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Switzerland pix

sunrise.jpgThe living room faces east, so when the weather is clear we can see amazing sunrises. I would have rather gone up on the balcony, but the kids were still asleep. Shortly after this picture was taken the clouds moved up more and the mountains were hidden from view. Now the peaks are covered in snow (we’re 300m below the snow line, brrrrrrrrrr!) which makes for more amazing pix. I really should go out there sometimes and take them. Or remember to take the camera along on our walks!

swing.jpgI did take the camera one of the first times out here, so here are some from the forest playground just down the mountain a bit. It’s an amazing place, you have to climb the rocks to go up the slide, the swing is between two huge trees and the merry-go-around is on a flat rock as well. We’ve gone on a few long walks as well as a picnic on a field with an amazing view (of course, I forgot the cam). It’s cooled down considerably recently; just last weekend I got a sunburn because I ended up in a short sleeved shirt and forgot to put sun screen on and this weekend I’m back to wearing a coat!


My favorite quotes, songs and stories

Quotes for today

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.”  –H. Ross Perot (1930 – ), Businessman, politician.

Through the tests I’m bringing you to the place of full faith–that place where you continue to try when you don’t feel like trying; when you keep walking forward even though you feel like collapsing; when you refuse to quit even though you don’t have an ounce of strength left in you.  

about the kids, My favorite quotes, songs and stories, my writings and thots

Chicken Soup

You Might Be a Mommy If . . .

By Leslie Wilson




With my comments in red. I’ve seen these before, but this one is new…I had to smile…

Every shirt you own has spit-up on the shoulder. Three years ago, this would have been true.

Must-see TV includes Barney, Arthur and Disney Playhouse. Or Cherub Wings, Family Fun and Veggie Tales!

You carry a diaper bag instead of a purse. Until about 18 months ago, yep.

You analyze babies’ bodily functions with women you just met. Never! Can’t relate to this one.

“Sleeping in” is when the clock reads 6:30 a.m. Thank God my kids were better on this one, but yeah, sleeping in has a different meaning from what it was before kids!

You never go anywhere without baby wipes. EVER!

You sleep with a baby monitor a foot away from your head. Or all the doors open so I can see them and they can see me!

With each subsequent child, you’ve progressed from sterilizing the pacifier to washing it off to blowing on it, invoking the three-second rule. Mine didn’t take them, and I honestly kept up the toy washing with each kid, but I did slacken on the amounts of disinfectant and boiling I did till it was deemed ‘clean’.

Your children are better dressed than you. I envy CC’s wardrobe! Heh!

You used to be known by your first name – now you’re Jordan’s mommy. She actually used that name!

You store five sizes of clothes in your closet. At least!

You call your husband on his cell phone in order to have a real conversation with him. Call any adult!

You go to bed at 12:30 a.m. and get up at 5:00 a.m., thankful for the extra sleep. Again, thankfully not that bad for me. But when they were smaller, 6 hrs of sleep was a good night!

Excitement means Pampers are on sale. Oh yes, and having enough money to stock up!

You consider PBJs and Cheetos a nutritious meal. Ummmm, no. But my kids have had ice cream for breakfast, cold ‘Wudy’s’ (There really is a hot dog brand called this in Croatia!) and carrot sticks for dinner, or cereal for lunch.

You can change from lounging-sweats casual to night-on-the-town glamorous in three-and-a-half minutes. Add makeup and it comes to 5 min…

“Doing lunch” means meeting three friends and their preschoolers at the McDonald’s Playplace. Or “going out” means roller blading at the park

Hearing the words, “I’m done,” from the bathroom sends chills up your spine. And I pray I get there in time!

You own more Disney movies than pairs of shoes. And all my kids shoes combined!

You can pee with three children watching you – and only two are yours. No, never! The bathroom is the only place I get privacy!

You spend more on babysitters than you do on utilities. Thank God for sisters and communal living.

If you were trapped for days in your car, you could survive on the Cheerios and french fries on your floorboards. Jo would never allow the car to get into that state 😀

You can tell what your daughter ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner by looking at the front of her T-shirt. Oh, yes, most days I could!

You willingly hug and kiss a kid who has sticky fingers, sweat-drenched hair and a milk mustache. And let them smear it all over me as well!

You’re overworked, overcommitted and underappreciated – and you wouldn’t trade your life for anything in the world. No, I sure wouldn’t!

My favorite quotes, songs and stories

Quotes for today

So don’t get too deep when it comes to faith. It’s wiser to adopt a simple and more childlike view of faith. I guarantee it will get you further. And as far as what you can do toward exercising your faith: don’t be afraid to welcome tests and experiences that stretch your faith. And even if afterwards you look back at the situation or challenge and feel that your faith didn’t really quite meet the mark, so what? You still haven’t lost, because you’ve grown from the experience. You may not see or understand how you’ve grown, but you will nevertheless receive the reward of faith no matter what the outcome, and the reward of faith is growth. I always reward those who step forward, stretching their faith‚ trusting in Me and My promises, even if they feel that the knees of their faith might give way under them.

So don’t be afraid of any of those leaps of faith that I’ve promised you are ahead, My loves; you’ll be ready for them when it’s the right time. It won’t be anything that you will have to conjure up or work up in yourself. You’ll just know it’s time, because I will flood your heart with all that you need to make that leap.

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When I was a child, my brother and sister and I used to play a game where we would stand by the edge of my mom’s big bed and just fall on it. When we started, reflex would set in and we would use our hands to catch ourselves or our knees would buckle to break the fall. As we played though, we started to use our hands or knees less. My little sister usually won the game as she was fearless. She could even fall while standing on the bed without so much as flinching. It took a lot longer for me to get it down and I ended up losing more often than not. It took a degree of trust, to just ‘let go’ and not let reflex take over in the knowledge that it was safe to just fall. Over time, we got quite good at it to the point where once, when I fainted for real (standing by that very bed) my mom told me to ‘stop playing around’.

I was thinking about that game recently and realized how much my life right now is like that game of just falling and trusting that I won’t be hurt. Every day I fall again and I have to chose if I’m going to try and ‘save myself’ or trust that the Everlasting Arms will hold me up. There are days I ‘lose’ and I try too hard to fix a problem, rationalize a solution, or just freak out because there isn’t really anything I can do! But, I’m hoping that with practice I’ll be ‘winning’ more often, letting Him catch me, and just like when I was a child, trusting that everything will be alright in the end, that there’s a master plan, that what “He has promised, He is able to fulfill” (Rom. 4:21) My mind’s ‘reflex’ is to question, to stay up late at night wondering where the finances will come from, or how we’re going to meet our deadlines with all that is still there to do. It’s just come to that, I have to trust God to overcome all impossibilities and be there for me when I ‘fall’.

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More random pix

I found some more pictures on Jo’s laptop that I finally got around to working on. Here they are in order of occurrence:


On our last trip to CK at the adorable Mexican restaurant where we had dinner.


At the play area in Austria. This horse was life-size!


She needed help getting up. It had sound effects as well…fun for the kids!


The little watermill at that same reststop.


The colors of autumn…in September! Germany was cold!


The kids went to a funfair with Oma and Dad. They had all these old-fashioned toys and activities for the kids. Cherise won something for getting all the frogs 😀


This one took some coordination as she had to get marbles in only some of the holes without bumping the other ones out.


He got a little ticket to be the locomotive driver. Judging from his face, I think he’ll chose something more exciting to be when he grows up.


And the naughty kids get put into a cage 😛 Actually, this was some kind of ride??


After Oma’s birthday cake we took the leftover sparklers out.


It was windy and cold! Hence the scarf on her head (I think…or were CC and her playing Indian again?)


CC at a pitstop on the way to Switzerland.