Sunday, December 26, 2010

Our Favorite Grandson ~

Bradley Thomas Moss is definitely our very favorite grandson. Well...he is our only grandson, but he is still our favorite one. We call him our Prince. I wanted to post a new and updated picture of him because he is growing up and heading for 15. We hardly recognize his voice on the phone because it is getting deeper and he just sounds all grown up. Opa and I are having to adjust to this new boy/man we have. Love you, Bradley.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Look at My New Coffee Machine - A Gift From Tom ~

When Tom is around I must be careful to not "wish" because he files those wishes away and the next thing I know I have my wish. Our coffee maker has been slowly dying and I casually made the comment that it would be fun to have a coffee maker that would grind fresh beans and give you a really FRESH cup of coffee. Well, guess what I got for Christmas this year? Not a coffee maker, but a coffee MACHINE! It does everything but wash the cups. I love it and thank my sweet husband for being so caring. (And the coffee is delicious!)

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas~

Well I am not dreaming anymore. Christmas 2010 was celebrated with over ten inches of snow here in Germany. It is like a winter wonderland and I am loving every minute of it.

These two pictures were made from one of our bedroom windows.

This picture was taken from our balcony on Christmas day.

Our Kids in Chattanooga Had a White Christmas too ~

It was so amazing that our kids in Chattanooga enjoyed a rare white Christmas, too. Here are Maddy and Haley and it looks like they just got out of bed and ran outside to see the snow.

Emily Home For Christmas ~

It has been so good to have Emily home for the holidays. We took these pictures by the Christmas tree in the auditorium.

Christmas Fellowship with Friends ~

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas fellowship at the home of Steve and Benita Willard. Christian fellowship is so sweet.

A Snowy Drive To Our Apartment in Germany ~

It has been snowing off and on in Germany since Thanksgiving. I took these pictures on our way back home from an appointment that Tom and I had. I LOVE THE SNOW!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Emmy Comes Home For Christmas~

The picture isn't so clear but we were so excited and happy to be at the airport to welcome our sweet Emily home from college for the holidays.

Dressing Up the House for a Special Ladies' Tea ~

I love doing something special for our ladies at Christmas time. This year we had a Christmas Tea. Our apartment was bulging with ladies and teen girls, but I think everyone had a wonderful time. I enjoyed getting the house ready for company. (But actually I was getting it ready for family as well.) Lots of good friends, food and fellowship.

A Special Surprise ~

Recently Tom and I had to meet with the owner of the beautiful German Gast Haus that we use to lodge the missionaries at our annual Missionary Christmas Retreat. She invited us to come for a 'business breakfast' but when we arrived she had a special table set for two with candles, chargers, china, crystal and fresh flowers. Wow!! What a special treat! What a nice way to begin the day.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Little Heart Is Surrendered ~

One of the blessings of the Missionary Christmas Retreat was that little Brianna came forward to tell the church that God has called her to serve Him. It was extra special to me because she is in my Sunday School class. Brianna is the second one of my students who has surrendered their life to the Lord. I am so thrilled!

Monday, December 6, 2010

The 2010 Missionary Christmas Retreat !

On December 3-5, 2010, our church hosted our 14th annual Missionary Christmas Retreat for the independent Baptist missionaries serving in Europe. We had over 200 missionaries and their children from 11 different countries of Europe. They came by plane, train and car from Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, England, Romania and Ireland. We also had people come from America as well. The Retreat began on Friday night with a beautiful banquet and program for the adults and teenagers. The highlight of the banquet was the preaching of Dr. David Gibbs, who preached six times.

We had children's parties and programs going on in every part of the building while the adults and teens were having their banquet. At the end of the evening Christmas gifts were given to everyone in the family. Each year we honor a missionary couple who has been faithful in their service to the Lord. This year we honored Bro. Mike and Julia Thornsley, who serve the U.S. military in Stuttgart, Germany.

On Saturday we had a breakfast buffet for the missionaries, followed by two preaching sessions with Dr. Gibbs. The afternoon was free until about 5:00 p.m. when Tom took some of the missionaries who stayed for the entire weekend out for German Schnitzel. Over seventy of the missionaries, including their family stayed through Sunday night and it was such a blessing having them in church with us. Our ladies prepared a declicious spaghetti dinner for them after church and hot dogs and chili after the evening service.

What a privilege to serve these wonderful missionaries!!!

Our special guest preacher for the Retreat was Dr. David Gibbs, Jr, founder and president of the Christian Law Association, and a legal missionary who defends Bible-believing churches and Christians who experience difficulty in practicing their religious faith because of governmental regulation, or prohibition in one form or another. His six messages were so practical and powerful.

I love this picture because it shows our people serving the missionaries.

This is the one of the teen tables. The missionary teenagers are a very special part of the Missionary Christmas Retreat.

The Saturday breakfast buffet is always special because the children eat with us. Breakfast foods are set up at different "stations" in the fellowship hall, with something different on each table. My favorite is always the meat, cheese and brochen table.

This is the beautiful tree in the front of our church auditorium. It makes a beautiful backdrop for Christmas pictures with the family.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Passing Out Tracts ~

We had a great time today passing out tracts throughout our military and German community. Some walked the street around our church. Some went to the German train station. Some went to a German mall. Tom and I walked the military base. We are trusting the Lord to honor the effort that was made to get the gospel out.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Fellowship at the Franciscos ~

We recently had a little get-together at JoAa and Marie-Ange Francisco's apartment. The entire Francisco family has been saved at our church and watching them grow in the Lord has been an amazing blessing.

The kids having a great time playing "Pick up the Monkey".

There was a house full of our RRBC family. It was a wonderful time of fellowship.

Our gracious hostess, Marie-Ange, a sweet French lady, is in the foreground. Marie-Ange is battling cancer with a wonderful, positive spirit. And sitting beside her are Pat and Gaby Booker and Dave and Shannon Panjwani.

Pat and Gaby Booker were the guests of honor at the get-together. They were visiting us from Italy where Pat is working for the military after retiring from the army a couple of years ago. The Bookers were in our church longer than any other military family, thirteen years over three different assignments.

An Autumn Ride to our Apartment in Germany~

The area around our little village of Gorxheimertal, Germany is absolutely glorious in the fall. I got out my camera on a drive up to our apartment recently to try and capture a little of the beautiful fall leaves. They had really peaked the week before while we were in the states but these scenes are still beautiful. The hilly area where we live reminds us so much of east Tennessee, which we love so much.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thank You To All Our Veterans ~

Thank you seems so inadequate. We appreciate so much all that our veterans have done and are doing to make our country safe and free! We are so proud of their sacrifice for us. I am especially grateful to all the men in my family who have served our country: my father, my husband, my brother, my son-in-law and for those in our extended family who have served as well. You are all my heroes and I am so thankful for you. And I thank the Lord for the wonderful honor and privilege He has given Tom and me to serve our military and their families serving in Germany.

Happy Birthday to our Sweet Daughter-in-Law, Julie~

Thursday, November 11 is our Julie's _____(sh-h-h-) birthday. She is a devoted wife, loving mother, wonderful Christian lady and our sweet daughter-in-law. We thank God often for giving her to Mark and to our family. Happy birthday, Julie. We love you!!!


I prayed for you
Before I ever met you
And once I saw you
I knew I would never forget you.
There was something about you
That was special and rare
But I didn't know yet
That you were the answer to my prayer.
You were the answer to the prayer
For the one my son would wed
I prayed for you from the time he was born
And this is where my prayers led.
I prayed for your health
Health of body, soul and spirit
And I knew always in my heart
That God, our Father, would hear it.
You have found your way
Into our hearts and homes and lives
And on this your special day I just
want you to know how much we love and care.
And how proud we are to celebrate together
Your birthday, and the answer to a mother's prayer.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Veteran's Day Celebration in Ringgold, GA ~

The small town of Ringgold, GA, where we have a home, is a very patriotic town. I am especially proud to have our home there on patriotic days. On these days the town displays a flag and a cross with the name of every Ringgold veteran on record who gave his or her life for our country, beginning with WW1. There are literally hundreds of flags and crosses displayed around the town. It is an amazing sight. We snapped the pictures above as we were driving through the town just before we flew back to Germany. They had just begun putting out the flags for Veteran's Day. It is such a moving sight!

A Special Time With the Calins ~

Tom and I were able to be in a service with all the Calin family before we left the states. Tom had seen them once, but I had not seen them at all on the trip. It was very special to see Daniella up and looking and feeling so healthy after very serious surgery for a brain aneurysm about six weeks ago. She has been able to resume traveling with her family on deputation as they continue to raise their support to go to Romania.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Our Visit With Emmy At College ~

While we were in the states for the Mission's Sunday at Little Rock Baptist Church in Little Rock, SC, we were able to stop by Crown College and enjoy some special time with our Emmy. We took her out to dinner and enjoyed doing a little shopping together.