Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Every year we have a week set aside for Spiritual Emphasis Week. Usually, we bring in a speaker from the States; however, this year a bunch of the teachers gave their testimonies. The theme was “byHisDesign”. A couple of teachers shared how God spared them from death, others shared about great loss in their life, while another shared about being excommunicated from his family after not following the ways of his denomination. I was very nervous to tell my testimony and I was sick with mono at the time, but God gave me the strength to share about God’s faithfulness in my life.
Throughout the week, we had many opportunities to pray with our students. Several students gave their lives to the Lord and others recommitted their lives to Christ. Praise the Lord!
On Friday, I was able to have a conversation with one of my French students about the gospel. My testimony opened the door to talking about the hurts she has in her life. I was able to share the gospel with her but she has not chosen to accept Him yet. Please join me in praying that she would come to know the Lord and accept Him as her Savior.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Being sick in a foreign country is defiantly an experience. The health care here is much different from that in the States. I’ve tried about every home remedy the doctor could come up with. After several doctors visits and trips to the diagnostic center, I was diagnosed with Mono.
I’ve been sick since the second day of school and haven’t worked a full week all semester. It was rough but I’m on the road to recovery and getting stronger every week.
It’s amazing how God has provided for me during this time. There is a school psychologist here from the states that has been helping me to not fall behind on my paperwork and my two teacher aides are picking up the slack. I’ve been so blessed to be able to stay at home and rest when I need to.
I’ve learned to not overwork myself and allow others to help me (a lesson that needed to be learned). I’m so thankful for all those who stepped in to help.
Friday, September 30, 2011
I love teaching summer school. This year the theme was "Sharks". We read about sharks while working on comprehension and we went to an aquarium at the end of summer school. Here we are using manipulatives to work on number sense. Mona was here this year to help me out!
We played waterballon volleyball.
We did as much as we could outside!
We focused on reading comprehension, reading fluency, writing strategies, and math.
Mona taught the kids the "Baby Shark" song.
We went to the Haus der Meers aquarium to see some sharks.
Playing with Legos.
Swimming in the Danube River.
Monday, June 13, 2011
THAT would be a club sandwich with CHEESE, french fries fried in the same oil they fried something cheesy in, and coleslaw which might have had milk in it. My brother's girlfriend, Whitney's parents took us out to eat and her mom was wondering why I was taking pictures of my food. I also ate one of Whitney's pizza... covered in CHEESE! Oh my goodness, it was greasy, salty, and delicious. MAN I've been missing out!
For desert, my brother got me a Drumstick. I can't even remember the last time I had ice cream...or chocolate! I haven't broken out from anything yet. It's totally AMAZING! Praise the Lord!
Today, I went back for my 7th and 8th treatments. I was treated for laundry soup, fabric softener, fabric chemicals (that are in your clothes when you buy them), vinyl, car exhaust (I know right?), acrylic, sunscreen, pool chemicals, soap, and deodorant. If it works, I will save lots of money not having to order my soap, sunscreen, and other things from a pharmacy up in Minnesota.
In between treatments, I went to Panara and ordered a vanilla latte...everything in me wanted to say..."with soy milk". I was actually scared to drink one with real milk...but I did and it was GREAT. Now, I'm gonna have to start watching how much sugar I eat... :-)
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Deb said I should try putting some milk in my hands...see how I react...try putting some on my lips...see what happens. So after my treatment, my brother and I went out for coffee. I spred some skim milk on my lips like lip gloss and just waited. I got a little itchy but thought, "I think it's just in my head." So, my brother and I got a pretzel.
Yep, the lady covered it in butter and salted it. Then we dipped it in cheese.
Now I guess we just wait, and see what happens.
Friday, June 10, 2011
After treatment, we went out for coffee.
I made him play cards....
This morning, I was treated for iron, minerals, and calcium. All these things need to be treated before I can be treated for milk. They are considered "preliminary allergens" that need to be cleared first in order for the treatment to be successful. Everything is treated in a specific order.
In the afternoon, on my way to the clinic I drove past that truck:
that's right...a dairy truck. :-)
This afternoon was my first dairy treatment. I imagine I'll need a couple since I'm very allergic to milk.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I was given an allergy assessment. I put on something like a blood pressure cuff that was hooked up to the computer. She would click around and I would hear a beeping noise. I then had to hold her hand down with my arm. If I couldn't apply enough pressure to keep her hand down then she would write that down and treat me for sensitivities to that item. The test showed that I had sensitivities to food phenolics, calcium, milk/dairy, iron, sugar, and chocolate.
Today, she treated me for food phenolics in the morning and for sugar in the afternoon. After the food phenolics treatment I felt woozy and started to get a headache, but nothing too bad. In the afternoon, after my sugar treatment, my stomach felt a little funny but nothing bad at all.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
You shall worship the Lord your God, and I will bless your bread and your water; and I will take sickness away from among you.
I emailed a clinic in Des Moines and told her how much I had saved up and she set me up a package that consisted of a week of treatments with two treatments a day. I planned a short trip home with a week long stay with my brother. However, the next month became very difficult financially. My taxes in Austria were twice as much as I expected and all the money I had saved was gone.
On a Thursday night, I went to a softball game to watch two of my friends play ball. We all walked home together and one of my friends asked me about the treatment. I told her the treatment was off because all my money went towards my taxes. She asked how much it would take to be cured of my food allergies and I told her about the package. That night, I called my mom and told her the treatment was off.
Friday morning, we had a great staff devotion in the morning with Thomas and afterward a friend came to my classroom to ask for some prayer and we somehow started talking about the treatment. My friend had NO idea that I had just told several people the day before that the treatment was off. She said, "I've been meaning to tell you, that I'd like to help pay for your treatment and I know of at least one other person that would like to help, too." My eyes welled up with tears. We were both crying when my students started to come into the classroom. We both laughed through our tears and said, "These are happy tears kids, don't worry!"
Later that day, I saw the friend I walked home with the night before and told her, "Remember last night when I told you my treatment was off? Well, this morning a friend told me she'd like to help pay for it!" She turned to me and said, "I've been meaning to tell you that God's be telling me since January to be putting away money for your treatment." WHAT? Since January??? See, I had it all covered in January, but God knew then that I would need to rely on Him for the money. I then went and talked to the 3rd friend that said she wanted to help and just broke down in tears at the gratitude of all these people. All the money was coming from fellow missionaries....I was flabbergasted and my friend said, "Well, we serve a flabbergasting God, don't we?" Indeed we do, indeed we do!!!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits--who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
I called my mom that night and told her the news. I was just a little worried about how I would pay the expenses on my car (getting new license plates, new drivers license, insurance, and GAS) to get from Appleton, WI to Des Moines, IA. Not sure why I worried about it when it was CLEAR that God had it all under control.
The money from my 3 friends paid the entire treatment package plus much more money that will cover ALL my car expenses, plus gas and food on my week trip to Des Moines. I'm completely blown away.
Friday, June 3, 2011
I was given prick tests and patch tests to find a list of things I was allergic to. Milk and chocolate topped the list in regards to food and I also learned I was allergic to soap and many other things that my skin was exposed to (sunscreen, bug spray, etc.). I then learned to read labels of everything I put in my mouth and put on my skin. Milk is hidden in many things and is even called many things on labels (ghee, lactose (or most things that start with lacta...), casen, whey, carmel color, and "natural flavors" (who know what that is but 90% of natural flavors comes form milk). I read labels but sometimes, I had to learn the hard way that milk was in things like green olives (which were one of my favorite things) and ham...can you believe they put milk in HAM?
As time went by, my allergy became worse and worse. I am now so allergic that if you touch milk and then touch my food or if my food touches the same counter that had milk on it, I'll have an allergic reaction.
Many everyday things became more difficult. Eating out with my family became hard. I started having to call ahead or check the internet to see if they served food for people with food allergies. I always alerted the server of my food allergy and ordered off special menues. We started narrowing down the places I could eat by the breakouts I would get after I ate there. Eating out is one of my least favorite things to do.
Going to friends houses for dinner also became difficult. Many tried their best to accomodate me. My friends, Dawna and Reesa accepted the challenge and were always trying new things we could eat together. Good thing too, cause, little did we know Reesa would come to be my roommate one day and be forced to eat along the same lines as I do! :-)
Church potlucks...out of the question.
Communion? Only when I had a chance to read the label. Wait, you say. Communion? That's only one bite! That's all it takes!
Decorating cakes has been a hobby for Reesa and I ever since we took a class with Bonnie Smith in Omaha. Here's a picture of our last creation for the daughter of one of the families that works at the school:
Saturday, May 14, 2011
You should have heard the beautiful noise hundreds of Harleys can make!
How do you shout, "Take me with you!" in German?
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
- I currently have 76% of my monthly support pledged.
- My goal is to get up to 100% in the month of February!
- This is approximatively $500 a month I still need to raise.
- That's just 10 new donors at $50 a month.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
The past few months, I have been seeking wisdom about the Lord's will for my life. I will finish my two year term at the International Christian School of Vienna (was Vienna Christian School) in June.
While special needs programs are very common in the states, they do not exist in Europe the way we know them. There are no resource rooms or paraeducators. The schools here rely heavily on a shame based philosophy. They think that if they embarrass a child in front of his peers it will motivate him to try harder.
This year, we had a missionary family move here from the Netherlands so they could get special needs services for their son. Starting this week, we have a boy coming that is a non-reader and has some behavior problems. He hasn’t been getting the help he needs in the Austrian schools and is acting out. We are currently in the process of accepting another boy of a missionary family with developmental delays. He hasn’t made much academic growth in his current school. So, as you can see the need for a program here is growing!
As I work one-on-one with these students I have the unique opportunity to share Christ with them as they struggle in the same ways that I struggled! Many of my kids from
My gifts and talents are being used here. The program is just getting started. As I've wrestled with this decision the past couple months, I have come to a peace about staying for two more years to serve the Lord in this ministry. I look forward to working with my students as we welcome more to the school. I look forward to developing the program further, educating the teachers here how to work with kids with special needs, and offering families the unique services they need.