Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sleepless In Seattle (Meg Ryan Tom Hanks) part 1



I love this movie. You can see the whole thing on you tube.

I love this scene. It's a chicks movie!

have a heart for orphans


I just saw an ad for valentine flowers (50 euro). I love flowers but I'm going to ask Juergen to save the money and give it to my friends that are adopting. I challenge all my blog friends to trade their flowers for orphans. If you don't know anyone adopting I can suggest an orphan cause. Have a heart for orphans...donate your valentines money to a child that needs a family!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

snow

It's snowing very hard. Juergen didn't want me to drive in it because it's actually pretty bad. So anyway, he has gone to do the shopping. The store is just at the end of the street. Nicole said she fell down walking Mickey. That's how slippery it is. I'm sure we will be eating junk food until Monday because Juergen is shopping. We will be late returning a video too. The movie "Up". The film makes me cry!

Friday, January 29, 2010

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President Obama decided not to submit to the limits of campaign finances...spending 5 to 7 times as much as John McCain. He practically bought the election. Now he is criticize the Supreme Court in his state of the Union address. What nerve! You do not criticize the high court like that…unbelievable! And about the issue of unreserved campaign finances? He has like zero authority on the subject.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I love America

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so sorry

a rose snow Pictures, Images and Photos

I woke up this morning with Juergen telling me how cold it was outside. It was -10 C. I thought what an awful day for a funeral. An 18 year old girl in our church died from a flu last week. Her funeral was today. I guess it wouldn't matter if it was raining, sunshine or freezing cold outside. How could any parents deal with the sudden loss of a daughter...especially one so young? But somehow the bitter cold seemed to add insult to injury. What a great loss. Juergen and Nicole went to the funeral. I stayed home with the kids. I still cried. They have a hope they will see her in heaven. Still, they had hoped to witness her graduation in only a few short months. She was so young and had her whole life ahead of her. The loss is great...I feel so much grief. I did not know her but I have an 18 year old daughter and a 16 year old too. I can imagine the pain, and I hope I will never experience it myself. Mickey our dog sat in my lap. He cried with me. I pray the family knows what it is like to be held up by the loving arms of God. I pray God carry’s them and holds them up.

How amazing

Monday, January 25, 2010

please pray

There is an EU meeting today about fast tracking adoption in Haiti. It is my hope and prayer the leaders of the EU fast track the adoption and or international foster care of the aprox. 500,000 known orphans (pre EQ). This will provide safe homes for these children, and free up space in the orphanages so the "new" orphans can be cared for.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Let's end child slavery in Haiti now!

Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Article 4
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Child slavery is a known practice in Haiti. They are called Restaveks.
The world has rushed to the aid of Haiti. The world should now demand the ethical and humane treatment of children living in Haiti. Let us start a face book and blog campaign to end child slavery in Haiti. Children have a right to food, shelter, and education. Protect the most vulnerable in this tragedy. Demand the end of slavery now! If you agree with this statement then please copy it and send it to everyone you know! Thank you.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

We have the right to organize!



This gave me a good laugh! I want real health care reform! Maybe they will listen to the people and really do it right now.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Each one of us is different and each a gift

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity
Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

getting ready for the Olympics

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My friend Patricia on facebook shared the most amazing video of herself doing a handstand. She is working out for the musical “Cats”. I’m very impressed! Most of you know Juergen and I are representing both America and Germany in the upcoming Olympics. I thought I’d share some of our ice dancing routine. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

please keep your heart and eyes open...and try to make it personal

I'm having trouble sleeping because my heart is breaking over Haiti. I have a good imagination, and I can imagine the smell of death, the real fear, the grief and the loss. It all seems impossible. Last night I broke when I saw a CNN story about the UN Doctors needing to leave the hospital because of security concerns. Gangs of people are out terrorizing the population that has already been so hurt. There is no government, no police. The children in the orphanages are sleeping outside because of the fear of aftershocks...but who can protect them from the gangs ? I prayed for God to send angels to guard the poor people. My heart breaks for the senseless loss and pain. I pray for the US military and other military to come in to establish order and law. I also wonder what other people do with all this information that is very hard to bear? I think we all need to keep our eyes open, keep our hearts open. We all also need to make Haiti personal by finding one organization to help. Be careful to choose an organization that is not just going to take your money...but please do not just tune Haiti out. Pray for security, pray for the medical needs and food, water and shelter needs. Pray for those who have lost everything, pray for their comfort. And pray about what you can do to make their burden lighter. I have a heart for orphans and I know this will be what I will focus on. None of us can do everything but we can all do something. Our prayers have amazing power…start there.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Statement Regarding Pat Robertson's Comments on Haiti

Statement Regarding Pat Robertson's Comments on Haiti

CBN.com – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., January 13, 2010 -- On today’s The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti’s history. His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed. Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath. If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster. They have sent a shipment of millions of dollars worth of medications that is now in Haiti, and their disaster team leaders are expected to arrive tomorrow and begin operations to ease the suffering.

Chris Roslan
Spokesman for CBN


I'm glad he didn't make a statement that Haiti was cursed. I guess his words were taken out of context by CNN (what's new). The statement seemed to lack compassion, and I know CBN was going to reach out to Haiti in a very compassionate way.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

World Vision is already in Haiti

World Vision is already in Haiti with a staff of 800. They need your money. You can give HERE.

http://www.wvi.org/wvi/wviweb.nsf/maindocs/51D3402D0A371CB1882576AA002CDB47?opendocument

The German page is HERE.

more of my 2 cents

God did not destroy Sodom because of sin, he destroyed them because of their lack of kindness to the poor. Haiti had/has a great deal of sin and corruption. But so does America. Good people have died in Haiti, and even the "bad" people (the gang leaders, prostitutes, drug dealers and those who kept child slaves) are loved by God. Haiti is a lawless and lost country but Jesus died for the ungodly. Even if there is truth to what Robertson said (they sold their souls) who are we to judge? America has the death of 40 to 60 million unborn babies on it's head! If God will judge a nation, America will also be judged! The people in Haiti are suffering hell on earth and our response should be to love them. I’m sure that CBN will reach out to Haiti in love, and I’m sorry that Pat Robertson said what he said. When Jesus looked at people, he saw their sin, but he focused on their pain. The only people he condemned where the religious leaders. I believe Pat Robertson is a good man, and maybe what he said is true (I don’t know). Not all truth should be spoken. It’s like saying to someone who got AIDS from living a sinful life…well you got what you deserved. Jesus said we should rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. And if you see your brother in need we should help meet that need ( a poor paraphrase of Matthew 25). What he said sounded like “well, you got what you deserved”. That shocks! America deserves judgment too…but I pray for mercy! I also pray that Christians everywhere will respond in overwhelming mercy and compassion. They do not need our condemnation they need food, water, hospitals, schools and homes. The truth is they will need these things for a very long time. Who will raise money, who will go, who will teach, who will heal, and who will adopt? And do not think you can just send one text message donation of 5 dollars and your off the hook. Yes, they need your 5 dollars…but be real! One of my friends wrote about a family that has lost 28 members. I worry about the orphans. It was already so hard to be a kid in Haiti. They will need our help for years and years. I hope you will examine your heart and give as you would want the world to give to you.

Pat Robertson says Haiti paying for 'pact to the devil'

I woke up to read the less then compassionate statement by Pat Robertson. Haiti is a land covered in darkness, but a light can shine very bright in darkness. God loves the people of Haiti! I pray the people of God do not cast blame (as if our society is living in such a moral way). We should simply run to help...and help in a sacrificial way. I cry, I grieve. Who could bear such a loss?

HERE is the CNN story.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ark of the Covenant


We don't get Discovery, but I would love to see this. So I found it online HERE.

http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/solving-history-whats-hot/

Jessica is ours for 7 years

We signed the final papers today making Jessica ours for the next 7 years. She is 18 years old and would normally be considered independent. And as most of you know Jessica has autism. She is unable to talk, and 100% dependent. I'm basically not going to give this much thought. It was paperwork we had to do. Nothing has really changed. Jessica was my responsibility, and remains mine. I wish she was able to take care of herself...but I could get depressed if I gave that much thought. She has a new haircut. She looked beautiful this morning. I'm using my new sonic toothbrush on Jessica. It came with heads you can exchange. I have the blue brush, and Jess has the pink brush. Her teeth look wonderful, and her smile is amazing. She and I both have trouble getting up in the mornings. I am not going to think about the what could have, or should have been. I just look at now. Now she is mine. And she is beautiful and very loved.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

our house today...cold and white

Maybe I'm wrong

Yes I can be wrong! I felt like the house in Bad Schönborn was a no. I don't like the owner and how he speaks of his mother. The whole thing is sad. But I described the house to some friends Juergen and I had breakfast with yesterday. To be honest with you, I've never seen a house with a better design. Never. It was very wisely thought out. It would make an excellent house for our big family now, and a super house later with a 2 bedroom rental apartment. It is perfect! It has good access to the S Ban (fast train that goes to Heidelberg in 15 minutes), and I can see one of my best friends back yard from the 2nd story window. The garden probably is just big enough (not too big to manage or too small for my purpose). The storage is massive. It even has the guest room and the sauna. I think I should rethink my no. Honestly, I have never ever seen a house more perfect for us. If we get it, we will have to bring some friends over to pray for Gods peace and absolute reign on and over this home! I am needing wisdom.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I can not figure it out, but after one day Juergen and I both decided we just don't like the house we saw yesterday. Maybe it's the cost? I think it's the owner. He hated his mother, and now he is selling her house. I could feel the conflict in this place. I would have to pray out the devils in the place. I need a house that was loved. I still want the old farm house we looked at. I’m sure we just haven’t found our house yet. We will just keep looking.



this is the house I want

so mom, will you dance when you get your new knee?

Saturday, January 09, 2010

We saw the house



We went to see this house today. First we went to lunch at the home of very good friends. Then the kids stayed at our friends house while Juergen and I and our friend went to look at the house. It is really a great house. The entry is big, with built in places for coats, shoes and bags. There is a dinning room, separate kitchen with a pantry and a large living room. The highlight is the winter garden with it's wood stove. Then there is a large mudroom/Landry room. I love that! You can go directly from the garden and wash up. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, and a separate walk in room closet (it's a small room). Up stairs there are 3 small bedrooms and one giant bedroom, and a large bathroom. When Philip, Thomas, and Nicole move out the upstairs could be rented out as a 2 bedroom apartment. In the basement there is a guestroom, a very large storage room, a sauna room with a shower and toilet, and an underground garage. So with the garage door opener, you can drive into the parking place, unload the food in the storage room and avoid the bad weather! Outside there is a very nice patio, and a nice garden. The garden isn't super large...but big enough for a good vegetable garden. It gets the full afternoon sun. It also has one more garage and 2 parking places. A very good friend of mine live around the corner. Philip could walk to school in 5 minutes. Nicole and Thomas could walk to the S Ban (fast train) in 10 minutes. Juergen loves the house! The only 2 problems I see are price and Jessica’s school. It cost about 50,000 Euros more then we wanted to pay and Jessica would need to move schools. We basically need to find Jess a new situation in the next 2 years anyway. Perhaps this is not a reason not to buy this house. The cost is a thing we need to negotiate. We will see. Juergen and I both loved it! Another family was waiting to see the place right after us. Who knows, maybe they already bought the place? We need to sell our house first. We could not make an offer now. We think there aren't many people that want such a big house. Maybe it will be hard to sell and the owner will go down on the price? Anyway, I loved it.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

I see this house Saturday




I have an appointment to see this house on Saturday afternoon at 2. The realtor gave me the address and Philip and I drove by it. It's really nice. It is at the end of a very quite street in a very nice neighborhood. It's only 2 blocks from my good friend Petra. The yard is bigger then I thought and it has a green house. Perfect for a big vegetable garden. They would need to go way down on the price...and we would need to sell our house. First things first, we will look at it. It doesn't have the charm of an old farm house, but we could not manage the work needed to get an old house into shape. God knows!

Doug being sent to Iraq

http://www.wftv.com/video/22150654/

Troops from across Central Florida are headed to Kuwait and Iraq. (01/06/10)

My sister wrote,
I don't know how to decribe the feeling.
BEING A MOTHER OF AN AMERICAN SOLDER IS HARD. Yet I am very proud of him,and want him come home safe We all Love you son, Mom



Amen!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I wish it was spring...and that I had a bigger yard

Like being married to Spock



Last night I was watching my new blue lava lamp. Juergen had purchased it for Jessica. I told him that Jess couldn’t have a lava lamp. They get too hot. I wouldn’t want Jessica to burn herself. So he just gave it to me. It now sits on my fake fireplace, next to the dancing turtle the boys bought me for my birthday. My fireplace looks like an idle to kitch. I love how the wax in the lava lamp moves around. It looks like blue aliens. I was watching the movement and flow, trying to describe it in poetic terms. Then my computer scientist husband says, It is a true chaotic environment. No matter how you try to calculate it you can not predict the movement. I said , yes. That is very romantic…I never would have thought of that. Never!


How a lava lamp works…

The principles of Lava Lamp are simple. The "lava" is basically a specially compounded wax. When heated from below by a 40-watt bulb, it expands until it becomes less dense than the liquid above, causing it to rise. When it gets to the top of the globe, the wax cools and starts to sink again, and the cycle repeats. Convection currents in the liquid presumably add to the effect.

Mom is fine

I read on my sisters blog, and email that my Mom is fine. With the time difference I could not phone them to find out. Thank God I didn't need to wait all day to call home. I will call anyway, but Mom's heart is fine and she doesn't need any surgery.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Thinking about my Mom

My mom is going to have some work done on her heart today. It's not supose to be a big deal, and I pray it goes well. I love you Mom!!!

Tim Pawlenty Gets No Respect

pawlenty Pictures, Images and Photos

He doesn't have Sarah Palin's pizzazz or Mitt Romney's money. But the governor of Minnesota may be a shrewd Republican bet in 2012.
By Howard Fineman | NEWSWEEK
http://www.newsweek.com/id/227748/page/1

I like Tim Pawlenty. He is smart and very funny in a dry Minnesota way. His wife I believe is a judge. I think they met in law school. I personally wanted McCain to pick him as his VP. Now he is my top pick for the next President. But know one really knows him. I’m not sure if he has much of a chance.

Monday, January 04, 2010

a year of transition

We had guests all year (well, since last week). It was loud but great. I finally had a few mins to myself today. The kids played in the snow and I could think a little. The thing that is strong in my mind is a word called transition. I think I will be in transition in 2010. How, where, what I do not know.

Friday, January 01, 2010

last night

Last night was great! We had 3 different families join us to cheer in the New Year. We eat dinner, did some dancing, had a fun time of worship, and took communion before shooting off some fireworks. Juergen and Nicole played guitar together and the kids played drums and bells. This was my favorite part of the night. I'm thinking the kids should bring their instruments to the worship service once a month during our family service at church? They were so into it. I love that! I also loved having communion together at midnight. I haven't had communion at New Years for a long time. I want God to take the "Staring" role in my year. I even took the bread and grape juice up to Jessica’s room and prayed with her shortly after midnight as the fireworks were going off. That was very special to me. I'm so grateful to God to have friends. Each one is a precious gift! The time went by very fast because we were having a good time. That's not easy when you have kids...but so special when it does happen. I only took a few photos. My camera is acting up. I may need a new camera. I'll edit this short slide show if I receive more photos from my friends. God bless you in 2010. May your heart be full of peace, and may you know the love and grace of God. He really is our hope and help.

Happy New Year!

2007 and 2008 were both hard years for us. I think God gave us grace and rest in 2009. I feel like I can dream again. One of the things I dream of is moving to a larger house with a bigger yard. Here is one more house I will try to look at this week. It has 8 bedrooms (room for an office and guest room). I'm not sure of the yard. It maybe too small? I love the wood stoves and the winter garden. We will see! We had a great party last night. I'll load photos and video soon. Do you have dreams for the New Year? The sad thing about stress is it robs you of your vision. I've been there. I'm so grateful to God I am not there right now. I know that can change...but for today I am glad!

One year Bible

HERE is the reading plan for the One Year Bible.

http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/readingplan/oneyearbiblereadingplan.pdf