Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Please give money today...now!

Hi, I want to ask everyone to please take the time to donate $10 to LWB in the face book challenge. LWB has lost their lead in the challenge. The winner will receive $50,000 (enough to pay for 10 heart surgeries). Today is the final day. The challenge ends at noon tomorrow. Whoever has the most donors wins the big prize. It is a hassle to sign up with face book but please do it anyway. Please give to Love without boundaries. They are doing such an important work for the kids in China. Thank you!
--Amy Heymann

http://apps.facebook.com/causes/giving


Star Wars hurts marriage

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/offbeat/2008/01/29/oh.star.wars.fanatic.wkef

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

another award


Wow! Juergen called me on the phone and told me they are going to give him an award for innovation at work. The last award he received was this glass thing that gatherers dust on one of our book selves. I'm proud of Juergen for getting an award for his project. He was so sure no one cared about what he was doing. I hope they don't give him another piece of glass. I've got 5 expensive kids to raise...I want money!



I'm so proud of my girl!!!


Nicole entered her painting of the women with an egg (seen a few posts back)in her school art contest. She won first prize!!! Then they had an aution to raise money for a mission in South America. Nicole's painting went for around $75 . Isn't that cool! I'm so proud of my girl. She is only a young painter and has allot to learn, but what a blessing to win a prize, and sell her first painting!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Not fair!




Juergen "has" to go to India in April on business and he "has" to stay in this palace! Life is so cruel! Not fair!!! He doesn't even like Indian food! I love it! They should send the wives on this difficult journey to paradise!

All about Nicole





Last night the youth group from our church crowded into Nicole's bedroom. They are taking turns visiting each others homes, and interviewing the kids about their lives, interests, and Spiritual belief. Nicole was in the "hot seat" and they asked her all kinds of questions about the stuff in her room. She has all kinds of stuff, from her art work, guitars, Star Wars collection, and things from Mexico, Thailand, and China. It was wonderful to see how well she was accepted and appreciated. We served the kids Sandwiches, and Chocolate Fondue with fruit and ice cream. I'm afraid the pictures didn't turn out so well. I didn't want to disturb what was happening, and my camera doesn't take such great shots in low light, on a zoom.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

PS...


Tonight I read the book "the cat in the hat" to Philip, Thomas, Sarah and Nicole. I got very animated as I read. I even lay on the floor and kicked my feet when I read the part of the fish. No! No! No! Your mother would not like it! Not one little bit!!! We were all laughing. I'm not angry anymore...maybe I should start a new form of anger therapy. We should all shout out loud like the fish in the cat in the hat!

Anger is not good for you


I signed Philip and Thomas up for a swimming club that meets two times per week. Thomas was sick on Tuesday, so we did not go. I thought our places were secure. I guess I was wrong. The women who controls the club gave their places away. I came today with the boys and the lady said they had no place. So Philip and Thomas will not be on the swim team this spring. I would not be so angry, but this same women prevented the boys from going to their swim lessons 3 times last fall. I had paid for the lessons (10 lessons). She would not let them in the pool because they didn't have the swim club passes (you don't receive these passes for swim lessons). She was so awful to the boys. She was clearly prejudice towards them. I'm sure if they were anyone else kids she would not have given the passes away. She would have called first. I am angry, but I am going to just forget it. Some people just hate foreigners. That is her problem, not mine. I will take the boys to Taekwondo and forget swimming. We will find our way. It's there loss! Thank God I haven't met many people that are so narrow minded. My boys are wonderful,and many people understand this fact!

The role of women in the church

You may know or not know I was a pastor for 10 years. It was a job I loved. There were times people would challenge my authority to "preach". I had been given this authority by my denomination. I also felt like God had called me to do my job. I submitted myself to the correction of the leadership above me. I was in no way rebellious. I've gone to a church in Heidelberg for 10 years that basically does not allow women to preach. They have allowed me to teach at seminars, and give the "input" at the big worship services they have every 6 weeks. Why they have allowed this, I am not sure? Juergen has asked if He and I would be allowed to preach together at the Sunday night "next generation" service. Again the answer was yes. I've given this some thought, and it basically makes me feel angry. I'm allowed to preach with Juergen, but not alone. Other women are so far not even allowed to preach with their husbands. I had no peace. I can not do it. I won't do it. I don't want to be the one the church uses as some sort of test case. If Amy does it well, maybe we will let other women preach. They would never think of saying if Juergen does not do a good job, all men will be kept from preaching! No...I just can not do this. I feel like they must give this honor to women in general, or I am just going to stay home and take care of the kids!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

trying to prepare to say goodbye

Juergen's mom is getting very weak. She sleeps almost all day. It is getting very hard to feed her. The harder more important thing is she is not drinking enough. Without enough to drink, her kidneys may fail. We have been told by the Dr's that something like this will kill her before the tumors in her brain do. Between the tears, we need to think concretely about what we will do when she dies. This isn't easy. It seems cold. But we are a big family. Juergen's dad will need him (alone without the kids). So now Juergen must think about when to go, and what to do to arrange stuff. He needs to do this so that his dad doesn't have to. I hope our friends will pray for us. It's so odd to sit down with our children and try to prepare them for what is about to take place. I don't think it is anything they can grasp. I don't think they will understand until it happens and we are crying. Even then I am not sure they could understand. Death is part of life...but death is not the end.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Living at IKEA


We spend allot of time at IKEA. Jessica loves their catalogs. It is by far her favorite tearing material. HERE is a guy that lived in an IKEA store for one week.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

One of those days!


We have hand workers over to fix our window shades. We had to clear the clutter (far too much clutter) away from the windows so these men could work. Sarah had a temper tantrum as she woke up. She was still upset I wouldn't let her sleep in Philip and Thomas' room last night. She tends to keep them up. I got off to a really sour start. Jessica is home on Tuesdays anyway. I had to watch her. The dog was barking. Juergen was complaining about the mess. Finally the phone rings. It's Thomas' teacher. He has not been doing his math homework for the past week. I of course had asked him everyday, "did you do all your home work". He lied. So they were keeping him after school to do math. His class teacher had written me a note, but he of course made sure I did not receive the note. I'm here trying to calm down before Thomas gets home. I don't want to over react. I think he has Attention Deficit Disorder. He is smart, be his attention span is very poor. We are on a waiting list to see a doctor about this. In the mean time there has to be some hard punishment for lying about the home work. I love my kids(say it Amy...you love your kids)! Someday they will make me very proud. Today has to be put into context. God grant me wisdom. God please give me calm...my head is pounding and I haven't even come to the fun part!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

What a great guy!


I've gone back to weight watchers this week. I'm highly motivated to lose the weight, and hopefully keep it off. I even created a yahoo group for support. If you would like to join my yahoo diet group, then apply here. We are a private group. Only members can post, or read the posts. It's a pretty great group of 9 people so far. I'm so happy to be doing this whole diet and exercise thing with others. Tonight Juergen also did his part to help me lose weight. He went to the gas station to buy Häagen-Dazs cookie dough ice cream. He even eat the entire pint of ice cream in one sitting, just so I wouldn't be tempted. What a guy!

This is the group Nicole wants to join this summer

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Mozambique is flooding

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/01/12/vo.mozambique.floods.ap


This is where Rolland and Heidi Baker are missionaries. Pray for the people. They often see a strong move of God when it floods.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

"A New Year, a New Chance"


"A New Year, a New Chance" is something my weight watchers leader said this morning. Yes, I began weight watchers this morning. I use to go, but it's been over a year since the last meeting. My good friend Kirstin called me last week and told me she had won 4 free months of weight watchers. She said it was a sign she should go back. I said my pants are too tight, that's also a sign. Here is what I learned today...
1. Stay positive. Don't say "I have to go to weight watchers", instead say, "I get to go to weight watchers".
2. Be realistic. It takes time to lose weight. Don't expect to lose 10 pounds per week. Set realistic goals.
3. Set goals that can be measured. for example don't say I want to exercise more. Instead say (for example) I want to walk one half hour Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
4. Try to stay motivated. If you have a certain dress you can not fit into, hang that dress in front of your closet where you can see it. That kind of motivation works for some people, but it doesn't actually work for me. Today I bought myself this beautiful plant. Next week I'm going to give myself a new hair cut if I stick to my goals.
5. Write out clear goals. For me, those goals are not what I measure on a scale. I sometimes lose weight, and other times don't. For me the goal is just to go to my meetings, write down everything I eat, and try to stick to my points. In weight watchers every food is worth so many points. Everyone gets a certain amount of points assigned to them. The amount is determined by allot of different factors. I get 24 points per day. I have a goal of sticking to my points. I also want to drink 2 liters of water, and ride my exercise bike 30 minutes 3 times per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). I am working up to 30 mins. per day. This week 10 mins per day, next week 15 mins per day. If I am faithful to stick to my goals this week, next week I'm going to get a new hair cut. Aren't you proud of me!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The one year Bible

Nicole and I listened to the one year Bible together last year. We did not hear it everyday, but I would say we heard it 90% of the time. It takes you through the entire Bible in one year. We are listening to it again together. We listen to it, then pray together just before Nicole goes to bed. I encourage you to give it a try. It is HERE on line. You can even download it and hear it on a mp3 player perhaps on your way to work, or during a coffee break. Faith comes from hearing the word of God.

Green stuff

Philip and Thomas told Juergen they were sick. He actually believed them and let them stay home from school. I suspected they were just tired. None of us are use to getting to bed early. It takes some time to get back to the old routine after a vacation.
At lunch I served broccoli and peas. When I saw Thomas take a second helping of the broccoli I nearly fell over. He use to give me the dirtiest look when I tried to serve any green stuff. Like I was really trying to poison him. Second helpings on broccoli...maybe he really is sick?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Vacation schedual








I'm usually the kind of person who likes to book my vacations at the last minute. This year I think that's going to be hard. My parents want to come over for their 50Th wedding anniversary. Juergen is taking time off to watch the kids while I take my parents (and I hope my best friend Cindy) to Italy for 10 days. In August Nicole and I want to go to Mexico for 10 days to build a house. Juergen is going to need a vacation from all the babysitting. I think our family vacation has to be at the end of the summer. Juergen asked the kids where. Of course we all voted for Thailand. I'm not saying we are going to Thailand. After all, there are 7 of us. It's not exactly a budget kind of trip. On the other hand, if we could all go anywhere on the planet...it would be HuaHin ,Thailand. We just love it there. Even Jessica (who hates to fly) would love to go there. The sun is so good for her. She gets so happy and relaxed. She sleeps so well. It's a beautiful thing to experience. The boys live in the pool. They only come up for air long enough to eat. It also makes them so proud to come from one of the most beautiful countries around. Nicole gets very creative there. She wrote her first children's book there. Juergen looks just like James Bond on a jet ski. Oh, I'm making myself sick! I'll keep you informed. I would probably think more practically about the whole thing if it wasn't so dark and cold outside. That sunshine seems too much like heaven to me. Someone should hide my bank card...

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Original sin

I thought every night as I put the boys to bed how very proud I was of them for keeping their bed room clean. Yesterday I even went out and bought them Lego Star Wars for the wii. At lunch I told them they only needed to pick up the few cloths that were on the floor, and whatever was under the bed and then they could have their new game. Whatever was under the bed! Do you realize how much you can actually fit under a bed? It took me 20 minutes to drag everything out from under their bed. And it reminded me of sin. When we sin the first thing we do is hid it. So for the boys it meant hiding candy wrappers, and Lego that they were too lazy to pick up. Then comes the blame. They are blaming each other for the mess. Now they wanted us to wait for them so they could be the first to play Star Wars. I'm sure they would have sat there all day, and tomorrow...just blaming each other. Not working. Not cleaning. I'm smarter then that. Nicole and Juergen are playing Star Wars on the wii. Lets see how quickly the boys get over the blame game and start cleaning their room.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Reading

We unplugged the TV (at least during the week). Philip is finally trying to read. I just ordered Hooked on Phonics Beginning Reading With Bible Stories. I hope to sit with him every afternoon and try to teach him to read in English. I'm going to try to teach Sarah (who is 4) to read too. I'll let the German school teach him to read in German. We have so much ground to make up. Something seems to finally be clicking in his brain, and he seems more teachable at last. Please pray for miracles!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Fiesta





Juergen is on his way home. He should be here in another hour. Nicole woke me up this morning holding my Mexican cookbook in her hands. She found a few bags of corn flour in my freezer. I forgot it was there. We are making corn tortillas for dinner. That may sound like no big deal to you, but you have to remember we live in Germany. It is painfully difficult to get the ingredients for fresh, real Mexican food. Imagine going years without a taco or burrito. That's right...years! I bet allot of you just couldn't do it!

My new blog

I just started a new blog. It's called God Heals. I decided to look into this question of Healing. Some of you know my oldest daughter Jessica has autism. Juergens mom is dying of brain tumors. I believe God heals, but I just don't understand how...and what if any role I should play in this process. I just started the blog. I'm sure I'll post often, maybe daily to it. It is a topic I'm very personally interested in. I invite you to read it if your interested. I have many more questions then answers...but if you look for answers, you often find them!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

God is in control of my schedule

As many of you know, I expected Juergen to be home this week, gone last week. I hadn't made plans to do anything with anyone. It's so cool that people actually keep coming by to see us. It makes the days full, and we are not so board or lonely for Juergen. My good friend Kerstin was here today with her boys. Tomorrow Philip and Thomas get to spend the whole afternoon at the jump in ( a giant indoor play park). Tomorrow night a good friend comes for dinner. Then Juergen (God willing) will come home Friday. The whole single mom of 5 thing will be over (thank you Jesus). It really has been fine, but I'm so thankful I have Juergen. His mom has been sleeping more and more. She has lost her ability to sit up, feed herself, or even speak. Juergen says she looks sad and board. I pray God heals her, or takes her home. This slowly slipping away is very sad. I can think of no other words to describe it. Juergen told me on the phone, "God is either going to heal her or she will be the first one in the family to meet Jesus". When he said that I got the chills! I guess death would not be so bad, it is only this long death that is hard.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008