Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Royal Mail for Zannix

 While we were away we got this snapshot send by Raph, back at home.  His cryptic title had us guessing, but only for a few minutes—she'd been looking forward to this day for some time!

Can you read it clearly enough?

Monday, January 09, 2012

Bithday wishes

Well, the first thing I want to do this morning is send greetings and sincerest birthday greetings to Ammi in Boston!  You and your family are in our hearts and thoughts in a special way today—God bless and keep you!

We've just finished a rather relaxing weekend which we quite needed.  At communion last night we got into some useful discussion and planning—as we can—for our future.  There seems to be so little we can really plan for but we must make an effort.

This morning I listened to a short talk by (of all people) Mahatma Gandhi.  The story goes that during his stay in England in 1931, when the Columbia Gramophone Company requested him to make a record for them, Gandhi pleaded his inability to speak politics, and added that, at the age of sixty-two, he could make his first and last record which should, if wanted, make his voice heard for all time.

Confessing his anxiety to speak on spiritual matters, on October 20, 1931 he read out his old article "On God".  I found the talk very inspiring and edifying so I'm passing it on to you today.  Here it is, courtesy of the GandhiServe Foundation -- Mahatma Gandhi Research and Media Service,

Friday, January 06, 2012

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Reading a gift

Yesterday I received a book from my friend Jay in Germany called "Surviving Off Off-Grid" and I've taken right to it.

The subtitle is "Decolonizing the Industrial Mind" which sparks my interest greatly.  It looks like a thoughtfully written book and I'll be glad to share with you how it turns out.

(To my present understanding there is one too many "off"s in the title but I'll surely get it sorted out as I get into it.)  I'll let you know when I'm finished.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A good year

Last year's results are being finalized and we can see, as we expected, that the strength and grace of God were leading us last year to attain our highest results yet in the eighteen-year story of our company.

So many things could have gone wrong but didn't.  We are thankful for the ability to work and grow and expand.  The financial crisis of 2008 was felt a little in 2009 but we were able to hire more staff and bounce back to even greater heights in the following two years.

I wanted to take a moment to say that and to give thanks to God.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

They're off!

The long-awaited trip down to Toulouse for Becky's mid-term exams is here!  She decided to take her best friend and younger sister, Claire, with her for moral support and as an educational trip for Claire.

Thanks to a school friend of Raphael & Camille (Thomas) who is living there they'll have a place to stay for the next two weeks.

This was back-to-school for Christopher this morning but Claire's holiday has been extended by a couple of weeks, till the 18th.  Now, how shall I break it to her teacher? :-)