Still running for the cheese (or why this blog still exists)

As my regular readers can tell, this has been a dry year for me. Just look at the number of posts this year vs. 2008! Awhile back, I had considered either shutting down the Maze, or starting a new blog that would more accurately reflect where I am in life now. Truth be told, sometimes I come here, look around, and feel distinctly hypocrytical about the things I want to write. I'm sure I'm not the only one to ever be in that kind of place.
As the time in between posts has grown longer, I came to realize something. Without the past years' material, where I am now makes very little sense. What good is the destination without the journey? As Christians, so much of the best stuff that happens to us is in the times God is molding us to His image. To throw away the evidence of that process would somehow cheapen the result, I think.
So, here we are, dear friends. I think my little mousie may just have rounded a corner finally. Some things will change around here to reflect the changes in my heart. And you know what? That's ok. As much as I typically rage against anything changed in my life, I'm learning to accept the God-given ones. My prayer is that some of you may be encouraged by what you read here. Hey, you may even be challenged. And of course, if you know me, then you know you always stand a good chance of being offended too. Not intentionally, to be sure! Just know that what you find as you wander this Maze with me may surprise you as much as it does me.

All that to say this:

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Old Cheese, new cheese, related cheese

Mr. P. and I have recently joined some "social networking" sites. We have found it is a great way to track down old friends as long as you are careful about where you wander.
One person we both have as a "friend" now is Mr. P.'s little sister. Sis P is in college so this has been a real blessing for Mr. P. As much as he will never admit it to her face, I know he missed her and worried for her. What I have found amusing is that Sis P is unwittingly following in my footsteps, at least in the employment field. She has held 2 of the exact same first jobs that I did around her age.
I have also found 2 very dear friends from high school. Our Christian prom picture still hangs on my living room wall. I think I have changed the least out of the 3 of us. Still no ambition, and still content with that. Both now have or are working towards careers and from what I can tell, seem quite happy.
One friend is now expecting her first child. I couldn't be happier for her. I think back on how neither of our kids were welcomed into this world by any other than us, and a spare few. Not to mention the reactions to any of our previous pregnancy "scares". My prayer is that every woman would get to experience a joyful pregnancy and childbirth, fully supported by those around her regardless of her circumstances. I look forward to attending her baby shower.
For some reason unknown to me, Mr. P. decided to have his co-workers as "friends". Somehow, his boss tracked me down and decided that we should be friends too. Hmmm. It is this sort of thing that distinctly makes me flash back to grade school.
"Will you be my fwiend?"
I hope to find other old friends and relatives. This whole internet thing really does amaze me at times. How easy it can make your life, but how dangerous it can be at the very same time.
So I raise a glass of fine wine to the cheese in my life. Because really, what goes together better than that?

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