Sunday, August 31, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Amanda's classroom - I've rearranged the desks already! They are now in a U formation. This makes it easier for me to get to each and every student.
Amanda's beautiful students! Say hello to L - R top row: Selvin (Philippines), Esther (S. Korea), Timmy (Austria), Julia (Poland), Me! (USA) front row: Andrew (Kenya), Levi (USA-Colorado), Frank (Holland), Uendjipa (Namibia), and Maria (India).
I thought these backpacks were interesting and very cute!
They are great kids!! I already love teaching them. I have a few chatter boxes but other than that we are doing wonderfully! It is exciting to share the love of Christ with these students on a daily basis. We are truly enjoying ourselves!
This is the view from our living room windows to the hof (courtyard) below.Our tiny but cute kitchen!
Our "hallway" between the front door, living room, and bathroom.
Our toilet room with a sink. Apparently it is uncommon to have a sink in the toilet room. We like it!
Our bathtub. It is quite tall. I feel like I need a stool to be able to get out of it!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
So, we had a staff picnic (inside because it was raining) and they gave all of the new staff these things that look like huge cones. Carrie and I believe they are called tutens (this is probably not spelled correctly or even the correct word but this is what we heard several people say). Anyway, these tutens are traditionally given to first graders on their first day of school. Inside could be anything but probably candy and some school supplies. These tutens remind Carrie and me of Easter baskets only for the first day of school. Inside of our tutens we had house slippers, a Milka candy bar, a Mozart ball, a ginger ale type soda, some egg noodles, baking soda, baking powder, italian dressing mix, a soup mix, and some wafer candy that tastes like hazelnut. It was a wonderful suprise and fun to open!
Our friend Jennifer has the official title of first mail sender to our Vienna address!! It was wonderful to open the mail box and see a letter written in English and actually addressed to us!!! It was fun to read the postcard and letter inside. They made us laugh, cry and miss her even more. They were a wonderful highlight to our tired day!
So, here are some pictures. Enjoy!
Our U-bahn stop
On our way to IKEA on the bus
Another view of the bus
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Carrie and I are doing well. We are setting up our classrooms this week, and we’ve been putting in many hours getting them ready. The first day of school is quickly approaching as school starts next Monday (August 25).
We have been having meetings every morning and in one of these meetings we found out that the Austrian Government has just raised the amount that foreigners have to have coming in so they can stay in the country. Well, this amount is not encouraging but I know that the Lord has his hand on the whole situation and He will provide. We currently have to prove that we are raising $2,400 per person per month to make visa requirements. This is a $300 increase from the original amount. So, this means that we are currently struggling financially and will go into debt with RCE (our sending agency) rather quickly. We really need your prayers and any ideas about where we can turn to raise the needed monthly support. We have already heard many stories about the ways that children’s lives were changed last year, and we are so excited to start our ministry this school year.
Amanda and Carrie
Saturday, August 9, 2008
We are just finishing our week of Vienna orientation. It works! I am confident about getting around Vienna, but I still need a bit of encouragment to order or buy anything. I kind of freeze when German comes out of their mouths and then I cannot remember what to say. I even ordered a sandwich at Spar (a grocery store) using a combination of German and Spanish. The lady looked at me a bit funny, but she understood what I said!! For that I was thankful! It is funny to me how I know I cannot use English so my back up language is Spanish and then I feel that Sign Language will come out.
Our apartment is nice. We love it and feel extremely safe here. We just purchased our beds yesterday and set them up today. It is wonderful to be able to say I have a bed and am not sleeping on the floor anymore. Our house is now starting to look like a home. We have a couch, table and chairs, beds, and shrunks (kind of like wardrobes).
We have our Austrian bank accounts, our cell phones (called a handy here), we've signed our rental contracts, we've registered our presence with the Austrian government, and registered our presence with the American Embassy in Vienna. That is a lot to get done but I am happy to get it all done. We still need to have the phone installed, internet hooked up, and get a yearly transportation pass. These things shouldn't take very long, but here in Austria things close early and are not open on Sundays so this hinders our process here a bit. I enjoyed having absolutely nothing to do after church on Sunday. It is a new concept to me that nothing is open on Sunday but I like it.
We've been walking everywhere. We anticipated this fact; however, our feet still hurt. Carrie's been wearing a pedometer the last few days, and for the last three days we walked over 18,000 steps. 10,000 per day is what is typically recommended, and is equal to roughly 5 miles. So, this means that we've been walking at least 9 miles each day. That's a lot, no wonder we're tired!
We will post interesting pictures soon. We forgot the camera! Sorry. Something to look forward to, I guess! Love you!