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Romph Update – 4/21/10 April 21, 2010

Filed under: General,Personal — Joan Botts @ 8:09 pm

Chels and I went for an hour-long walk yesterday and had a very good mother/daughter “talk.” If I didn’t know it before then, I know now she’s a very bright, mature, thoughtful 12-yr-old.

Hate that she’s growing up so fast – hate it. I treasure the moments where her “age” still jumps out and she’s still just a young kid.

She dressed like Buttercup today – she did the costume great. Megan’s Bubbles and Carson’s Blossom. I made each of them signs.

She also tapes her student council speech today!

Then after school they have their Sadies Dance – so cute.

JRR gone now for 9 days traveling for work – ugh. Will be back on Sat.! Scary thing is I’ve gotten used to him being gone.

Signing off…


Video Chat March 22, 2010

Filed under: General — Joan Botts @ 3:52 pm
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Okay, I’m probably waaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind the times, but I did my first video chatting today. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve done the web conferences before, but never done a video chat one-on-one. We used gmail to do it, but now people are telling me to use SKYPE. Does it really matter? I don’t need anything fancy and I don’t want to have to pay for the service.  Anyway, I posted about it on Facebook and got quite a few responses! Seems most people like SKYPE. Guess it’s yet another technology “thing” I’ll have to research! 🙂

Have a great day, everyone.


Message from World Vision January 27, 2010

Filed under: General — Joan Botts @ 8:32 pm
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I really like World Vision, so I’m

re-posting their recent email

blast message.

Dear Friend,

Imagine a refugee camp holding 1- 2 million people. Then imagine having to feed and provide shelter, water, and sanitation for that many people. That’s how daunting it is in Port-au-Prince. That’s why I’ve been calling it the world’s biggest refugee camp. I’ve been to many disaster zones, but I have seen nothing to compare with the situation in Haiti.

I thought I was prepared. But when I arrived within a week of the earthquake, I was just overwhelmed. It’s one of those things that unless you see with your own eyes, you just can’t comprehend. There’s no context for possibly up to 200,000 people dead and millions homeless. There is no quick fix.

The tens of thousands of children and families that are left homeless are now living in the makeshift tent cities that have arisen all over Port-au-Prince since the earthquake. They’ve literally brought their lives to this place, carrying any belongings left from their homes to these tents. The situation is critical as the people of Haiti depend on outsiders for the food, water, and medical supplies needed for survival.

World Vision’s immediate focus is to establish refugee camps and provide the urgent life-saving supplies to those in desperate need. We continue to receive replenishing shipments with emergency supplies to distribute in Port-au-Prince and in the border town of Jimani, Dominican Republic, where thousands of people have now fled. The people are dependent on this aid and will continue to need our help for the weeks and months ahead until they can be settled into more permanent living situations.

People line up for World Vision’s food distribution to earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

World Vision aid arrives for the refugee camps, providing medical supplies and tarps for those in desperate need.

Help Now

Please join us in prayer as we continue to lift up those devastated by this disaster, and as we begin to prepare for the long process of rebuilding in Haiti.

In Him,

/s/ Rich Stearns
Rich Stearns
President, World Vision U.S.

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the lord who has compassion on you. — Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)


1st Blog January 21, 2010

Filed under: General — Joan Botts @ 7:49 pm

This is my very 1st blog! I’m way behind the times on being a blogger. I’m sure I have a long way to go in understanding how to set up a page correctly, etc, but at least I’ve taken the first step, right?