Posts Tagged ‘apartment’

August 2nd, 2010

The Morning Walk

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Hello there folks. Well, according to my little desktop widget, we’ve been in Germany for 17 days. I can’t believe that. It doesn’t seem possible.

Thus far, our time in Kandern has been wonderful. We arrived two weeks before anything started, so we’ve had plenty of time to get over jetlag and settle in. We are incredibly blessed to be living in the home of a woman who’s in The States for a year. This means that from the moment we stepped into our little apartment, we had internet, phone, furniture and food. Many staff members arrive to completely empty apartments. I’m so, so, so glad that wasn’t our experience.

This is our building. The top two windows are ours. Our windows open all the way and there are no screens; it’s fabulous. Also, that’s our car in the driveway. We have purchased and registered the car, but have yet to drive it. All in good time, my friends.

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July 18th, 2010

A First Look at Kandern

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Tonight we had dinner with the former director of BFA and his wife, Tim and Sandee Shuman. It was wonderful to get to know them a bit before they leave on Tuesday.

On the way home, we took a little video of Kandern, the town where we’re living. It’s absolutely beautiful here. Seriously, gorgeous. I think you’ll have to visit to really understand though.

December 9th, 2009

Grief

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Hopefully you know by now (unless you’ve just stumbled across our blog) that we are planning to work with missionary kids at Black Forest Academy. As part of our preparation, I’ve been reading (rather slowly) Third Culture Kids by David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken. Missionary kids are third culture kids (TCKs), which means they’ve spent a significant period of their formative years outside their passport countries. I’ve also been going to counseling for the past few months. One of the things that keeps coming up, in the book and counseling, is grief.

I moved a lot growing up. I believe I moved 12 times in my first 14 years of life. I don’t know if I technically qualify as a TCK, but I do relate to some of the aspects of TCK life. One thing I’d never realized is that there is a grieving process to moving. Let me tell you, that was an eye-opening chapter. According to the book, the transition cycle for moving is Involvement, Leaving, Transition, Entering and Reinvolvment. Okay, in and of itself, that doesn’t really mean much. The wow moment for me was reading about the Leaving stage, which isn’t talking about getting on a plane and heading to your new home, although that’s part of it, but about emotionally removing yourself from your home. You begin to loosen emotional ties, back out of responsibilities and refrain from taking new ones, and stop making new friends.

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November 23rd, 2009

What’s Left

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We’ve had garage sales the past two weekends and got rid of quite a bit of stuff, but we still have some left. And since we have to be out of our apartment on the 30th, we need to get rid of the rest of it, soon. Here’s some of the stuff we have left as well as the price we’d, ideally, like for each item. If you’re interested, give me a call as soon as you can, since, you know, we’ve only got six days left. 918-287-8014.

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November 20th, 2009

Week Two of the Buy-Our-Stuff

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We are having another Buy-Our-Stuff Sale tomorrow, Saturday, November 21th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We still have small appliances, dishes, clothes, books, most of our large furniture and various other things. We would LOVE for you to stop by. We live in The Greens Apartments on the corner of Gregg and Sunbridge in Fayetteville. Our address is 2753 N. Ida Lindsey Dr. #4. We’re right across from the basketball courts. Give me a call if you need directions, 918-287-8014.

Here are some of the amazing things we’re selling.

November 16th, 2009

So, It’s November, An Update

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Many of you are probably wondering whether we’ll be departing for Germany soon. Our goal has been to leave for BFA in October, and since it’s mid-way through November, you might be wondering where are we in all with all of this Germany business. In five words or less, we’re in Arkansas.

Right now, we have 20% of our support, which is the same amount we had at the end of September. 20% is actually a great amount to have after only a month or two of support raising, but it’s not great enough to get us to Germany right now. We need 80% of our monthly support in order to book tickets for Germany (are you tired of hearing me say that?), so we still need to raise 60% of our monthly support before we can make plans to head to Germany.

Obviously, we’re not ready to pack our bags at this point. We were hoping to be ready in October because BFA asked us to come as soon as we could. We also want to have as much time as possible with the students at BFA. Our situation is a little different from the normal missionary. Most missionaries raise support in 3/6/12/25 months and then leave for the field. Their ministries begin once they arrive. Our ministry is already happening. BFA is already in session. Students leave for Christmas in December. In June, the school year is over. Every day, we are literally loosing time with the students there.  Which makes me so sad! Sniff. Sniff.

So, what’s our plan now?

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November 9th, 2009

Buy-Our-Stuff Sale

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Come one, come all, to the amazing Buy-Our-Stuff Sale! That’s right folks, we’re hoping to sell all, or at least most, of our stuff this Saturday. We’re opening our apartment up for you to rummage through. We’ll be selling furniture, dishes, linens, books, DVDs, CDs, appliances and other random things. We’d love for you to stop by and take some stuff off our hands. You might even be able to name your own price for some items. And hey, by buying our bookshelves, you’re helping us get to BFA.

Come by our apartment, 2753 N. Ida Lindsey Drive, Apartment 4, Fayetteville, AR, on Saturday, November 14th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and we’ll point out the best stuff to buy. If you need directions, give me a call at 918-287-8014.

Also, keep BFA in your prayers. They have quite a few students who are sick with the flu. At least one student is being tested for the Swine Flu. Pray that there will not be a Swine Flu outbreak at BFA and that those who are sick will recover quickly.

An update on our support is coming soon!