Memories and Musings

I’ve been musing on something for the past few weeks as we have visited some of the various apartments that the STINTers live in. Much of the furniture and furnishings that we bought/found/acquired by some means/moved multiple times/etc, are still floating around the city. It is so funny to me to walk into an apartment and see my old comforter, or our dishes, or wardrobe, or table, or couches, or artwork, or bookshelves, or quote books, or things from former teammates apartments. I’ve never really felt attached to things, or at least I didn’t think I was, but seeing all of these things makes me feel super nostalgic. It is not just the things themselves, but the memories attached.

Take tonight, for example. I walked into the apartment where we were having dinner, and our awesomely rickety and sketchy table from 08-09 STINT team was sitting there! Still alive and kicking after all these years….it’s a miracle, for sure. There were so many times we thought that table was going to disintegrate into firewood, but it just keeps going! It made me think of team dinners, board games, Raclette S’mores, aaaannnddd skillet cookie. Mmmm so good.

Or last week, at another apartment, our old quote book was sitting on the bookshelf. Still funny after all these years, and I love that it is still around! I was reading through it and laughing until my stomach hurt at the things we said. Some of them don’t make much sense anymore, but that almost makes them funnier, without the context to go along with them.

The couches, futons and chairs are probably the most memory-evoking items though – so many conversations that spoke truth, grace, courage, love, kindness, and blessing on one another happened over the years on those seats. Conflict resolution was something I learned how to handle in a Christ-like manner sitting on those couches, and we laughed, oh how we all laughed together.

Anyway, I don’t have a pretty bow or analogy or anything to wrap this up. It has just been special to be reminded of the Lord’s goodness and blessings when we were on STINT through the furnishings He provided for us, and I have been praying at each apartment that the things that have been passed down will continue to be used by the Lord to draw the team and people in the city closer to Him and to one another.

Flashback Fun

Time for some more flashback funness! Are there any theme songs that stick in your head? Or bring back memories of new episodes or videos that came out that you were so excited to see?

I loved McGee and Me when I was younger. The theme song is soooo 1990’s – but it still makes me smile:

Thankful Thursday: July 14th

Today I am thankful for….

1. The opportunity to learn German as a second language. I love german. Even though many people say it is a harsh language, to me it is beautiful. And practical – the grammar structure just makes sense (for the most part!).  It is such a fun language too, with words like Geschirrspülmaschine (dish washer) and Eichhörnchen (squirrel) and Schneeballschlag (snow ball fight) and Kopfkissen (pillow – literal translation is “head kisser” – this is one of my faves)! There are so many great words, and it is so logical. But even more than that, I just love knowing something more than English. It has long been a dream of mine to speak multiple languages, and I am thankful that I have been able to learn one through college and living in the country of Germany for two years!! As I have been listening to the STINT team leaders this week talk about their respective countries, it has made me miss living in Berlin and speaking German.

2. STINTers!! This week at our conference there are 67 team leaders, representing over 30 teams of STINTers (Short Term INTernational missionaries – what I did in Berlin), going to every occupied continent in the world to be beacons of light to a dark world to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. How awesome is that!?!?

3. Dark Chocolate. And specifically european dark chocolate. I thought I had found a new American chocolate I like (Chocolove….yes, that’s really what it is called….and it is worthy of its name). And then I found out that it is Belgian. Oh well, my chocolate snobbery continues.

4. Memories. A few weeks ago I sent off over 450 pictures of the first 19 years of my life (when I got a digital camera) to be digitized by a great company called Scan Digital. They took great care of the pictures, and I have loved looking through them online and being able to print new copies of them. It is so fun having them all in digital format, especially some of the older ones that I can’t cut up for my scrapbook due to enjoying being alive (i.e. my mom might just kill me if I cut up all her original prints from 25 years ago. I’ll pass). 😉

Here are some fun ones:

My brother meeting me for the first time - September 1985 at the airport in Iwakuni, Japan. It was love at first sight.











Celebrating my Spiritual Birthday at Community Bible Church in Beaufort, SC in June 1993











Getting ready for my Senior Dance recital - my last time dancing (so far)














And my personal favorite……..

My first perm. I was slightly excited, in case you can't tell. Also, notice my pj's - I loved those pumpkin pj's and wore them almost every night for months and months and months.