Thursday September 27, 2018

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

The only thing I can think about after reading this passage is the song by The Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn”. I have heard this song so many times I cannot count and I never knew that this song was scripture. I know, I need to read more scripture, as this was probably common knowledge, but not for me. This song is so touching and incredibly profound as we prepare to leave our first stop in Schönebeck. This has been a wonderful home for us over these last two months and we have been blessed to have made some lifelong friendships that I know will stand the test of time. This song reminds that there is a reason for everything and though things may be difficult, we always have God guiding our path, we just have to trust in His ways and follow.

I was able to snap a pictures of David and Lucia playing at school some of the kids and then of David’s new haircut.

Today we were interviewed by the Volksstimme Newspaper in Schönebeck and they intended to do a write-up on our family: sharing our story, what we are doing here, and what we think of the town. All three kids contributed to the interview and it was a great opportunity to share our story with the people of Schönebeck who have been so kind to us thus far. We would never have been able to share our story with every person we met there, but this provided us the opportunity to share our thanks and our gratitude for all of the kindness and patience shown to us by the wonderful people of Schönebeck . We hope that they are able to understand how much we appreciate all the people we met and who helped us in various ways during our time here.

If you would like to read the article here is it, but I will warn you, it is all in German!

Newspaper Article

Tomorrow is the last day of school for the kids and I. And true to form, Anjali had a wonderful idea to bake some traditional chocolate chip cookies for each of their classes. So today, we made cookies and packaged them all up (I finished at 11 pm, but they are done and I was able to squeak out just enough for all three classes though my kids won’t be able to have any!) This idea of Anjali’s was a giant pain in the backside, as we are trying to pack and get ready to leave, but I am so glad Jeff was the calming voice in my chaotic brain (again) to remind me that this will all work out just fine. And of course, he was right (DAR—aka:Dad’s Always Right—this is saying that Jeff started, which he thinks is always fitting : )). The cookies got finish, albeit late, but still finish and the kids were so happy to be able to share them with their classes.

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My girls making the cookies!

Johannes also stopped by this evening to say hello and we just happened to be trying to put the kids to bed. He must have a magic “grandpa” touch because he kneeled down next to Lucia’s bed and he proceeded to stroke her head until she was fast asleep! It was absolutely precious.

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Johannes using his special “grandpa” touch to help Lucia fall asleep.

 

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