Sunday, July 15, 2007


If there's one thing I've learned in Deutschland it is definately the importance of Family. This trip has made me realize that my family goes way beyond the nation of Canada. In fact it reaches all the way across the Atlantic ocean to the wonderful country of Deutschland.

I have met so many new family members during my time here in Deutschland, and even though it may only be my first or second time meeting them, I already feel like part of the family. My family in Deutschland is a nice, generous, beautiful, amazing group of people and I already love them SO much. I know I've met amazing people when I feel like I've known them forever after saying my first hello.

Arthur's party was beautiful today. I felt completely at home. I laughed, I talked, I ate, I sang, I cried.

You know that saying 'It's better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all'? Well today that saying actually has real meaning to me. Even though I will miss all of my family greatly, I would not trade the experience for anything in this world. It was better to have met you all, and miss you know, then to never have known you at all.

So, my tears are over for now, but the memories are going to last a lifetime. And that, my friends, is priceless. I owe it all to my family here in Deutschland who I've known only for a short time, but already love to bits :)

This post is for everyone of my relatives here in Deustchland. May God bless you abundantly, for I will never forget how you have blessed me.

'For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord, 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future' Jeremiah 29:11

I love you guys.



Anonymous said...

Hey Jewel! It's wonderful to enjoy your trip with you, and I appreciate your honesty and the way you word everything. I am with you in the "this is significant" comment from the first week, I think it was. You will NOT be the same after this trip! I have to live vicariously through you and Steph, since I have never done any travelling (except to Caribbean beaches that is!), but my heart somehow knows how you feel, and I am praying for you, rejoicing with you, and grinning from ear to ear just reading your posts.

I am proud of you, and I love you!


(kirstyn) said...

Thanks Marcia :) That means a lot. I guess I will have to have a long sharing time when I come back to Hills eh?

hillschurch said...

And we will enjoy every minute of it - even though I will probably be hearing about it at least twice!
Thanks for the great post!

--kathleen... said...

i'm glad you have had such a great time there with your family! you make me want to meet my distant relatives in holland and alberta and etc. that's awesome! God definitely knows the plans!

'It's better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all' and i've heard something like that, but there's a saying that goes like that? i didn't know that. i was thinking about that sorta thing just the other day and was going to do a blog post on it. awesome.