Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The first day of school!!!!

So as the picture states . . . it was the first day of school. We have many new faces this year but alot of known ones as well. It is going to be a great year!:)

My 7th grade homeroom alone contains 9 different nationalities. Be blessed ya'll!:)


Monday, August 25, 2008

Summer update . . .

Just a quick note about how we are doing financially . . . As far as our RCE missionary account is concerned we are not in the negative. This summer was a complete step of faith for us financially (not that any other time isn't) but we started the summer expecting our child and increasing our monthly "salary" to compensate for Betka's loss of income during the summer. I ( Brian) was certain at the beginning of the summer that we would be in the negative at the end of August, but the Lord has come through yet again! After June, July, & August we are not in the negative . . . in fact we ended this summer "in the desert" with a bout a $400 surplus. The Lord truly does provide what we need . . . why do we even doubt!?!?!? Praise the Lord!

On another note, we are continually praying that the Lord would bring us a different apartment that is a little bigger to house our family that is now one person bigger. Betka and I were discussing that the space in our little 50 meters squared apartment are feeling a little more cramped now with Tobi sharing the living space. Its livable but we are seriously searching for a new place. Please join with us specifically in praying for a new apartment that is insanely low priced. Here are the specifics of what we are looking for:

~65-90 meters squared
~3 rooms (Means living room and 2 bedrooms.)
~Preferably the first or lower floor so that there isn't a too high risk of a little crawler falling out the window.
~Unfurnished except for kitchen, like stove and oven, etc. (We have amassed all the furnishings that we need for other rooms, thanks to the Lord.)
~Total rent per month including utilities = 750 EURO maximum (We now pay 480)

We have seen how the Lord has provided and answered our prayers before when we were very specific when coming to Him and asking so please lift us up in this matter with the previous stated specifics.

The one time this summer where Betka and I really felt the Lord saying "Told you I am almighty and can do anything if you just ask me." was when we prayed that He would help Tobi be born. We prayed right before going to sleep at 10:30 PM on Sunday July 27th that Tobi would come if that was the Lord's timing and sure enough at 1:00A the 28th Betka's water broke and he was born 11 hours later. What an AWESOME God we serve . . . just ask Him really!:)

Anyway, we are so grateful for your continued prayers and ask that you continue to financially support and uplift us prayerfully this week as we see students, some we have met and others that will meet us for the first time this week. Blessings to all of you and may Christ keep you!:)

Brian, Betka, & Tobi

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tobi is 3 and a 1/2 weeks . . . :)

Hey all,

I promised pictures and here they are!:) I think I picked out the best ones. Anyway . . . if you really want more I would just ask you to email me. I am eventually going to have all of the ones we take and keep up on my Picasa . . . I can send you a link if you email me. If you are ok with what I put on the blog then cool, we will update every few weeks hopefully. The following are really great . . . at least we think, but then again we tend to be biased on this.

It is really awesome to see how Tobi, even though he is so young still, is already starting to have his own personality and things of that nature. I really love being home now . . . not that I didn't before, but it is excellent to see that he really wants to be around me and needs me there. Its something God uses to help mature guys I think. I feel like I have grown immensely th past few weeks. Check in later!:) Blessings ya'll!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tobi's progress . . .

Hey all,

I thought I would start an update . . . granted we are very busy now getting ready for school and due to the fact that I do not have a room due to construction I am a little short for time for things "extra" and that includes blog entries and so forth. I will do my best though to keep all of you clued in as to whats happening in the life of our little family here in Wien and the small school that we are totally blessed to be a part of.

Yesterday I and the rest of the VCS teachers and staf for the 2008-2009 school year started what is going to be 4 packed days of beginning of the year information and stuff. Friday the kids come for registration and then the following Monday, August 25th, school starts.

This year we have almost an entirely new elementary staff, we have new kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, P. E., and a new Elementary principal. So far things are going really well and we all seem to be working well together . . . your prayers are needed here to assure that we connect as a team and that we have god work relationships. Thanks in advance for your prayers.

On the home front . . . Tobi and Betka are doing quite well. Tobi is still waking up periodically during the night but he almost always goes right back to sleep after a routine feeding and/or diaper changing. He is absolutely adorable and if I may say so looks very grown up for only a 3 week old! His many faces are amazing!:) We do not have pictures to post right now but will very soon . . .whenever I have a bit of extra time to spare.

One special prayer is for me during these first couple of weeks. Because of the construction as I stated before I do not have my room ready and will be traveling from classroom to classroom the first 2 weeks or so to teach art. I am not a flexible person at heart and this is really hard for me to not really have a place, or computer at school to set my things, to sort of get "organized" for the start of school. Please pray for me to have a really awesome attitude about something thats really hard for me, and that I might be an encouragement to those around me. There are definitely some teachers that have it worse off . . . some rooms will not be usable until mid-October!!! We really do live off of your prayers and they are greatly appreciated.

Until next time . . . Tschuss!:)


Thursday, August 07, 2008

Back home!

Hey all,

We are finally back home as of this Monday at noon. Thus starts the long process of not only Tobi's getting used to "home" but also getting used to the changes having Tobi around 24/7. The following are a list of things that I (Brian) think were things I did not expect or was taken a little by surprise and/or things I have learned first hand . . .I mean everyone tells you that it is hard, but really you aren't actually ever ready for it.

The List
1.) Never in my life have I considered sleeping from midnight until 5AM a good night sleep!

2.) I never knew where some of the elevators out in public were until now. (We use them all for the stroller . . . its easier than the escalators.)

3.) Never play too roughly with your baby right after he/she has eaten . . . it never ends up well . . .just ends up on your shirt.

4.) at least for little boys . . . ALWAYS COVER!

5.) The last one for now . . . It really helps to pray before saying goodnight to your son/daughter . . . two of the last 3 nights have been really good. We prayed before the two good nights. Thats just solid evidence.

Everything is going very well. Betka and I are learning alot about parenting a newborn and at times it feels as though our heads will explode, but so far they are both still intact.

The community here in Vienna is really great at helping us out. We have a meal every other day prepared by someone from VCS and lots of people always tell us that they are there if we ever need anything. We are very thankful that the Lord has placed us in such a special place. Now that Tobi is working on his 10th day of life we are looking forward to the next few weeks when we have some visitors coming. This Saturday my mother will be coming to Vienna for a week to meet her first grandchild. We are REALLY looking forward to having another person with us and just really looking forward to just being with her. Its been a while since we could just be together for the sake of being together and we are really looking forward to it.

Then at the end of August my cousin Jessica will be staying with us. We look forward to her visit as well. If any of you out there find yourselves in Vienna we would love to meet up. Just email us and we'll be in touch.

Anyway . . . we'll update later with more pictures but for now . . .God bless and keep you . . .

Friday, August 01, 2008

Mother and Baby update . . .

Hey all,

I have been trying to get this update posted now all day and haven't been able to due to baby burping duty and other fatherly chores while I am here in the hospital.

Betka and Tobi are doing really well. The doctor has given her the go ahead to leave whenever she wants to, but we are waiting until through the weekend until we leave because we want to make sure that breast feeding is going well and that we have learned all we need to in order to take care of Tobi.

Here are some "fresh" pics.

Above: This is my favorite picture from when he just woke up. He is so funny looking like this.