Well since I last wrote, we wrapped up a great visit with Alan's family and sweet friends in England. We also managed to sneak a couple of days in Holland at the end of our trip just the three of us which was really, really nice. Here are some pictures of our time away.
So what's next...
Well, this is currently what we're planning for the fall:
The Loft (Continued construction work) - ongoing each week
MOPS and the Faithbook Club - Tuesday and Friday mornings with Chloe as well as play dates, moms nights outs and other events
Cell Group for Mary - starts Wednesday Sept 18th
Euro Intent Ground Team - last week of September
KurbisFest at the CVJM - end of October
Our apologetic style book studies will continue in the New Year as well as more language study for us both. We've also applied for more Edge teams for next summer and are hopeful to receive a team from our sending church in Georgia as well so there will be planning and details to organize for that.
The most fun thing we're doing right now is experimenting with a new bread maker that we got four years ago for a wedding gift but have never used. In Germany we figured out we spend nearly 3 Euros a day (and sometimes more!) on bread for our family. A loaf of bread in the bread maker costs roughly 60p. Sooooo we will save over 2 Euros a day or roughly 60 Euros just on BREAD - AND it's sooo nice to have hot bread each morning. I can have my 100% whole grain breads and Alan can make his white bread and we're both happy. I wish I knew how easy it was to use. I would have started a long time ago! Right now Alan is in the kitchen making his first batch of hot cross buns. Last weekend he made homemade pizza dough. I would LOVE to retire from the kitchen and let Alan take over. Maybe he'll take after his dad and become the chef in the family! One can dream... :)
Other than that Chloe continues to grow like a weed. She's successfully given up her pacifier during the days now and gets rewarded with various treats (like the swimming pool with daddy today). She can open our apartment door now with the key, is talking a ton and got her feelings hurt for the first time when a not so sweet girl at the playground was mean to her and said she wasn't allowed to play with them (in German but still Chloe understood fully). Her little eyes welled up with tears and she looked at me like, "momma, what did I do?". :( I felt terrible for her but know disappointments and sadness caused by the selfishness and insecurities of others will be something she must learn to live with. I told her after that just because the other little girl wasn't sweet doesn't mean Chloe shouldn't still be sweet and that sometimes people just aren't nice and that makes us very sad. Even at two, she seemed to understand.
Alan and I would love for Chloe to have a little sister or brother so pray that we can before we get too much older! I fell chasing Chloe the other day and was reminded of how old I really am. Ah well, we're young at heart (or you would think so if you were a fly on the wall in our house sometimes. Our favorite thing to do lately is all lie in the "BIG bed" and Chloe from the middle takes turns pushing daddy and mommy onto the floor. We laugh and giggle and tickle each other, play hide and seek and just let joy fill the house. We honestly couldn't feel more blessed.
Some prayer requests as we sign off. Pray for us as things kick start again at our church next week and as the fall approaches. Pray for friendships to be developed for us and for Chloe. Pray for a house we can move into with a garden that is close to our church but also cute and safe for Chloe. We are grateful for you all!