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I am stinky at remembering to blog! I’m going to try to be better about it!

This weekend we relocated to a new apartment that resides in our friends backyard.

We still have about ten boxes to unpack/purge. But we are really loving the new place. It is small in size but big in love! I can’t wait to make it more homey. More our own. We need to convert my old desk into a kitchen island/table, and we need a tall dresser and/or tall bookshelf. Apparently hobbits made all of our furniture :/

I’m stoked to be adding a little one to our family in February! I can’t stop smiling, especially now that I’m not puking every ten seconds. :)

My dreams are filled with cloth diapers, baby clothes, cradles and murals.
This is a photo of Marshall, Baby B, and I. I’m only 13 weeks here I believe? Saturday I’ll be 20 weeks! Someone come take some decent pictures of my belly!

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My friend Amanda is home!!! She and her husband were missionaries to China up until last week when they received some big news. She has leukemia. It was and still is a shock to them and everyone they know.

Keep her and her family in your prayers as they seek Gods will for a treatment plan.

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Photo Credit: Erin Bedenbaugh

P.s. If you’re not subscribed to her blog… You should be!

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Yummy Soup Recipe

I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen lately, here is one of my latest concoctions. :)

Sweet and Savory Winter Squash Soup
-With a dash of warmth.

((Photo Credit: Marshall Bogue))

 

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Butter
1 Medium Yellow Onion, Chopped
1 Butternut Squash
1 Acorn Squash
1 Carrot Chopped finely (optional)
1 Stalk of Celery, Chopped (optional)
1/4 Cup Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Chopped (optional)
1/2 Teaspoon fresh Ginger, minced (or dry if you must)
1 medium fresh Jalapeno Pepper chopped, seeds and all
1 Medium Golden Delicious Apple, peeled and chopped
4 Crushed Garlic Cloves
1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne
2 Cups Apple Cider (Or Simply Apple Juice)
2 Cup Chicken Stock (Or Broth, whatever you have)
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Dollop of sour cream per serving(optional)
Crusty Bread (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 375 F

Halve the squash and scoop out the seeds. Cut in half lengthwise and cover all sides with olive oil. Salt and pepper and then place face down on cookie sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until a fork slides easily into the squash.

Meanwhile place butter, chopped onion and all the dry spices into a big pan/pot and saute for 10 minutes. Add fresh garlic, celery, carrot, roasted peppers, ginger and Jalapeno and saute for 5 minutes. Add apple, apple juice, and broth and simmer until carrots are tender. About 20 minutes.

Take squash out of the oven and let cool until easy to handle. Peel off skin and add the meat of squash to the simmering pot….heat through for 5 minutes. Turn off heat!

Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return to pot and depending on size of squash you may need to add water until texture is a little thicker than you want. Then stir in cream. Heat more on low if desired, but unnecessary if eating right away.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some crusty bread.

ENJOY!

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Jet Plane

OK, I made it to the Frankfurt airport via bus.
Checked in with my baggage.
Got to the first security check.
I walk up to the security counter, hand the police man my boarding pass…He asks for my passport.
He was a chipper male police man, who literally almost stamped it without even looking at my entry date…
and then he paused and started laughing.
I thought I was screwed.

_______

“Have you been in Germany this whole time?”
(oh great here we go)

-”yes…..”

“Are you sure?”

-”ummmm”

“Maybe you’ve been to paris?”

-”uhhh no….”

“But, maybe you have?”

-”If you say so…sure…maybe”

“But, have you?”

-”Honestly, no, no I haven’t”

“Ok, maybe London? Sweden?”

-”:( no”

“OK Poland, you went to Poland you just maybe forgot, or didn’t realize it”


STAMP


***Insert Hallelujah chorus***

-”ohhhh kayyyy”

“Maybe next time you should only stay three months unless you get another Visa” * winky face *

-”Yes, definitely, sorry, won’t happen again” *mumble mumble giggle giggle*

“Hope you enjoyed your stay, and your trip to Poland”

-”Thanks you so very very very very very very much”

“No, thank you, enjoy your flight”

*run away*

_______

I could have kissed that man.
OK So now I am waiting outside of security check, as long as I make it through there I’m pretty much home free. Thank you Jesus.

I hope they start letting people in soon, waiting is making me anxious. I just want to get this 16 hour trip over with so I can eat some popcorn and play guitar. YaHoooo!

Made it to Dublin,
Airport security always makes me feel uncomfortable.
They are always throwing questions almost yelling at you and acting as if you’ve done something wrong.
I’d hate to NOT be a US citizen especially in that situation.

IN BOSTON
woooooooo So close.
I had to Recheck my baggage, which was fun considering I had to lug it all on a bus and almost fell off the bus because my one bag was so heavy. The bus driver was nice though and got up and helped me. haha

I got a gatorade and drank it all in one gulp. I am so thirsty and dehydrated and sleepy :(
But I will be home soon :)
Gonna board the plane in about an hour… Oh yay! I just want to be done flying and being so squished next to unfriendly people who won’t give me their biscuit even when they aren’t eating it. Hmmph! I am so so hungry.

This is me at 5am this morning

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Rain

Frankfurt is cloudy, rainy, and yucky which means I have absolutely nothing to do.

The past week I’ve spent my mornings relaxing with tea and reading. The rest of my days were spent walking, sitting on benches, Reading, being cold, walking, exploring, walking, taking photographs like a tourist and yep, you guessed it, more walking. My legs are so sore.

So, I’m stumbling through a bunch of super amazing craft ideas. I wish I could sew…and had a sewing machine for that matter. I can’t wait to try a few of them out when I get home!

Here are a few:

* Dresses
(I basically want to wear these every single day for the rest of my life…)

* Roses

* More Flowers

* Lanterns

* Rug

* Christmas Tree

* Path

* Soap

* Plantable Paper
(How did I not know about this?!)

* Precious Homemade Eggs

* Flower Pop up
(I want this on my table)

By a few I guess I meant a lot…oops. :)

Here  is just an interesting read about food combinations … and this is neat too.

Ok, time for eggs and more tea.

And here’s a really neat picture…for good measure. I want to live in this tree…

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Nonsense

So as you can see I deleted my old blog… Not a huge deal I guess because it’s not like I was keeping up with it anyways. Just didn’t want creepy stalker ‘dad’ to continue to watch my every move, even if I’m not living in his house anymore.

I’m actually in the midst of a pitty party…care to join me?

It’s just that, everything seems to not work out for me. Why did I get the creepy family? Why me? Why didn’t I acquire the visa I was supposed to? Why am I currently an illegal alien. WHY do they make it so bloody difficult to go home as an illegal alien? And why am I so hungry all the time! :)

Here is plan Z. Are you ready?

I’m hopping on a train to London.

Wednesday actually and that’s it. That is as far as I’ve come. Pathetic really.

Let me explain the slight theory behind this plan:

((no idea why I numbered these, they still aren’t in order and they make entirely no sense))

1. Traveling by train in europe is typically pretty simple. You board, you sit down and relax basically until you arrive. Once during your trip someone will ask to see your ticket, and that’s all there is to it. Which should leave me home free for London. Only problem that may occur: They ask to see my passport on the train, then I’m in trouble because they will see that I’ve over stayed my tourist visa by 30 days. This could result in a fine, or being sent home to America, or being banned from Europe for practically forever, or jail? No just kidding I hope not jail. Seriously doubtful…but I’d have a heck of a lot more to blog about then wouldn’t I?

2. Let’s say I make it to London. I’m going to rely on the courtesy of fellow travelers to let me stay with them. Has anyone every heard of Couch surfing? Yeaaaaaaaah. Kind of worried, but oh well.

3. Ideally I’d have a temporary Nanny/aupair position set up before I arrived. But apparently the UK hates Americans, as we’re literally the only nation NOT allowed to be au pairs there. Something to do with America throwing away all ties with the Queen…yadayadayada. But I didn’t do that!!! Why am I paying for the misgivings of my ancestors. :(

4. If I can hold out in London until April 26th then I can legally come back to Germany and start over with the Aupair thing. I’ll get a new 3 month tourist visa. New start. OR I’ll need to scrounge up about $200 more so that I can afford a plane ticket home. Either way, Wednesday will bring something completely new to my list of experiences.

I am so bad with procrastination. I can’t stop daydreaming about things that are a lifetime (maybe more) away. Instead of packing and doing things that are actually productive, I’m planning out my homestead. I’m serious. I am planning out which state I’d like to live, be married, have babies, plant, and farm in. I like Ohio so far. The soil is rich, the land is fairly cheap, I have family there, AND there are loads of Mennonite and Amish communities there. I would be so happy it’s ridiculous. I’m just siting here grinning as I do research.

OK off the try and be productive

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