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Discussion in 'Jo Zebedee' started by Jo Zebedee, Jan 4, 2017.

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    Jo Zebedee

    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    Parson

    Parson This world is not my home

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    Jo, you are a woman who continues to surprise. Well done indeed! I'm sure you'll never regret your decision to spend more time with your family.
     
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    Jo Zebedee

    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    Thanks, Parson. I don't regret it - although I'd have loved the kids to see a little more of the world than we've ever been able to afford to since I gave up. But I have a lovely busy life and tons of amazing people around me, and feel blessed by them all. :)
     
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    Parson

    Parson This world is not my home

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    Sigh! yes, I know about that. We could hardly afford to give our kids a week at the lake let alone a trip to Europe or something ultra cool like that. But my kids are doing well and have some goals of their own. So I'm not so frustrated by that anymore. But I would still like to see Europe or especially the Holy Land myself. Now the problem will be getting Mrs. Parson to think that it would be fun or an adventure.
     
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    Jo Zebedee

    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    Ha! I'd love to get to America. House swop? :D
     
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    nixie

    nixie pixie druid Staff Member

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    Well done Jo, very brave. I've never been to Ireland;)
     
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    Vaz

    Vaz We're in the pipe, five by five.

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    Yep. This is a great story. Brave and inspirational. Nice one, Jo. :)
     
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    Theophania Elliott

    Theophania Elliott Well-Known Member

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    I read an article a while ago about what parents thought their kids wanted, and what the kids actually wanted (when asked). Mum and Dad thought the kids wanted to go places, and do exciting things; what the kids wanted (in general) was to spend time with Mum and Dad, just doing normal things.

    I think there's something in this - my husband's a teacher, and he's taught the whole range from poor areas to rich kids. And sometimes the rich kids have all the designer clothes and latest tech toys, but they don't get any parental attention because Mum and Dad are always out working to earn the money to pay for the designer clothes and tech toys...

    I'm betting that your kids won't miss the opportunity to go travelling - after all, they've got the rest of their lives to do that, and with any luck the rest of the world isn't going to go away (and if it does, everybody will have more to worry about than not having seen Niagara Falls). What they won't have once they're grown up is the opportunity to spend quality time with Mum and Dad.
     
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    Parson

    Parson This world is not my home

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    Intriguing idea. But first I have to get my own house. :):cautious:
     
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    Jo Zebedee

    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    Plus I'd need to find anyone with Northern Ireland on their must-visit list!
     
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    farntfar

    farntfar I'm looking forward to looking back on 2016

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    But don't worry about the rest.
    I'll bet Jo could do some cracking sermons while you're in Belfast, Parson. :)

    Edit: Sorry. Carrickfergus.
     
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    Jo Zebedee

    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    Belfast is close enough, never fear. :)

    So, a sermon, you say... first time for everything... :D
     
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    Parson

    Parson This world is not my home

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    I can see it now. Jo uses the prophet Hosea's life, where his family life was the basis for his prophecy, and starts talking about her calling to be nearer her children while releasing her corporate job. ---- It could work, you know.
     
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    Teresa Edgerton

    Teresa Edgerton Goblin Princess Staff Member

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    I'd like to see America, too. (Having seen very little of it in 60+ years.)
     
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    Parson

    Parson This world is not my home

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    Sigh! It is a great country and a great shame you haven't seen more of it. ---- I didn't know what a gift my parents gave me when I was a teenager in that regard. We traveled through at least 35 states. --- Didn't see as much as we likely should have my parents being extremely frugal, but I couldn't do nearly the same for my children. One trip to California, and one trip up to Minnesota fishing for a week. That's about it and my kids still speak about those two trips now and then.
     
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    Juliana

    Juliana will write for cups of tea

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    Lovely article/interview, Jo! :)
     
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    StuartSuffers

    StuartSuffers The Truth shall set you "Weeeee!"

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    So...Zebedee is not a Magic Roundabout inspired pen name? :oops: (nice interview, congrats and well done).
     
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    Jo Zebedee

    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    I get asked that a lot! No, it's my name. :) it was too good not to use!

    And cheers!
     
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