Saturday, September 14, 2019

Anomaly or Not?

Earlier this week Tyler stopped by after he'd been in Frýdlant for meetings, to check on how our (well, really it's HIS!) garden is doing since we've still got things growing.

I'm so glad I took this picture that day of his harvest because all changed.

Dave had been out in the garden yesterday to pick more tomatoes, but this morning when he went out, this is what greeted him.

Literally overnight, a fungus came in and devastated our tomato plants. 

This happened to our garden last year, but we didn't know if it was just an anomaly. Looks like it wasn't.

Tyler has already started researching what to do for next year's tomatoes, and has ideas, so hopefully we'll bypass this fungus next time around!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Summer into Fall

Fifteen minutes down the highway from our town of Frýdlant nad Ostravicí is the larger city of Frýdek-Místek. At one time these were two separate cities, separated by the river.

But today they make up one city of around 80,000 people, in the city and area nearby.

Both Claire and I had errands to run today, so came together to do them. It is SO nice to have her here for fun moments like this!

The weather is changing and heading for fall, but it was still warm enough to sit out on the Místek square and enjoy a bite of lunch (truth be told, homemade fries from our favorite place called Faency Fries, which now has a location on this square!).

After finishing our errands we drove over to the Frýdek side of town for coffee on a little side street.

I should have taken a picture when a high school friend of Claire's happened to drive through this little, almost "alley-like" street, and saw us! She parked down the way and came back to talk with us for a bit. She doesn't live in this town either so it was crazy to run into her, but so sweet at the same time!

In the midst of busy, full days, it's nice to be able to stop and be outside for a bit on these last "summer turning into fall" days before we have to put on coats and hats...and then, boots and gloves! So glad I could enjoy it with Claire.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Waiting, Watching, 24-7

This afternoon I came and met Dave in his office down in Frydlant.

We had a meeting by Skype with Brian Heasley, the International Director of Prayer for the organization 24-7 Prayer, which bases out of the UK, but has a world wide presence.

Twenty years ago this month, they started a prayer room, in a warehouse on the south coast of England. Led by a man named Pete Grieg, a group of people simply began to pray 24-7 because, as they say on their website in the answer to the question of why: "1. Prayer's pretty much the heart of everything else in the Christian life and 2. We were really, really bad at it…"

Their ministry has grown to literal prayer rooms around the world! To date they have had over 25,000 prayer rooms registered on their site, with 144 currently praying 24-7 somewhere in the world. Brian said they have had someone from every nation in the world, except North Korea and Iran, visit their website this past year!

They have so many resources available for use by anyone. Everything from how to set up a literal prayer room, to how to motivate people and how to fill an hour of prayer.

We are definitely kindred spirits with this group of brothers and sisters in Christ who are giving their lives to prayer - to praying, and to helping others pray. I was so inspired talking to Brian today and hear of 24-7's compelling vision: Waiting. Watching. 24 – 7 – 365.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Krakow Airport Cuties

This morning I got to take these two cuties to the Krakow airport!

I have known Lisa since she was a new bride, having moved here to Czech with her new husband eleven years ago.

They lived in the apartment over our garage for their first year of marriage, before moving down into Frydlant, where her husband teaches (and now is vice principal) at Beskydy Mountain Academy, the high school our kids went to.

Now, four kids later, she is on her way to the States with her littlest one before she turns 2!

Don't know you know that woman was wondering why I was taking a picture?! 🤣For my blog, of course!

While her husband stays home with their three older kids, Lisa is off to visit supporters for the next two weeks. She's a brave mama (and her husband is a brave daddy!).

In any given day there are a lot of different aspects to my life and ministry; but getting to do things like this is one of the best!

Praying you made it safely to Chicago, Lisa!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Chats with Charlie

When you're a long distance Nonnie (aka: Grandma), you have to get creative about how to engage a two year old in a conversation. 😂

I'm a bit of a slow learner on these kinds of things, so it was only today that I discovered the potential of Facebook Messenger chats with Charlie, who lives in Albania!

In the past when we've talked, sometimes he will sit on his mom or dad's lap to talk.

More often though, he'll get down and go play. Which is fine! That's what little people are best at and I like watching him play in the background.

But today! This was the ticket to connection with Charlie!

We had our "matching hats and glasses on", which made us giggle.

And then Nonnie had kitty or bunny ears on which amused Charlie and kept him "chatting"!

He even ate his dinner sitting there with his cool glasses on.

And what do you think of my glasses? Should I get a big pair or not? 🤣

We just got sillier and sillier as time went by and I can say that for sure it made my day to chat with Charlie in this fun way!

Oh the things you'll do when you're a grandparent! 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣