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Peace Out, Yo!

The German schoolyear runs from September 13 through the end of July. Every year. So when we arrived here, chances for my children meeting peers their own age were reduced to afternoons and weekends. Having finished their own school year at the end of May in the States, we all found comfort in knowing that we would have three months to learn more German and to adjust to life here before entering what will be the biggest life-change for my two girls and for me while we live abroad . . . going to school.

Except – the school wanted a week to work with them before this school year ended. Just five days. And, well, this is the week. Who knew I’d be taking a (Sort of) 1st Day of School picture in the middle of July?

We chose a Private Montessori School for them because we believe it to be the best choice, given their (great) lack in the German language as well as the inclusiveness and flexibility of the Montessori system, based on my very limited, but growing understanding of it. A good choice, I believe. A choice we actually prayed about for a long time, a very long time, and with fervency. Many of you helped us pray about it, too. Perhaps that’s How I was able to walk away this morning with such calm peace, unlike most emotions I’ve known. (And trust me, I know a lot of emotions! Just ask my husband. Well, actually, if you know me at all, you probably don’t need to ask anyone. I’m not very good at hiding any of them. Duly noted, thank you very much.) If you would have watched me walk away from that school yard this morning, holding my bag in my hand and leaving two parts of my heart inside, you would have seen the peace. No doubt. Because it was hard for all of us. And okay, all at the same time. Because I have no doubt that they can do this. Because God has endowed each of my children with the splendor and over-the-top acceptance and love. Because He gives them courage. Because they have the Holy Spirit of God living inside of them for every single moment of this adventure — 1st (sort of) days of school and all. Because He has already, in just this one month since we’ve been here, hooked us up beyond what we even thought we needed or wanted.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.   Philippians 4:6-7 (msg)

The biggest morning since the day we left Ohio, and we made it through the early hours. I walked away and drove the 35 minutes home a new way (which was not on purpose. My friend, Garmin the Great, told me to turn right, which I did and then told me she had to recalculate the route. She seems kind of moody.). The new route was gorgeous, and I even had my own music as a soundtrack (no, it was not Maria or any of the von Trapps!) thanks to the super cool attachment thingy for my mp3 in the Zafira we are driving. As I came around one of the curves, I noticed a little place to pull off and enjoy the gorgeous overlook of the scene below.

It took my breath away. For real. I wish I could capture it with my lens so that you could expereince the breathtaking, too.

Guess you’ll have to just trust me on this one. That seems to be a theme for today. The whole year, actually.

And so, I write this post with somewhat of an alterior motive. I mean, I do want to tell you all about life here and about school and my kiddos. But I wanted to ask you to pray this week. For peace. For courage. For friends. And I want to thank you in advance.

13 Thoughts on “Peace Out, Yo!

  1. Cheri on July 9, 2012 at 5:59 am said:

    Praying for you, Bria. Every day. Love you!

  2. Becky on July 9, 2012 at 6:42 am said:

    Love you so much, Bria! I’m glad sending the girls off went so well and that the God of all peace is supplying you with all the peace you need. Later yo!

  3. Sounds like Miss Garmin needs to be taught a lesson. I know just how you can do that…. it’s just that she may not be of much use afterward.

  4. Marilyn Lansberry on July 9, 2012 at 10:34 am said:

    I was introduced to you by my sweet sister Becky Daye, and I’ve gotten to know you through your blogging. Enjoy your writing so much, and am vicariously enjoying your adventure in Germany. Thanks for your tender and open heart! Can’t wait to see how school went!

    • Marilyn, I am honored to meet you! I consider Becky one of my almost sisters, so I guess we’re sort of sisters too. 🙂 Thank you so much for introducing yourself to me. And for following our adventure and watching what God does. I, too, can’t wait to see how the whole week of school went. Today went okay. One day at a time, right?

  5. Karen Miller on July 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm said:

    The girls look so beautiful and happy 🙂 Praying for a smooth transition for them! I am sure they will do fine! You have wonderful little girls!

  6. Linda Thompson on July 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm said:

    I read this early this AM and just now getting around to commenting, but the girls look TOO CUTE !!! SO glad to know you had a peace for that first day and can’t wait to hear how it all went, just kept praying all day for them and you. Beautiful country you drive through!! It will be nice to be able to walk them to school when you move to your real home, huh? Keep the stories coming, love it with so many others!! Love ya hon!
    MOM aka BABA….xxoo

  7. Praying for all of you! It is one thing to be stretched personally, but to watch your kids go through it is completely different. Thrilled for the peace that you had. Ah, God is GOOD! Much love from all the Dayes!

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