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.