November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings

With the thanksgiving holiday here I was thinking about some of my favorite holiday memories. Of course the typical sense rushed to mind: everyone gathered around the table, chatting in the kitchen, playing with the kids outside in the leaves. Those of course always top the list.

My junior year we were planning our friend thanksgiving before we left. It was set up for Monday. Friday I got a call saying that my uncle charlie had been in a really bad accident. He was on his way to a recording (he is a children's minister who travels and does kids rallies google him! Uncle Charlie is his stage name too!). I spent the rest of the time at the OU Medical hospital (the accident was south of ardmore and they flew him to OU for the surgeries). Anyways, Monday rolled around and I went to classes and was up at the hospital when I wasn't in class. Monday night while I was sitting in the ICU room with uncle charlie my mom and my uncles best friend Montie, my phone started to buzz. I looked down and it was my roommate. I went out in the hall to answer and she said they were in the waiting room. I went out to see her and when I walked in there was the entire group of my friends, everyone who was supposed to be at thanksgiving there in the ICU waiting room with all kinds of food. I was nearly in tears. They pushed tables together and not only shared their thanksgiving meal with my family, but also with all the other families there in the ICU.

That is an extreme act of generosity and Christian love. That helped me see what a blessing those around me can be. What a blessing friends and family can be.

Give someone a hug today, or even just a high-five, and tell them you appreciate them being in your life. Trust me, they will appreciate that you did it.

Christmas Markets open tomorrow, look for pictures soon!

Be good and do good!

Sarah B

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~Epicurus

November 18, 2010

Prayer and Repentance Day

Wednesday was Prayer and Repentance day here in Saxony, I believe that is one of the holidays that Saxony recognizes and no one else does. That happens a lot. Anyways, it means everyone had the day off wednesday because it was a holiday. Last week was Linda's 30th birthday so to celebrate, she invited everyone out to a nice restaurant for brunch. Brunch in germany means both breakfast and lunch, 2 separate meals at the same time. Just to clarify. Anyways there was a large group of us, 15 maybe.

I had a wonderful time and got to chat with folks which of course was nice! That afternoon I came home and made my first homemade bread! I had the free time and figured why not! They came out delicious in case you were wondering!

Everyone is working hard to get the Sullivans apartment back in functioning condition. Pam's family comes in on Tuesday and Larry and the rest of the guys come back from Bulgaria on Monday night. Everything is almost done, its just a lot of last minute things. Lots of cleaning and getting things back where they are supposed to go!

Today I have Ursula in a little over an hour, and then Isabell this afternoon for coffee. Tonight is English Bible Study and then we are going out to a restaurant around the corner with a group from EBS for supper and to hang out. Tomorrow is low key, nothing really planned other than working around the house(s). Sunday we are meeting with Cindy and Stephan for coffee at the train station again so it will be nice to see them!

Thats all from my side of the world! Have a wonderful weekend! Be good and do good!

Sarah B

For he who sees a need but waits to be asked is already set on a cruel refusal. ~Dante Alighieri

November 13, 2010


Just some photos of the retreat!

Be good and do good!

Sarah B

Don't take life to seriously, you'll never get out of it alive. ~Elbert Hubbard

November 11, 2010


Let me start off by saying, the family retreat was awesome! There were a few times where it was a bit much for me, but for the most part I had a wonderful time and would do it again! I was able to spend time with a lot of the other folks from Saxony and meet some new ones too!

On another note, we have been trying to plan a retreat for winter vacation for the young adults, something fun that gives some freedom with a lot of options. So we made a couple ski plans, to stay at resorts and what nots. We came up with one all inclusive for about 500 Euro which would be around 700 american, steep I know! Then we had another for 350 euro so about 500 american. A little better, but still a lot! Well, then we heard about a cabin the church owns in the black forest in Austria, and heard it was snow safe and it would be fun! Well guess what!!! The guy who is in charge of it was at the weekend retreat!! I was able to talk to him and it was free the week we needed it and it was by far the cheapest we have found and fit all of the requirements! We were looking at 250 euro, (50 extra added for unexpected expenses) which would be about 350 american! A much more do-able amount!!!! Once we called last night though, they really didn't recommend it because it would be so harsh in the winter. Fail.

Now we are back to square one and not a clue how (or where) to take an affordable winter vacation! We even thought about going to a city and just renting out an apartment for a few days and spending time in the city. Only problem is people think winter vacation and they generally want to do winter sports. uhhh who knows!!

Readers are going well, I got a new reader a few weeks ago, he wasn't to excited about reading from the Bible but seemed opened to it. He came to the english movie night and seemed to like it! Anyways, I say all that to say I left the ball in his court to read. He emailed me to set up a reading date this week!!!! I was really excited to hear back from him!

Isabel and I are about to start a new book, Battlefield of the mind, by Joyce Meyer. I've never read anything from her so it should be interesting!

This weekend will be busy, Friday I have a reader at 10 and then again at 1. The afternoon is free! Friday night we are packing the vans for Bulgaria (the boys leave early Saturday morning!) and then im hosting a movie night. Saturday is saxon singing and then Mark and Sherry Woodward from LST will be coming in town. Sunday is worship in Chemnitz and then again in Leipzig!

I think that was a long enough of an update! The Sullivan's house is coming along very well, they are almost done!!! Painting was all that was left downstairs and the floor was being put in yesterday afternoon in the dining room! Today they should be putting cabinets back in and hooking up pipes and what nots!

Be good and do good!

Sarah B

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. ~James Thurber

November 4, 2010

Family Retreat

This weekend I am going on the annual family retreat. Not sure what exactly to expect and I am a little worried about the language. I wasn't going to go (who wants to pay for a family retreat when your a single and you can't understand it anyways!), however after some peer pressure from Karen, Sven, and Alex I gave in.

I met with a new reader today. He is a young guy who wants to go to university in the states and study medicine. He is hoping to get a soccer scholarship, but knows he needs to improve his english. His mom used to be the secretary for a missionary in another small village years ago, and so she called the missionary (knowing he was american and still had contacts here) to try and get some english practice! How perfect is that? The meeting went well today, I am looking forward to getting to know him. He wasn't opposed to using the Bible as out text at all (its usually a 50/50 toss up!) which was great!

So with the holidays rapidly approaching I was in the mood for some pumpkin bread. I decided I would go buy a pumpkin on Monday after LST at Karens school, however when I ventured over to the store which held an abundance of pumpkins for the past 3 weeks, there wasn't a pumpkin in site! Sad I know! So I re-directed my holiday baking to fudge! I needed to make something for the retreat this weekend and saw the forecast was rainy for the rest of the week, so I tried tuesday night after bible class. Epic fail. Not only did I have to go to the store 2-3 times, it just didn't work. Pam said she has tried a lot of recipes and never been successful in making fudge. They have been here nearly 20 years. There must be a way! Thats our new feat- to find a fudge recipe that works here. There must be a way!!!

Be good and do good!

Sarah B

If you can't get rid of the skeleton, you might as well make it dance. ~George Shaw

November 2, 2010


Sorry its been so long since i've updated. I had some free time this morning so I thought I would jot some new things on here.

Things have been going well. Fall is defiantly here, the weather has been getting chilly, however the past 2 weeks have been absolutely amazing! We have had cool brisk air but beautifully sunny days! This of course provides an excellent time to rake leaves, a favori... i mean a fall pass time. But seriously, the weather has been amazing the past few weeks!

Work at the Sullivan's is going well, it is almost at an end!!! The goal is to have their house finished in 2 weeks before the guys leave for Bulgaria.

Readers are going well, I got a new guy, Ralf, who came to english movie night last night. He seems like an interesting fellow, im looking forward to getting to know him.

Sunday I went to leipzig for worship, that of course is always exciting and uplifting! This Sunday there were 10 people there!!! I got to see Inis (pronounced Eeee-Nn-ise) which was great, I really enjoy spending time with her. We would defiantly be friends if we were closer. She is in her late 20's early 30's and works in advertising! How cool is that?

What else what else.... I have started working on German some more. I wont be taking any more german classes, they are just to expensive and take up to much time for the amount of time I have left here. So as a substitute, I am working through my books again and meeting with Sven once a week for some one on one help, and then meeting with one of the older ladies in the congregation, Gesila, for some reading and pronunciation each week.

Oh yea! I went to the volunteer center last week and applied for a position as a volunteer. I think we found a food center not far from me actually where folks can come and pay about 5 euros and get a bag of food for the week. I'm excited about getting started with that! Apparently most folks here dont really volunteer. I had to fill out some major paper work to apply, and they wanted to know all the reasons I wanted to volunteer, if i wanted a certificate when I was done, if I was doing it for work or because it was part of my job. It was kind of weird... I asked Amanda (she was a HIM worker who stayed and is now teaching english and living in chemnitz) if people just volunteered for fun here, and she said not really that its just not something people think about. Of course that was the problem I ran into last time, ever position we looked at, I had to be able to speak german at a better level than I do, or it was a paid position. Free time to do good for others just isn't a concept people really consider here.

Alright well I better get off of here. I just gave Snickers a bath and now I need to clean up before I go see Gesila! I would like to ask for your prayers though, I talked to my mom this weekend and our family friend, Robert, who might as well be our grandpa has now moved in downstairs with mom. He used to live in the apartment we had over our garage, but he has gotten really sick and can't stay up there by himself anymore. Mom said she was looking for some home health care for him, so please keep him in your prayers that he will be as comfortable as possible. It can't be fun having to give up some of your freedoms. And prayers for mom that she can keep her sanity living with a man again lol.

Be good and do good!

Sarah B

It doesn't matter if people are interested. It's about you taking your stuff and shouting out into the void. ~Jadelr & Cristina Cordova