Sunday, October 21, 2012


     The book of I John says that there is no greater joy than to know that your child is walking in the truth. Well that goes for grandchildren as well. Years ago before we had any grandkids, the Lord gave me a promise that all of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to the 4th generation with their spouses would have a relationship with Jesus and would walk in purity. The corallary to that was that each generation would know Him in a deeper and fuller way than the generation before. Already I have seen that in my own kids who are all pursuing God wholeheartedly and are way ahead of where we were.

     This past Sunday our oldest grandchild, Jayden, was baptized by his dad, the pastor, in a horse trough at their church. It was an amazing time to begin to see the fulfillment of that promise in the next generation. I give all the praise and glory to God. I pray that he would be a leader not only to his other siblings but also to his cousins as well. Go Jayden!!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Europe - Part 4

     Well we left Prague and took the train to Berlin. We were not sure what to expect but it turned out to be a fun city. It did not have the old history since 80% of the city was destroyed during the war, and one can still see the effects now. But there is a lot of recent history from WWII and the cold war. We took a Third Reich tour which was very interesting, learning new things even though I had read extensively. The next day we took a tour of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp which is just outside of Berlin. It was interesting but very sobering and really hard to take it all in. Many of the things we saw were the Reichstag building, the Brandenberg gate, the Berlin Wall, the Holocost Memorial and many museums.
History Museum

The Brandenberg Gate

The Holocost Memorial

The remains of the Berlin Wall

The Reichstag building

Sachsenhausen concentration camp

Barbed and electrified fence

Bathing room for 300 inmates

The remains of the execution ovens.
     Berlin is a very young city in that the average age is low and there is a lot of activity going on all the time. I do have to say that the German food has a lot to be desired. The Germans are very puntual, efficient and organized which is why their economy is doing so well. By this time we were all tired and ready to get back to the good ole US of A. All in all it was a great trip and I am thankful for my brother and sister and brother-in-law.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Europe - Part 3

     Well we said goodbye to Vienna and took the train to Prague, the city many feel is the most beautiful in the world. It is beautiful in a number of ways with its rich history but is more dirty than Vienna and other western European cities. The first day we went across Charles Bridge, the 14th century bridge with its beautiful statues and towers on each end. We went to St Nicholas Cathedral which may be the most beautiful of all that I have seen - and I have seen a bunch of them. Everything is carved out of marble, even the pillars and then it is all covered with gold.
     We also went to see the Prague castle with its own catherdral. It sits on top of the hill overlooking the city. We did not have time to go in and see al of the rooms or the inside of the cathedral. From there I went on my own up another hill and to the top of the Petrin tower which is a minature Eifel tower. It was a spectacular view of the city. From there we went to the old town square to see the astronomical clock, the Tye church and all the people milling around. We took sunset pictures and had a nice dinner.
The palace cathedral

The Prague castle and cathedral

Charles Bridge and the old and new town

The astronomical clock

The Tys church at sunset

The other St Nicholas church

John Lennin wall

Dinner along the river

Phil and me on the Charles Bridge

One of many statues on the bridge

St Nicholas Cathedral

Me and Lu

Typical street and old buildings

St Nicholas

Beautiful marble and gold inside the church

Another palace

The entrance to the Prague castle

The Petrin tower
The castle and Charles Bridge at sunset
     Other things we did was to see the John Lennin wall which was a form of protest during the communist years. We also took a cruise down the Vlatana River and through a couple of locks. All in all it was a fun time in an old city with a lot of history and beautiful old buildings.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Europe - Part 2

     Well we left Switzerland by train and arrived in Vienna, Austria. It is a beautiful and old city with lots of history. Phil has a friend there whom we met and he was able to show us around. Our hotel was right in the middle of the old town and within walking distance of almost everything. The Hapsberg palace is huge and in one of the rooms the famous Spanish Riding School has it's shows and we were able to see the morning practice sessions. Then there was the old Opera House, the Mozart statue and his apartment, the beautiful St Stevens Cathedral as well as the Parliment building, Belvedere Palace. In summary, there is a lot to see in Vienna.
The gardens of the summer palace

The summer palace

The back of the summer palace

St Peter's at night
Buildings in the town center

The memorial to the plague

St. Steven's cathedral

Spiral staircase to the pulput

The Hapsberg palace

Othe part of the palace


Another part of the palace

A walk along the ring

Vienna from the hills

The Belvedere palace - back

The front of the Belvedere palace

Front of the summer palace

     The next day we travelled out to the spectacular summer palace (Schloss Shon Brun) of the Hapsbergs. It is modelled after Versaille outside Paris and is pretty close. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous. We were able to eat at some nice restaurants. I even had time to get a run in but got lost and a 30 minute jog turned into a 2 1/2 hour nightmare.