Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Birthday







Today I turn 47 years old. I have a very bad cold so I'm feeling old. Juergen has the week off and so do the kids. We had a very nice breakfast. I'm proud of my man; he went out of his way to spoil me. I'm actually terrible. I told my kids last night that if they wanted birthday gifts on their next birthday from me, I had better have some gifts today! You should have seen Thomas as his eyes bugged out. He ran down stairs to his room and began drawing! They all went to draw my gifts! Nicole said, I already made you something. I laughed and said, I know...I'm just kidding! Still I want them to learn to give and not just receive. Juergen and I sat in the dinning room and could hear our children laughing as they drew. It was great! And this morning they were all proud to give me a gift. I got an electric fireplace from Juergen. It also works as a heater, but we don't need a space heater. It's strictly for looks. It will sit in my bedroom to give us a warm romantic light. I love it! I'm going to look around for an old fireplace mantle. There was a great second hand store near us that would have had a mantle, but they went out of business 9 months ago. I'll probably have a dinner party with some friends in a week or two. We did this last year. It was so much fun. For today I am over blessed to be surrounded by my family. It’s raining outside and I have a cold. I’m going to go to bed and look at my fire.

BTW, the first picture of the women made from leaves was done by Nicole. It is supose to be the leaves coming to life in Narnia. The photo does not do it justice. It is amazing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Billy Graham



There is a new movie called Billy I would love to see. It's about the early life of Billy Graham. I don't think it will come to Germany so I guess I will wait for the DVD. You see it for me, and tell me what you think.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Love Dare

Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home, but it doesn't have to stay that way. The Love Dare, as featured in the new movie Fireproof, is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ping pong




The weather is very nice today. Juergen is putting up the covered porch in the back yard. We basically do not even have a back yard. What we have , we want to use for a ping pong table. So Juergen and Nicole are getting the job done today. I ordered the whole thing on e-bay. I'm looking for a ping pong table too. It's just one more thing to keep the kids busy and hopefully out of trouble! I know I wrote we are not spending money, but this has been planned for years.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

These notes are hanging above my desk


It always reminds me that God is in control!

Monday, October 06, 2008

a very good trip


It's Monday morning. Juergen said he had to leave early to take Philip to school. Philip got up too late to take the bus. Jessica has sports today.... Oh, and happy Anniversary. 18 years ago I aquired the hand of one of Germany's greatest assets. I can hardly believe the women of this great country allowed him to get away from them. I always say he is the greatest gift God has ever given me! Our babysitter just moved out of town. Juergen had a very full schedual today, but will take tomorrow morning off to spend with me. After 18 years I do not get upset about the reality of work and family. Sure something special today would have been nice, but everyday is special. Last night he brought me a red rose and icecream. I know that he loves me. He has been showing me his commitment for 18 years, and the time has just raced by. It was and is a very pleasent ride.

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worth while.