Thursday, May 16, 2013
I am back in Germany - but only for a few days. I need to go back next week and do the final clear-out of my parents' condo where I've been living the past 6 months. The brief return to Germany has to do with securing my visa and also with frequent flier miles :)
But it also gives me a chance to get a mental distance from the unfinished business in the States. I was having a hard time getting focused. I already notice that NOT being in the house is making it easier to plan. My dcousin (whom I call "my sister from another mother" because she has been such a rock over the past few years) will be coming to help with the last bit of packing and cleaning. It will get done!
I apologize for being out of touch here on Spark. I haven't been very consistent about keeping in touch with anyone except occasional posts on Facebook. On the other hand, I have maintained the FB page for my father's business. A good deal of my time and energy over the past months has been invested in keeping that going for the winter season and closing it down at the end of April. Being the manager of a small art gallery was certainly not part of my plan. It seems to be part of a commitment to "honor my father." I've come to understand that this commandment doesn't expire when someone dies.
It will soon be time to get on with my life here in Germany, which is also in flux. I completed my second master's last summer. The plan for the fall was to reenter local church ministry (I had given up most of my responsibilities in order to finish my studies), to start doing some overseas teaching (Albania) and begin to work part-time in the regional missions office. I would have picked up my English teaching job again as well. Now, I'm seeking the Lord for how he wants me to proceed.
Will continue this post tomorrow...don't want to write a book today!