Friday, October 30, 2009
Posted by Christy at 6:30 PM
Monday, October 26, 2009
We went on a field trip today! We drove over to Coburg, which is about 45 minutes from our post and went to the Veste. The Veste is a castle which is really great in itself, as you can explore a ton of the rooms (fairly rare and even take pictures although w/o a flash...so for me not great photo's although I did take them and will have them up Wednesday..that's my goal!). What's even more fascinating about Veste is that Martin Luther (you know the Reformer of the Luthern/Protestant church?!) he hid there for 6 months.
The castle is over 500 years old. Our family has been there once before. This time though it was just the kids and I and other homeschool families from our post, and we had a guided tour (in English of course).
It's always amazing and so humbling that we live in a place that is so full of history. From the way we practice our religion and worship our Lord Jesus. The wars that have ravaged this country, this continent. We literally live in history, the beauty of it and the ugliness of it. We live in the land of castles and cathedrals (more commonly known as Doms). It's stunning and humbling all at the same time.
Chad and I truly believe GOD brought us to Germany for this time in our life and we love it here, we love to travel, explore, and learn. We're also so humbled that he wants us to learn lessons here, in such great beauty and sadness. We live in a country that over 60 years ago Hitler ruled. I have friends who's grandparents were alive during WWII and shared some stories. Last spring during PWOC in the bible study class I took we were talking about WWII and the concentration camps and how it wasn't that the German's didn't know what was going on, and it wasn't that they weren't speaking up, but that they COULDN'T speak up, without the knowledge that they too would be arrested and taken to a prison camp themselves. Can you imagine knowing the horrors that were happening in your backyard, but not being able to actually tell anyone what was happening, because those in charge were the ones guilty of those horrors. Honestly it wasn't anything I'd ever thought about or truly considered.
I'm humbled and grateful for where GOD's brought us, and humbled to think of where he'll take us next.
Posted by Christy at 7:59 PM
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I know it's not Friday, but my friend Kelly has a new game going on! You have until Sunday to play!! Go to youtube and find a song that takes you back be it the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, or even the 90's! Post it, link it back to Kelly's Mr. Linky and if your link is picked (generated by Mr. Linky" you'll win a $10.00 gift card from either Itunes or Napster!
Sylvia singing "Nobody"
Posted by Christy at 4:51 PM
Friday, October 23, 2009
Did I happen to mention to all of you that I'm pregnant??? I'm 8 weeks today. I'm insanely tired and very nauseated with a little morning sickness. Number 5 is due June 3, but she or he will come 1 to 2 weeks before that, because I have to have a c-section (all of mine have been c-sections so unfortunately no chance of a vaginal delivery). I need to go pick up my referral on Monday so I can call and make my drs apt. (where we are stationed we don't have OB's that work at our little clinic so we have to go off post and see a German dr, thankfully we have a list of about 10 to choose from). I should get an ultra sound at the apt. the beauty of Germany is they do them at every single apt, so I should have a few that I'll share. :)
We are really excited, and I think I "feel" more excited when I start getting some energy back. I've NEVER been so tired during a pregnancy before at this stage.
Posted by Christy at 12:49 PM
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I know, I know it took me long enough huh?! We went almost 2 weeks ago and let me tell you it was amazing. We really loved Berlin, far more than I expected to, to be honest with you! I actually am all for going back again, because there is still so much we want to see and explore!
We stayed at a great apartment. It wasn't huge, but it was a nice little apartment for the 4 days we were there. There was a bedroom with a king size bed that Chad, Emma, and I slept in, the living room had a couch that made out into a bed for the boys, a computer, flat screen tv, stove top, dishwasher, sink, a table, and a full bathroom. We were on the 1st floor which was great so we didn't have a ton of stairs to go up and down. We took Bentley with us and discovered that Berlin is the capitol of dogs! (Germans love their dogs!!)
For now, there will not be a ton of captions of where we were, mostly because off the top of my head I can't remember all of the places and don't have time to look it up, maybe I'll come back later and give captions!
Posted by Christy at 12:54 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009
I haven't played "Not Me Monday" for quite a while.... but here goes!
We did not go to Berlin last weekend and I still have NOT posted pictures that I promised to post in only a couple days afterwards, no I'm more on top of things than that!
We do not live in an area of Germany that does not get much snow and yet we surely did not already get our first snow of the year, in the MIDDLE of OCTOBER! I was not secretly excited that Jackson's soccer game was cancelled on Thursday because of that snow and the insane cold temps!
Jacob did NOT go to football practice on that same snowy Thursday and not take his gloves as was suggested by his wise mother, and did not come home in tears because his fingers were freezing. I was obviously sympathetic and did not tell him that hopefully he learned a hard lesson and would next time listen to his mother. (Ok maybe I was sympathetic, but still shared words of wisdom)
I did not surely go to Poland (yes the country) on Friday with my dear friend Heather and did not have a wonderful time buying pottery for myself as well as 2 of my friends! I do not enjoy shopping at all, especially shopping for polish pottery, I mean that's not fun!
I surely did not take pictures of my favorite shop so I could share with my friends and here on my blog to give you all a small glimpse of what the stores look like with pottery from floor to cieling!
Jacob did not have an awesome football game on Saturday. He did NOT sack the quarterback 8, count them EIGHT times and I am surely NOT a proud momma!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sorry I haven't put pictures up yet, I'll get them up soon. I'm going to Poland tomorrow with my dear, sweet, friend Heather. I'll take pictures there too, so I have to get my battery for my camera charged, which of course died on our 3rd day in Berlin, since I stupidly forgot to check that before we left.
We really had a great time up in Berlin. It took us about 5 hours to get up there with a gas stop and a lunch stop on the way there. It took us a while to find the apartment we stayed at, but it wasn't too hard and was located in a great area. It was very close to bus, train, and subway stops. We had a stove top so we were able to cook dinner two out of the three nights we were there (we'd planned on eating out once while up there) and we took everything for sandwiches for lunches while we were out, although our last day there we ate out. So we were able to do Berlin for very cheaply!
We spent Saturday and Sunday sight seeing and Monday we went to the Berlin Zoo. We had wanted to get to a few other things, but it just was not possible. I will get photo's up this weekend!
Posted by Christy at 6:12 AM
Thursday, October 08, 2009
We're going to Berlin! We haven't been there so we're all really looking forward to it! I promise to take lots and lots of pictures and share!! We'll be hitting the typical tourist spots that American's go to of course...Check Point Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, The Berlin Wall and quite a few other places, we'll have 3 1/2 days to sight see.
"See" you when we return!
Posted by Christy at 4:50 PM