April showers…

… bring May flowers? When I woke this first of May, I was greeted not by an idyllic sunshiny morning and fields of spring flowers, but instead by a steady gray drizzle and the reminder that though the fields have turned green, most of the spring flowers have already gone their merry way.

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On the Road: Schwarzsee

This past weekend, I got to see “the black lake”—Schwarzsee, Switzerland. The weather was glorious! Not a cloud in the sky, just warm enough to take my jacket off, and practically no one else around. What a peaceful Saturday afternoon! I did get a bit sunburned though—you’d think I would have learned my lesson at…

The Risen Christ

I can’t watch a sunrise or sunset without thinking about God, especially His roles as Creator and Sustainer of the universe. And especially with this being the week before Easter, I saw this lovely sunrise and thought of my Saviour rising […]

When I Just Don’t Feel Like It

Despite not accomplishing anything near what I should have today, not to mention the questionable attitude I had toward my work, I decided tonight that the sunset was far too lovely to miss…

Longing

Next month, I’ll have been writing on this blog for a year. This week, I’ve been in Switzerland for seven months. Only seven months! I have to remind myself that each month seems so long to me, but really the time is passing quickly….

Rest

Is this not lovely? After a crazy and fantastic month of planning and organizing an evangelization week, a visit from an American friend, and all the busyness that goes with school, I was so thankful for a long weekend of great weather and lots of time in creation! It is good to rest, even from…

On the Road: Zürich 

Last weekend, my visiting friend and I went to Zürich.  What a lovely city!  Despite not speaking any German, the two of us did just fine with big smiles and plenty of apologies as we went. The weather was beautiful, so we made sure to take advantage of walking along the rivers and lake! Thankfully,…

On the Road: Lavaux, Montreux, Chillon

For two weeks, I have a friend here visiting me. We met ten years ago, so after the past several months of being apart, it’s really great to see her again! I’ll be posting a few times to share pictures from our adventures. Last week, we went on a walk in Lavaux.  After getting hot and…

Drawn to the Mountains

Today in Echallens, we’re having a good hard rain.  I’ve even heard a rumble or two of thunder.  I’m really enjoying looking out the window from my spot on the couch.  Sara Groves is playing on the stereo, a cinnamon candle is burning, my stomach is full, my homework is done, and a stack of…

Rejoicing in Hope

It’s amazing—and sad—how quickly I lose sight of what’s really important.  Of course last week was a bit stressful and tiring, but on the whole, it was a great first week back.  The rollercoaster was ever-present, of course: one class ended on such a high note; the very next had me feeling quite out of…

Starting Again

Well, my longest winter break is coming to an end; tomorrow, I begin classes again.  As always, I’m ready for a regular schedule in my life again, but I’m also a bit nervous to dive into a whole set of new classes, new professors, and new demands.  What if some classes take too much time?  What…