Time left in France (6/1/06 @ 05:05:34)

(Just found this one left over from my last hours in france that never got posted) It is now 4h45 in the morning, in 30 minutes I’m going to start the coffee, and in 40 minutes I’m gonna wake up John (and dave… he didn’t make it all night like I did, but his flight…

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Leaving France

It’s been a while since I arrived here and that means that the time to leave is rapidly approaching. Approaching so quickly, in face, that only 15 hours from now I will be on a play to Frankfurt and then back to the U.S. As of right now I really don’t know what to think.…

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Some Muses of Late

Lately my mind hasn’t had much time to slow down and rest. In less then 10 days I will be back in the US. It has so many implications for my life that it is taking a long time to wrap my mind around from; Leaving France, getting married, leaving Midwest Skier, and even projects…

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Photo: Student Strike/Protest in Toulouse

Today was another Toulouse student strike over a recent law past by the French government that will allow any employee who has worked for less than two years at their current employer to be terminated without reason/notice. While obviously unfair, it raises the question of, “Who Cares?” Sitting outside capitole this afternoon with my friend…

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Photo: Sidewalk in Fall

We don’t really have a change in colors here like I’m used to, they tend to just fall off of the trees. It’s very interesting. Here is a shot down one of the sidewalks near the river, one man out for a run. It was beautiful today.

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Taken Wednesday night on my way back from a friends house. I got a new tripod over here in France and need to still work on how to use it well. Might need to invest into a remote shutter for it… I hope they are cheap here.

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Rioting getting Rougher

“Hundreds of cars were set on fire in different towns on Sunday night, and police had to use tear gas to disperse a club-wielding mob in Toulouse.” – BBC news Again, I want to assure those reading that the rioting is still well away from our part of Toulouse (across the river, and several miles).…

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Rioting in France

Articles: BBC News(1, 2), Star Tribune (1, 2), Fox News, Weekly Standard, New York Times, and I’m sure you can find others… This entry is to serve two purposes. First to let you know that I am safe, second to give background on the feeling here in southern france. Toulouse was hit by the rioting…

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The First really Hard Day

Considering that it has been over two weeks since arriving in country I was over due for my first truly challenging day. It wasn’t in a way I had been anticipating (though it almost never is). My skill with the language has proved more than adequate for the basics, I haven’t gotten lost, haven’t felt…

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At Midnight it Started

It started sometime in the night and was still going when I awoke. Through-out the whole day it seems to rain and pour upon us. As I ran to make copies, went to get our long stay visa’s, and then left with more paperwork, walked to campus, walked to the bank, I cleaned the apartment,…

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Dearest Bloggy

It’s so unreal being here in France, to really be here. To wake up and breath French air and to talk to people in French and have them understand. For my mispronunciations to be caught be someone else. Finally realizing that I will be here through July, it’s so weird. That is so long, yet…

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Heading off to Toulouse, FR!!

(I’m in the process of raising support and have quite the ways to go yet, I have only about three more weeks, am running out of names, and have about another 20,000 to raise out of the 43,000 to be able to go!! So I’m posting the letter here, please help out if you can!…

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Got my VISA!!

I got a call from the Consulate in Chicago saying that my Visa had been approved and is waiting for me to pickit up in chicago… Going to call and see if they can’t mail it up here but otherwise looks like I’ll be taking a day trip to Chicago to pick up my passport…

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Holding in Time

This is so surreal, France. I?m starting to work through everything placed before me for this summer, and it?s slowly becoming real to me. Real that this time next year I will be enjoying spring, budding trees, and flowers sprouting out of the black park soil in Toulouse. That these times here at Stout will…

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Broken Day

It?s a constant awe to me how the Lord teaches us and stretches us. In those times when we feel as though we?re walking with God and then in a day everything changes and we?re thrown on our head. As though we finally looked to our left and saw how far God was from us…

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Being Predestined

Kick-off weekend just ended and I am now ‘equipped‘ to go out and build up my ministry partners that will be with me while I’m in Toulouse this upcoming year. Both through prayer and financial support. There is a bit of nervousness, mostly just anxious to get started. I redid one of the notebooks they…

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Life Update+++

It’s a matter of Righteousness… Just got a couple thoughts and then a little life update. The more that I dive into scripture one truth (aside from the core truths of God?s love and grace) is showing it?s face to me for those who believe and trust their lives in Christ. That it is a…

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WooHoo for France! STINT

For those of you who haven’t been reading lately I’m in the process of deciding if I am going to do STINT (Short Term INTernational) this upcoming year from September until July. It’s been quite the process, from being told I couldn’t go to being told I could. Then needing to discern if it was…

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Discerning STINT, to go?

I?ve been having quite a few conversations over the last couple days (thanks Rachel, MM, Chris, Jay…) seeking out the Lord and counsel from those He?s placed around me, whom I trust greatly. When I found out Tuesday that it was still an option to go I had the chance to do this, to really…

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Well, Now I might be going? STINT

It?s been quite a while since I?ve written and it hasn?t been due to lack of anything happening. More the lack of any sort of resolution. For those of you who?ve been paying some attention to what has been going on in my life a major point right now has been STINT (Short Term INTernational,…

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