April 22, 2011
It is spring once again here in Germany. The snowdrops and crocuses are in full bloom, and it feels a little magical yet again. This is my favourite time of year, as I am reminded why I love this country so much. Spring already in March? Yes please!
Goings on:: There’s a LOT going on these days and we’re having a lot of fun because “The Missing Link” JUST STARTED! (Just to clarify, “The Missing Link” is not the latest paleontological find but rather a Bible Reading Course we will be running in April.) We have been working hard on teachings and projects for the course, which began April 17th. YIKES, time flew by! All of us in the SBS have been anxious to get started, as this is the first time the course will run and we have a full class! Reading through the Old Testament in one month is no easy task, but we hope to make it fun with decorations, costumes and feasts. It promises to be an intense but wonderful time.
On the Horizon:: Jeremy and I were asked to teach some SBS classes in two different YWAM bases in two different countries! We are so excited for these opportunities, as it’s been a goal of ours to go and teach elsewhere and to be a part of SBS worldwide. We will be teaching three days in Wiler, Switzerland at the end of May, and three days in Kiev, Ukraine at the end of June. In addition to teaching abroad, we will still have plenty to do back here, as the SBS is also hosting a European School of Biblical Studies consultation at the beginning of June. It’s not going to be boring around here, that’s for sure.
A few prayer requests::
: A prayer of thanks, as a good friend of ours bought us the plane tickets we needed in order to go and teach in Kiev, Ukraine. What an amazing, surprising blessing that was for us! : We have a lot of work ahead of us, with the Missing Link, and us each preparing three books to teach in Switzerland and Ukraine. Please pray for focus and for God’s direction on what He wants to say through us and through his word. : We have also really been praying for a new place to live, as we hope to expand our family and therefore will need a bigger place. There have been two “perfect” places that have come and gone (sigh) which has been pretty emotional for us, but we have heard the same message over and over: “God has a perfect place for us in his perfect time.” We are now not only praying for a place to live, but for the patience to wait for the REAL perfect one (not just one that seems that way) and the wisdom to know when it’s the right time to move.
Margaret-Rose:: Maggie is doing just wonderful! She is learning to walk, and after some a good training program of pushing a toy stroller around the Castle basketball court outside all by herself, she can now WALK! She has also discovered the joy of pulling out grass, and we have had fun digging in the sand box. Turns out she doesn’t like the taste of sand… lesson learned. Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated her first birthday party, and have included some pictures. The theme was Spring, of course!!
Around the World:: We have a new feature in our news letter. It’s called “Around the World”. We want to introduce some of our fellow missionaries. People we know who are serving in other places “Around the world”. We’d like you to meet Gulab. He is from India, serving with YWAM, in the Philippines with his wife, Silma, and their brand new baby Preeti. They are a part of what they call “dump ministry” where they work with families who actually live in dumps. This work includes feeding and washing TB patients, first aid, and leading bible studies. They also work with teams of DTS (discipleship training school) students, leading outreaches and teaching. If you would like to know more about them and what they do, please ask us and we can get their newsletter sent to you as well! Here are some of their prayer requests:
: Thanksgiving that the birth of their baby went well
: They need more financial support, not only on
a monthly basis, but also to pay for the delivery
of their baby.
: That there will be healing among the TB patients
they are working with and safety for all the staff
Thanks for reading our newsletter! We are so appreciative that every one of you is in our lives. We really do feel your prayers and support alllll the way over here! Be blessed and enjoy spring!! Love,
Stephanie, Jeremy and Margaret-Rose
Contact us: Stephanie / Jeremy Rottier – Youth With A Mission Address: Schloss Hurlach – Schlossgasse 1 – 86857 Hurlach – Deutschland Phone: (office) 011-49-8248-122-38 / (home) 011-49-8248-12257 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (J) / email@example.com (S) Check out Stephanie’s Jewelry: http://www.stephandotis.etsy.com Check out our Blog: https://therocketiers.wordpress.com/ Sponsor us: http://www.ywamcanada.org/donations.html
March 2, 2011
A new year and a new home
Well, here we are again! Back in the thriving metropolis of Hurlach, Germany! We’ve been back for about a month now, and we are diving right in, preparing for our next school, The Missing Link, which starts mid-April.
(if you want to learn more about The Missing Link, check this link: http://www.wix.com/biblelink/the-missing-link)
We are living in the Castle again, which we are excited about. The apartment we have is just lovely, with lots of light and a lovely roommate, our friend DonnaJames from Colorado! She did her SBS with us in 2007 and is back to help staff the Missing Link. We are having fun living with her and she is great with Maggie, which is a HUGE help!
A more Permanent Home
We’re excited to be back here in the Castle and it’s great to be back at work. We have a contract to work for YWAM here in Germany for the next 5 years. The last year has been an intense one and we’re looking forward to putting roots down in Germany.We definitely miss Canada and hope to return sometime during those five years but for now, Hurlach will be our home.
We had so much fun at home last year! What a blessing it was to be there for six whole months! We halved our time between the Rottier farm, and Stephanie’s Mom’s place in the city, which was great for the grandparents, as well as for us! Maggie took full advantage of her time with them, cuddling with Beppe, and watching Baby Einstein with Gramma B.
Highlights from our time in Canada:
*we took a one month road trip that took us to Kananaskis, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland (and area) and Montana. It was GREAT to see all our friends in those places again… it had been too long.
* we got to be home for Maggie’s first Christmas! She got as spoiled as she could, with our baggage weight restriction! (we still had to bring a few extra suitcases back to Germany with us)
*we really loved spending one on one time with people in their homes. It was such a blessing to see what God is doing in our friends lives at home, and to be able to just share life together.
Here are some pictures from Maggie’s first Christmas:
God’s great provision
Besides spending time with Family, one of our main goals for our time in Canada was to pay off our debt. When we left Germany, we owed the Castle money as well as on our credit card. God provided some wonderful means to pay off this debt and so by working on the farm and through the generous gifts of friends and family, we are pleased to say that our debts were almost completely taken care of. It really was amazing to see.
Another goal we had was to find more people to support us on a monthly basis. It was really amazing to see how God worked, inspiring people to stand behind us and the work we’re doing here. We want to thank all of you who support us, those of you who have committed to monthly donations, those who have given unexpected one time gifts and especially those who pray for us, your faithfulness is inspiring and challenging us to continue to work hard to live out God’s will for our lives.
Here’s a bit of what we’re going to be up to in the next months:
-We mentioned The Missing Link before, which is a four week seminar on the Old Testament (Read through the whole Old Testament in FOUR WEEKS! – spots still available). We are both teaching in this, and are SUPER excited to get it going!
-We are also still looking for a larger apartment, but there aren’t very many affordable places available in the village. Please pray that God provides us with the perfect place.
-Jeremy has also committed to helping out at a youth drop in center in a neighbouring village called Schwabmuenchen, and does that almost every Friday night. Please pray as many of the kids coming to this place are troubled and involved in drugs.
-We are also both doing a German learning program called Rosetta Stone. It’s part of a new initiative in the Castle community and we’re looking forward to getting started!
Thanks again to all of you for your continued support and love. You all mean so much to us.
Contact us: Stephanie / Jeremy Rottier – Youth With A Mission
Address: Schloss Hurlach – Schlossgasse 1 – 86857 Hurlach – Deutschland
Phone: (office) 011-49-8248-122-38 / (home) 011-49-8248-12257
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (J) / email@example.com (S)
Check out Stephanie’s Jewelry: http://www.stephandotis.etsy.com
Check out our Blog: https://therocketiers.wordpress.com/
Sponsor us: http://www.ywamcanada.org/donations.html
June 24, 2010
So….Maggie got her Temporary Canadian Passport a couple of weeks ago…good for 2 years as we wait for the Canadian Government processes her Canadian Citizenship Application. Good timing too because we’re planning to go to Canada pretty soon. It was pretty tough to get things together but we managed…even though we’ve got to get more pictures taken…nothing more fun than trying to get professional pictures of a 1-2 month old. Actually though, it wasn’t all that bad. She’s such a great little girl and we are really blessed. Sure, she’s fussy sometimes and there’s often times when we don’t know what to do but seriously, she’s a ridiculously good baby. Awesome around people, smiley and just so friggin cute! Anyway, just thought I should share that.
April 3, 2010
Unexpected fun things about having a baby:
1. Finding songs with her name in them…for example:
“Maggie May” by Rod Stewart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEoc13bwCw0
“Wake Up Little Maggie” by Terry Cassidy: http://www.picklehead.com/samples/terrysample_wake.mp3
2. Finding lullaby versions of rock tunes by “rockabye baby!”. This was a totally amazing find…I’ve actually found myself listening to this stuff a lot as it’s so relaxing. Lots of fun trying to figure out where the melody of the song is…here’s the link to the official website where you can listen to a clip of “sweet child ‘o mine” by guns n’ roses…currently my favourite.
So…it’s 2 months in and we’re pretty much in love with this girl. She’s hilarious, even when she’s screaming (okay, not every time…). She’s been learning how to smile lately, which is AWESOME! Love her!
March 14, 2010
Oh MAN! this is getting ridiculous…I mean, I know that this is pretty normal but the waiting game is killing me!
Oh, and just so you know, I’m talking about Steph being pregnant…still! It’s a bit of a crazy situation, with people asking daily if the baby’s here yet, with the constant wondering if this is the day, with the “tentative” plans made and so on….it’s a very surreal situation at the moment. People ask if I’m excited…kind of but I don’t think it’s hit me yet. Of course I’m really looking forward to seeing our baby but yeah…it’s still pretty surreal like I said.
SO…for the last 2 days we’ve been in the hospital and it’s been…ok. Saturday morning we went in to get an ECG done (monitors the baby’s heartbeat) and all is good in that regard. Then we were told to come back in the evening and check Stephanie in and then at midnight they gave her the “cocktail” (Castor oil, Sekt – sparkling wine, and Orange juice) to induce labour. Steph’s mom and I were at the hospital until about 10:30 when they told us to go home. SO we did, and then at about 5:00 this morning Steph called me to tell me that she was having big contractions and I should come to the hospital. So off we went. And were there all day, lots of contractions, lots of walking to help things along, lots of swinging our hips (I was participating so Steph didn’t feel awkward…it was still a big awkward but more funny than awkward) to get the baby in the right position and…still nothing really.
So…we’re still waiting. She was told to take the afternoon off, given some pills to help calm the contractions so she can relax, and then we’ll check in at 5:30 tonight to see how things are going and if things continue the way they have, we’ll start up again tomorrow morning.
As frustrating as it is playing the waiting game, we have some AMAZING people who are helping us with this whole process. The midwife who’s been working with us the most has been SO awesome and SO helpful and she speaks English really well and we’re really really really blessed to have someone like that there. Also, there’s a family who works here with YWAM who have been away for the last week and they lent us their vehicle and OH MAN, that has been awesome. It’s ridiculous how blessed we are. So much support and so many friends…amazing.
All right, that’s all for now, I’m off to grab a quick nap before heading back to the hospital. Peace,
p.s. here’s some pictures to hold you until there’s baby pictures to see. Steph was wearing all black one day so we decided to take pictures of the pregnant ninja who’s been living in our house.
February 27, 2010
“Oh MAN, am I tired!”
This is, supposedly, the cry of every new parent as they welcome, most likely, the biggest change into their lives that they’ve, probably, ever experienced. Well, as likely as this is to be MY reason for the very same expression of despair in a very short time, in this case there was an entirely different reason for it. However, in the name of justification, I like to call this my “Baby Preparation Course”.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m a huge fan of the Olympics…I can watch pretty much every sport and really get into it (even Figure Skating on occasion). Unfortunately, with the Olympics taking place in Vancouver this year, it has made watching them a challenge (read my blog on trying to watch hockey on the internet: https://therocketiers.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/watching-the-olympics-in-germany/) It has also meant that if I want to watch a game live, I need to get up in the middle of the night to do so. So, I’ve been trying to work my sleep schedule around so line up with the Olympics (which should sound familiar to parents) so that I can watch but still manage to get a reasonable amount of sleep in the meantime. This (which should also sound familiar to parents) hasn’t exactly worked to perfection. However, it’s been very rewarding and I’ve been able to enjoy some great hockey (and other things) and, for the most part, the rest of my life hasn’t suffered too badly.
I’m pretty excited for the coming baby and with the T-Minus count is almost upon us, the excitement is growing. I’ve determined that as tired as I get as a new father, I will do my very best NOT to complain about how tired I am. Not sure how this will work out but for now, I’m enjoying my pre-baby Olympic preparation course. It has been SO much fun to be able to do this and I’ve been realizing, pretty much everyday, how lucky I am to live in a world where I can just sit in my living room, sans TV, and watch sports taking place across the world.
Bring on the BABY!
February 19, 2010
So…being in Germany, watching the Olympics from Vancouver has been…interesting. Let me set the stage first here, I love the Olympics. I know that it’s become an over-commercialized lame-fest in a lot of ways but seriously, I love it. When I was home, I loved coming back from work and watching whatever was on: snowboarding, skeleton, oh and of course, hockey!
So back to Germany, we’re living in a new place now with acceptably fast internet and no tv…which is good, I didn’t like TV in Canada and here…I’ll talk about that some other time maybe. SO anyway, having an internet connection that makes it even possible to consider attempting to watch live-stream Olympic sports has led to problems: how the heck can I get a live-feed in english?
I tried the CTVOlympics.ca site but…no dice. Couldn’t even watch the highlights. Then I tried another site that promised the live-stream but first the site crashed, then it required that you fill out some ridiculous “survey” in order to watch anything, then it didn’t work anyway. SO finally, I was able to get a live-stream from the website of the German television station ZDF, not English but hey, I can kind of understand what’s they’re saying and it’s good quality stuff. Watching Canada attempt to beat Switzerland = Good Times. THEN, they decide that it’s better to show Skeleton (luge on your stomach) instead of the rest of the game! SO I quickly searched around and finally found a live-stream in Swedish! And let me tell you, it was beautiful. What an amazing (sounding) language. It really made the experience a lot of fun…and in the end, Canada won the game and all was right in the world…
SO yeah, it’s amazing the kinds of things you find out about when you can’t just turn on the tv and watch…I rather enjoyed my multi-lingual hockey experience…hope it’s as fun the next game. In the meantime, GO CANADA GO!!
Oh, and check this out: http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/#/beitrag/video/954358/Eishockey:-Schweiz—Kanada
February 17, 2010
So…time for personal revelations from Jeremy…today I had a moment where I realized a current trend in my life. This is the trend of talking at people. I’m pretty sure that I’ve never been short on words in my entire life but lately…it’s been irritating. And if it’s irritating to me…
Anyway, this is not a moment of “oh, I realized I’m a jerk I feel bad” and I’m definitely not fishing for any sort of encouragement or sympathy. This is about how easy it is to make a conversation into a rant and pretty much do away with the whole “dialogue” thing and turn the conversation into a series of monologues. I know some people who do this and to be honest, I think we all do. If you’re reading this you know at least one.
It’s amazing how easy it is to stop listening to people. I mean, it’s hard for me to remember the last time where I just listened, allowed for the person to fully complete their thought, waited a few seconds to think about what they said, and then gave a response. Rather, I’m often so overcome by my “great response” that I will interrupt people in the midst of what they’re saying. Maybe it comes from a desire to really “be heard” or the fear that “if I don’t say this now, I won’t be able to say it ever and this conversation will forever be lacking my awesome response”…or something like that.
Anyway, enough of this, just a quick thought and maybe a challenge for you…if you have a big mouth like me that is…maybe we could all take a couple minutes and listen. Like, really listen…might hear something that’s way more awesome than the thing we wanted to say.
February 16, 2010
So, Stephanie’s pregnant….due any day now… It’s crazy thinking that we’re going to be parents. What’s even more crazy is trying to figure out how we’ll be parents IN GERMANY! So far, things have been great with the Doctor and with the Mid-wife (yeah, they have mid-wives here…which I think is cool) and the latest thing I’ve been dealing with is how to go about insuring our baby-to-be. It’s crazy and complicated business going about figuring this all out. I mean, we have insurance (for foreigners living in Germany) but the problem is that the company we’re with, while it covers Steph for the birth, it doesn’t really have anything set up to cover the baby once it’s born…yeah…
SO, with that in mind I’m applying to get my “arbeitserlaubnis” or working permit, so that I can work for the Castle and then we would all be covered under my insurance that I would have as a person who is officially employed in Germany. Sounds simple…except that I’m pretty sure German bureaucracy is set up so that only the people who are really committed to the process will succeed in getting what they want.
Take my driver’s license for example: As a Canadian with an Alberta Driver’s License, I was able to drive in Germany for the first 3 months of my stay here (standard procedure) and then I would have to apply to get it changed for a German Driver’s License. No problem (for me) all I have to do is get my Canadian license translated into German and get some “biometric” photos taken, then fill out the application and wait for my license. Except that they wouldn’t tell me where to get the translation done or where to have the pictures taken (conflict of interest) and I also had to get a proof of residency (from a different town) and then take all these things in. Let’s just say, it took a while to get this together and it was a frustrating process.
And speaking of a frustrating process, it continues with my application for a work permit. However, despite these challenges and my frustration with how it seems to be common procedure to take simple things and make them extremely complicated – which, turns out, is based on a “we need to do it right” mentality…which still means that things remain complicated…especially because “right” is totally subjective. So yeah, despite all this, I am making headway and learning more and more about German culture.
As for Steph, she’s doing GREAT! It’s been a pretty amazing pregnancy. Definitely a rough beginning with super-sick months and a 2-night stay in the hospital right before her 30th birthday (no big deal)…but overall it was pretty great and you will definitely hear Steph saying these days that she’s a bit sad that she won’t be pregnant anymore soon…and then reality kicks in and she needs to get out of bed, or bend down to pick something up.
So yeah, definitely excited about the baby coming and definitely excited to become a dad…a bit freaked out but I’m pretty sure that’s normal…right? Here’s to new and exciting things to come! (and here’s to becoming better at dealing with German bureau-crazy with every new experience)
February 9, 2010
so…unknown to likely many of you, we recently moved to a new apartment in the lovely village of Hurlach. While it has been amazing to see how blessed we are with friends and great people who have jumped in to help us in SO many ways, this move has not been without its difficulties.
1. We’re moving away from the Castle into a flat in the village, which means a LOT of the ways we were used to doing things have changed. Such as: garbage, phone, internet, shoveling snow in the winter, distance to work, and the list goes on.
2.Let me elaborate on the phone and internet situation. We now have a phone but for a while did not. This was because of a complicated process of changing account owners which should NOT have been complicated. The former tenant is a lady who used to work for YWAM but is retired and moved to another city. She called Telekom (pretty much the main phone company in Germany) and they said that all she had to do was fill out some papers which they sent to her. We then took those papers to a Telekom store where we were informed that this was not enough. We then called their customer service (actually someone else called for us because it was all in German) and were informed that it was easier to cancel the account and then start our own account. Back to the former tenant who called Customer Service again and was told that we could fax in the papers and then change the account to whatever we wanted after this. Which we did, and it worked! SO ridiculous. Seriously, it was like the dude at the store just didn’t want to deal with it…which is very possible. Those kinds of things happen here. Anyway, phone we now have…still waiting on the internet stuff to come in the mail. Good times…
So yeah, we’re REALLY glad to be in our new place, the last months have been intense but yeah, we’re pretty amazed that we can live in a place like this. Here’s a look at the place before and after moving in: