Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Frog People

Kids do say the darnedest things!

A few days ago, I was talking to Isabel as we were walking home from her school. She was telling me all about school that day plus the normal randomness that she wanted to talk about. During our time she began telling me about the “Frog People.” I listened for a while like I normally do...you know...not really listening but nodding and saying, “That’s cool, honey.” Then she started telling me how excited she was to be moving to the “Frog People.” At this point, I became curious and started to actually pay attention because I knew she had been learning about all different kinds of cultures. She chattered on as she skipped down the path. Finally I asked her, “Do you mean the Prague People?” She looked straight up at me and gave me that “Uh, yeah dad! That’s what I said!” look.

So, yes. We are moving to Prague in the Czech Republic. Well, we will be there for at least 6 months to a year while all the changes with our company start to settle. We are going to Prague for now to start building relationships with the current members of the media team. This team will be responsible for all the work being done in Europe. Our team leader and his family are in the States until March, so we will be living in their apartment for the first few months. After they return to Prague, we will look for our own place to live.

Although we will be located in the Prague, I will still be responsible for the Germanic work plus probably the work being done in the Nordic countries. In March, we will re-evaluate our situation in Prague and decide if it is working or if we need to move to Germany.

Even though this has caused us some stress, this is a huge answer to prayer. We are very grateful that I can serve with other media people and we have always wanted to live in Prague. We have really had a sense of peace and patience during all these changes because God’s hand has been so evident. One of our greatest answers to prayer is the fact that Isabel and Madeline have been so flexible and good-hearted throughout all this. For those of you who know Isabel, you know she was NOT happy about moving to Germany in the beginning. The fact that Isabel and Maddie are now excited about going to Prague is such a blessing to us. This alone has lowered our stress level.

Thank you to all of you who have been praying for us. Please continue to pray because we aren’t there yet and we still don’t know where we will finally end up.

Prayer Request:
  • Wisdom for all those making travel plans and arrangements for us.
  • That the hard good byes over the holidays would go well.
  • For comforting for our family and friends that have to say those good byes.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving at the Compound

Thanksgiving was an interesting event this year. To be honest, it didn't feel like Thanksgiving at all since we were unable to be with family. We were served a nice cafeteria style Thanksgiving meal. Unfortunately the pumpkin pie was, let's just say, not like home. For those of you who know our kids well, you will understand when I say that even they didn't want to eat it. (Jacob was the exception). The pecan pie was ok though. We are normally not given any desserts at all, so I guess something was better than nothing, right?

We had a Western European Christmas party that evening that I organized and it was really fun. We all brought over our leftovers from lunch and made a few other snacks to supplement. We watched "Elf", which is always a good time and after the kids went to bed we watched the quintessential Thanksgiving day movie...."A Christmas Story". 

Friday morning we had to get up and get on the bus (with children) to drive to Washington DC for the day. We were given several assignments to complete while we were there. We were supposed to be experiencing international cuisine and culture while observing and interacting with international people (preferably from our people group, which is Europeans). I can only say that there is a reason that Philip and I have never taken our children on vacation. It was because we didn't WANT to. I have never claimed to be easy-going and a full day exploring a new city with 3 preschoolers in 40 degree weather is not my idea of fun. Madeline and Jacob were able to nap for a few minutes in the stroller which was a true answer to prayer. We were able to find a German restaurant to go to for lunch which was good. It was small and extremely difficult to get into with the strollers (yes, we took two) which was a good preview for life in Europe. Once we were inside the food was really good and the kids were very brave in trying everything. They tried rye bread-"yucky", pumpernickel bread-"yucky", white french bread-"good", schnitzel-"good", potato pancakes-"yucky", spaetzle noodles-"yucky", and Isabel tried bratwurst and sauerkraut which she promptly vowed to never eat again. So, overall a great experience.

Here are some pictures from the weekend. We miss everyone and are excited to be coming back home soon. Yeah!