Monday, 18 November 2013

The weekend of... ups and downs

Malcolm has just left for another week of hard work in the lab, bubbling, filtering and refluxing chemicals. I'm looking forward to a week of job searching and the like.

Friday I left kid's club early to go to the Discover Kurs Freizeit. We met at the church and then got a lift to somewhere in a tiny town. It was nice to smell the freshy farmy air again. We ate supper together and then figured out our rooms. It was strange when they were trying to organise for Malcolm and I to stay together, and we told them to split us up if it's easier. It was just really weird because we haven't been in that situation before and it hadn't occurred to us that they'd try put us together. 
I was also really grateful that Nicole had explained the whole 3-teil-bettuche thing to me and had brought some sheets along for Malcolm and I. 
The evening was spent with an icebreaker of 'speed dating', going through the folders, and then chatting til late. Eventually, even with the worship still going on we tried to get to sleep - not an easy task with lights turning on and off, and doors opening and closing, and bunkbeds creaking with every move. 
The next day we carried on with the discover program, looking at where we're gifted and where we can fit in. It's really cool that there is so much going on to get involved in. It was really exhausting speaking and listening to German all day, and although it was a great time, we were pretty glad to head home to our English Comfort Zone.





Sunday we went to church, and it was so nice to feel like we fit there - we've come to know quite a few people and are making friends. If you've watched that one HIMYM episode with Lilly and Marshal, you'll know how hard it is to find 'couple friends' that you can hang out with without making them the 3rd wheel - so we feel really blessed by the friends we've made here.

However, we also had some good and bad news.

Good news... my parents will be visiting in less than 20 weeks!! How cool is that? We're so excited for them to be here and to show them Cologne and and Marburg and whatever else we find. I. Can. Not. Wait!!!

Bad news, Malcolm's dad is in hospital with abdominal pain; as far as we can gather it's nothing too serious and should be diagnosed today, but it was just horrible getting the news and being so far away.
We're praying that he recovers soon and that everybody is strengthened by the knowledge that Jesus is King always, is always in control, always providing, and always loving.

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead! 

14 comments:

  1. I hope your father-in-law is ok Erica. How lovely that your parents will be visiting though! : )

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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  2. That is scary to have loved ones not feeling well when you're far away--you feel helpless! And I understand when you describe speaking and listening to a foreign language for an extended period of time as "exhausting". When we visit my in-laws, I often get that feeling of exhaustion at some point after being surrounded by only-Spanish for a while. My mind has to work extra hard to keep up! It's good for me but it's not easy!

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    1. Absolutely - really have to trust that prayer IS powerful, and get peace from that fact.
      And yes, so much extra work just to keep up with a conversation - towards the end of an evening I'm usually just smiling and nodding. ;)

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  3. your pictures are so calming and peaceful - looks something like a wonderland. i'll say a prayer for malcom's dad - hopefully he feels better soon :)

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    1. It was a very peaceful place :)
      And thanks!

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  4. I hope to hear good news about your father-in-law. Hopefully you are right and it won't be anything major. And how exciting that your parents will get to visit! I'm sure they can't wait!

    Those sheep are so cute! I'm guessing your trip was a sort of retreat with the members of your church? That's nice that they at least gestured to put you in rooms together - even if it made it more difficult. I know just a month after we got married, we volunteered for a weekend with an organization I once went on a mission trip with. We thought we'd have to stay in separate boys and girls dorms, but since they knew we were newlyweds (there were a few other married couples) they offered to put us in a room together. I was so grateful that they did that for us!

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    1. Yep exactly, for all those of us new or wanting to get involved at the church. It was a really nice gesture, but one that we really didn't expect and didn't even think about... we just assumed it's a camp, we sleep in dorms. It was so sweet though and it is nice that they honour marriage. :)

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  5. soo much unique beauty around you! The pictures are sweet.

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  6. good luck on the job hunt! hope your father in law feels better soon and yeah for parents visiting!

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  7. Oh goodness, I hope Malcom's dad is okay! But that is super excited that your parents are coming to visit. And also, those photos are so peaceful--they make me want to hike through the rolling hills!

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    1. He is doing better, thanks, though we're still praying! :)
      Hiking through the hills does seem quite idyllic :)

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