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February, 2008

  1. February 28, 2008 by louissa

    i am the modern day Job.

    that’s right.

    Louissa Sinclair = Job

  2. Christian

    February 26, 2008 by louissa

    maybe it’s growing weary of this weather.  maybe it’s the melancholy music i surround myself with.  maybe it’s the trying to ignore the feelings of discontentment.  maybe it’s a million things.

    but i’ve been remembering my year away more frequently than ever before recently. 

    i close my eyes and i see the lake and the ever-present obnoxious swans that always meandered along the shore. 

    i see the tidy houses, all the same, lining the streets. 

    i see the mobs of sweaty kids surrounding me after our “concerts.”

    i see the apple orchards along the country roads that i loved to walk so much.  and the apple store that sold fresh apple juice.  it took four minutes to walk there from school.  and christian told me about it.

    you didn’t know that, did you.  you didn’t know that i wouldn’t have gone to germany if it wasn’t for christian skoglund.  you didn’t know that i would have missed a year of outreaches, five months of spending every weekend with one hundred German teens if it hadn’t been for his recommending the school to my parents.

    he’s the only person i knew outside of my “Bodenseehof” circle that could relate to me, understand my stories, share his own stories.

    and that’s what we did. 

    i visited their italian home, did you know that?  i went and spent three days there and the first evening we ate cherries that he and liz had picked from a tree in their yard.  we sat on their couches and talked of his year and my year at Bodenseehof.

    he was so nice.  i brought a friend with me and during the course of our evening i could see her relax as he told stories about getting in trouble, being brought into the principal’s office because of the “extra attention” he was giving a girl, and his exerience rooming with nine other boys. 

    i’ve been thinking about all this recently.  i’ve been thinking about the impact that he has made in my life.  i didn’t know him very well, but i owe him a lot — after all, he’s the reason i went to Germany. 

    the friend who visited with me in italy sent me a few messages after i told her of his death.  and they were wonderful.

    …sitting in their nice cool living room eating cherries and reminiscing about Bodenseehof. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to see their kindness and hospitality and also their love for each other.

    …I guess this is one of those times where we cling to the promise that nothing is out of God’s hands

    …I was just thinking how many people Christian impacted through you alone, introducing you to Bodenseehof. Look how many kids heard the gospel and saw the love of Jesus in action because of you, and you were there because of him.

    miriam and i.  miriam is one of the many young German kids i spent time with during my time there.

  3. still here.

    February 24, 2008 by louissa

    writing has been infrequent. i know.

    but i’m not here to really write, just to make you happy by putting something up here.

    and to let you know that i continue to be dreadful at making decisions.

    and that i’m exhausted and am probably not going to work tomorrow.

    and that as of tonight, i have a plane ticket to california. yes, i’m visiting my sister.

    and to really appease you, give you a link to photos from the last two weeks. fun.

  4. red and pink day at my house

    February 15, 2008 by louissa

    i left work early because of a large head and a stuffed nose. i curled up in a blanket and said that i was watching the favorite film of the house, but i must confess, i was really shopping online for floor lamps for this building and writing emails to friends in faraway places.

    but the vegging had to end at some point. so up i got, convincing two sisters that all the work we had to do was going to be fun. we were already wearing pink and all we had to do was frost cookies, make dinner, and set a table for fourteen. no problem.

    and really, although no one in the house has been feeling very well, there is nothing that i enjoy doing more. i might be the rare sinclair that always freaks out about not having enough, has anxiety attacks when she thinks her food is going to cool down too much before we start eating, and has to have the coffee all pre-set before you actually sit down for the main course, but really, i love what i did for my family.

    i did my best to make valentines day (a favorite holiday around here) special. and really, it was lovely.

    but before i continue with this horrid writing, i’ll just end with a link to pictures. people always like pictures the best anyway.

    so here. go look at a glimpse of the sinclair valentines day.

  5. happiness is. . .

    February 11, 2008 by louissa

    being able to kiss these cheeks.