spend five or more hours catching up. On this day we read the Bible together and pray. We chat about the future our hopes and struggles. We share each other’s pain and burdens. These things might seem strange (and did a bit at first) but now it feels totally normal to me now. I’ve gotten to know many of Christine’s friends via email and through their blogs. She has spoken to a good number of my friends via the webcam.

We try to listen to the talks from each other churches through the week and spend time talking about them. Quite often we read blogs together and work on comments, posts and even some emails concurrently. If you read our blogs we’ve probably stalked you out at one time or another. We often watch short YouTube movies and the like together of both Australian and American TV shows.

Christine and I really seem to click and I think we have a surprisingly good understanding of each other. Our communication skills are also good (they have to be). Being so far apart has been difficult. It’s especially hard to see someone you love who is going through pain and difficulty and not being there to hug them and dry their tears.

There are many things that might be different or change when I actually get to the US and we meet. Surprisingly I’m far less apprehensive about it than I thought I would be. It’s my hope that you are too. Please keep us in your prayers that whatever the future holds this whole roller coaster ride will work out for God’s glory.

 

7 comments:

Seumas Macdonald said... 10/27/2006 12:56 am  

thanks for the insight into how your relationship is operating on a pragmatic level.

Jonny said... 10/27/2006 11:26 am  

"I don’t post about Christine much here." LOL Yeah right.

Phil said... 10/27/2006 12:15 pm  

that was my thought too jonny!

Pablo said... 10/27/2006 1:40 pm  

[Pablo's mum]I'm with Jonny and Phil... saying you don't post about Christine much is like saying that I don't talk about Pabs much!! But I'm so freakin' excited about you two finally meeting... a bit of vicarious romance for an old married woman... I pray with all my heart that God blesses your meeting and that it's as exciting and rewarding as you've both hoped. You certainly won't be meeting a stranger. Well done for making this work so far, proving the cynics wrong. Long live impractical, triumph-over-the-odds romance, especially those with Christ at the centre!! Yippee!!

Anonymous said... 10/27/2006 4:22 pm  

Da Lord be with ya Jolly!
--Luke

Radagast said... 10/27/2006 10:19 pm  

One thing about an Internet romance is that you have a lot of people cheering for you.

Googling your names together is scary, though.

Jonny said... 10/27/2006 11:16 pm  

I Googled Christine ages ago, it's old. I got maps, addresses, employer details everything. I think Mike told me to, just had to make sure...

Five hours catching up? Yeah strange. I talked to a girl for 20min once, but it was so boring. I didn't even hear what she said. :)

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