Sunday, October 13, 2013

Visas, Taxes, and a Birthday!!

 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world,  from everlasting to everlasting you are God. - Psalms 90:2

I thought I would share a quick update as we have had lots going on the past 2 weeks.  We are enjoying a beautiful weekend here in Vienna, it is sunny and cool.  Our visit to the Visa office went smoothly, they only requested one additional document for Mitchell and Lydia which we were able to quickly provide.  Now we just wait to hear from them and hopefully will be called to pick up our visas soon.  We will keep you posted.  In addition to applying for our visa, we also had to file our Austrian taxes.  Thankfully there is an accountant that works with many of the school staff and he helped us tremendously.  We only had to go to his office to sign the papers!  Very glad to have that taken care of until next year.

  October 2nd we celebrated Mitchell's 16th birthday!!  It's hard to believe he is 16, how time
 flies.  We enjoyed an evening with a few of his close friends.  I was glad I found everything to make his requested dinner, "shrimp and pasta" along with a cookie cake.  Mitchell was very excited about the gift from one friend, "American" bacon.  Apparently there was an earthquake in Vienna during the birthday celebration, the 2nd one in two weeks.  With six teenagers in the apartment, we didn't feel anything!:)

Lydia is enjoying soccer and her team has won 2 of their 3 games! In addition, the middle school students had a photo scavenger hunt around Vienna and her team also won!  Her free time is spent hanging out with friends and babysitting.

This past week we had several events at the school.  Wednesday the Korean Ambassador came and spoke to the high school students.  He was welcomed by the elementary students who sang "Jesus Loves Me" in Korean.  He was well received by the students and was very personable.  He said in his speech he is a Christian and gave a brief testimony to the school.  How cool is that?

(Korean Ambassor, center front)

Praise Night for the high school students was also this week. It is a time for the students to come and worship God together.  Mitchell is part of the praise band and said it was an "awesome" night of worship.  Please pray for these Christian students as they grow in their faith and relationship with Christ and witness to those around them.

Because it is the weekend, it means that I went grocery shopping.  As a matter of fact, I went to 3 different stores yesterday and got some special treats!  A friend told me about a store that has some "American" products, so I got some pop-tarts, syrup, barbeque sauce, and Bisquick yesterday!  In addition I stopped by the Mexican store so we can have enchiladas tonight!  Well I guess I better go for now and get cooking! 

Love and blessings from Vienna, 
Ada (aka "Miss" Clair)