Friday, July 31, 2009

OSU ? Maybe even CHS!!!

Nicole is going into her Jr year of high school. She is already looking at American Universities. At the top of her list is Oregon State University. Why? Because she could study both art and plant science. She could also live for free at Grandma and Grandpa's house (at least for awhile). International tuition is $19,000 per year. In state tuition is under $6,000 per year. It only takes one year for her to establish she is thinking of going there for a year first and then starting school. So the question is what can she do in Oregon for one year? She could work? I'm thinking she could actually go to Corvallis High School and get an American high school degree. Germany has such a high academic standard, an US high school should be super easy for her. If she can pull straight A's then she could get some good scholarships. She could also take the US SAT. It could be fun and worth the year of effort. Nicole is actually graduating a year early from German high school. Many of her friends go to America for a year, she would just do it after she finishes here. Any way, this is the present idea. I just read the CHS web site. She could take AP classes in German and European History, and Biology (easy A's for Nicole). If she does this she can earn credit towards college, bypassing at least half her freshman year at OSU. She can also join the German club and the jazz band (she plays jazz guitar). How cool is that?

No Health care for the disabled or the old

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Why are they all surprised?

Israel is great! Why is anyone surprised Obama is no friend to Israel? Why are they surprised Obama spends money he does not have? Why is anyone surprised by Obamas ideas on abortion? He told us what he would do? He told us what he believed? My question is…why didn’t everyone listen?

The last day of school!

schools out Pictures, Images and Photos

Today was the last day of school! The kids are zoning out in front of the TV. I'm looking forward to sleeping in Friday. Actually, tomorrow I have to get up early to take Philip to a heart appointment. He was born with 2 holes in his heart (ASD/VSD). He had surgery when he was 6 months old, but we have to get checkups just to make sure all is well. I don't expect any trouble.
Today I bought Jessica a mini laptop computer. Juergen is looking into a special adaptive keyboard. I will load the laptop with Jessica’s favorite movies and computer games. It should help calm her down on the trip to Thailand. We decided to get the lap top for Jessica’s 18Th birthday gift. Jess will be 18 years old Sept 8th. Amazing! What a lovely girl she is! Perhaps she can take her laptop to school in the fall. We are hoping she will begin writing more independently. We may even try her out on voice generating software. This is software that will speak everything you type. Some non verbal autistic kids communicate with this technology. Perhaps Jessica can too?
Nicole is at the hospital visiting her friend Sarah who has cancer. I think Sarah is doing well. Everyone got their report cards last week except Nicole. They all did just fine! I don’t know what grades Nicole got but I do know she got her Latinum. This is the highest level of Latin. I’m sure she is happy to have that behind her! I have to find a big back pack. Nicole goes to camp (and will hike for 2 days). I hope I can find a backpack at the 2nd hand store. Don’t you just love it when your kids mention , “oh mom I need such and such” and I need it tomorrow! It keeps you on your toes! We got though another year of school. I know my dear husband will want to celebrate that! We ended well. I guess I want to celebrate that too!!!

Oh, Juergen phoned and said someone has been charging up his credit card. The credit card company noticed all these strange charges coming from Italy, India, and the USA. They stopped the charges, canceled the card and will give us our money back. Oh boy!!! Thank God they caught it! We should be getting a new card before our trip to Thailand. Hopefully this doesn't mess up our reservations in any way? I'm sure someone in Thailand sold our card number, because that is the only thing we have used our card for lately? All I can say is thank God the card company caught it...and I think we didn't suffer any loss!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

The last week of school

summer is finally here Pictures, Images and Photos

Yes, I know most of you are already planning on sending your kids back to school. I even read a blog that said they are already back to home school (they want to take some weeks off in the fall). Well, our kids are enjoying their last week of school. We begin the 6 week summer vacation Thursday. Nicole goes to camp on Saturday. The boys go to camp a week later. Then we go to Thailand for two weeks. The last 2 weeks are free. I have some appointments in those last two weeks, but mostly we plan to be home! So this week we had the last this…and the last that. I’m looking forward to the extra sleep each morning. It’s rained so much this summer it doesn’t feel like it could be August. I’ve got to go do some work in the garden. The roses are so rusty, and the weeds have taken over.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

There are other ideas!

Watch CBS Videos Online

Mr. President if it's not good enough for your family....

Get Well Soon Pictures, Images and Photos

The latest USA Today/Gallup poll finds more Americans disapproving (50%) than approving (44%) of the way Barack Obama is handling healthcare policy. In general, Obama receives higher marks on his handling of international issues than on domestic issues.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

a 12 passenger van

I just booked our car in Thailand. The best deal was a 12 passenger van cool is that? It is an automatic with unlimited miles and of course air conditioning and GPS. I don't think we would try to go it alone with out GPS. We were going to go with out a car, but felt like we could manage a little more adventure this time. Juergen understands Bangkok pretty good. Both our vacation apartments have free parking. I'm sure I'll still take a few tuk tuks. Anyway, I can take lots of luggage there and back. If you have anything you want to give to Thomas and Philips orphanage let me know. I would love toys, cloths, and shoes. Very gently used or new stuff please. We leave in 29 days and I'm getting pretty excited!!! The best way to keep kids from fighting in a car is to make sure they all get a window seat! Now I can get Juergen to stop at all the cool road side shops... Oh yes this will be great!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Water everywhere but not a drop to drink

water Pictures, Images and Photos

Yesterday we were finishing lunch when our neighbor rang the bell. His basement was flooding. Something was wrong and they needed to turn the main line of water off (we live in a row house). It was Sunday and they wouldn’t be able to get it fixed until Monday afternoon. So we rushed to fill jars and bottles with water, started the dishwasher and filled the bathtub with water. Unfortunately the water was dirty. It turns out the neighbors pond had contaminated the water supply. So I had enough water to flush the toilets, but that’s it. The dishes only got half rinsed. We had no water for coffee, and I couldn’t even wash the dirty table because the water was dirty. I had to be home this morning to let the workers in and out of our house. My kitchen stank, and so did I (no shower). They finally turned the water on at 4:30 this afternoon. I did the stinky dishes, and cleaned up the dinning room and kitchen. Then I took a bath. I’m going to water my plants with contaminated water I have in bottles, and I’ll put in a supply of clean water. I even saved my bath water for the toilets. They said it may take them a few days to fix the problem. I feel sorry for my neighbor, because they have a flooded basement to clean up. I also have a new respect for all those people who walk miles every day for water. I was so unprepared to go without water. I never realized how much I rely on my ever present clean source of life!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Health care in the US

The US needs health care reform, but not what they are now pushing! I hope that Obama’s health reform will not pass because it's going to cause even higher unemployment! But they need to do something to help the millions of un insured people. Maybe they should look to Israel? BTW, McCain said we should tax health care, and the tax would cover the cost of insuring the uninsured. Obama refuses to tax health care, so now he has zero way to pay for his plan. If I was rich living in the USA, I would think about moving out of the country. Obama thinks he has a right to all your money! What a mess he is making!

Thursday, July 16, 2009


I was listening to Beth Moore interviewed on Christian TV today. She was asked why she thought God healed some people from addictions instantly, and others over time? She said something that I think applies to all of our lives. She said it depended upon what God would teach us. If he wants to show us his supremacy, he will do something immediate and if he wants to show us his sufficiency, he provides little by little (daily bread). I have sought God for years to heal Jessica from autism. I believe nothing is impossible for him, he is supreme! But God has shown me he is also sufficient. The only time I get into trouble is when I think too much about tomorrow. But God is so sufficient to help us every day. I know this very well.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

getting ready

I'm getting ready to go to Thailand next month. Today I ordered "Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-Of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine"
to read on the trip. I also just ordered a new pair of noise cancellation headphones. These things block almost 100% of the noise on a flight. I got them to help Jessica on the 12 hour flight. We have a portable DVD player with a memory chip (we don't need to carry DVD's anymore) and I have an I- pod with a 6 hour battery. Hopefully that will make the flight manageable. It's a direct over night flight. I probably will not get to sleep on the flight, but I'll be so tired it will help me get over the jet lag fast.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

the faithful flowers

I have a very small garden. A great amount of my tiny yard is given to the flowers I love so much. Some of my plants were just collected over the years. Others are very special to me because they were gifts from friends and family. Today Juergen’s mother would have turned 72 years old. She gave me many of the perennials I have in my cutting garden. Today it gave me both joy and sadness to cut a vase of these very special flowers. They remind me of Oma's life. It was beautiful and fragrant. I hope I never forget her. I’m glad I have this confidence that we will one day meet again. Happy birthday Waltraud. We miss you very much!

"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever."
Isaiah 40:8

one big happy family

As long as they keep the National debt high (very, VERY HIGH) the dollar will be worth dirt! And is Al Gore trying to be the president of the world? Oh please!!!! BTW the debt is
-$ 11,565,081,634,548 (-11 trillion) and growing daily.

Monday, July 13, 2009

ADHD and coffee?

The conventional treatment for ADHD revolves around prescription stimulant medication such as Ritalin and Adderall (short term) and Adderal XR and Concerta (long term). It seems to be a plausible idea that perhaps other stimulants such as caffeine laden coffee might produce similar effects.

In the late nineties this theory seemed to be gaining some traction due to the presumption that Brazilian children seemed to have a lower incidence of ADHD. Researchers were quick to link this assumption with the incidence of ADHD. So is it actually possible that giving your child a cup of coffee daily might enhance their ability to focus and concentrate singular tasks longer?

Both Philip & Thomas have ADHD. It makes me wonder if I shouldn't give them a cup of coffee everyday? Maybe it's worth a try? Other benifits of coffee include , antioxidant benefits for those who drink more than two cups daily, increased short term memory and decreased risk for diabetes and liver and breast cancer.

caffeine can help boost memory

If you are finding your memory slipping lately, perhaps the first thing to remember is to have your morning coffee. In a recent study from the University of Arizona that will be published in the January 2002 issue of Psychological Science by the American Psychological Society researches have found that the stimulant affect of caffeine can help boost memory.

No summer here

It has been cold and rainy here for awhile. We were at a friends house yesterday. The boys and Nicole could play in the garden because there was a break in the weather. They learned to shoot a bow and arrow. Thomas is actually pretty good at it. But today it rains again. My garden is very green. Most of my flowers love the weather. I do have rust on my roses, and the vegetable plants are all leaves, and very little fruit. We need some sun! Global warming really means one part of the planet is too wet and cold, and the other part too hot and dry. Balance is what we all need. Juergen said it’s suppose to warm up this week. I hope he is right. I have spent most of the summer in the house.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Gingrich was the former speaker of the house. He is the last person to balance the US budget. They give the credit to Clinton, but it was Gingrich who pulled off that miracle (Republican Revolution in the House). He is a true fiscal conservative.

Contract with America 1994(Gingrich)

On the first day of their majority, the Republicans promised to hold floor votes on eight reforms of government operations:

require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply to Congress;
select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
limit the terms of all committee chairs;
ban the casting of proxy votes in committee;
require committee meetings to be open to the public;
require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
and implement a zero base-line budgeting process for the annual Federal Budget.

Thursday, July 09, 2009


Philip, Thomas and Sarah Dance

United treated us so badly last summer. I would fly with someone else if I had a choice! They have to work on their people skills.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

keeping my eyes on Gov. Haley Barbour

I'm very interested in Politics. I don't think I would vote for Sarah Palin for President even if I like her...and I really like her. One of the people I find interesting is Gov. Haley Barbour. I love to listen to him because he is humble and strong and wise and balanced all at once. I don't know much about him but I’m going to keep my eye on him. If the republicans have a future leader, he might be it? I also like Tim Polenti, but I think he lacks the authority and confidence to get elected to national office. He is a smart guy, and would have been my pick for VP. Like I said, I like Sarah Palin very much, but I just don’t think she has what it takes to be the President. I do expect great things from her….after all you don’t have to be President to be great!

uncomfortable with the hype

michel jackson Pictures, Images and Photos
Know one can question that Michael Jackson was a brilliant talent. He was mega famous. But did he deserve the world wide media coverage he got over the last week, and everything "stopping" to cover his funeral? Also, I found it odd that so many act like he is a black hero. He was a very troubled person, and he probably died from drug use. Famous ok, a I just feel uncomfortable with that. His family lost someone they loved. I am sorry for them. Michael Jackson seemed to have a million friends at his funeral, but was said to be a lonely man. It also makes me question how many of these folks love Jackson, and how many are just trying to promote themselves? I find this kind of sad. I can honor his talent, he was brilliant. I am very cautious about all the rest. I can not blame his family for trying to preserve a positive legacy for him...but stuff is bound to come out. I suspect it will get really ugly. How many of these people will be trying to distance themselves from Michael Jackson in the coming days? I'm uncomfortable with the whole thing. I do not want to speak ill of the man, I just question the hype!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

hope in action

I read a story just now about a fan of Michel Jackson who lives in England. He registered to win a ticket to the memorial and then got on a flight to LA. He found out he was not one of the few fans who won a ticket. Then a women who did win 2 tickets gave one of her tickets to him. I'm not a fan of Michel Jackson, but I had to smile at the faith this man had to just get on a flight and hope for the best. Good for him! Do you have that kind of faith? I do. We had an invitation from the Thai adoption board to come to Thailand to pick up Philip. We bought our tickets and packed our bags. Two days before we were to travel, we got an e-mail saying do not come. We could not reach anyone because it was almost New Years. So we decided to go anyway. They didn't let us adopt Philip, or even see Philip. We were in Thailand for two weeks and were looking at returning home with out our son. It was devastating! But we called a women who had been an exchange student in Oregon. My parents where her host family. She worked in the Thai government, and her boss was good friends with the Prim Minister of Thailand. He made some phone calls, and all of a sudden we got to see Philip, and we got to adopt Philip. We had to stay one extra week in Thailand, but it worked out! I admire the faith or hope that would cause someone to just get on a flight and see what will happen.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Oh man....

Philip was late getting home from school today. I was getting worried. I called Juergen to ask him what I should do because Philip was already 40 minutes late. He said calmly that I should wait another half hour. If he didn't show up in 30 minutes I should call him back. So I waited and worried and tried to pray. 25 minutes later Philip comes home. I asked him why he was 1 1/2 hours late? He had to stay after school because he had gotten in trouble last week...but he told Juergen yesterday he would be late. Ahhhh!!!! So I call Juergen to tell him Philip was home. Juergen calmly says, oh yes I forgot...he told me he would be late! Ahhhh!!!!! Men!!!!! If I didn't love Juergen so much, I would be pretty mad at him. Philip was 1 ½ hour late and I was so worried! He could have saved me a little stress! So next time you see him (Juergen), give him a hard time for me, ok! And don't worry...I wrote this post to make Juergen smile. I'm not mad anymore. I really do love my man! And Juergen, you don't have to say your sorry for forgetting Philip had to stay late. I'm sure you're just so busy at work, you didn't think of it!

Still, flowers are always a good idea! flower Pictures, Images and Photos

Saturday, July 04, 2009

You had to be there

First I want to say happy 4th of July (HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA)! It's generally not even noticed by us living in Germany. Today we did some yard work, and Juergen will grill some American burgers tonight.
Yesterday Sarah was ready to go to school. She gave me a kiss and told Juergen to give me a kiss too. He said he would give me a kiss later. To that, Sarah crossed her arms and legs, tossed up her head and said..."I'll wait"! Juergen and I laughed and laughed. I got my kiss too!!! You had to be there!

Today I was shopping with Nicole. We went to one store to return bottles and buy cheese for our burgers. Nicole had a shopping cart for the bottles. You stuff the bottles into a machine and get a piece of paper to take to the cashier. So Nicole walks up to the cashier with an empty shopping cart, and one package of cheese. The cashier gives her this look??? She came back to the car laughing her head off!!! It made me think about God. He says we can pray for anything at all (like we have a shopping cart). All heaven must be looking at most of us with the same strange expression...because we only ask for a small item like cheese. When will we dare to ask for a full cart?

Friday, July 03, 2009

"We are fisherman and we know only dead fish go with the flow"

- Sarah Palin

the controlled press

This is the whole discussion on the White House press control. Why have "freedom off the press"? Freedom of the press is a check and balance in America. Obama wants to push his agenda forward, and he sells stuff like government run health care, like the majority is on his side. He stacks the media coverage in his favor. But no opposing view is given a voice in his "town hall meetings". They pre select the questions, pre select the audience. He markets his views like someone doing an infomercial! When will the press start doing their job? They sure didn't do it during the campaign. They gave the hard questions to McCain and pitched softballs to Obama. So now Obama is toying with the idea of a tax on healthcare (McCain’s idea) and his foreign policy looks allot like the policy of Bush (look at his North Korean policy for example). Maybe President Obama is realizing the job is harder then it looked and he can not live up to all his grand ideas. He for example pushed his budget through, and did not give Congress time to read it. He did not put it online for days, as promised. This was going to be the “open and transparent” administration. Baloney!!! I want healthcare reform in America, but they should take the time to do what really works. They seem to be pushing to get "it" done, even if its a plan that will bankrupt the country. Doesn't anyone in Washington have any wisdom? They seem more then willing to kill the nation in an attempt to get "it" done!!! I personally think they should restrict lawsuits on Drs and hospitals. Doctors spend way too much trying to protect themselves from getting sued. They don't do medicine to help people, they do it to cover themselves from malpractice. Take lawyers out of the medical industry and you will save 50% of the costs of health care! McCain had a reasonable plan for health care but the democrats feel the US Government could do a much better job controlling it’s own program. It seems the democrats think we should nationalize everything because the government is just so much better at running everything!


Did God create everything that exists? Does evil exist? Did God
create evil?

A University professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question; "Did God create everything that exists?"

A student bravely replied, "Yes he did!"

"God created everything?" The professor asked.

"Yes, he certainly did" the student replied.

The professor answered; "If God created everything, then God created evil. And, since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."

The student became quiet and did not respond to the professor's hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that God was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and asked; "May I ask you a question professor?"

"Of course", replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked; "professor, does cold exist?"

What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?"

The other students snickered at the young man's question. The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Everybody or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmit energy and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Absolute zero (-460 F) is the total absence of heat and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat."

The student continued; "Professor, does darkness exist?"

The professor responded; "Of course it does."

The student replied; "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."

Finally the young man asked the professor; "Sir, does evil exist?"

Now uncertain, the professor responded; "Of course, as I have already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil."

To this the student replied; "Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light."

The professor sat down...

The young man's name? ...Albert Einstein

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


twitter Pictures, Images and Photos

I am now on twitter. It is a private account. If you want to read my posts you will have to request to follow me. I am going to put my prayer requests there. I am not going to allow you to follow me if I don't really know you, sorry!

my twitter name is amyheymann. HERE is twitter.

Oh yes, the change we can believe in

Obama CHANGE Poster Pictures, Images and Photos

Some people age gracefully and others just grow old. I'm afraid I'm just growing old. I'm pushing 48 and I'm going through "THE CHANGE". Nicole asked me what it was like to go through menopause. I told her it's like having PMS for months at a time. Your body gets swollen, you get tired and cranky and you have trouble sleeping. Didn't Obama promise us change?

Speaking of menopause, I do not take hormones for it. Sometimes I would like to but I’ve read it can increase my risk for cancer....

hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This may be a quick and strong way to combat hormonal imbalance; but, unfortunately, it entails serious side effects and increases the risk of different types of cancer among women, as the following study has proven.

In 1991 the National Institute of Health (NIH) launched the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), the largest clinical trial ever undertaken in the United States. The WHI was designed to provide answers concerning possible benefits and risks associated with use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This study was canceled in July 2002, after it was proven that synthetic hormones increase risks of ovarian and breast cancer as well as heart disease, blood clots and strokes. The findings were published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and to this date have not been disputed.

I'm not opposed to using drugs, but cautious about treating one problem with something that can cause another problem. My symptoms aren't actually so bad...I hope it stays manageable. Menopause is a subject I have not heard much about. I guess folks are too embarrassed to speak of such things. I just try to face facts. I'm getting older and this is part of that normal process. I always get the best advice from my readers when I'm honest. I guess by writing this I hope to gain some wisdom from you.

HERE is a site called 34 Menopause Symptoms.