Hello Monday \\ Fifteenth of July

Hello, Monday!

Hello, a newly discovered online print shop, Society 6 . Artists upload their prints, and Society 6 does the rest. How cool is that? Its very similar to Etsy, but without the need for a super printer or skills in T-shirt making or even framing. You can purchase (or sell) prints as prints, framed prints, stretched canvases, T-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, and even iPod covers! Here is  pretty little print I found, perfect for today:

brooke weeber, hello art, society 6, art prints, spring, Chris and Krista, Hello Mondays

Art by Brooke Weeber

Check it out and see what gems you can find. Stay tuned, as I may even be opening up my own print shop on Society 6!

Hello, feeling loved, from all our friends that came out for our Abschiedsfeier (Goodbye Party). Look for a post on that coming soon 🙂

Hello, feeling excited, for lots of visitors this week!!

Hello, disappointment that my camera is broken in the last month that we are here.

Hello, thankfulness that it is under warranty and will cost us nothing to fix!

nikon, camera, photography, hello mondays, Chris and Krista

Another Print from Society 6 by Bianca Green

Hello, hope and joy in the Lord.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

German Culture: Birthdays


In honor of my birthday yesterday, I thought I would tell you a little bit about what to do when its yours or someone else’s birthday in Germany. So, here are a couple of do’s and don’t of birthdays in Germany.

1. Do not, under any circumstances, wish someone a “Happy Birthday” before the actual date of their birth.

Not only is this considered to be rude, but it is just plain bad luck. At the beginning (and even now sometimes), I made this faux paux quite often. I knew I wouldn’t see that person on their actual birthday, so I would say it a couple days early when I did see them. Very un-German of me. You can, however, acknowledge that it will be someone’s birthday in the next fews days, which I found to be a polite way of acknowledging their birthday, but not bringing them any bad luck!

2. Do throw yourself a birthday party, especially if it is considered a “big” birthday!

The birthday honoree is the also the host. So, whether it is a big birthday like 25, 40, 50, or 80, or just an invitation out to dinner, everything is provided by the Geburtstagskind (Birthday kid)! This is especially good to remember, as an American, on any day of the week. If you ask someone to have dinner with you at a restaurant, that means the tab is on you! We have also made that mistake a couple of times, but thankfully had understanding friends that had been around lots of Americans 😉

Last year, we were able to celebrate two big birthdays with Chris’ family in Germany. His uncle turned 50 and his grandfather turned 80. Although both birthdays were really different, they both reminded me of something like a wedding reception in America. It was a big party at a venue with plenty of catered food, and for the “young folk”, there was music and dancing. Each party lasted for hours and included toasts from friends and speeches about special memories of that person. It was such a cool experience for us, and especially special for me, because Chris’ grandfather asked me to be the photographer at his birthday party! It was a great bonding moment for us 🙂

Hello, Birthday \\ Eighth of July

Hello, Birthday! (which also happens to be my favorite day of the year!)

Hello, the number 26! You look like you are going to be a great year!

Hello, lots of loving birthday cards!

Hello, deep reflections of life that always come at times of beginning and ending. This time is especially good for that with so much change happening in our lives.

Hello, candelight dinner with my husband in a fancy hotel in Chemnitz, a way to celebrate not only my birthday but our time in this city!

Chemnitz, Chris and Krista, Candlight Dinner, Birthday Surprise

Hello, love! And new photos to edit from a super fun proposal I got to witness (and photograph) this weekend!

Hello, cookbook deadline!

Hello, bittersweet. We will be spending the week making preparations for our goodbye party this weekend!

More birthday posts to come this week!

More than Enough


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Washing loads of clothes for two people means that I have more than enough clothing to wear and that I have someone I share my life with.

Ironing means I have somewhere nice to go.

Dusting means I live indoors and not on the streets.

Vacuuming means I have a floor to vacuum and a way to keep it clean.

Scrubbing the shower and toilets means I have running, hot water.

Meal planning means that I have so much, I am able to choose what I want to eat.

Cooking three meals a day means I have enough to eat.

Changing sheets means I have a bed to sleep in and even an extra to share.

Checking email means I have internet access, which is access to friends, family, and more information than ever before.

Those routine, arduous, boring tasks are signs that we are living in God’s abundance.

Life really is all about perspective.

Just another lesson from Gideon.

 What could you add to this list?

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Hello, Monday // First of July

Every Monday (almost), Lisa Leonard does this super cute link up called Hello, Monday. I thought it would be fun to say hello on Monday, too 🙂

So here’s what we are saying hello to this Monday:

Hello July, my birthday month! Yes, in our house, you get to celebrate your birthday for a whole month! We’re happy to be alive 😉

Hello breakfast of Blueberry Peach Crisp from one of my new favorite books, Bread and Wine.

Blueberry Crisp by Shauna Niequist from Bread and Wine

Hello Sunshine and a beautiful high of 70F/21C. You’ve been hiding behind all this cold weather and rain. Thanks for finally finding us again.

Hello Day off and relaxing with my hubby.

Hello mix of exhaustion and joy from spending so much time with new and old friends in Leipzig and Chemnitz this weekend! 60 people at baseball, 50 people at church in Chemnitz, and 26 people at church in Leipzig! God is moving in Germany 🙂

Hello new book for our super secret best friends book wife. Can’t wait to start reading The Paris Wife!

Hello deadline for my first article for A Woman Becoming!

What are you saying hello to this morning?

5 Books to Read Immediately

My grandfather often says to me, “Stop whatever you are doing and read this book right now.” I love discussing books with him and taking his advice on the next good read. He always has great insight and good suggestions. So, here is my list of suggestions of 5 books that you stop whatever you are doing and read right away!

1. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon Macdonald

If you read this book first, then you will have more time to read all the other books. Macdonald gives us not only a call to discipline, but practical ways to   implement that discipline. By becoming a disciplined person and caring for our inner world, we are better able to handle the stresses and unexpected problems of the outer world. This practical plan will not only inspire you, but also hold you accountable to be the kind of Christ follower that no longer makes excuses. By the way, he says that reading for life is a requirement and should be scheduled into your daily routine!

2. Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

After I am finished reading this book, then I will give a complete review on it on the blog. But I don’t need to be finished to know that this book is worth every single page. Shauna creates what she calls a food memoir. Every story centers around food or being around the table and through these stories she discovers life, love, and faith and then she gives you a recipe to go with it! Every recipe is delicious and every story of full of emotional enlightenment!

3. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

I buy this book any chance I get and immediately give it away. I could read this book over and over, but I do like to give other books a chance every now and then. It is the beautiful story of our redemption and God’s love for us told in the form of historical fiction and the voice of a woman. My heart healed while reading this book.


4. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan

I always tell anyone asking that they shouldn’t read this book unless they want to be challenged. I suppose I could say that about all of Chan’s books. He isn’t afraid to speak the truth and does it in a way that makes you want to get up and start living the way Christ intended. But, he also doesn’t shy away from holding us accountable, particularly in the chapter about lukewarm Christians. After you read this book, you won’t want to settle for lukewarm anymore.

5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

If you don’t read this book right this second, it will be okay. But this is absolutely one of my favorite books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It is written in the form of letters and tells the story of an author looking for her next book. She receives a letter from the small island of Guernsey and unexpectedly learns about a people and a history that was seemingly before hidden. Its beautiful and romantic, but the real beauty of this story is that it was the author’s dream in life to publish a book. Unfortunately, she passed away before this book was completed. So, her daughter finished writing it for her and completed her dream!

What’s your list of books that we should read right away!?



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