Monday, August 11, 2008

Something to ponder....

The following words were a great reminder to me of how I am called to live my life. Perhaps they will inspire you as well.

From the book Love Adds a Little Chocolate by Linda Andersen.

"Duty can pack an adequate sack lunch, but love may decide to enclose a little love note inside.... Obligation sends the children to bed on time, but love tucks the covers in around their necks and passes out kisses and hugs... Duty get offended quickly if it isn't appreciated, but love learns to laugh a lot and to work for the sheer joy of doing it. Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often, love adds a little chocolate."

May your days ahead be filled with much love.

On a side note... we are adjusting well to life in Poland. Thank you everyone for your prayers. They are appreciated more than you will ever know!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

So close to Germany!

Well, we just got back from a little excursion to Germany. It actually seems to be a very nice, quaint town. I am excited to explore it during the day when the shops and restaurants are open. And, it is probably less than a ten minute drive!

Thankfully we got our car today, so we feel as though we have a bit more freedom. And, we made a trip to the Carrefour and purchased lots of necessities for the kitchen which made it possible for me to finally cook tonight! We get cell phones tomorrow, so I will feel safe venturing out on my own while John is at practice. At least that way if I get lost I will be able to call someone :)

That's all for now... hope all is going well back home!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Greetings from Poland!

Greetings from Poland! For those of you who aren't up to speed, John signed a contract to play for Turow, a team in Zgorzelec, Poland, a little over a week ago. For those of you looking for it on a map, it borders Germany in the Southwestern part of Poland. A bridge separates Zgorzelec in Poland from Gorlitz in Germany. We arrived yesterday and are quickly settling into our apartment and adjusting to life here in Poland.

Life here will be a bit of an adjustment from life in Western Europe. We already have a greater appreciation for what we have in the States. Our apartment itself is pretty nice so we really don't have anything to complain about.

Yesterday we walked to the McDonald's as we don't yet have a car and there wasn't any food in the apartment. We managed to order by pointing at the menu and were thankful to have something familiar to eat after a long day of traveling!

Our town has a population of only 30,000 people. So, as you can imagine, we feel a bit out of place. I suppose that people turning their heads and staring at us doesn't do much to help the situation. But, maybe the smaller city will make it a bit easier to meet people. And, the neighboring city Gorlitz has an additional 70,000 people which I hope means additional amenities and shops!

The weather is actually quite warm at the moment. In fact, I plan to lay out at the pool tomorrow while John is at practice. We will see how cold it gets in the winter... we are preparing for the worst!

Sorry we haven't done so well at keeping in touch with everyone. I always set goals to do a better job, and then generally don't meet them. Maybe this will be the year ;)