Our One Year Anniversary

Can you believe it? We’ve been here an entire year! It’s amazing! Our God is good. If you look back over our posts, we’ve been a little busy. But it has been wonderful.

June:
One week after we got off the plane the kids started into German school for foreigners.
A couple weeks later Ted and I started our first German class.

We carpooled with another little boy going to the same school.
We carpooled with another little boy going to the same school.

July:
Then we took a break from language school, cuz there just wasn’t one to be found while Ted worked as a full-time construction worker at the new GEM Europe Headquarters.
The kids and I began to get a feel for living in Germany and making new friends.

Ted's the one on the left.
Ted's the one on the left.

August:
Ted and Britt went to the GEM Annual conference in Hungary and got connected with a lot of the GEM missionaries all over Europe. Britt and Isaac began school at BFA.


Sept:

Faith began German 2nd grade. Both Ted and Brandy join bible studies with other missionaries in the area. Isaac joins Middles School Praise Band and begins trumpet lessons. Faith and Britt begin piano lessons. Britt joins drama group at school. Faith joins AWANA.

The entire German school put on a welcoming ceremony for the First Graders.
The entire German school put on a welcoming ceremony for the First Graders.

Oct:
Ted and Brandy celebrated 11 years of marriage and our first anniversary in Germany. We had planned from the time we got married to take a trip to Germany for our 10th. Apparently, God had other plans. 🙂 We took a short trim to Ulm with the family to show the kids where it ALL began. 🙂

The Ulm Rathaus--picture courtesy of David Korzilius
The Ulm Rathaus--picture courtesy of David Korzilius

Nov:
Ted and Brandy started back into German language school- four hours a day five days a week.
Dec:
We all had a nice 3-week break from our various schools and did a little site seeing around the local area and enjoyed a wonderfully peaceful Christmas together.


Jan:

Winter GEM-K retreat for Britt and then back to school for all. And Ted got to help our German church by directing a group of Germans to video-tape a huge conference called Origins.


Feb:

Our first US visitor came, Ted’s brother, Tim. What a wonderful visit. We got to experience the local flavor of Fasching. The holiday where the people feel like they can hurry up and get their partying done before Lent. And if they wear scary enough masks they’ll scare away the Winter ghost.


Mar:

Britt went on her trip to Romania. Ted and Brandy have final month of language school, and join German prayer group to keep practicing their German.

Britt co-teaching English to the Romainian kids.
Britt co-teaching English to the Romainian kids.

April:
Ted’s parents came for 3 weeks. And Ted used up some of his vacation while the kids had interspersing vacations too. Germany begins to bloom.

Dinner at the local pizzeria with family and friends from the US.
Dinner at the local pizzeria with family and friends from the US.

May:
The GEM European Headquarters are almost finished. Only finishing touches are being done now, and all the GEMStone Media team are in the office working on a regular basis, working out the kinks of who’s doing what, where and when.
Britt and Isaac finish up their school year. Faith has a nice 2 1/2 week Spring break before she goes back to school for the summer session.
Brandy joins German/English bible study.

GEMStone's Male Models - (from left to right) John Battenfield, Walt Manis, Jim Meyer & the most handsome, My Hubby :)
GEMStone's Male Models - (from left to right) John Battenfield, Walt, Jim Meyer & the most handsome, My Hubby 🙂

It has been a crazy roller-coaster ride, but boy has it been a blast. We are so grateful to each of you for supporting us and continuing to pray for us.  We are very much looking forward to what God has planned for us for the next year.

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