Sunday, October 21, 2012

Quiet, not really.

Jeremiah 10:12 - It is He who made the earth by His power,
Who established the world by His wisdom;
And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.

While the blog may have been quiet for a few weeks, our life here in Vienna has been anything but quiet!   We are enjoying the cooler fall weather and the beautiful colors all around us.  Next week is the end of the 1st nine weeks of the school year! Wow!  We can hardly believe it.  
Our days are filled with school, teaching, lesson planning, testing, grading, grocery shopping, washing, cooking, helping with homework, parenting, grocery shopping, going to soccer games, meetings, German classes, grocery shopping.  Did I mention grocery shopping?  With two teenagers in the house, I have to go 3-4 times per week to keep up with all they eat!!
We are truly enjoying teaching at ICSV and getting to know our students.  God continues to confirm that we are right where He wants us to be. We are learning so much and He is growing and stretching each one of us.  We still have lots to learn and often things we knew how to do at home without thinking, takes much longer here.  

I thought I would share some of the highlights of the last few weeks.  We celebrated Mitchell's birthday on October 2nd with a "snicker-doddle cake" and later a cookie cake with friends!  The cookie cake overflowed the pan, but thankfully tasted good!  Mitchell and Lydia sure do miss Nonnie's chocolate cake!   Mitchell's birthday dinner was our first time having guests over for a meal (spaghetti, not too difficult).  We had a great time!

I was so excited to see my Mom's cousin, Charlie and Louise, vacationing in Vienna!!  They were on a river boat cruise that was docked within walking distance to our apartment.  

Learning to cook and trying new recipes!  I'm so glad I brought a few spices from home.  This is the makings for chili in the crock pot.  I've also made lasagna, chicken cordon bleu, and white chicken chili in the crock pot.  The crock pot is definitely becoming my friend.  "Clever" is the store brand which is less expensive and taste good too!!

Fun with friends!!  We are so thankful for the friends God has brought into our children's lives here in Vienna.  The girls enjoy shopping of course!  They are able to go to the mall by themselves here!  The boys play video games and skateboard together.  What a blessing, it makes our hearts smile to see them hanging out with friends.

This is the view out our windows this morning.  It's a foggy Sunday morning.  The weather is ever changing. Below are similar views on a clear day.

As I look back over this post, it seems a little sporadic and random which may just be a true reflection of our last several weeks.  We are looking forward to fall break in a week.  We hope to get some rest and catch up on things around our home.  Maybe even get ahead on our lesson planning too!!  

Thank you again for your prayers and support.
God is good!!!

Love and joy,
Ada (aka "Miss" Clair)