Aren’t you amazed at how some weeks can fly by so much faster than others? This was one of those weeks. It started with a French lesson first thing Monday morning and culminated with an amazing dinner tonight. (More about that later!) My personal opinion is that when I have several evening activities throughout the week coupled with a few giant meetings, the week flies by.
On Monday, my Connect Group went to dinner to celebrate a milestone birthday for one of the ladies. We went to a delicious Chinese restaurant in Lausanne called Chez Xu. There were 11 of us, and we shared a variety of different dishes. A lot of laughter took place over our meal…especially as I learned about what it takes to take care of a tortoise through the winter. (Did you know you’re supposed to store them in the refrigerator while they hibernate?!) In a country with such small fridges, I cannot believe people dedicate precious space to tortoise hibernation!
At the start of our meal, the group surprised me with a belated birthday gift and card. These women are so sweet, and I’m grateful for them. They thought it was appropriate to get me a mug from the Starbucks in Lausanne, where we meet every other Monday night. I couldn’t agree more.
I also managed to wedge my car into a “Petite Voiture” parking spot – out of necessity, not because I wanted to prove something. Small parking spaces here are no joke!
On Wednesday night, we went out for fondue at Au Chalet. While I had A LOT of fondue when I arrived in Switzerland, but I actually haven’t had any since the girls were here in July. Needless to say, I was excited. It was even more exciting going with ladies who never had fondue in Switzerland before! I still don’t know how one of them made it 2+ months here without trying it. And as for the other, she was in town from St. Louis for meetings, so we had loads of fun catching up with her! I love that so many Purina friends make it over here. Familiar faces are a wonderful thing.
On Thursday, my heart was heavy for a sweet couple back in the States. The wife is a fellow Miami grad, and we have a large circle of mutual friends. In the first years out of college, she and I worked the wedding circuit together. They lost a newborn baby last year who was born with a terminal condition. This week, they welcomed their second baby – also born with a terminal condition. They had 12 hours with her on Thursday before she went to be with Jesus. Despite the meetings and craziness of my day, I don’t think they ever left my mind or my prayers once. They have been so strong and such an amazing testimony to God’s faithfulness over the past two years. I pray that they will continue to be comforted in the coming days and months. (In case you want to read more about their story, they write a blog: http://vaporandmist.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/our-time-with-dasah/.)
And finally, I made it to Friday. Some weeks I truly want to shout, “Thank God it’s Friday!” I’ll write a separate post about the madness that took place today. But, thankfully, one of my teammates had a lovely open house at his place tonight, and I was able to let go of my frustrations. His family is Syrian, and his wife made an UNBELIEVABLE spread. It was so beautiful, and the food was incredibly delicious. I was so full, but I wanted to try everything!