Sunday, March 29, 2009
Every year a group of locals has a parade to welcome the spring. There is a band, and people carrying sticks that have ribbons and giant pretzels. My camera battery was almost dead but I managed to take a few quick pictures. I actually have a headache ...spring fever. It is a pretty day! The flowers are mine. I love the cute coffee cup planter!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I don't often have hard weeks. I guess I can thank God for that! I feel very much like a victim, out of control of the present events. I know that things will get better but for now my hands are tied. I bought a new shopping cart today. I want to walk more, so now I can walk to the store everyday instead of taking the car. I was also going to my friends birthday party tonight , but I phoned and told her I really did not feel like going to a party. I really love this friend but some times you just want to take a hot bath and watch some mindless movie. I was getting out of my car today and I saw some poppies growing well in my yard. I love giant poppies. These ones are a beautiful shade of orange. When I planted them last year they didn't do well. They died back almost immediately. But that was then. Today they look great! It just took awhile for them to get established. My sons (both Thomas and Philip) are going through stuff. I feel like they are like these poppies. Right now they don't look too good. Maybe in time they will find their way, and they will thrive. As a parent that loves them, it's not so easy to cope with the transition. I'm doing all I can do...but everything I do is not enough. It is a hard an hopeless place to be. But my God does not leave me without hope. I just need to let the seasons pass. I have faith they will become established. As I wait, I am also trying to be very careful with myself. I would love to be a super human, but I’m just a human. It’s been a hard week and a need some rest.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Have you ever heard of the idea of walking 10,000 steps per day? You get a pedometer to help you count out your steps. I bought 2 pedometers at Aldi's today for 4,99€. One for me, and one for Juergen. We are both pretty out of shape. I want to walk more. Here are some ideas to help you increase your daily steps...
Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend
Walk the dog
Use the stairs instead of the elevator
Park farther from the store
Better yet, walk to the store
Get up to change the channel
Plan a walking meeting
Walk over to visit a neighbor
Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding
Who will walk with me? I'm counting my steps...count with me!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
This kills me. 54% of all Catholic voters voted for Obama. Didn't we say the man has the worst voting record on abortion? I was screaming it!!! I WAS SCREEMING IT!!! So why is anyone surprised about his aggressive anti life agenda? Give me a break! We could have had a pro life President America. We could have had real change. Now our sitting president shows up on Jay Leno trying to charm America in to swallowing his ideas. You express your strong stance for life with your vote. If life was "the most important value" then why did you vote for a man that never met a´pro abortion law he did not like? President Obama is doing everything he said he would do. He is redistributing wealth and providing free abortions on demand up to the 9th month! Americans sound like women who marry terrible men. “I knew he was a creep but I can change him”. “He makes me feel so good”. WAKE UP!
Our garden is very small. Still, it brings me a very great joy to see the early flowers. Nicole does most of the work in the garden. I buy the plants and she puts them in the ground. It is not such a bad arrangement! Anyway, here are some pictures of our early garden. We have radishes, lettuce, kohlrabi, and garlic. My favorite new flowers are these mini iris'. They are so cute! Nicole is starting a variety of seeds in the green house. I made raised beds from wooden sand boxes last year. These work really well. The soil is perfect, and the ground never gets stepped on. I'll put a fresh coat of varnish on them when it gets warm. I want these beds to last awhile. I can not afford brick raised beds yet.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
One year ago today Juergen's wonderful mom went home to Jesus. I've missed her. She was so sick before she died. I must be honest and say it was a blessing. When you are so ill, death is a blessing. We live in a body that is fragile and so easily broken. It's nice to think of the freedom and peace she must have now. Juergen has gone to the North to be with his Dad. Really, death is only hard for us because we are the ones who must continue to live without the constant gift of our wonderful friend. I can see my own life slipping away. I do not hold on to this life so tightly. It will not be so very long until I also go home to my Lord. It will be so sweet to meet all those I have loved and missed.
Please say a prayer for Juergen's dad Richard. This will be a hard day for him.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I am taking my brother Rick to Paris for a few days (God willing). I am also bringing Nicole and Thomas. I decided to bring Thomas because I want him to start getting more exposure to "cultural" things. We are going to the Louvre Museum, and Monet’s garden. To balance things out I picked this fun hotel near Disneyland. I'm not sure we will have time for Disneyland. Maybe we can do it too? So here is the Explorer Hotel.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I listened to the news again, maybe I should just stop doing that. The authorities have gotten 6 different warnings of kids wanting to repeat yesterdays shootings, copy cats. One of those warnings came from a small town just 10 miles from us. What can you do to be safe? The shooter did not just kill kids in a school, but he also shot people in a store, a hospital, and on the street. You can not hid in your home for fear of being a victim. It is sad that 6 other people felt a need to express a desire to copy this tragic act. I'm sure parents do there best to love their kids, but so much in society tears kids down. There are so many sad and lonely people in this world. I guess all we can do is pray for Gods protection. We should also be kind to people. We should try to build people up. But that’s not always easy. There is a lonely boy in our neighborhood. His parents are always gone. Every vacation you can count on this kid showing up to play. But he is a few years older then my boys, and he is ruff. Last time he came over he hit Sarah and shoved her head into a pillow. We had to ask him to leave. So I see him on the streets. I have to protect my kids. He is too old and ruff to have over anymore. I see him alone on the streets. It's sad. What do I do? There are so many lost and lonely people. My first responsibility is to protect my own kids. It makes me mad that this kids family were never there for him.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I turned on the news at noon. There was breaking news in the South of Germany. A 17 year old boy had shot and killed students and teachers in his former school…and he was still on the run. My eyes filled with tears. This was a small town less then an hour away. Parents had kissed their kids goodbye this morning…and now their children were dead. What a nightmare, what a shock. Now the news is 16 people including the young shooter are dead. What an awful loss. I feel terrible. God please protect my children. God please comfort these poor families, including the family of the killer. I can not imagine the guilt and blame these parents will face. Can anyone control the actions of their 17 year old son? What an awful tragedy!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I just got a new book called "how to grow more vegetables then you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine" by John Jeavons. I have less land then you can imagine and this is my goal.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
I have been thinking allot about the idea of the "END TIMES". Are we living in the end times? I watch the events in the world, and I think that we are living in what the Bible calls the last days. I am not interested in building a cabin in the woods and stocking it with food and guns. I do however think more and more about the idea of being self sustaining. I like Earth ships because they are self sustaining. I doubt very much I can build an Earth ship in Germany. Germans care allot about the environment, but they also love their rules. It would be hard to get them to give me permission to build a home out of trash. I care about the environment, but I want an Earth ship because it is a fully self sustaining way to live. The sad thing is we may need this sort of home in the future. You may think I am crazy? I wonder if you will think me crazy in 10 or 20 years?