Friday, February 23, 2007
Friesian horse show at the circus...
quilts and all kinds of homemade crafts...
and gorgeous arrays of prize- winning flowers,
Dad talking to the salesmen....
and the lumberjack show (rolling wet logs until one of them falls off).
Monday, February 12, 2007
Mom's birthday party with the fam last week-- & where did she wanna go? A fancy restaurant w/ candles? Disneyworld? A shopping spree? Nope. Out to dinner at a "down home" diner-- Fred's Market in Plant City. All you can eat greens, macaroni & cheese, cornbread, catfish, sweet potatoe pie, etc. We love you, Mom!
Hank & Linda w/ Smokey-- from the "home team" (Hauskreis) I attend at Crosspointe Church. Anyone that thinks of Florida as just palm trees & beaches has never visited the greater part of our state: pine trees, palmetto bushes, not to mention cockroaches & mosquitos! (hello!)
Back in the saddle with Dakota:
Switch: from cowpoking-- to Sat. night fondue! friends Jen & Ryan just went to Switzerland over Christmas, but have been having an annual fondue night for awhile.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Worship services began later than some churches, at either 10 or 11:30 (yea to that idea!). The band played edge-y, rock worship songs. At the end of each service they always become a cover band, playing a song fitting the theme -- this week it was Coldplay.
Creativity-- to illustrate the new message series, called "Finding Your NESS," they had a HUGE "book" rotating on the stage. When you come in the front entrance, you use a touch- screen flat screen monitor to start typing in your last name, & if you'd been there before-- BING! Out comes your printed label for your name tag. They threw T-shirts into the crowd when the pastor came out, as gifts, to ask people to advertise the theme for this message series!
A plus about being in the States is connecting with friends from an active singles group, from Idlewild Baptist Church. Ok, for all you guys out there who know our Connexxion BEACH parties-- this was sort of like that (note the outfits). This time the theme from their monthly "Priority" worship event was from an old TV show called "Love Boat" (about a cruise liner where everyone meets-- you guessed it-- their true love).
When I came in the door someone handed me a lei (Blumenkranz) & took an official cruise photo! Sherry is a special friend & she helped organize a volunteer group from their "Lighthouse Singles" to come to Weimar a few summers ago. THEY also helped US host a cool beach party in the dorm there! By the way, I went into my parents' closet to pull out some "vintage" attire!
I had the honor of learning to play Attacktix (action figures, super heroes) with one of the boys. (Well, yes -- i lost miserably!) We had lunch at "The Hill"-- an Italian district filled with restaurants & delis.
Trampoline city-- for a birthday party we went to a place that has multiple trampoline areas, where you can play dodgeball or simply jump your heart out (the sign read, 10 minutes of jumping is like 30 minutes of jogging). I believe it!
I met for a coke with 3 precious people from Bethel Church which supports Anja, who used to serve on Connexxion staff & is studying now at Southwestern Bapt. Seminary. She & I got to speak here together 3 years ago.
Then, on Sunday I spoke at a church where 4 members who play in a bluegrass band had given a concert at the church in north Germany where I was in language school. That was over 7 years ago, but, thanks to email, we were able to keep in touch (note the Germany display on the front Lord's Supper table!). Yep, you heard it right-- bluegrass in Missouri! This is in the town of Hermann, which has a German heritage & has its own Octoberfest each year!
Sunday, February 04, 2007
I watched the game at my brother's church, CrossPointe, which was accompanied by a yummy chili cook-off! Ok-- I won 2nd prize. I'm not usually a competitive person, but somehow wanted to have fun with it. I looked on line for prize-winning recipes & used quality sirloin tri-tip & ground chuck beef (wenn ihr das nicht wisst, chili con carne ist wirklich in manchen Regionen eine "Wissenschaft" & es gibt mehrere Wettbewerbe dafuer!), along with a stick of cinnamon & the juice of one lime.
Here are the 4 top winners (including my mom! You go, girl!).
More folks at the Superbowl event...