13.01.2015

New Year

Hello everyone,

haven't seen you in a while.

Sorry about that, but, well, it doesn't look like a lot of people read this anyway.

What have I been up to? The end of my 3rd semester is coming closer which means I spend a lot of time finding ways to procrastinate (btw this is one of them, but I already studied for 3 hrs this morning, so I think I deserve a break). Well I still have 2 weeks until finals week(s). No reason to be worried...

This semester I have been really really busy, thank God I found time to sleep in between all my activities:
First of, I'm now a life group leader at Cru. Then I also took on a few jobs at Kirche im Club, which is a massive students-service/outreach that we have 2-3 times per semester at one of the biggest clubs this town has (between 600-850 students and young come to this quite different service). And I started a new job at the local pool. And I started taking care of a severely autistic 15-year-old boy for a few hours once or twice a week. And then I had plans to still do things with my friends or have a social life outside of the University halls.
Worked out great!
Oh, yes, and I'm still a full-time student!

But seriously, I have been really busy trying to juggle school work, volunteering, work and social life but I also love everything I do (most of the time). I'm very thankful to have all these amazing friends and especially my roommates who put up with my helper-syndrome and my craziness and who I can laugh with, celebrate nonsense events with, talk about life, ask philosophical questions like why someones butt looks differently in sweatpants compared to skinny jeans (we're still not finished with that discussion), but also talk about our spiritual life and discuss questions about God, his ways, and how we are doing in our daily Christian life.

What else is new in my life?
Oh, yes, my brother had his second baby in November, Jannik. He was a few weeks early, but everything is fine and he is doing great. I really don't understand how people can still question if there is a God who fearfully and lovingly created this universe and each and every single one of us, when they look at a newborn baby.

And to leave you with a little cliffhanger (and me with a reason to write more often):
Hopefully not for long anymore: From this side of the world (if God grants me this wish) to the US,
I miss all of you and love you!

Segenregen (rain shower of blessings),
Theresa

30.04.2014

DIY

One word: Pinterest.
Please, don't even get on this page - once you're in, there is no way out.

Since I had some time on my hands during break last month I decided to actually make some of the things that I had been looking at for a while.

I tried a whole lot of recipes and surprisingly a lot of them turned out eatable! Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of all the things I made, but I will next time. :)
Here is a list of what I tried:

Recipes:
- Pretzel bites - Success! for a day. Then they were just rocks.
- Butter Chicken - Success, after stretching it, because the first time it was burning our taste buds off!
- Naan - Success!
- Baked Donuts - ½ Success - the ones with Chocolate frosting were delicious, the other ones - not as good, but still acceptable.
Knotted Stromboli
- Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes - somehow we managed to eat all of them, but it wasn't as easy as you would expect Cheesecake Cupcakes to be finished.
Regular Stromboli
- Stromboli - Success - the first time, 2nd time the dough "broke" and the mozzarella leaked out. Meh.
- Magnetic chalkboard memo board - Good, but the Chalkboard part is not really worth it.. for now.
- String art board - Freakishly hard work and a long process, but it looks fantastic!

The last one is also the one, I want to write about today:
I had been seeing these State string art things all the time on Pinterest, but I liked the ones with words spelled out much better.
Unfortunately I'm still waiting for the one person to redefine the words "love" or "family" for me, so
1.  I decided to go with my baptism verse.
After I had tried out a lot of
2. fonts I found the one that looked just the way I wanted it to be. It's called "Stars from our eyes".
I, then, went on to
3. find a piece of wood and got really lucky. My brother had just brought over an old wooden garden table, so that my dad could use it for our fireplace. This table was actually given to my parents by our neighbors and the lady died shortly after I was born. But she first suggested to name me "Theresia", well they obviously went with Theresa, but I love that I now have a piece of this table that my parents were given by this woman.


4. After sawing and sanding it I spray painted it in this lovely navy blue. At that point I was still hopeful to finish the project the next day - wroooong.
5. I taped the letters (that I had printed out) onto the board and started hammering. Nail by nail. For 3 days. Of course not all day every day, but you can only do this for so long before either your eyes, your back or your arms really need a break.

6. After somehow getting these 441 (+/- a few) into the wood I very carefully (!) pulled off the paper letters and all I had left to do was putting the string around the nails: evenly, tight and carefully.

I was happy that I had chosen a relatively thick thread  because this made it a lot easier keep the thread on/around the nails than with a thinner thread.
Somehow I managed to knot the thread onto the last nail and not loosen it and not loose(n) any nails in the process. I have to say I felt pretty good after that..

Many people have complimented me on this board and I love how it turned out!

That's my latest big Pinterest-success and I felt this was kinda share-worthy, so thanks for reading.

xoxo,
Thesi