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…for another Mixtape. I’ve put together a Mixtape for every season of 2010 thus far, so it was about time to do one for Autumn, my favorite season. So, here is a little mix of some new and old songs. What unites them are themes of home, nostalgia, family, the need for community, the stubborn desire for freedom and independence, doubt, and hope. I hope that at least one or two of these songs strikes a chord with you. Enjoy!

go to: http://www.mediafire.com/?s1wtxz3yll3i2qd

Also, I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but I think that I need a new creative space for my blog. So, from now on, please visit my new blog @ http://web.me.com/andrew_kreeger/Patchwork .

I’ll post the Mixtape there as well!
All my best,
dk~

August-September

Dear Friends,

Thanks for hanging in there. I really hate that the most interesting times of life are often the most hectic, hence not allowing for a ton of extra blogging time. The last month really has been full of many blessings, memories, ups, and downs, and as much as possible, I’ll try to regurgitate some of those things for you here.

We got back to America on August 11th. We were so excited. In JFK Airport in New York, I ate deep dish pizza, drank a Jamba Juice, and froze to pure enjoyment from the cranked AC. America welcomed us home in fashion. Two days after our arrival, I interviewed for a job I really wanted at Goodwill Industries in Denver, and found out about two weeks later that I didn’t get it.

In the meantime, our good friend Flo made the jump across the pond from Lauf to Denver, and we had the joy of hosting him for 2 and a half weeks. It was his first time on American soil, so it was fun to rediscover our home as he was seeing it for the first time. There is so much excitement, wonder, and pleasure in exploring a new country. To me, this is one of the privileges of living in the West. There is much to discover if you choose to foster the spirit of a pioneer. So with Flo, we did a lot of fun stuff. We explored Downtown Denver, Ultimate Frisbee @ City Park, Pearl Street and the Hill in Boulder, Chataqua, Boulder Canyon & Falls, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Coors Field, midnight bike rides through Broomfield, and of course, the glories of American shopping malls. Needless to say, Flo bought an extra SD card for his camera.

For the last few days of Flo’s stay, Carolyn and I really refocused, and began to pursue jobs with new gusto and motivation. We both applied, cleaned up our résumés, interviewed, and were denied by a few different potential employers. A few of these jobs would have been really great (or so we think), but throughout this entire process, we continue to remind one another that the LORD is good, and that he will not abandon us.

I believe on Flo’s last day here, I interviewed with the Apple Store at a local Mall, and hopefully that is going to work out. It would be a part time position, which would allow me to pursue substitute teaching as well, which would be a great experience for me as well. All shall work out as it’s supposed to, I trust that for sure.

Other than jobs, it’s just been great to be home. We have enjoyed the endless Colorado sunshine, family, hiking, reconnecting with old friends, meeting new friends, and receiving quality customer service again after three years of Germanitude.

If you are reading this, please know that you are probably in our thoughts, and that we will continue to keep you posted as we get more and more settled into our new home here. Thank you for your prayers and support!

Talk to you soon!

On Being Blessed


As we approach being back in America for a month now, we are slowly leaving the phase of being able to explain to people that we just got back from Europe, and are trying to put the pieces of life together. It’s funny how there’s a big difference in 2 and 3 weeks. Telling folks we’d been back for just 2 weeks, everyone said, “Oh, well you basically just got back…things’ll fall into place.” But just a few days later, into week 3, people’s started to say stuff like, “Well, you know…that’s just the economy these days. Good luck out there.” It is definitely a battle to remember that we just closed out a 3 year long chapter of our lives, and that one, two, or five months are relatively short periods of transition. Carolyn and I are continually reminding ourselves to be patient and faithful as we wait to see where the Lord directs us in this new phase of life. One thing that helps to combat impatience and anxiety is thankfulness.

We do have an incredible amount for which to be thankful. One year ago, we celebrated a beautiful wedding, surrounded by so many family members and friends. We were able to take a honeymoon, and even a honeymoon to Greece at that. Despite a tough economy, we’ve been able to work during the last years, gaining experience in our fields, as well as gaining invaluable life experience abroad in Switzerland and Germany. We were able to continually develop friendships in Lauf, as well as establish new friends there. Additionally, we were blessed by numerous visitors, and enjoyed sharing our time in Europe with many. We have been able to eat well, we’ve been able to live comfortably, and we’ve been able to travel a great amount.

When I consider these things, my desire for more is squelched. I have been given more than enough. I am probably spoiled beyond measure. As Carolyn and I wait on jobs, apartments, and cars, we are rediscovering the beauty of seeking the Lord with palms outstretched; leaving all we have behind, ready to accept whatever He has in store for us. It is a new adventure, but as we continue on, it is such an encouragement to remember how our Father has richly blessed us. It reminds us to have faith that he will continue to.

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liked this. after speaking german for the last 3 years, this was not only an entertaining video, but educational as well. i gotta work on my english vocabulary these days.

found via http://www.kitsunenoir.com.

in other news, i updated my blog again. can you believe it? more of our tales back in the good ol’ u s of a to come.

It was such a shock that Germany left the field yesterday with a 4-0 win against Argentina under their belts. Carolyn and I watched along with some of our friends at a pretty nice little bar called the Bäckerhof in Nürnberg. We normally like this bar, but for the World Cup, they did something really incredible; they took all of the furniture out of the place, and rolled out real grass. So, we ordered ourselves a drink, settled into the comfy soccer ball beanbags, and watched Germany cruise to another impressive victory!

Here’s a few short videos of the bar, of the walk through town afterwards, and then of the beach on the Insel Schut in Nürnberg where a lot of people were celebrating another great win! Weiter gehen Deutschland!!!



Germany now plays Spain on Wednesday in what is a rematch of the 2008 European Championship final. It should be another good one!

It’ been a rough week at Team USA’s camp here in Lauf. Carolyn and I have had a hard time knowing where to turn in our despair. Last night, in a breakdown, Carolyn curled up in the colors of our nation, and cried tears of misery. Between sobs, I heard the quiet, but persistent chant of “U…S…A……U…S…A…”

Now all we can do is hope for the best for our German friends. They have a tough matchup on Saturday against Argentina, but I’m optimistic. After seeing this interview of Coach Löw after the England victory, I can’t help but be confident in Löw’s effortless decision making abilities.

I’m going to predict a 2-1 win for Deutschland against Argentina.