Friday, 13 September 2013

Week recap: rain and anticipation

It’s been a rainy, rainy, week.

It’s been nice having a shortened week, and I’m so grateful that Malcolm excused himself from class on Monday so we had that extra day in Paris. But, since getting back, Malcolm has been going to class and doing lots of homework. We can hardly believe that after today he has only 2 weeks left of German classes. 

Yes, that also means we only have 2 weeks and a few days until we leave Cologne and Malcolm begins his PhD. 
This makes me really excited. 
I'm going to be a student's academic's wife!!! Tips on handling stressed thesis-writer-husbands?

We've enjoyed Cologne immensely, and I'm still loving living here - it's been an amazing time and Malcolm and I have changed and grown in ways I don't think we've even realised yet. 
Plus, our internet access is wonderful and I've been able to blog everyday, we've been able to enjoy lots of time together, it's been like a 4-month honeymoon with German classes in between. It's been a time we'll always cherish. 

But, we're excited to see what is to come; where we'll be and what it'll be like. 
At the end of the month we'll be leaving to our new home and, while we don't know much at all about it, we're grateful it's already organised and we're looking forward to seeing what it's like. We're not expecting it to be like our home here, or for the neighbourhood to be anything like our current one, but it'll be the start of the next leg of our adventure. 
Before leaving SA, accommodation was a big concern for us. 
The song 'God is able' was on repeat in my head. (go listen to it!)
We prayed frequently that God would go before us and prepare things, that when we arrive here we have a home and things we need. 
Woah, was that prayer answered!?! We arrived here to a completely furnished apartment; cleaning supplies, coffee filter paper, towels, soap... it was as if we just stepped into our ready-made-home. 
God has really shown us how able he is. 
And that makes us really excited to see what's next. 

The next two weeks will be bitter-sweet, I'm sure, as we visit places for the last times, as we say goodbye to our church here, and as we leave friends behind. 
But we won't be that far away and we're hoping to be back for the Christmas market (I saw Christmas cookies for sale today!!!), and really, I'm just EXCITED about life. 

I'm also really excited to visit Onkel Arno and Tante Ursel tomorrow... don't know where we're going but I'm sure it'll be an adventure! :) 

I hope all of you are also excited about something??? 

16 comments:

  1. "excited about life" is an awesome place to be in! That's so cool to be looking forward to a new move and a new life stage so soon! Honestly, I can't really imagine being married to an academic because my husband has no academic aspirations at all. He doesn't like school, not even a little--I'm lucky he got his bachelor's. :P Between the two of us, I'm definitely the one with the strange fondness for studying.

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    1. Definitely!
      I have a fondness of studying, but my PhD aspirations are certainly non-existant. Malcolm though, his mind is constantly working hard! I have no doubt he'll be successful, but I don't really know how to help or support :/

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  2. I enjoyed Cologne too. It is a great city with modern and old touches.
    http://liveitinerantly.com/

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    1. I really love that modern/classic contrast that is everywhere in the city... and the contrast of different people... everything is just so contrasting here which makes it really interesting :)

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  3. what is malcolm doing his phd in? does he a have a specific field? and where are you moving next? this is all very exciting, & i have a feeling all the changes will be for the best :)

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    1. He's doing it in inorganic chemistry... so far he did his masters in medicinal stuff, but that'll be changing now, though still his inorganic field :) We're headed to the cute university town of Marburg... looking forward to seeing it!

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  4. How exciting that you're almost onto your next big adventure!!! :-)

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  5. God is good, isn't He?! So neat to see how He takes care of us and knows exactly what we need!! Many prayers and blessings to you on this next phase of your adventure!! :)

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    1. Absolutely! His provision has astounded us over and over and over again - it's only because He is faithful that we can hope to be... so we continue to trust that this is His plan :)

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  6. I'm excited for you too! It is such an adventure and you're really lucky that you can both have this experience. I'm also quite excited that it is almost summer here and that there seem to be some exciting developments ahead for both of us! Have a fantastic weekend :)

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    1. Definitely is wonderful to be in this together!
      Ah yes, it's so weird that as it's cooling off quite rapidly here, it's heating up there! Lara must have left by now too, right? Hope everthing worked out for her! Can't wait to hear what your developments are?!? How exciting life is :D

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  7. Wow, what an exciting adventure you have ahead of you. God is amazing in so many ways! Good luck to you! I enjoy reading so much about your life abroad :)

    Cheers!
    Akshara
    Simply Akshara

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    1. It does feel quite adventurous, and I can't wait to see what unfolds! It's so cool how God's been working in this.
      Thanks for following along with us! :)

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