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1st Blogiversary!

I just realized about a week ago that today is Missionary Moms’ 1st blogiversary! I have so enjoyed this year of getting to know so many amazing moms serving God all throughout the world. Thank you so much for all of your insightful comments, your prayers for your fellow mom friends here, for sharing your wisdom and life experiences, and for your great fellowship and encouragement. I hope this site has been a blessing to you, and always pray that God might use whatever each of the contributors and I might have to offer, however small it might be, and that He would multiply it for His purposes and for the building up of the body of Christ. I look forward to what is in store for the next year!

I went through and picked a few posts from throughout the year just to revisit for fun. Here is some glimpses of various things we’ve discussed over the past year!


Make-It-Yourself Toys

Defining Home

Growing in Hospitality

Coffee with YOU!

The “Good Mother” Criteria

Planning your Home Preschool

Creating Beauty for the Glory of God

Keeping Relationships Close

The Significance of Tradition

Haiti and Giving Sacrificially

Maintaining Vision

(Post by: Ashley)


How to Post Larger Pictures on Blogger

(Some more great help from Ana to make your blogs fabulous! Check out her blog and you’ll agree that she knows how to make things lovely! ~Ashley)

Blogger (in draft) has a new option to post XLarge images. They are about 550px wide (this is the easy way to go).

There’s another option which takes a bit more time but allows you to post bigger images, I’ll try to explain both in detail.

1. Log in to draft.blogger

2. Click on the image icon and a new menu will be displayed.

3. That menu will give you 2 options:
1) To browse your computer for the picture
2) To paste the image link
Basically #1 allows you to upload a picture from your computer and then resize it to blogger’s major capacity which is about 550-600px wide.
#2 Is more time consuming but allows you to post larger pictures, the only inconvenience is that after you add the link you need to resize your pictures to fit your post area.
(Upload through Blogger)
1. Browse your computer and add your image – to add more than one go to ADD ANOTHER IMAGE and it will open more browsing bars.
2. Blogger will upload a medium-size image  by default Рin order to change the size hover your pointer over the picture and click just once. By doing that you will open a small menu that will show either under or over the photo with the sizes available, click on X-Large.
3. The picture will immediately change size ūüôā
(Uploading through an image hosting site like: flickr, photo bucket, tinyurl…)
1. You need to upload the image to the site of your choice, most of them give you a menu that displays all the image codes, the one you will need is “direct link” or “photo url”copy that link.
2. Paste it on the blogger option that reads ” Or paste a web address here”
3. This will display a new option when you click over the picture “original size” –¬† click on that one.
4. Now, usually good quality images are bigger than 1000px which means that the photo will probably be too big for your post area – make sure you post big images and align them to the center which is another option that shows on the menu along with the image sizes.
5. Changing this is easy but time consuming – in order to change the size you need to double click on the picture until the selection lines appear around it – like it’s shown on the image above, place your pointer over one of the white squares in the corners and drag the picture until it’s the size you need.
While you drag the picture you will see a square with changing numbers in the corners, which could be on the top or bottom of the picture – it will tell you how many pixels your picture has, you need to match that to you post area size or less.

Now, I’d like to know how many of you play the photographer role at home?¬† – Do you embellish pictures with any specific program?

(Post by: Ana)

Keeping the Bridge Strong

image courtesy of gettyimages

In my last post we were speaking about keeping in touch with family and using the resources that we have handy to make them part of our daily life.

Today I want to concentrate on some other services that can help you maintain contact with not only your family but also friends and supporters.

Let’s Talk “Newsletters”¬†

During the first few months of our Missionary journey, my husband and I wrote a simple email once in a while, telling friends and family the “exciting” and interesting news. I can calculate that during the first year we only sent 3 or 4 Newsletters.

One day while reading an email from a fellow-missionary friend I felt embarrassed… he not only had a beautiful Newsletter format in a PDF document but he really walked us through the experiences and trials that he was facing. Since that day on I decided to make an extra effort –¬† giving people all the information that they need along with some interesting facts didn’t hurt, it actually benefited us all and they got to understand a little better how¬† life was on this side of the world and we had the privilege of keeping relationships so close that we could barely feel a difference when saw them face to face again.

Our way of updating people has been in constant evolution, we went from a simple email to more interesting ones all adorned with funny moments, words in the language where we were serving and stories of people that we were making relationships with.

Then, we began sending PDF’S, I used programs like Publisher and Microsoft Paint and then uploaded them to SCRIBD (I’m sure most of you are familiar with those).

Soon, Facebook and a whole wave of Social Networking sites were knocking at our door and I decided I was going to make the best of them… It worked out pretty nicely, except as I expected, all these things where taking a big chunk out of my days.

While all these things happened I also had a personal blog that was updated regularly and our Newsletter was sent in private emails because it contained  Bank Account information, photos and some very personal stories.

Just a few months ago I decided to separate my personal blog that I use for various different purposes from our¬† “Missions Blog” which is now private – This was the best and wisest decision, I realized because for all the things I was already sending, people needed to have Internet Service and all those emails and attachments and having to uploaded and downloaded and saved to the computer was a real fuss… People (even family) usually took over 15 days to reply to emails, and to be honest I can understand why.

We soon went from this

To this

A blog condenses all the work and the time that you put into these beautiful Newsletters and the best part is that just as the Newsletters you can decide to keep them public or private.

Why does having a blog makes such a different?

1.¬† You have one steady design, you don’t have to make shapes, change colors or struggle with choosing material that can fit into one single page.

2.¬† You don’t have to upload it to any other services with enough capacity to hold a file that size.

3. You can have direct links on your sidebar such as Account information, Newsrolls, Web Photo Albums and more.

4.¬† The receivers don’t need to worry about downloading, opening attachments and the best thing is that you won’t have emails bouncing because someone’s inbox is full.

5.  A blog is easy to manipulate, you can update it regularly and that way keep people informed of all your stories, prayers needed and they can submerge into this wonderful missionary experience along with you with just one click.

So I guess, I am encouraging you to take a peek at the Blogging World, if you haven’t already, and¬† give it a chance – you as well as all¬† the other moms that are already hooked to it, might find it fun and interesting.

Psssst! If you are convinced that Blogging will make a big difference in the way you  send your news, I recommend you use Blogger, it is user-friendly and easy to customize.

Before I let you go, could you please answers the following survey?… I’d like to know in what ways I could help you the best.

Do you have Newsletter stories that you’d like to share? Is it easy for you to keep in touch with family, friends and supporters? Do you have any suggestions?

(Post by: Ana)

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