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Monday, May 9, 2011

China Giveaway Results and "That Decision"

I am at a loss of what to write. I could pretend I'm not bummed only one person joined my giveaway, but then I would be lying to myself and to those of you who take time to read the thoughts I post here. I do not want to appear ungrateful, because I am ecstatic that someone even responded to my request to help my sister reach the people of Asia. Guess that made the giveaway part easy, right? :)

I am always looking for ways to improve and I genuinely want your honest thoughts about the giveaway. Was it the way I approached the topic? Was it because you don't know my sister? I truly dislike asking for money, but I had to do something; I wanted to do something. This forum became my opportunity, my way to involve myself in her ministry.

I would love for you to send me an email rather than use the comment section for this discussion. I want to get this right, and I want you all to feel free to be transparent with me. I accept your suggestions humbly, and with grace.

Now, onto a different topic..........

You know "that decision" I mentioned briefly on my post about our Lancaster trip? Well, I am finally going to explain.

Sundays at our house are officially media-free.

We have implemented this "policy" for about a month now and it has really changed how we spend our day of rest. Boredom often results in turning on the tube, surfing through facebook, or reading way more blogs than I should. I have begun to loath my unhealthy attachment to my smart phone - I rely too much on the internet, facebook, and twitter access readily available to me.

While we were in Lancaster, we barely even looked at our phones. Our hotel had free wi-fi, yet was rarely utilized. Why? Because we were having so much fun exploring options outside of the media zone. It was refreshing, and it was liberating.

That trip caused us to re-evaluate how much we watch TV, surf the web, or update our statuses. I didn't want to become addicted, but was so afraid we already were. I have to admit, it's hard not to check my email when I see a message pop up on my phone. It's difficult not to flop down on the couch in front of a TV show or movie. However, since making our media-free decision, we have gone outside for more walks, read more books, and truly relaxed without any of that extra "noise" surrounding us.

Do you find yourself inundated with media, social or otherwise? What are some ways you approach this issue?


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