I always feel the need to write an apology and explanation whenever I have a long absence from blogging. If you read my last post, you’ll see that this semester was about readjusting to school life in the USA… but in mid-November, it also became about balancing school, work, and my visitor from Germany! There just wasn’t any room on the full plate for blogging.

Here are some sights of what we have done over the past seven weeks…

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sailing on the nieuw amsterdam

One of the first things I did after arriving in Europe (actually five days after my arrival), was to pack up and fly to Barcelona to board Holland America’s cruise ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam. This is where my brother works! His performing contract began this past May and lasts through next April. Currently, they are sailing through the Mediterranean, and around the end of October, they will cross over to the Caribbean for the winter and spring. Tough life, eh?

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red vegetable curry with tofu & spring break

Patrick came to visit for Spring Break last week! It was my first time to see him since I was in Japan last May. That’s almost 10 months! I got most of my work done before he came on Thursday and he stayed through this past Tuesday. That’s 5 whole days! Thursday after he arrived, we went to the Dekalb International Farmer’s Market to stock up, then came home and made this red curry for dinner. We adapted it from my favorite recipe source, Real Simple Magazine.

Red vegetable curry with tofu

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namaste, etc.

For my 23rd birthday, two of my friends from Candler chipped in on a Groupon for me for 1 month of unlimited yoga classes at a studio here in Decatur. Best gift ever! Let me tell you how hard it has been to have this since April and not use it! However, since the end of the school year around May 1, I have not been in town for 4 consecutive weeks to take full advantage of the deal.(Here’s where I catch you up on my summer…)After Japan, I was home for a week, then went to Wingate, NC for 2 days to train the Bible Study Leaders for the PASSPORTkids! teams this summer. I was back in Atlanta for a week before leaving to go be a Bible Study Leader on the PASSPORTkids! East Team in Lynchburg, VA. They had a big session of camp and needed an extra leader, so I was glad to go work a week! After camp, I flew to Tampa, FL to work at the CBF General Assembly. I was there for nearly a week, then flew back to Atlanta. That was June 25. I went home for the July 4th holiday and stayed for 4 days in KY. I got to meet baby Ruby!

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