Sunday, March 30, 2008

Another baptism

Thank the Lord for commitments. May He help us and give us strength to follow through.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

You heard it here first

Today Michel and Lilly invited Sarah and I out to eat at noon, saying we needed to talk about a few things and they had some things to share with us.

We went to a new Alsatian restaurant in La Chartre -- very appropriate, Michel said, since the stork is the symbol of Alsace and also of ...

Apparently they have been given the date of November 7th -- we were flabbergasted, of course, since it was the last thing on our mind. But we were also very pleased and very grateful to God.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Resurrection Day

This weekend, being Easter we had it very busy, as you can imagine.  We decided some time ago to celebrate the communion meal once a year at this time and since we do it that way, the preparation turns out to be almost the most important part.

We started after work on Saturday and spent all day Sunday having one-on-one sessions with each other marking the chart that Raph had made as each relationship was refreshed.

Denise had asked for baptism last week and we'd told her that we'd work it into the celebrations of the weekend.  But as it happened we were still going at it on Monday (you must remember that Easter Monday is a holiday here, but not Friday). We were finally ready at the end of the day; tired and quite drained, but happy and unified.

Instead of the evening meal we sat around the table at eight o'clock and shared the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper being assured that the reality, of which these were mere symbols, had been accomplished.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

In orbit

We got a call last night right out of the blue: John!  He said he was "in the area" and heading south for Africa and that could he spend a couple of days with us?

Of course I told him we'd be glad to see him and to come on over.  He was calling from La Fleche (over an hour away) and so, when he hadn't arrived by the time we expected, I decided to drive around a see if I could find him.

One thing led to another and I finally drove all the way out to La Fleche, getting there sometime after ten, turned around and headed back.  Just as I was leaving Le Lude my headlights caught him -- there was no one else on the road anyway.

I finally got him back to his hotel room just before midnight and I left him some sandwiches and told him I'd see him in the morning.

We seem to have several people like John who orbit this little station at varying distances, always moving, always going somewhere else, but always showing up again another day, like some lost planet on an elliptical orbit.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday, March 16

I want to catch up a little on our boring news for those of you who check here from time to time to find out that very thing.  Forgive me for not writing more, but there is too much to live to leave much time to write.

Yesterday Raph and I got the Ami 6 running with a little help from our friendly garage-man, who came over with his truck.   The car hadn't run for near on six years, we figured -- since Raph's wedding.

He was quite pleased to get it running again and took it for a little spin.  Camille told me it's hard to believe that none of their children have ever ridden in it, when it used to be their main mode of transport as a younger couple.  Here's a picture of the car, from 1997 -- I must have another, more recent picture but it hasn't changed at all since then.

We bought it second-hand just eleven years ago (it's a 1970 model) and have had a lot of fun with it ever since.

Yesterday was fairly fine, though it started to drizzle toward the end of the day. Today, Sunday, was rainy all day and quite cold.  I was glad to see Jonathan and Nathalie talking and planning for the garden this year.  They used to be quite close and it's nice to see that again.

They spent a couple of hours in the kitchen with charts and diagrams and cups of tea. Later on I saw them and Debbie out in the drizzle digging up plants and planting and singing loudly.  Youth!

Last week Olly came down with some kind of a bug that left him quite tired and listless all day and without much of an appetite.  Today he finally seems to have shaken it and is almost his old self but Claire, Christopher, David, and Christine now seem to have caught it so it was a very slow day today, everyone laying around in front of the fire or reading.

Raph took the service this morning reading from 1 John, which has been a recent favorite of mine.  We dealt very well with the subject of mutual love and all it's implications and importance.

Denise spent a couple of hours with Raph and Camille in the apartment and she looked brighter and more encouraged when she came out.  I had stayed up till past eleven last night listening to Nat.  Every once in awhile everyone needs a little special time to be heard; Lord help us to love and share and find time for everyone.

Friday, March 14, 2008


Today, the fourteenth of March, is almost over. For the past couple of days I've been listening to the most wonderful music I've heard in some time.

It's a CD I bought from and is called " Monks and Metropolitan Choirs of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra: Russian Orthodox Chants. -- but don't let that scare you, it's not really that, it's even better!

Here's the link, for those of you who browse this site from time to time.

Isn't that beautiful? I bought the CD.  I was "generous" and gave $12 -- oh, never heard of how magnatune works?  Better find out; it's a give-what-you-think-it's-worth site.  You're also allowed to give away (you read right!) another three copies of any CD you buy.  Anyway, read all about it for yourself, if you don't know the site yet.

I'll tell you about more stuff like this next time. :)

Sunday, March 02, 2008