July 2017
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talked with Hannah!!!


I got to talk to shioneh!!! I went over to alariya's old house and we (alariya and I) used my phone card and Alariya's land line to call her. After about 15 minutes of trying all different ways of dialing to Belgium, we called up aubkabob and got her to contact shioneh online (thanks Aubrey!) and double-check the number, which was typo'd! (This after I had talked to some guy who didn't speak English, heh, and listened to some Dutch recording lady) So we finally got the number right and after a few more failed tries, got the right combinations of codes and GOT THROUGH! We talked for about an hour, trading the phone back and forth.

It was so much fun!!! I looooove Hannah's accent! So cute! I was grinning so widely the whole time, just filled with delight at auditorily meeting her for the first time. ;-) I adore you Hannah! And she said that her mom said that she'd love to have me come stay. I said, "For two weeks?" and Hannah said yes, and I said "and she's okay with me eating all of your food?" she said yes, and told me that she'd even let me have her cat, and I could use the internet (ah, she knows me well!) -- "We'll treat you like a queen!" she said. She even promised to sing for me!!! If you could see me right now, I'm grinning so much just thinking about it. I'm so happy that she wants me to come visit. And she promised me Belgian coffee.

She said, "You belong in Belgium -- your name is Bel! Bel -- Belgium! It's meant to be!" :-D

So Ben and I have been seriously talking about this -- he's been telling me lately that we need to get our credit started (I abhor credit cards and we have never used one) by buying something and then slowly paying it off for a year. And March is the cheapest time to fly to Europe, cheaper by several hundred than most other months, so we'd actually be saving... and if we used the credit card for that one purchase and then destroyed the card, we wouldn't be tempted to use it for frivolous things or to pull us over rough spots. And in between now and then I could save money for spending on fun stuff while I'm there... Ben is reluctant to let me go for two whole weeks (we haven't been apart for more than 2 days since we got married) but he's willing! He says he wants me to get to visit Hannah.

So all that's left is to see if I can get two weeks off from work (which I know Polly will do if she possibly can) and make sure God approves... and then I'll actually be planning on going to BELGIUM!!! I've never been out of the US, never been so far away from home... I'm amazed at my own daring. This is a huge committment and a huge sacrifice -- and it's so so worth it. I'm trying to contain myself, because we won't know that it's going to happen until the tickets are bought, but... it's hard to be calm! *squeal!*

Also! Her accent reminded me so much of Adrienne (South African lead singer of my favorite band, The Benjamin Gate), and when I told her so she said she would have to look them up. ;-D I love people who take interest in things just because I'm interested in them. ♥


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