Monday, June 7, 2010

I'm Still Here (Again).......

I know it has been awhile since I last blogged, but lots going on around here! We have moved to another city in Germany- about 8 hours from our previous city- and are busy trying to get settled in our new surroundings.
Lauren Kiley has started her 2nd school since being here in Germany, and let me brag just a little on how remarkable she is at "adapting". Really, it's just that God has blessed her with the amazing ability to make friends easily and also to be very "social"!
Leonard and Abigail are just hanging out with me here at home for now. Leonard will start "Schule" which is the official school in the Fall and Abigail will go to a preschool then also. They are all three enjoying a little more space in our apartment, and have found some American neighbors who have lived here in Germany for a few years. Lots of kids live in the apartment building, so it is nice to have everyone making noise and not just us :)
Len is busy with nightly Bible studies and House Church, and this past Sunday we attended a local church that we feel might be where God is leading us to go for fellowship on Sunday mornings. Please pray that this will be confirmed over the next few weeks of visiting at this church.
Summer (well, Spring at least!) has finally come to Germany and it feels good to be able to go out and learn about our new city with such beautiful weather. This past weekend we made a video for the kids that shows more of our new city. We are hoping that churches in the states will use this video to show during mission times at their VBS this summer. There is a link on my facebook if you want to use it!
As always, we have good and bad days where we miss those who are so dear to us. But it is always the Lord and your prayers on our behalf that get us through those days! Thanks so much! Love to you all-

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Zum Gebortstag, Lauren Kiley!

Well, yesterday my oldest child celebrated her 9th birthday here in Germany. Wow. Not only is it amazing that I have a 9 year old, but that we are celebrating it in GERMANY of all places! What a story she will have for her own children one day. We took her and 6 of her friends to an indoor play-place here in Lörrach, where they played and played for several hours. Then one of her friends came home to spend the night with her. This little girl is special because she speaks both English and German fluently- her Mom is American and her Dad is German. I told LK that it was cool that she and her friend could speak in both languages, she said "No Way Mom! We speak only English and it is SUCH a relief!!" Sometimes I forget that learning the language is not only hard for us big people, but for these little ones, too.
We were also able to skype with the Sunday School Class at FBC Union City today so they could sing Happy Birthday to her. That was so sweet. At first she was very emotional and wasn't sure if she could talk to them without getting upset, but she loosened up and was able to chat for several minutes with some old friends. It made her day! (Thanks, Chapy and Carol for getting that all set up.)
I am so blessed to have such a beautiful daughter. She is always so protective of her siblings and looking out for their safety and welfare. She has literally "saved" them from various predicaments!! She is doing so well at this present "life-change" and even though she would go "home" tomorrow, she is making great friends, learning the language so well, and striving to be the best at where God has her now. And, although her current title at home is "Drama Queen", I don't think I would want her any other way. Love you LK, and look forward to many more years watching you grow into a lovely young lady.

Friday, February 19, 2010

What I Miss (and Don't Miss!)

I have seen before where other m's (and people living overseas) post what they miss about being out of the States, and what they don't miss. Essentially, what we love about living life abroad and what we don't love! So, I have decided it's time for me to do an "initial" list. That way, in 3-4 years, I can look back and see if I really do miss these things or if I have learned to fully adapt to my new culture. So, without further ado:

THINGS I LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN GERMANY(therefore don't miss from "the other side"):

--Eating healthier! We eat more fruits/vegetables and less fast food than when in the U.S.
--The Yogurt! They have every kind/flavor you can imagine. (Some being quite gross, actually, but they are all healthier here.)
--More family time together. We are not near as "busy" as we used to be. I love that we are home together every night!
--Learning a new language. Is it hard? YES. Do I get frustrated? YES. But, hey, call me a nerd, but I love learning!
--Learning a new way to "do" church. This will be a post all in itself at a later time :)

THINGS I DON"T LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN GERMANY( henceforth, I miss from "the other side"):

--My washer and dryer :( Laundry here takes about 2-3 days rather than 1-2 hours like it does in America.
--Playing the piano at church. However, I did get a nice keyboard for my birthday and am so excited that I get to play again!
--Even though we do spend a lot of time at home now, I do miss some of the restaurants that I love (Outback, Mexican!!!, "my" Chinese :))
--The convenience in the States. Everything here is, well, difficult. Enough said.
--Of course, the only "real" thing I miss is my Family and Friends. Our friends, who are m's on even ANOTHER side of the world :) said it best and I hope they don't mind, but I am sharing their hearts with you today. Because their words express so well how we feel everyday-- "....We are so thankful for each of you and are glad we have people like you to miss…this kind of sadness comes from a happiness found in knowing you all! So, we miss you…we are thankful for you…we are where we need to be! Somehow that all fits together and makes the tears of a 5-year-old worth it in the long run…For his glory…together."

With all that said, and I am sure I will say this a hundred more times while we are here-- We are where we are supposed to be for this season of life and regardless of how "hard" it may be at times, I wouldn't have it any other way.

P.S. Thanks "twins" for letting me "steal" your words!! Love ya!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm Still Here.......

So it has been a long time since I updated here.....lots going on the last few weeks and to be honest, just not motivated to write it all down. Not sure if anyone actually reads this, and if they do, are they really interested in my mundane life??? I am striving to be honest and transparent here.....
We had a good Christmas as we spent our first Christmas EVER away from our families and friends in the states. We were blessed afterwards with my parents and my brother and his family coming in to see us for a few days during New Year's. We had an awesome time showing them around the area and even made it up the mountain for a little sledding. We had 7 kids all together, and heaven knows things are never boring when 7 kids are together!! We did miss all the other "Simpsons" as well as Len's family during the holidays- maybe they will all take a trip this way soon!!
The kids start back to school on Monday after being out for 3 straight weeks. I think Abigail has gotten a little used to being at home and maybe somewhat hard to convince that she has to go back! We'll see come Monday.
We have officially decided that we will be moving to Dresden, Germany after our language study ends here. We are excited to be joining a family and a journeygirl who are already at work there in the city. We aren't sure of the exact date yet, but please be praying for us, especially the kids, that the move and adjustment once again will go smoothly. I think we are all ready to go and get somewhat "settled", although I have a feeling the life of a missionary is never "settled".
We did receive some Christmas boxes and cards from several of you- Thank you so much for blessing us as you have done so much since we have been here. We are so thankful for all the prayers and love you continually show us while we do His work here. May God bless you too!!
Well, that about wraps up what is going on here.....hopefully, this finds you all striving to be who Christ wants you to be in this new year! Love to you all!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We think Piglet has come for a Visit!

Have you seen all the cute little cartoons of where Winnie the Pooh and his friends have secluded Piglet for fear of getting the "swine" flu? Well, I think Piglet has come to see us. Although we haven't had a test to confirm it, Leonard has displayed almost every symptom of having the swine flu. We are going on day 5 of fever, chills, and coughing. He is just plain pitiful. (But isn't that true to being of the male gender??) Seriously, please pray that he will heal quickly and that none of the rest of us will get it! We have company coming from Prague for Thanksgiving weekend and really don't want to expose them to this!
That is about all that is going on around here. We are trying to finish up a unit in language this month and will be starting to prepare to take our drivers license test in December/January. We NEED to pass it the first time, so be praying for us! Besides the sickness, the kids are doing just great. Leonard has had 2 invitations to playdates with his friends from school and LK has been invited to parties, sleepovers, etc. so they are making some great friends. Abigail is of course being the typical baby saying "It's not fair that I don't get to go to someone's house!" She doesn't understand that she is younger than the other two!
I hope you are all beginning to pray about and think about what you can give to Lottie Moon this year- it will be here soon. We know that His people can and will step up and support our organization through Lottie Moon Christmas offering. If you don't go to a church regularly, you can always go to the IMB website to give. This offering supports thousands of m's all over the world in doing His work and bringing others to Him.
One last thing- we have had several people ask us if there are things we need/want that we can't get here. Although we don't need much, if you would like to do something for the kids, I have an idea. We didn't bring any Christmas stuff with us, so if we want ornaments and decorations we would have to go buy it all. I would love to have ornaments and stuff from the States so that the kids can feel a little closer to "home" as this will be our first year away. If you want to send them something for Christmas, please leave me a comment with your email address or contact us by email and we will give you more specifics. Thanks so much for loving and praying for all of us! Love to you all-

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

We're Back...

We had a wonderful trip to Dresden and enjoyed everything about our trip. Well, except for the coming back part. Len ended up in bed all day on Sunday due to his back being out from dragging luggage from train to train, and I have been in the bed since Monday night due to an awful head cold. I am putting off going to the doctor for several reasons- one being that I don't know one and it isn't the easiest thing to find when you don't speak much of the language! Maybe it will run its course soon. I just hope none of the kids get it.
Back to the trip- We loved riding on the train! We ended up getting bumped up to first class which was awesome. The family we stayed with had 4 kids who are very close in age with ours, so you can imagine our kids' joy of being around English-speaking kids who are also TCKs (MKs)! The city was gorgeous and I couldn't believe all the landmarks and old, beautiful buildings. If you don't read Len's blog, you should go there and check out our video we made of the trip. We caught Abigail at some really cute moments. (
So, please pray for us as we decide if this is the city God wants to use us next. We were excited to see some of the work already started there, and loved dreaming about what could happen if we do end up in Dresden. Thanks for all your prayers! Love to you all-

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wir Gehen mit dem Zug!

Well, another first is about to happen in the Phegley's lives. On Monday we are taking the "Zug" (train) to another city in Germany to visit some colleagues. We are going to see if this is the city the Lord has planned for us to move after our year here in language school. From what I hear they are doing some tremendous things for Him in Dresden and we are excited to see a glimpse of that, whether or not this will be our landing place!
We have yet to ride the train, but we are about to embark on an 8 hour journey on this fast train. We are all excited and nervous just because it is a first, but I feel it will be better than riding that many hours in a car all together. We can get up and walk around, eat, play games.....lots of things you can't do in a car. Especially when your husband is a nervous wreck driving. Not that MY husband is a nervous wreck when driving. I'm just sayin'. :)
So please keep us in your prayers next week- Monday we travel all day and then spend 4 days and travel back on Saturday. Please pray for our safety, that we will switch trains easily in Frankfurt, and then also for our minds and hearts to be open to what God will be telling us these few days.
Thanks for all that you are doing for us. We are enjoying all the packages we are receiving, both from friends and family back in TN. They are always a blessing and come just at the right time. The times when one might say "What in the world are we doing?". Not that WE say that ever. I'm just sayin' :)
Love to you all-