Wednesday, November 09, 2011

My little friend

While a source of worry at the start, she has been one of the best things about life in Germany. A child's love is innocent, easier to understand devoid o weird social norms....

This is us preening, which is apparently more impt to her father than to her or me:)

Her pictorial illustration. Note my multi-tasking abilities according to her...

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wedding thoughts

Some progress as my darling frog had some time to think through what it means to be wedded to me! I am happy for the last weekend where we managed to think through some further details...

- Translation of the introduction of the website to German. He thinks that in time, more of the website will be translated in German... This is a good place to look for some engagement photos that might most definitely replace pre bridal photos... If you are interested:

- Figuring out our wedding verse. I had some ideas and for the longest time, I really liked Matthew 6:26 and thought about a "bird theme" for the wedding.This however was not enthusiastically shared and so the hunt for a verse continued. I thought about Joshua " Choose now who you will serve, as for me and my household we will serve the Lord", but felt that it might come across as a little too ahead of our time, or too "holy"instead of the focus on "partnership". I guessed the frog also wanted something about the attitude that we should have as a couple. I liked 1 Corinthians 13:13, having gone through a myriad of emotions in the past weeks but we agreed it was a tad too common. We finally agreed on the wedding verses in Romans. While it is about love, perhaps less use, but has been something that I liked Also, this verse reminds me of my father, who always says that Love is about dying to self.

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
- Honeymoon! (Part 1 at least)... We booked a tentative villa in Bali and but should be able to cancel it if a better deal comes along. :)

- Figured out Pre-marital thoughts.. well sort of at least. We initially wanted to find my old pastor in the UK but unfortunately our schedules do not match. He mentioned that the best he could do was to email us some homework and perhaps we could discuss over skype/facebook and it likes! Yes it is definitely not ideal and yes, it would be great to have someone to process these thoughts with us, but considering that I am coming home in 11 days time, we will have to somehow make it work... 

I think that wedding preparation is perhaps the first time that we are forced to have "joint decisions". Unlike many other decisions, it has been 1 making the decision/ or has a bigger stake in the decision and the other playing a more supporting role. However, during the wedding preparations, there has been the need to "talk it through" and to figure out what is important and to come to a compromise.. Not so easy but it has been interesting...:) 

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Autumn/Jewish memorial thoughts

Autumn feels sad though beautiful. It is a good reminder that nothing last forevers. This was taken on my walk around Berlin. Jewish memorial. It is quite magical with the sunlight reflecting of the blocks. It feels like a new beginning, a sense of hope and beauty, despite the atrocities that has happened. 

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8 (The verse that is in my mind as I watch leaves fall)