Monday, February 18, 2008

This blog has officially become my own. Randy now has his really cool Marketing Blog. Notice the link on the side and be sure to go and check it out. I had fun working with Amanda at froggiebloggiedesigns.blogspot.com to help me with a new look.

Pressing On is reflective of the themes of my life right now as we continue this transition. It has now been 8 months and I still feel very disoriented. I consider it progress that I can at least recognize that my lapse of memory and my inability to be organized and remember simple recipes that used to be a part of my weekly routine, have to do with my entire world completely changing. The land where I "grew up" as a mother, cook, teacher, and organizer of my home was Benin. I am still learning how to do this in America and the transition seems so challenging even still. Sometimes it seems easier to be learning and remembering completely new things, as in my work with Christian Homes than it is to remember or re-learn things that it seems I should already know.

In the stillness of my heart I feel the peaceful presence of the Lord gently leading me to press on one step at a time. I am so thankful for the stablizing presence of the Lord.

11 comments:

Kendra said...

VERY nice look!! I love it! Very soft, feminine . .very YOU. Hope your day today was good! love you -
kv #2

Kelly Vaughn said...

I love the look, too!

Thanks for the awesome referral my marketing blog....hint to all of your readers!

I agree with Kelly that so much of our life is still about pressing on through each day. That's about as far as I can think. I have prided myself on being a long-term planner, but honestly, I don't think that way right now. It's so much mental effort to get through the day. This may seem odd to most people, but any of you fellow ex-pats who have done the re-entry can testify, huh??? (this would be a nice place to comment so that other readers don't think Kelly and I are nuts!)

The rkvaughn.blogspot.com was "mine" when I first started it back in 2004...that's when I thought a blog was just a place to go on and on about stupid ideas. (Actually I first thought that blogs must have been created by people with too much time on their hands....that was THEN...I don't think that way anymore). MY blog soon became our family's journal. It was a way to give people a window into our family's life on the mission field in Benin. We shared alot of emotion (good and bad). It was a way to socially connect with a world that otherwise seemed very distant (simply geographical problem).

Now that we've moved back to the U.S. and I have started my own marketing blog, I release Kelly to take over what was once mine. Truthfully, I believe I've written only a couple of posts in the 8 months since our return. It's weird...I use to relish the idea of writing blog posts...now I enjoy writing for my marketing blog, but perhaps it's this re-entry thing that has my personal thoughts all bottled up inside. Maybe Kelly will let me guest-blog on HER blog a couple of times now and then.

-Randy
Did I tell you I have a marketing blog that you are free to look at AND make comments on?? See link on right sidebar...or just go to "www.MarketingTwins.com"

laura said...

Kelly, I so agree, the layout is so great! And can I tell you how Nathan and I love going to check your blog and hearing great praise and worship music! He is so funny... as soon as the music loads my little two year old man dances all over the room while mommy enjoys reading thoughts from you and your heart! God bless you guys! And thank you for always giving me such a candid glimpse into the journey we're on... just a few steps ahead :)

Brooks Inc. said...

This has come along way from "Reflections with Rockin Randall"...

I love the new look and love your heart that is not only pressing on but pressing in to the heart of the Lord...

Love you...

Becky

Becky Reeves said...

Kelly, I love that this blog is now your own. I can only imagine the disorientation of learning to live in the states again (and in some ways for the first time in your grown up self!) You have been in my prayers recently. Randy's post about you was so sweet and I can just picture how you are touching lives in your other job and as well with with your beautiful children. Blessings on you, Kelly! I'm so glad you are continuing to press on through the grace of our lord Jesus!

Tracey Ries said...

Kelly, I love your new blog! The title is very appropriate too. I am praying for you as you press on each day. I realize that we are not far behind you in the readjustment thing. I appreciate your honesty and humility as you go through it. It has caused me to be more aware of what's ahead and to pray! Blessings!

Greg Bailey said...
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Greg Bailey said...

Hey Kelly and Randy,

I like your new blog Kelly. I understand the transition thing. We will never be the same. I am currently reading a book that is helping me. You have probably already read it. If not, I would suggest it, if nothing else but to validate your feelings. It could be helpful to Bryan and Tracey as well. I think it is called "The Art of Coming Home", by Craig Sorti. Hope it is helpful. Call us sometime. love,
----Greg

JudyV said...

Kelly, your blog is all you. I love the music...don't know how you do that but am glad you do. I enjoy reading your thoughts.

Look forward to Pressing On.

Love,
Judy

Cheryl said...

I LOVE this!!!! Well done! And there is our Philippians verse. Another "Monday meaning" moment. His Word is "...living and active"... soothing and inspiring uniquely to each life situation. Praise!

I loved Randy's post for you on Valentines Day. Many congratulations on the alumnus award. I am not a bit surprised! Love you--

Donna said...

I love your new look.

Transition is always hard. I'm sure you will end up with a wonderful blend of the best of both worlds as you integrate your life in Benin with life here in the US.