Friday, June 25, 2010


"O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago.

On this mountain the LORD Almighty
will prepare
a feast of rich food for
a banquet of aged wine --
the best of meats and the finest of

On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all
the sheet that covers all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away
the tears
from all faces;
he will remove the disgrace of his
from all the earth.
The LORD has spoken.

In that day they will say,
'Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he
saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his

Isaiah 25:1, 6-9

Father, you have done great things. You have shown yourself faithful, planning things long ago that have come to pass. But you're not finished yet. You have been faithful and you will be faithful. There is still more to come, and you will do it. Thank you for loving me here in Prague and my family back at home this past year. Continue bringing your kingdom into our lives and reminding us of your faithfulness, today and every day.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Closing in...

Hi Everyone!

Michelle and I made it back safe and sound. Really, only one thing needs to be said: Ireland was wonderful. :) I really do think it was my favorite, out of the trips that I have gone on, simply because it was so simple, and so so beautiful. The weather was also spectacular the entire time we were there! I loved the city of Dublin - it reminded me of Prague, having lots of character of its own, just not quite as old a feel. There were so many fun buildings though, and lots of places to sit and eat or drink or chat.

Our favorite pub was one we found the first night that had two older men playing a guitar and banjo and singing old Irish diddies! :) But not only was the city great, the country side was absolutely beautiful. We took a 30 min. train ride south to Greystones in Wicklow County and then hiked up to a town called Bray. It was so relaxing and absolutely breathtaking. We had a bit of a stressful time finding the bed and breakfast we had booked in the town - it was a bit farther to walk to than we expected. However, it allowed us to meet lots of very nice Irish citizens who were more than happy to help us: "Oh, that's a lovely place! Back when I was a kid there were so many new houses built there..." and "You're very welcome, have a nice day!" *with the most amazing Irish accent you can imagine. :)

Anyway, it was just a lovely time and you can see more pictures from it here:

And I did add a few more pictures from the week before. We had a fun night helping with a promotion for a new hostel/restaurant called Mosaic House that some friends of ours just opened up. We all walked down into Old Town Square, did something called a "freeze frame" where you (and your group) freeze for 2 or 3 minutes scattered amongst a crowd (of tourists at the clock tower) and then they all start wondering what's going on, you un-freeze and then we slapped them all with slap bracelets that had discounts for the restaurant and invited them to come watch the opening of the World Cup with us. Maybe it doesn't sound as exciting here, but really, it was so fun! :) You can see those new ones here:

And then we also wrapped up our classes at school last week as well. We had the parents come in for a little presentation where we sang some songs and did a play with my second graders. It was fun and the parents of my first graders brought us some beautiful bouquets. Everyone expressed how happy they were with the program and how thankful they were to Michelle and I for teaching their children this year. It was nice. :) I was sad to say goodbye to the kids, but I am ready to move on to something new next year.

And then last night we went out to dinner with our community group - 9 women - who we've been meeting with from church for the past six months. It was such a nice time and such a reminder of how much God has blessed me with relationships during my short time here. Each of the ladies took turns saying what they saw in me, appreciated about me, or what they were blessed by (and also for Betsy and Jess, two others who are leaving next week) and it was just such a sweet time of blessing each other as we go our separate ways. It really has been such a short time of our paths being crossed, but they will always be friendships that are dear to me.

Like I said in the last post, I still have one last full day of work tomorrow - 4th gr. tutoring, preschool, D&L tutoring, and then a school dinner/party. But after that not a whole lot on the schedule. I'm looking forward to doing a few more things with Michelle before she leaves, having a few more coffee dates, and taking time to reflect and process things a bit more. All sorts of fun... :)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hey Everyone!

It's been another crazy couple of weeks, and I don't think it's going to be letting up. Only a few more to go though! (Not counting down yet, just living it up...)

I've had lots of little fun things going on, trying to see and do everything and everyone one last time. I'll get some pictures from those things up next week! And I finished out my last week of school with my 1st and 2nd graders. It all ended well and I can write more about it later also. :) I still have two more preschool sessions and one more tutoring session next week for my three 4th grade students and Dominik and Linda.

And, the reason I am rushing through this and wont have time to post much more until next week is that Michelle and I are taking one last trip to Ireland this weekend! We're flying into Dublin tomorrow and staying until Tuesday morning. On Sunday we're taking a train farther south and doing a Cliff Walk between two smaller towns on the coast and staying at a bed and breakfast there Sunday night. I'm super excited about that!

So yes, many more pictures and stories to come, I promise!

Have a great weekend yourselves!! <3

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cold and Rainy, Welcome June...

June 2nd! So hard to believe, and that's only partly due to the fact it's been cold and rainy (constantly) for the past 3 days. :( Sigh. Last weekend was a little nicer, and this coming weekend is supposed to be better too (please, Lord). We'll see what happens.

But anyway, I did have a great time at Český Krumlov on Saturday! It's a small town about 3 hours south of Prague, with a beautiful river and Old Town just like here at home. :) It was one of those places everyone said I "had" to visit before I left, and I'm glad I did! I went with my friend Jessica, and we had a great time wandering the streets, eating yummy food and talking about life. Here are a few pictures from the day and a link to see the rest of them:

I've been working on my application for Cincinnati schools also - you can pray that I have time to finish it quickly and that it helps me get somewhere for this fall.

And that's all for now. Have a great rest of your week! :)