Monday, June 27, 2011

Poznan, Poland

This week Aaron & I are going on another little trip.  We are taking the train from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Poznan, Poland. :)

We are so excited, we get to see familiar faces!! Friends we haven't seen in 3-1/2 months!!

RCC {our Church in Oregon} is sending a missions team to two cities in Poland that we have a congregation in, to help build them up & to do some evangelism.  You can read more about the mission trip here and here.  I'll update my blog too as I can with pictures and stories, most probably on Tuesday next week, when we are back in Amstelveen.

Please join us in praying with and for them, that hearts and eyes will be opened, and that the Holy Spirit will make His presence known to the people of Poland.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Well today is supposedly the first day of Summer, but here in Amstelveen, we haven't seen the sun much yet ... a lot of rain lately!!

Last Thursday evening we had a huge torrential downpour come through, which resulted in the beautiful rainbow in the previous post!  The end of the rainbow was just up at the next corner, I was tempted to go see if I could find the pot of gold, but sadly, the rains moved in again and staying dry won out!

Yesterday was forecast to be one of the only nice days this week, so I decided to take my bike for a ride. How kind of me, no? :)  I ended up at Broersepark, but it was under reconstruction, so I didn't get to take too many pictures ... another time hopefully!

Hopefully the weathermen are wrong, and we have a few more nice days this week!

The rest of the pictures can be found here. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Two years, two continents, two countries and too much drama! :)

May 29, 2009 ~ a day I'll never forget, even though I'm sure certain parts will fade more into memory then they have already!  That is the day that I got married to my best friend, my companion, my love ...

It's been a whirlwind two years so far, hopefully the coming ones are just as exciting!  We've done quite a bit of traveling since we have been married, more so in the last 6 months.

In the USA we've been to
~ California
~ New Mexico
~ Idaho
~ Washington
~ Colorado

We've packed our bags, and our home, and moved to Europe as well.  Here we've been to
~ The Netherlands
~ Germany
~ England
~ France
~ Belgium
~ Luxembourg
~ Italy
~ Austria
~ Monaco

Looking back even five years, this is no where near where I thought I would end up.  I figured that I would be single for the rest of my days.  God had other plans for me.

For our second anniversary Aaron planned a trip to the south of France.  A place that I have mentioned a number of times that I would like to go and see.  We stayed at a little BnB in a town called Biot.  We were outside of the actual medieval part of the town a little ways, but went one evening to have dinner there, and check it out some.  The earliest days that they have records of this town, date back to 1187!  That's old!! :)

We were only about a 40 minute drive from Monaco, so we HAD to go check that out, as well as add another country to the list, we're up to 9 now!   The Formula 1 races were going on this weekend as well, so the place was a zoo.  We didn't get to see too much since most of the city had been blocked off for the race, even though it was Friday, and the qualifying had been done in the morning already.  We didn't stick around too long, since it was about 34C {94F} and not alot of shaded places!  We drove back through the hills up to Biot and rested a bit before going out for dinner.

Saturday we headed out to Juan-les-Pins to see if we could get on the boat tour of the islands, as well as out to Saint Tropez.  We sadly were still sleeping when the only boat left for that particular tour. {We were a little early in the season}  So we found a little restaurant on the beach, ordered a drink and sat and stared out at the beautiful blue water, blue sky and the gorgeous surround landscapes. {all while trying to avoid the topless sunbathers!!!}

While we were walking along the boardwalk we noticed some black smoke on the other side of the bay. Turns out 4 or more yachts went up in flames.  Being that these are small towns, they don't all have there own fire department, so the fire trucks had to come from Nice from the north, or Cannes from the south, both about 30 minute drive from this marina area.

Since we weren't able to get on the boat tour to Saint Tropez on Saturday we decided to drive there on Sunday, about an hours drive away.  Along the way we stopped in St. Maxime, another beautiful harbour!

When we got to Saint Tropez, we parked near the port area, and were nicely accosted by ladies asking of we wanted to go on a harbor cruise.  Since it wasn't expensive we decided to go for it.  We got to see some nice houses and sailboats, as well as one of Elvis Presley's places!

Elvis's place!

one of the tour guides took our picture
Monday during the day we sat in the shade at the beach and just relaxed.  Aaron's face was still hurting a bit, the swelling wasn't going down with the medication yet, so we took it easy.  We went into the old part of the town of Biot for dinner that night.

Tuesday morning we headed back to Amsterdam.  The runways are jutted out into the water, was kinda creepy taking off, I'm glad it was dark when we landed!!!

Sometime in the beginning of our trip, Aaron got bit by a bug and his face started to swell.  We got some meds for him on Sunday, but they weren't helping any, and when we got back here to Amstelveen, he was admitted to the hospital for IV meds on Wednesday.  The swelling is going down now, but they are keeping him till Friday.

To see the rest of the pictures taken, click here.