So it's been two weeks and two days since Jess & Zack left the beautiful northwest for southern CA, and although we're missing them terribly, we're thankful for all the communications technology that is available to us in the 2000's.
I'm reminded of a scene from the original (t.v. movie) version of "Little House on the Prairie" where the Ingalls family are ready to head west - their wagon is packed, and their family is there to send them off. There isn't much of a difference (ok, there is a huge difference between the modes of transportation, but go with me here...) between our good-byes to Jess and Zack at the Buhrmasters and that of the 1800's Ingalls family except this - when the Ingalls and their family said their good-byes, it would be MONTHS before "Ma" could "post" a letter, and that only when "Pa" made a trading trip up to Independence. There was no guarantee the letter would ever even be received by the folks back east who had no idea how things had been going for their loved ones.
Today we're truly blessed to have cell phones, e-mail, blogs, and, yes, even the old US mail to keep ourselves connected - communication is instant and reliable - we've been in touch by each of these methods and are so very thankful for it.
All of this to say that if you're interested in how they're doing, what they're up to, and how southern California is treating them, please visit their blog at http://thusbeginsthejourney.blogspot.com/ for updates.