Herrnhut Germany

Since arriving home from Germany my life has been a tad stressful. My Honey picked up the flu at work and was barely able to pick me up at the airport last Monday night. After that it was all down hill for him and he’s finally made it back to work today. Poor guy!

My plants grew like gangbusters while I was gone and needed repotting.

(That took 2 hrs today)

My fruit plants arrived on Thursday and had to go in the ground.

I have a million people I’m suppose to call last week! I hope they forgive me.

And I promised you pictures.

I have to build my new raised bed boxes and fill them.

We still need to finish the corral so we can bring our cows home. (Tammy aren’t you glad you’re not waiting on us!)

And some personal things are weighing very very heavily on our heart.

Stress has a way of paralyzing us. Please pray for us. I know that God is faithful and He will take care of this particular problem. In the mean time we need peace.

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Ok, the truth be told. When I bought my airline tickets, I was arriving in the wrong airport. I knew it started with a “D”. But Dusseldorf it was not. So I ended up having to buy another ticket to get from Dussledorf to Dresden. The only problem was I had to sit in Dussledorf for 8 hrs!!! The only upside to all of this is that the Dusseldorf airport is beautiful. I bought a cup of tea and munched on some of my almonds. That served as breakfast and lunch. I found a sofa to lie down on and get a couple winks. My plane finally left at 3:30PM and I arrived in Dresden at 4:35PM. I was more than delighted that my bags made it all the way through!!! Nothing more sweet than that.

My Sweet Girl was standing outside the baggage claim and I waved to her. I was stopped by an official looking German woman who wanted to know what on earth I had in those heavy bags of mine….”cigarettes?” “NO” clothes! She let me pass.

After we hugged and kissed for what seemed to me an eternity we went to catch our many trains to Herrnhut. It took us about 3 hrs I think. There was a snow storm that slowed us down. The taxi had bald tires and everytime he touched the break we slid sideways. All I could think of were the headlines of our local paper.

“Maryland woman meets her death in a snowstorm in Germany.”

I’d made it this far and now I was holding my breath.

We made it to Herrnhut and there must have been no less than a dozen young people in Becca’s apartment. After 36 hrs I finally hit my head on a pillow in the Castle. That was the last time I would actually get sleep there.

The fact is a 50 yr old woman really can’t take too much of this kind of stuff! I think after a week home I’m finally recuperated!

I was blessed with perfect health. I was able to eat whatever I found….and that’s about how it was. My Sweet Girl didn’t think much about what I’d eat. I went on almonds and tea for 3 days. By the fourth day, I was ready to find one of those wild boars in the woods!

As I was walking the 1/2-1 mile trek to Becca’s apartment (all uphill…very uphill), I stumbled upon a farmers market in the town square. I looked around. MEAT! There was meat!!!! I went on to the apartment and told one of the other mom’s, Terry, that there was MEAT at the farmer’s market. We got there just in time to get the last rotisserie chicken! I also found some lentils and sausage! Then we stopped at Paul’s Bakery cause the aroma yanked us in! After picking up a couple rolls and some sweets we headed back to feast.

Mmmmm was it ever so good. But then again, when you’re starving just about anything is good…but this really was yummy!

Paul's Bakery

Paul's Bakery

Lentils and Sausage

Lentils and Sausage

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That was one of the best rolls I’ve ever eaten…I think it was Caraway. ??? So good with sweet butter!

Stolen Bread

Stolen Bread

This was very yummy bread with fruit and nuts. I ate this for breakfast and snacked on it with some very good Earl Grey Tea.

I also found some of the very best Honey I have ever tasted. It was from the Black Forest. So good.

After Terry and her son and I ate lunch my Sweet Girl was finally finished with her meetings and work. We spent the rest of the day putzing around Herrnhut.

Cira 1728

Cira 1728

This building was huge. It was used by the Red Cross as a hospital during WWII.

The Monrovian Church

The Monrovian Church

Oooo too bad it’s not in focus.

I love that Mustard Gold color.

The Cemetery

The Cemetery

Then we did what everyone does, we walked up to the Cemetery. The view from the top was great. I could see Poland and Czech Republic.

lots of wind turbines

lots of wind turbines

The Tower

The Tower

The Tower was locked so we didn’t get to go to the top.

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The Village of Herrnhut

I loved the way they lopped all the trees off.

A view of Poland

A view of Poland

View of Czech Republic

View of Czech Republic

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I don’t know what that says. It was on a tomb.

That’s about it of Herrnhut. Not much happening there. We were too exhausted after our trek to Prague to see Dresden on Sunday.

Prague pics are tomorrow. As Sweet Girl told me it’s the 7th romantic city in the world. The only evidence of that were all the people randomly making out in public!

It is a very beautiful city.

Tomorrow!

I’m Back

I’m back from my whirlwind tour of Germany & Czech Republic.

I saw my Sweet Girl.

I made new friends.

I ate good food.

Here it is.

My first glimpse of German ground at the Dusseldorf airport.

My first glimpse of German ground at the Dusseldorf airport.

My Sweet Girl at one of our train stops.  There were many.

My Sweet Girl at one of our train stops. There were many.

Many old buildings at the train stations.

Many old buildings at the train stations.

As we made our way to Herrnhut it was bitterly cold and snowing in Lobau.

As we made our way to Herrnhut it was bitterly cold and snowing in Lobau.

My first view of Germany in daylight hours.

My first view of Germany in daylight hours.

The Castle that I slept in for a couple nights...if you can call it sleep.

The Castle that I slept in for a couple nights...if you can call it sleep.

I was up at 6:30am and had nothing else to do but go for a walk in the freezing cold snow.  It was a beautiful walk though.  I followed footprints into the woods along a trail.  I circled around the Castle and down the road into the little village that neighbored the Castle.  It was so quaint and cute.

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There were trails in the woods and signs...does anyone know what this says?

There were trails in the woods and signs...does anyone know what this says? I imagine it might say, "Beware of wild boars!".

As I was flying over Germany I saw lots of these...wind turbines!

As I was flying over Germany I saw lots of these...wind turbines!

This was my favorite little house.  It had a snow covered garden in the front yard.

This was my favorite little house. It had a snow covered garden in the front yard.

Most of the houses had only tiny yards, but most of them had some kind of a greenhouse or hoophouse for plants.

The snow didn’t last long and was melted by the next day.  Here’s the same garden without snow.

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They had my favorite little Primroses!

They had my favorite little Primroses!

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Everyone seemed to have a satellite dish.

I loved the flowers in the windows.

I loved the flowers in the windows.

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This house was very beautiful…notice the satellite dish!

Amazing old bridge.

Amazing old bridge.

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The kitchen in Becca's flat.

The kitchen in Becca's flat.

I was told that when Germans move they take EVERYTHING including the doorknobs!  So, everything in this flat was put there when they moved in…including the cabinets and sink and faucet…which by the way are IKEA.  They also have quite an elaborate trash system…..oh the joys of a socialistic society…..all the trash is required to be separated into 4 cans!!!  The one can called …residual is stuff that no one knows what to do with…and I suppose we have lots of residual trash in America….well, in Germany you have to pay per kilo for your residual trash.  So, it’s your aim not to have any.

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Becca had quite a list of things she requested I bring, of which chocolate chips and brown sugar were at the top.  Cookies anyone?

Flower shop in Herrnhut.

Flower shop in Herrnhut.

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Okay.  That’s enough for now….there’s more for tomorrow.  Then I’ll have a day for our jaunt in Prague.

See Ya!

I’m outta here!

I have the privilege to go see my Sweet Girl in Germany!

Becca has been on a mission with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) for the past 7 months and will be graduating from the program on Wednesday. She’s planning to go on staff with them and will be coming home for the summer months, hopefully to arrive around May 10th. Then she’ll have a 3 yr commitment to serve with YWAM! How exciting to have God’s call on your life…actually we all do. All of us have a full time calling to witness for Christ. Some get to travel around the world doing so.

My Becca Boo

My Becca Boo

This has been our first big separation. Becca and Ben were both homeschooled and she went to college locally. I have been with her for 24 yrs! This was a year of growing and change….especially for me.

Becca just arrived back in Germany after being in Ethiopia for 3 months. We had very little email contact. I was thrilled to hear from her last Sunday!

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go!

I’ll see you in a week or so. I’ll be sure to have lots of stories and pictures. She’s taking me to Prague, her favorite place so far! I can’t wait to see it. And I’m planning on eating lots of Brautwurst for my friend Dave!!! Mmmm some great German food!

Bye, I’ll see ya later!

NOTE….I got my spring garden in before I had to leave. 50-60 seed potatoes…Yukon Gold and Red Cloud mulched with some straw, Spinach, Two Varieties of Beets, Osaka Purple Mustard, Yaya Carrots (don’t you just love that name!), 20 Albion Strawberries mulched with some pine needles, 20-30 Egyptian Walking Onions, lots of Peas and Loose Leaf Lettuce. My indoor seeds are just about ready to give birth to their second true leaf and will be ready to transplant when I get home next week. I’m leaving Honey in charge of the chickie girls & Rockie, Lady and my plants. He will be super busy as he tries to finish up an important project at work….it’s been almost a year and I will be glad when that new lab opens!!! That means, I’ll get to see more of him! 😀

Until next week I bid you “Auf Wiedersehen!”

ONE LIFE

I first learned about ONE in church a few years ago. It’s a campaign after my own heart, so I joined. Won’t you make your voice known and join today. It doesn’t cost a thing, but your time and efforts to make known this movement and to stomp out world poverty and aids! Join today! Please.

As many of you know, our daughter, Becca is in Herrnhut Germany training with YWAM, to go into the world using photography as a ministry tool. She may be joining ONE in Africa to photograph the slums and minister to the needs of the impoverished people there. This is the dream of her heart! Please pray for her if you will.

About the Campaign

About ONE

ONE is Americans of all beliefs and every walk of life – united as ONE – to help make poverty history. We are a campaign of over 2.4 million people and growing from all 50 states and over 100 of America’s most well-known and respected non-profit, advocacy and humanitarian organizations. As ONE, we are raising public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease and efforts to fight such problems in the world’s poorest countries. As ONE, we are asking our leaders to do more to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. ONE believes that allocating more of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world’s poorest countries.

ONE is nonpartisan; there’s only one side in the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty. Working on the ground in communities, colleges and churches across the United States, ONE members both educate and ask America’s leaders to increase efforts to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty, from the U.S. budget and presidential elections to specific legislation on debt cancellation, increasing effective international assistance, making trade fair, and fighting corruption. Everyone can join the fight. The goal of ending poverty may seem lofty, but it is within our reach if we take action together as one. You can start now by joining ONE and pledging your voice to the fight against extreme poverty and global AIDS.

Help A Girl Out ~ Purchase a Photo or Two!

Sunrise on The Tidal Basin

Our daughter, Becca is leaving is just over 1 month to take her solo flight. She’s spreading her wings and jumping out of the nest! She’s an artist also and has a passion for people. She will be leaving for Herrnhut Germany on Sept 3, the day before her 24th birthday. 😦

She’s been accepted into the Photography DTS program with YWAM (Youth With a Mission). She’ll be in school for 3-4 months and then they’ll go into Asia (we’re not sure yet of their destination), to use her skills as a photographer in the field of missions to the world. She will be gone for 7 months and with no scheduled return date as of yet. She’s a free spirit like ME and she just might fall in love with Germany and stay.

She has photos for sale to try and raise her support for this trip. So far, she’s raised enough for the first phase of the trip….but there’s MORE! If you’d like to help, you can purchase them through PayPal or wtth a personal check and contact me at butterfliesandbumblebeesshop@gmail.com . You can find prices on her blog.

Her work is beautiful and moving. She loves macro and it shows. You can view her work on her Flickr account and contact me for a purchase. If you would like to donate you can do that too! Jot me an email and I’ll give you the specifics for a tax donation receipt.

Thanks so much and God Bless!

All of these photos were taken by Becca.

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Purchase from my shop on Etsy and I’ll be donating all the proceeds to Becca.