Category Archives: Week 6

Things I am Thankful for…

Tonight I am grateful for many things.  I’m thankful for hot Chamomile tea with honey, because it tastes so yummy and is so very soothing on a cold day, especially when one is sick.  I’m grateful to have no feelings of anxiety, but rather contentedness with where I am and what I am doing.  Going through some trying times has a way of reminding you how precious it is to simply be content.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn bit by bit that I have control over my feelings and I don’t have to succumb to depression and anxiety.  I’m grateful for the presence of God enveloping me.  I don’t think I’ll ever know why God loves me the way He does…but I’m so grateful he does.  I’m also thankful for chocolate.  Not only because it’s delicious, but because it just makes me happy! 😉 I’m grateful also for this incredibly amazing experience, and for everyone who helped make this experience possible and incredibly amazing!  I’m thankful for my classmates, who all stayed today to listen to my story about London last summer even though it was time for our coffee break and who surprised me with a cake on my birthday.  I’m grateful for all the brothers and sisters in the church in Berlin who have prayed with me and for me while I have been here.  And I’m thankful for all those back home who love me and are praying for me and/or thinking of me.  I miss you all so much!  On the one hand, I want to stay here longer because there’s still so much I could do, but on the other hand I miss my family and friends back home dearly and I cannot wait to see them again.  I can’t believe I only have two weeks left!  I wouldn’t trade this experience for a million dollars.  (A million dollars would just be one huge headache, anyway!)  That’s another thing I’m grateful for- that I don’t have too much money or too little money.  The Lord really knows how to take care of me.

These past few days I’ve mainly stayed at home, trying to recover from my cold.  Although I haven’t really done anything exciting, just being here is exciting.  But now that I’ve spent about 5 hours just relaxing, it’s time to get working on that homework!  My test for the course is in two weeks–I better get ready! 🙂  No worries, though; I just want to do the best I can.

Ciao for now,


Sick Day

Today I woke up to a monstrous sinus headache and a very sore throat, plus I just felt achy all over.  So I decided not to go to class today.  Luckily I planned on getting sick so I took some Dayquil I had packed just for this occasion.  Haha! On the plus side, now I have time to write.

As promised, on Saturday I visited a museum.  I ended up spending 3 hours at the German Historical Museum, after which I was more than ready to leave.  Even though I was there for three hours, there was still so much more I could have explored!  It was all so fascinating!  I took a ton of pictures, so I won’t put them here on this post, but on a separate page.

After spending the entire morning in my room, I began to get some cabin fever, so I called up HA and together with RK we went  to the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) at Alexander Platz.  Even though it’s a Christmas market, there was practically nothing there that was actually related to Christ.  It was really fun walking around and looking at all the different booths.  I bought a glass of hot chocolate that was really delicious, and I got to keep the glass.  (You can give it back and get your money back, but I wanted to keep it as a souvenir.)

You may think this is busy, but it gets really crazy at night!

The little figurines on top rotate in alternating directions.

There were tons of places selling winter wear.  Pretty smart business strategy, if you ask me.

Home baked German bread!

These gingerbread hearts are a must.  You can’t leave a Weihnachtsmarkt without one.

Even though I was sick, that hot chocolate sure tasted good. 🙂

These little houses are actually candle holders.  The smoke from the candle goes up from the chimney and the fire inside illuminates the house.

Aren’t they cute?

Well, even though it’s only eight o’clock, I am really tired, so I think I’ll get to bed.  I don’t want to miss class again tomorrow!