Wow, God, how did You know we needed a living room?

Wow, God, how did You know we needed a living room?

God takes care of you no matter what! I have to keep reminding myself of that all the time. I try to do everything myself, and it just gets me into trouble sometimes. Well, living life as a missionary helps with this issue if anyone else is struggling. As a missionary I have to lean on God for everything especially our income. This might sound funny, but it is really hard to rely on God for money instead of working the normal leave your house 8-5 job. God uses people like you to help us and I am so thankful for that! Well, anyhoo, Katy met a couple through her English class. This couple was looking...

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My First Country Concert

My First Country Concert

My first country concert was in Germany in a town called Gadenstedt. Not quite what an American thinks of when we go to a country concert in America.   We met at someone's home for the concert. It was actually a nice size area where people could sit and listen to the music or go inside to buy some drinks. This house used to be a workshop for a man who made wagon wheels. This trade was passed down through the generations until there was no need for it anymore. But the same family still lives in this house. We met the owner of the house and her sister. Craig Rapp went with us for this unique experience....

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Spieleabend June 2010

Spieleabend June 2010

Every 3rd Friday of the month the church has a game night. We have a great time playing board games, croquet, eating snacks, and talking. Sometimes there are a lot of people that turn up for this event.

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To My Babers on his 32nd Birthday

David, Now that you are 32, such an old man, just kidding.  I like saying that because I am so much younger than you!  :)  We have had a great almost 6 six years of marriage!!!  I really like being married to you!  You are such a sweetheart to me - and that has never changed.  I am so proud of you.  You have changed so much since we have been married.  You are growing up to be such a big boy!  No really, I have seen so much progress from where you were in life to closer to where you want to be. And it is so romantic that you want to be more and more a man of God.  I have always...

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A Smashing Smidgen for the Smelsers

A Smashing Smidgen for the Smelsers

A Smashing Smidgen for the Smelsers from David & Amanda Knapp on Vimeo.

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VISAS!!!!

VISAS!!!!

I am so excited!  David and I headed for the Foreign Affairs office here Peine.  They sent us a letter recently telling us when they would be open to take us.  I could not understand the whole letter so I tried Google Translate to see if it could help me.  All I got was that we could come in this week and pay for our visas.  So this left David and I questioning if we could only pay for it and wait longer for something else to happen until we could receive our visas.  Also we did not know if we could do it by ourselves or if we needed a friend's assistance to speak in German.  Well, we had not time...

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My White Asparagus Story

My White Asparagus Story

When I had my first encounter with white asparagus, we were on the road. We drove by these fields that were covered with some kind of tarps. I asked my friend what was growing underneath. I found out is was albino asparagus. Well, I knew that white asparagus was a delicacy here in Germany and everyone has to try it. I thought, this is our third time to Germany. It is time to try the white asparagus. So a friend helped me buy some, and taught me how to use it. First I learned that you must peel it. This was new for me because I have never peeled green asparagus before. Then you boil it until...

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Softball in Germany?

Softball in Germany?

Who would have thought Germans played softball? Okay, so maybe it is a game put on by German and American friends just having a good time together.  There were a lot of people that showed up on that June day 2010.  It seemed hot, but to my amazement later that was the nice weather.  There was a game scheduled earlier, but it was too cold and rainy.  Now it is July, 90 degrees F, and no air-conditioning.  It almost seems that German weather is a fickle pickle like it is in mid-west America. So many people came that day that we had to split into 4 different teams: I believe they all had descriptive...

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First German Birthday Party

First German Birthday Party

We were invited to our first German birthday party.  I think it is common in America when you are older that other people take notice of your birthday and throw you a birthday party.  Well, in Germany it is a bit different.  You throw your own party.  According to our experience, we were invited, and you are to bring a gift. We arrived to a house full of friends, huge salad buffet, and grilling galore, however I don't recall seeing a birthday cake.  All done by the birthday couple.  Our friends were celebrating their birthdays together.  I cannot imagine the price they had to pay for all that...

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Germany won Eurovision 2010

Germany won Eurovision 2010

Yea for Germany!!!! Eurovision is a very popular song contest in Europe.  Before the actual competition there are several opportunities for Europeans to win a song contest in their own country.  I think similar to American Idol - the way they perform in front of judges and show the great and the absolutely ridiculous competitors. Anyway, Lena won the German competition in order to go on to Eurovision.  Well, there are many countries that tryout for Eurovision.  Some of the countries aren't technically considered Europe, but it is all in fun so they join in on the festivities. What...

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