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Someday they’ll get it.

Than just marched in, mock-angry at the newsman-
Weatherman: *points at Maine on the US map* As you can see, all the way up in Newfoundland, and down through the South there may be rain…

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Here Goes.

Well. I’ve been holding off distributing this news widely until everything was firmed up. But I think my family ought to know, and since one or two of them drop in here now and then, my blog seemed like a good place to start. So sit tight and read carefully.

For months now, I have been babysitting for our friends the Tedders every Wednesday. We have been friends with them since long before they had children, and even though I’m not a huge fan of babysitting in general, I really do like their kids. Several weeks ago, Mrs. Tedder mentioned to me that she and Mr. have friends who would like a nanny to watch their two- and five-year-old boys this summer. Despite the fact that they have other babysitters, the Tedders thought of me, which was very nice of them. As I already implied, normally I would balk at the notion of weeks of babysitting, but here’s the catch- the couple live in Zurich.
Zurich, Switzerland. They are Americans working for an American company, living in Switzerland. And they want an American nanny that they know for certain is reliable. According to the Tedders I fall into that category.
When I first heard about the idea, I didn’t think it was remotely possible. But the couple, the Swopes, emailed us with details, and it began to look very good. Here are some quotes:
As far as expenses, we will cover her airfare, meals at home and abroad, and hotel costs when we travel.  Also, we will cover the incidentals needed while she is here, like tram/train tickets, toiletries, etc, — maybe we could just keep a running grocery list so that she could add to the list things that she wants or needs.”
Yes, when we travel, because:
A couple 2-3 night trips to adjoining countries (northern Italy, southern Germany, western Austria, eastern France)…Probably 1 day-trip per week to some destination within Switzerland (which may or may not involve a single overnight stay in a hotel).  Cities we can see are Luzern, Berne, Basel, Interlaken, Berner Oberland region (foothills of the Alps), Lake Constance area, and even Liechtenstein.  There are some great things to see in these nearby towns – the largest waterfall in Europe, a perfectly preserved Medieval town, incredible churches & art, and breath-taking natural scenery.  We are open to any suggestions Hannah has.
We may also take a few days in the Alps in Zermatt to see the Matterhorn and/or an overnight trip down to Geneva.”
Concerning travel-(now my font is stuck blue, sorry) I would share a hotel room with the boys, but night duty would be mine only on trips. As if all of the above wasn’t enough to make me want to go, they kept saying things like this:
“Before anything else, we want you to know that we’re easy going, the boys are easy to care for, and our intention is for all of us to have an enjoyable summer and, hopefully, for Hannah to return home with some great stories and memories of Europe.”
We also have 5 little playgrounds within a block or two of our home.  There are also loads of walking paths through the hills and woods around our house.”
“We want this Summer to be fun.”
“And we really think Hannah will have a great experience if she decides to join us for the Summer. ”
The family prayed, and we exchanged several more emails with the Swopes. They are willing to help me get to church- there are both German-speaking and English-speaking protestant congregations in the area- they understand that I will need a little free time, and overall, they seem to want me to enjoy myself as well as take care of the boys. I would not be a slave for the summer.
After a lot of prayer, we decided to go for it. I will be spending this summer in Zurich. I had planned on getting a job and starting to save for college this summer, but when this opportunity came up, it changed things quite a bit. I honestly don’t think I’ll look back ten years from now and say, “Dang. I wish I hadn’t gone to Europe. The two hundred dollars I could’ve earned working that summer would have been waay better than traveling around overseas.”
There is one piece left that I haven’t typed yet. When Mrs. T first told me about the opportunity, all I could think of was a certain person residing in Europe. And yes, after much negotiation, it’s decided that I will also spend two weeks with my good friend Mire, in Denmark. In fact, when the Swopes heard about the idea, they offered to pay for airfare there if I would stay with them for six weeks, which I intend to do.

So there you have it. I will miss my family this summer..and it will be sad not to see my cousins and extended family. I’ll also miss Peniel, and one of my last summers home with Than before college. But I think this will be an incredible experience. Not necessarily easy, or always fun, but very good. I’m flat out terrified, of course, but also excited.

I’d rather people outside of the family didn’t know yet- I think it would be more exciting to tell them closer to the time I leave. Krissy and Sonja were some of the first to know. :) I am leaving June 26th, I think, and returning mid-August. I will keep a travel blog while I am there, and I hope lots of people will drop by. ;) I should have a camera with me.
Thanks for reading this. Have a nice day, everyone.

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Staying at home

First, read this:
“(4)Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, (5)to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” -Titus 2:4+5

Now, read this:
Objection #1: “A woman really only needs to stay home if she has children. Before that, she can have a career, and that means she’d need to go to college first for career training.”
Answer: When a woman marries, she becomes one with her husband. His interests become immediately and intimately her own. Her desire in life should be to further her own husband’s interests and make him successful by being the best wife she can possibly be. Her job is to free him from home concerns so that he can “contend in the gates” with the other men. She needs to do such a good job at home that her husband can put full confidence in her and literally never worry that she is incapable of running the home, tending to guests, managing the servants or teaching the children. She is not called to submit to anyone else’s husband but her own. To take a job out in the world and submit to male bosses and managers requires her to come under the guidance and direction of other men (in many cases someone else’s husband). This directly violates Titus 2:5, which exhorts married women to “be obedient to their own husbands” (emphasis mine).

Please, what do you think of that? Both females and males. I agree with some of it, but from reading Titus 2:5, I don’t get the same impression this lady does. She seems to say that a woman should only take orders from her husband, and I think that when the orders relate to personal life that’s true. But I don’t think the verse says it’s wrong to have a job and take orders from a boss; does that dishonor your husband/future husband?

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