Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: A Look Back...

So long, 2013. Hard to believe you have come and gone as fast as you did. In tribute, here are a few things I've learned and done in the last year (in somewhat of a no particular order):

-Just because it took me 11 years to figure it out, I didn't waste my degree in Musical Theatre after all.

-Co-led a mission trip to the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. In 2012, I couldn't pick that country out on a map.

-Middle Schoolers are fun. Middle Schoolers who take Choir and do plays are even more fun.

-Brokenness is not something that is fixed. I'm a broken person. You're a broken person. This isn't something that will ever change, no matter how "good" we all try to pretend we are. Guilty as charged.

-Seeing the Reformation Wall in Geneva and getting my picture taken with John Calvin:

- High Schoolers taught me what the meaning of "hashtag", "totes", and Tumblr are. They also taught me that they are among my favorite people in the world.

- I ran 3 races in a span of 3 months. Ironically, they kept getting smaller (10K, 5.5K, 5K)

- I'm still learning that I cannot please the world; more specifically, I cannot please those I want to be pleased with me. There's only ONE who is pleased with me and He's also quite fond of the person I am.

- It gets really hot in Germany in the summer. So hot that we had to take a day trip to the Swiss Alps to cool off (because we also don't have air conditioning)


- I have awesome friends and they just keep getting more awesome



- I had to say a lot of goodbyes in 2013. Friends & students leaving from BFA, my pastor at ACB moving to England, and my dear Ceebs leaves Germany tomorrow to begin a new life with her man. Goodbyes will never get easier, no matter how much I have to say them.

- I don't know if I will ever grasp how deep and how wide the Father's love is for me. The more I try to understand it, the more amazed I am.

- Oversensitivity is going to be the struggle that makes me draw closer to Jesus because he's the only one who can remind me that it's my selfish nature that starts it up in the first place.

- Instagram might be better than Facebook (::gasps::)

- I started semi-tweeting again on Twitter....but let's be honest...I only did it to find out what the celebs are up to...

- I turned 35 and still do not feel a day over 21....then I hang around 21-year-olds and remember that yes, I'm definitely 35.

- And no matter how old I get, these five men will always make me swoon and I don't care if their reunion was 90 seconds long, it was still a reunion. #jcismyfave #iwishicouldseejtinconcert #forgetthatiwishtherewasarealnsyncreunionwheretheywentontourandeverything


#happy2014

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Getting Home

Ahh, traveling during the holidays.......

Yesterday, I was picked up by the Antrims to get to the Z├╝rich airport. My flight left at 9:50 and we left in enough time to get there in time for me to check luggage, get Starbucks, and relax. Or so we thought. The border into Switzerland was jammed with traffic and so we were stalled for about 15 minutes there. Then, once we made headway into Switz, the fog was so bad and morning traffic was as well that we kept having to stop and go on the autobahn. I made it to the airport in record time, checked my bags, forwent Starbucks, somehow was able to get through First Class/Business security (no I did not fly first/business, but the line was shorter...and yes, I snuck in..and no, don't follow suit because you could get caught and they'll make you go to the other line anyway), and got to my gate as they started boarding.

The flight from ZRH to ATL is 10 hrs. I had already downloaded four episodes of The Mindy Project, two movies, and two books. But to my surprise, Delta was all set up with OnDemand-type entertainment so I still have four episodes of "Mindy" to watch and the two movies and the two books. This is needless information, but hey, why not plug Delta?

We landed in Atlanta at 3pm and my flight was supposed to board at 3:45. Awesome. I booked it to customs and then stood in anticipation waiting for my luggage to appear. A girl next to me was flying to Tampa and her flight left at 4:20, so we were both in the same nervous/where-is-my-luggage/situation. At 3:30 my bag showed up. I told myself that I still had time so that I wasn't frantically running through the airport. Checking the board, I saw that my plane was at D13. When I got there, I sat down and saw that we weren't boarding yet, so I pulled out Candy Crush (if anyone knows how to beat level 125, please let me know because I have been stuck on it for 3 weeks). About five minutes into that, an announcement was made about boarding the flight to Jacksonville....NORTH CAROLINA! Ok, frantic mode.

I tried to be calm asking the ticket agent where my flight was. B24. I was at D. This was when I wished I could be like Harry Potter and apparate.

I started running through the airport ala Home Alone and jumped on the train to B. I looked at my watch. I left at 4:25 and it was 4:05. I could actually miss the plane. It was two stops to B and when the doors opened, I started running yet again, nearly knocking over a man on the escalator (who was kind of rude to me in the first place because I tried to explain that I was late for my plane and he said, 'Well you could've taken the escalator next to us that doesn't have anyone in your way!" I almost looked at him and said, "Irrelevant right now, sir!"), and saw B24 in the distance. I got to the gate and there was no one there and my heart sunk thinking about the fact that I had missed boarding. No, they had just told me the wrong gate and I was at B23, down the hall.

Thankfully, when I got there, they were still boarding. Unfortunately, I was out of breath and coughing a LOT by the time I got on the plane. The flight attendant asked me if I needed a wheelchair and I thought, "She must think my coughing is really bad. Turns out, she was just asking the wrong person and meant to ask the person sitting across from me.

But all that to say.....I landed in Jax right on time, was greeted by my parents, went to eat dinner, and got to play with my niece-dog, Bella the Boxer. And yes, it's good to be home.

Single Roots Post #4

This is my fourth post for the Single Roots community. Aptly entitled "The Struggle of Singleness at Christmas"


Saturday, November 30, 2013

He Likes Me and Other Observations About God

I'm 35. Sometimes I feel 35. Other times - most times - I feel like I could still be one of the teenagers I work with. Then I hang out with them and realize that, no, I'm most certainly not a teenager anymore. Even though, yes, I agree with them that Josh Hutcherson is cute and I can understand why they swoon over One Direction (hello, the new Nsync).

If living over here and working at an MK school has taught me anything it has taught me that we are ALWAYS growing and learning. Everyday. I have never claimed to be perfect nor have I ever acted like I was. I can sometimes get a little snooty about theatre stuff but I think we can all get a little pretentious over the things that we find important. It has also taught me that sometimes we have to work outside of our giftings. I'm not an administrator. I know that might shock some of you (and I mean that with all the sarcasm it was intended to mean) and when I have to take on that role, it literally makes my head spin in circles. I'm not organized (those of you who know me can stop laughing out loud since you already knew this years ago) and when I pretend to think that I am, it usually blows up in my face.

Yesterday, a friend spoke in Chapel and her message was about the fact that no matter what, God loves us. No matter how we are feeling about ourselves or how we might perceive things, God loves us. He's quite fond of us is how she stated it. My view of God hasn't always been that of a positive thing. Had you asked me in college what I thought of him, I'd probably tell you he was up in heaven shaking his fist at me or that he was quite distant. Sometimes I still feel that way, especially when I have pitted the whole world against me (in my head of course).  But the truth is ---he loves me. And as my friend stated yesterday, he even likes me (don't you think sometimes it's easier to say you love someone than like them, especially in Christian circles because let's be honest we know we have to love them? Also, if you are an English teacher reading this, don't judge. I realize I just made that a huge run-on sentence). I am HIS beloved. HIS.

Do you know what the Myers-Briggs test is? If you don't, it's like this really big personality test that I've taken several times and that we are working through here at BFA. I'm an ENFP (Extrovert iNtuitive Feeling Perception). I'm an ENFP to the extreme. Like the ENFP for all ENFPs. My Feeler (the F) is off the charts and I remember an administrator friend of mine telling me a few years ago "be careful. that feeler can get overly sensitive and can get you in trouble." That has happened so many times. But learning to accept that I am a sensitive person and that God likes that about me because he created me to be that way makes me realize that it's OK. The Feeler doesn't define me. God defines me. And I will mess up. I will make mistakes. People won't like me. People will judge me. But in learning that I am loved (and liked) by a big God always helps to put that into perspective.

I hope you know God likes you, too.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Early Thanksgivings

Last Sunday, Justina & I were invited to have dorm Thanksgiving at Liel dorm. We had a great time eating yummy food and visiting with our good friends, Tara & Melisssa, who are RAs there:



Today, we were invited to spend the day at the Campbell family's house with some other awesome BFA families and their kids. We started off the day with flag football (yes, I played!), then went back to the house for hot cider and appetizers, and then a delicious Thanksgiving dinner! When we were finished with dinner, we had a sweet time of talking together about what makes us thankful and unthankful for things in our life. The evening ended with dessert and lots of laughing :)



I'm extremely thankful for this sweet community the Lord has given to me. Today and last week were both times of getting to spend a holiday that could be quite lonely over here with our dorm family and our friends who are like family.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Where to begin? Do I start by saying that I still feel like we just had auditions yesterday? Or that I still feel like we should be opening in 2 weeks and not closing tonight? I had more fun with this cast than I've ever had before. Every night I came home and I would think to myself, "Wow. This is my job! I get to do THIS!"

If you're not familiar with the story line of the play, it is about Sheridan Whiteside, a famous radio orator, critic, and lecturer from the 1930s. Whiteside never goes out but is invited by the wealthy Stanley family to have dinner in Ohio. Upon arriving, he falls and injures his hip and is holed up in their home for 2 weeks. The play opens here, 2 weeks after his fall and it all goes downhill from there for the Stanley family. Whiteside's secretary, Maggie, falls in love with the local newspaper journalist, Bert Jefferson and because Whiteside is afraid of losing Maggie, he calls in his friend, actress Lorraine Sheldon, to come and try to lure Bert away from Maggie. In the end, his plan fails and on his way out of the house, he falls and injures himself again.

The play was a success among our community and I am beyond proud of my actors and crew who worked hard to bring this to life. As with any show ending, I always mourn it a little bit because it is somewhat like the breaking up of a family. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and one show that will always hold a special place in my heart.







Saturday, November 2, 2013

Aligning My Heart

I am a member of a really cool group website called Single Roots, a community of singles like myself who share life together. Recently, I read a blog about aligning your heart with Christ and how that should be my prayer everyday. There have been several instances in the last 2 weeks where I have needed that prayer more than anything. I found myself praying it all day Wednesday and Thursday. Even today at dress rehearsal, I had it in the back of my mind. "Lord, align my heart with yours because when it's in your will that I rest, I won't be restless." That's kind of been my "mantra" if you will. Obviously, I'll still be restless because I'm an imperfect human being living in a fallen world. But I've found in the last few days of praying this simple prayer, that my heart has been more content than it has in a while. I'm not saying this will always be the case. It can't be completely content until I get to heaven. But I can at least rest knowing that His will and His desire for my life is far beyond my comprehension in this small little life I am living.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Idols


When I was a little girl in Sunday School and my Sunday School teachers would talk about idols, I would always envision the golden calf story from Exodus. I would hear the teacher say that, "Today our idols are very different looking. What is it you spend most of your time doing?" And immediately I would think "I watch Nickelodeon too much!" I then became devastated that my precious Nickelodeon shows were idols. When I was older, it became music or (not surprisingly) celebrities. Those were my idols.

I still have idols today. They take on different forms. Sometimes it's my thoughts control me. Other times, it's what another person might think of me. And lately, I'm guilty of doing everything on my own. I realized this week that I'm tired and getting to the point of exhaustion. I dropped my seminary class because with the High School play, the Vienna trip, and the classes I teach, it had become too much for me. The idol of fear crept in immediately and my first response was "What will people think?" I believe this is the idol that holds me captive the most. I'm such a people pleaser, I don't want to hurt other people, and I certainly don't want people to think bad of me.

Fortunately, Papa God knows best and has given me a roommate and several friends who have been teaching me that it's OK not to always have to please people. It's OK that people won't like me all the time. And I can go ahead with my life and walk in freedom with that. This morning, I let myself sleep in, I let myself talk quietly with God and flesh out a few things in my heart.

We're always going to have idols. We're always going to have these "things" or these emotions that we'll grasp onto in order to control the world around us better. And thankfully, we'll always have a Father who knows that we're going to run to the tangible and he's just there, waiting for us to turn around, hand over the idol and be loved on.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Viva la France

France is about 15 minutes from the border of Germany where I am living. France is also one of my favorite places in the world. So, what better way to celebrate my birthday than to borrow a friend's minivan and drive over the border to Strasbourg? This is exactly what me and six of my friends did on Saturday.

We had so much fun together listening to 90s music, eating yummy French food for lunch, getting makeovers and manicures, doing some shopping, and enjoying sushi for dinner. Our hotel was lovely and a nice retreat away from Kandern. On Sunday we slept in, then went and had brunch at an adorable little French cafe. Before leaving I rode a carousel with Lexi & Erin and then enjoyed a ride home with DJ Lexi at her iPad ;)

I'm extremely thankful and blessed to have such a wonderful community of friends over here. This birthday was definitely memorable and one I'll look back on fondly in years to come.


Friday, October 11, 2013

35

Just a short post tonight to say that I am grateful to be alive and grateful that I've had 35 of the most exciting years one could ever imagine! I have the best family, best friends, and best students anyone could ever ask for. Blessed beyond measure, thankful that God chose me for this journey, and so glad that I have such awesome people to walk alongside me in it.

35 is officially mid-thirties. I don't know if I even feel 30 sometimes. It's OK. I'm glad that God has given me a vibrant spirit because I think I'll always feel forever young.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Peace and Tea

I am a slacker.

Well, ok, I will give myself some grace.

I am a slacker when it comes to updating my blog lately.

Actually, I'm a slacker when it comes to updating anything. Blogs, newsletters, grades...(although, that last one isn't my fault. I went to upload grades three times and they still haven't showed up on the website!)

However, if you do receive my newsletter, here's the deal on that:

I was working on my newsletter on Friday evening and on Saturday my computer decided it would be all ridiculous and shut down on me. After troubleshooting over the phone w/Apple for an hour (that should be quite the phone bill), they determined my hard drive had crashed. Wonderful. Because we all know a hard drive for a MacBook Pro isn't going to be cheap. So, on Monday, I drove into Basel and handed over the computer to the geniuses at the Mac store. They determined it would be ready in 2-3 days.

Yesterday (Wednesday), I got a text that my computer was ready to be picked up. Driving back into Basel, I was oddly at peace. There was money in my account to pay for the repairs and I knew God was going to take care of me. Still, there's just something about actually having to hand over that money. Oy. (Also, when I say drive now, I mean that I am driving a manual/stick and I'm doing it all the time. It is amazing to me that something I dreaded so much a few months ago, I don't really even think about anymore)

I got to the Mac store and found out that my computer did not need a new hard drive. A wire had just come loose underneath and it was fine! And the best part? NO CHARGE!!!!! Yay Jesus! So, with the money I didn't spend, I treated myself to a Skinny Pumpkin Spiced Latte at Starbucks.

In other random news, I've been getting into tea lately. Being from the South, I grew up on my mother's sweet iced tea. But I have to say that I prefer a cup of hot, black tea over the iced stuff now. Tonight I had dinner at a friend's house from church and she gave me a tea pot and Yorkshire Tea! I'm already excited about making a cup tomorrow! In fact, I might be starting to prefer it over coffee (Miracles will never cease!).

All that to say, God is good. In the midst of a few chaotic moments, I still find time to revel in bliss and am thankful for the ways he has provided for me in the last week.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

So I Ran a 10K...

Four years ago when I lost my weight, I wanted to run a 5K. There were many opportunities to run them in the States, but I had never trained for one and was not a runner at all by nature. Fast forward to here in Germany where most of my friends like the outdoors (meh) and run races all the time. I decided back in May that I wanted to do the Basel 10K in September. I started training with Katrina and Rachel when I got back from the States in July. There were many days of complaining, wanting to give up, ankles hurting, knees popping, feet killing, and plenty of times I wondered if I would just not do it at all.

But I did it! I ran the whole 10K in an hour and 22 minutes!

And these were the thoughts I was thinking as I ran...

"...there's the road that leads to Diana's and Kelly's church. Maybe I'll just run off and head there instead of running..."
"...the Rhein! I'm running next to the Rhein!"
"...there's the tram stop I went to when I lived in Weil. I should just hop on it..."
"...5K! I'm at the 5K point!..."
"...I need to get to 8K and then I'll let myself walk..8K..8K..8K..."
"...9K...ONE MORE KILOMETER!!!"
"...my friends came to see me! I'm going to finish this thing!"


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Last Night I Partied Like it Was 1999!

BFA's annual Fall Party was last night and the theme this year was all about decades. I dressed up in 1999 style and it was hilarious to go and look up how to do 90s make up. I wish I'd kept all the "fun" clothes I had in high school. As a class sponsor, I was put in charge of the karaoke station and all the kids that sang did '90s songs which made it even more fun. I was also chosen to get pied by the winners of the costume contest. YUCK. All in all it was a great night and I of course enjoyed being with my friends and my kiddos!

Nsync Fan 1999 "I <3 Lance!" "I <3 Justin!" "I <3 JC!"

Me & Justina representing the best 2 decades in the world

Ellie was a glamorous flapper

Dani rocked the 40s look!

Getting pied by Jordan!

We think getting pied was EW!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Being in The New

We're in our second week of school - in fact, we're nearly finished with it - and I'm just now sitting down to let you know all about life over here as of late.

I have 50 in Choir. 50. I still can't believe it sometimes. I look out at all 50 of them in the morning and can't believe it's this big! This time last year I had 24 and it's literally doubled in size within a year!

Casting the play last week was one of the hardest parts of my job. 53 kids came out to audition and I could only cast 23 of them. UGH! My heart was breaking for those that didn't make it and now next week I have solo auditions for Choir.....I'm kind of thinking with 50 kids, I'm going to have a few soloists come out...........

And then there's my friends, many of whom are leaving at the end of the school year. Trying to process that right now has been difficult. I know that it's still the beginning of semester, but I also know just how fast time flies here.

I would write more but need to go and prep for Acting class. Just wanted everyone to know I hadn't fallen off the face of the earth :)

PS I'm going to be sending out another newsletter soon...if you want to be added to my list, please email me at: allistroud78@gmail.com so I can put you on the email!


Sunday, September 1, 2013

...and so it begins!

Tomorrow is New Student & Parent Orientation. Summer is officially over. And then Tuesday, the new school year begins. I'm excited about this year and the students who I'll get to teach and who will impact me maybe more than I think I'll impact them.

This is the last picture I took at BFA last year. It's my Choir kiddos singing at Grad. On Tuesday I will greet 45 of them (until add/drop and then who knows!), some old and some new. Sometimes I still can't believe I get to do what I do.




Monday, August 26, 2013

Lately...

Getting ready for the school year.

Finishing up syllabi for Acting & Choir.

New music arriving.

Getting to know new staff.

Excited to see my kiddos.

Still enjoying the sweet moments I get with the kiddos who are here in Kandern.

Settling into my new house with a new roommate.

Oh yeah...and last night...this happened:


All in all...August has been a great month ;)

More in depth updates to follow soon. This week we're in staff conference everyday and meetings usually follow after that. I can't wait to post the first blog of the new school year!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Almost That Time

Last night I had these sweet kiddos over for my Granny's mac & cheese...


Yes, that is a foot you see.

I can't wait for school to start.

And I know I always say it, but ...I LOVE MY JOB!

Monday, August 12, 2013

No Longer a Newbie

Last week I was able to spend time with a few of the new teachers that have arrived in Kandern. Since none of them have internet, I've opened my home so they are able to keep up with family back home, etc. Yesterday, Amy and I drove into Basel for church and brought Laura along with us. Laura is teaching 9th grade English this year and is a lot of fun to hang out with! Last night, I got to have dinner with Dayla, who is here to teach Strings and Orchestra, so we'll be in the same department. It's been interesting for those of us who were new last year to take on the new role of not being new anymore. Now we're the ones who get asked questions and are showing people around, etc. I was really sad at the end of last year because of everyone who left, but God has once again showed his faithfulness and brought people into our community that I hope to get to know just as well.

Here's a pic of Dayla and me at dinner last night:


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Baby, You're a (Swiss) Firework!

I know that title is cheesy. Sorry. Ha ;)

Today is Swiss National Day (think our Fourth of July). Amy, Rachel, Erin, Karen, and myself drove into Basel to watch the fireworks by the Rhein. They didn't start until 11pm, but we got there early to secure a spot and get dinner. It was gorgeous weather and so nice to be out with friends. I thought it was interesting how Basel was super busy and crazy, but crossing back into Germany, all was quiet and low key. Just another reminder that we are living so close to other borders!

Enjoy the pics of the Rhein & fireworks show!







Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Road Trip to Cool Off

Yesterday, Kandern had highs in the 90s and when you're literally in a bowl like we are, you can hardly get any relief from it. We also don't have air conditioners over here -we really don't need them because in a/b a month or so, it will be cool enough to leave the windows open. And then don't get me started on when winter hits- so Katrina, Rachel, & I decided to drive over a/b 2 1/2 hrs to the Alps in Muerren, Switzerland. If you're familiar with Switzerland, this is near the Jungfrau, the highest point in Europe. We took a gondola (not the boat. Think large ski lift) up to the top, then a train into the village of Muerren. The views were astounding and amazing. And even though it was only about 8 degrees cooler, we could still feel a difference. When we got back to Kandern, it had significantly cooled off and today it's supposed to rain, so hopefully we'll be able to enjoy the last bit of summer and not dread going outside.





Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I Have Not Been So Great At....

 ....updating. I apologize for those of you who read this blog. Not that y'all are sitting on pins and needles anticipating a post, but I do like to be efficient in getting them out.

I've been back in Kandern now for almost a week (tomorrow). It's pretty quiet around here. Most people are back in the States/Canada visiting friends and family and the kiddos are scattered all over the globe with their families. I'm moving to a new apartment on Thursday and will be sharing it with my friend, Justina. Justina is in France visiting her parents and will come back on Sunday.

We are also sharing a car, that, quite unfortunately, died on me in Basel last Sunday. The clutch gave out and I was stranded. Thankfully, I have some wonderful friends at my church here who took care of me and the car! I'll be honest - I really don't know if I did something or not to cause this clutch thing. I just started driving stick back in the Spring and so I'm a bit green. The car is in the shop for now and we're praying it gets fixed before Sunday when I'm supposed to drive to the airport to pick up Justina.

So, for the next three weeks I'll be unpacking, getting reorganized (well, my definition of reorganized which is probably different than most people's....what can I say? I'm an artist ;) ), finishing up a class for seminary (yes, two more to go until October), and doing work weeks at BFA. New staff arrive in August and then we start All Staff Orientation the last week of August. I'm looking forward to school starting back. Summer is wonderful, don't get me wrong, but I do enjoy being in a routine not to mention the fact that I am ecstatic about teaching this Acting class this year!

Below are pics of the new place. I'll post more once we get all of our stuff organized in it:

The Green House! We live on the bottom floor. My bedroom window is on the right

Entrance way

My bedroom. I got to keep the furniture there instead of having to move all of mine!
Hallway
Justina's room
Living room (definitely NOT ready for people yet, but soon!!)
Bathroom
Kitchen...WITH A DISHWASHER PRAISE JESUS!!!!
The Partywagon

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

In the Summertime...

I've been home now for 2 weeks exactly. I have one week left to enjoy my family here in Jacksonville. It has been a short, but very sweet visit. Last Thursday, my friend Erika took me on a 3 day Disney cruise to the Bahamas! It was probably the best cruise and one of the best vacations I've ever taken! Stress free, lots of fun, and lots of Disney! For those of you wondering, this is NOT just a family cruise! Trust me!

Most of my time here has been spent with my family, though I was able to see my dear friend Tammy for a very short time as well as friends from church. I'll leave here with a bittersweet feeling, but I'm so thankful for the time I got to be at home. After a year filled with many events, it is nice to just sit back and relax for a bit.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Saturday and Sunday

The Sad Day
On Saturday, we had our Staff Barbeque. This is a chance for us to say our goodbyes to the staff who are leaving and not returning next year. To say that it was sad is an understatement. Afterwards, I went out with a few friends to say my goodbyes to Anna, Tommy, & Jon. We laughed a lot and we laughed hard. It was great, but I knew the inevitable would come at the end of the night. As Tommy and Jon like to say, "See you later"....well, I guess so, boys...

Jon, Anna, me, & Tommy
"See you later"

 The Happy Day

Sunday turned out to be beautiful all around. It began with services at ACB, followed by a church-wide picnic in Schutzenmatt Park, one of my favorite parks in Basel. Justina, Amy, & I brought a typical picnic lunch of bread, salami, cheese, fruit, & veggies. The weather was gorgeous and it was nice to talk to some of our church family and say goodbye (me) for a few weeks.  On Sunday evening, Amy & I met up for dinner at Lorenzo's in Kandern. It was an equally gorgeous evening and a great way to end a very emotional weekend. Feeling grateful.
ACB picnicking!
Tram lines running next to the park and through the grass
Sipping on cappuccino on a beautiful summer evening