Saturday, June 23, 2007

Willkommen in Wien!

Willkommen in Wien! Welcome to Vienna! We made it safely to the other side...tired, but well.

We were greeted at the airport with a police escort from 2 Austrian police officers whom we got to know or know better at the Evangelical Reformed Church conference Brad spoke at last October. Herbert and Maria live outside of Vienna, and we look forward to getting to know them much better over the coming months, and Harald and Jacqueline were here all the way from Western Austria. It was a genuine Austrian greeting full of Gemuetlichkeit!

Tabea (one of the Austrian girls who has lived with us) and her boyfriend Daniel, went above and beyond today they met us at the airport, got us groceries so we wouldn't have to make a trip to the store, got us all goodies and then proceeded to make us schnitzel and potato fries for lunch! We truly were blessed by everyone who came and greeted us and then helped us get settled!

I've never seen these in America, but Tabea found them and thought our kids would love them...she was right! They are straws prefilled with strawberry and chocolate balls that turn your milk those flavors as you suck through the straw. Here is Levi trying both flavors at the same time!

The apartment where we'll stay until we find our own apartment is very clean and charming, and Brad and the kids went for a walk this afternoon to...count them...three local parks within about 5-10 minutes from the apartment. The weather here is beautiful, too, and God is clearly preserving our sanity.

Now a little game for all of you non-German speakers...what do you think this might be? My guess was toothpaste, but I was very wrong!


jokfoley said...

Hooooray in making it safely!! I was praying for you guys! I definatley will have to try those straws :-) Tell everyone hello and big hugs okay! I can't believe you are there! So ooo exciting..less than a week for me!

I think that the stuff in a tube is... mayo or a some type of condiment.


Amy Ross said...

AHHH... I am glad that everything went as well as it could! We've been praying for you and thinking about you non-stop! I get goose bumps thinking that you are THERE! Praise God for this wonderful work he is doing in Vienna.
Yes, that would be pretty gross to brush your teeth with!! WE LOVE YOU!

Jeff and Jodie said...

very exciting, guys! I'm so glad people were there to greet you - with presents and all! we're SO SO SO excited you're there - and look forward to sharing the next year with you as long-distance teammates.


Jeff and Jodie said...

I forgot to guess on the mysterious tube... is it eye drops?

Lori said...

We are so excited that you got there safe - greeted by friends and parks nearby! We've been thinking about you a ton lately! Can't wait to see your new living quarters and hear lots of updates.

BTW We miss you!
Lori & Christina

Lori said...

Lori Says - Fish paste?
Kristina says - Chocolate?
B/c it's red and brown with mountains.
But our final answer is an herbal paste for cooking suitable for chicken, fish and egg dishes of course!
Please tell us soon! We're dying to know how it tastes!

domandkat said...

So excited for you!!! And I'd wait til I found out what that tube is before I put it on any food!

Can't believe we'll see you in about 5 weeks!

domandkat said...

The answer seems to be spicy mustard! Google can do anything! Glad to hear you're doing well. Take care, Dominic said...

hey ihr lieben, schoen das ihr da seid. ich hoffe wir sehen uns bald. eonen lieben gruss an die family

Kim said...

Yay! So glad you made it there safely!! It sounds like you had a good first day there. It is so surreal to know that you are already there! We miss you and we love you!!! The tube-when you were thinking mouth, I was thinking the other end? Am I the only one with a bizarre brain? Estra(gon), as in estrogen? Inquiring minds want to know! Love, Kim

domandkat said...


I don't know you, but I was thinking exactly the same thing! Thankfully, my hubby googled it and found out otherwise!


Kim said...

There others like me!! At least your hubby spared you the embarrassment! Kim