Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/08/09

An amazing string of events..,

Or, with apologies to Lemony Snicket, perhaps a Series of Fortunate Events?

We went to a nearby large town to finally get our paperwork in order to be permanent resident aliens in Germany. We hadn’t gotten a chance to do so before, because I have been either in the hospital, with kidney stones recovering from being there or about to go back there.

You have to understand, for Germans, it is all about what you do, what’s your job. It honestly perplexes them, this thing we do of living as missionaries on God’s providence. So…we had our paperwork together, and then began trying to explain to this nice guy what we did, since Germany requires you to have verifiable income, being no idiots, and a very practical people. Puzzlement. What do you mean, you rely on mission partners and God? What is this LifeTeen? In our first string of “luck”, the man was a Catholic, and so was the woman at the adjacent desk. He looked interested; she thought she had favorably heard of LifeTeen from a Süsterseel friend’s daughter who had a Catholic boyfriend. We explained more, while the woman pulled up the LifeTeen German website LifeTeen De and then the really snazzy USA LifeTeen website, LifeTeen. The websites impressed, and they started to understand a little about what we were doing living on God’s providence. I have a sneaky feeling we may see them again at the Süsterseel LifeTeen Mass. They also got interested in our case a little more and realized the kids could claim a dual citizenship due to my Brit husband. I am still less than legal..for a little bit more.

I am a knitter and a crocheter. My kids do not let watch their soccer games without something in my hands to peaceably occupy half my mind, as I may have mentioned before. The refs appreciate it too. On my next hospital visit, I am planning to work on a crocheted afghan. We found a crochet/knit store in the same town. The clerks there were wonderful in helping me find everything I need, but the (admittedly beautiful) yarn was €7.00 apiece…about $7.50. The two ladies could tell something was wrong…my face that had been aglow a minute before just fell at hearing the price. I showed them the pattern on the LionBrand app on my iPad. It called for ten balls of yarn, which would have been close to a hundred dollars. Remember, we are missionaries – and that is out of our budget. Then, one wonderful woman remembered that they had a shipment coming in on Monday…and that yarn was half the price! Sanity and budget saved!!

I love it when God keeps an eye out for us, and makes fortunate events happen totally out of the blue!



  1. Your post reminds me of when I first moved to Ireland, and had to go sit for hours to register. I remember all the people, the questions, the stamping….and sitting in a nearby bar drinking Guiness during part of the wait. It is good that you met such nice people along the way, because I know how rough that can be!

    • Thanks for the like! We were ready to sit for hours too, but God just had other ideas.


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