Roof Repair…

roof_repair20181031Yep, our roof is getting a once over. Well, not the whole roof, just parts of it, which were not well done during the renovation by the developer; mainly the dormer windows and the mounting of the solar panels. This is what happens when you buy an apartment in an old building and did not check the roof (but really, who checks the roof?! And even if i did, i would not know what i was looking at).

i was slightly disappointed when the work did not start the week they said it would and i had to write an email to ask what was happening. No explanation was given, just that they have delayed works by a week. Quite unprofessional in my eyes, but at least they did start the work.

This delay means… this week we have rainy weather – not great for roof works – so no work was done, as far as i can see. Hopefully, they will still finish on time, or at a minimum, they would finish before more rainy weather sets in.

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Highlight – Spring Break 2018…

Once again, this post is weeks late. But it’s ok.

So Spring break for us was back in the middle of April. We had a quiet one this time.

We mainly stayed home, got some things done, went to watch a movie and visited friends. I had to work one day and we got in a couple of rounds of squash as well.

The highlight for us was going to one of the largest labyrinths in Switzerland. It’s in the French part of Switzerland is called Labyrinth Aventure.

It was a long drive from where we are but it was fine with the beautiful scenery along the way and we had good fun there.

We got there just before lunch and got started with the actual maze first. You are given a list of 10 boards/treasures to find in the maze, which was great, otherwise, we would have been wandering around aimlessly. There is no real reward, like a chocolate or something; just a sense of achievement which, i think, is super! Not everything needs a tangible reward; feeling happy about something you have done is also a fantastic reward.

highlightspringbreak_20180516aThen it was lunch. The restaurant serves very simple food but it’s enough for kids and parents. They do have lots of ice cream, snacks, and sweets.

After lunch, we explored the rest of the place. It is not huge but big enough for a good day out. There is a play area for little ones, there are many swings to try, they have lots of game tables with lots of interesting wooden games, there are also pool tables and table tennis. We tried out some pedal cars and the boys did the giant slides. We also did some jousting and the boys had tons of fun on this crazy spinning disc. They also have giant hamster wheels and some chess tables.

And all these in an amazing mountain setting!

highlightspringbreak_20180616bTired out, we made the drive home.

If you are in the area, and are looking for something to do with your kids, do check out this place. Apparently, they have a sister amusement park nearby too.

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Goodbye 2017… Hello 2018…

It’s the end of another year… time for the usual review (see below for our Christmas letter 2017) … and also looking forward to 2018! Happy New Year!

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HiHi

How are you? We hope this finds you and your family well, all sharing and caring together as we celebrate the birth of love; the birth of Jesus.

2017 has been a year of ups and downs and quite a few medical encounters.

January and February saw us busy with Tobias’ recovery from his two broken arms. One of the consequence of Tobias’ arms being broken was that he was not able to his final primary school exams and it was decided by the school that his average grades would be calculated from his various tests throughout the year and that he would go into the apprenticeship track for secondary school, which was where we felt suited him best.

Another consequence of his injury was that we went to Paris for our Sports holiday in February instead of the usual skiing. It was lovely to finally see Paris in all its beauty.

The doctor finally gave the all clear for sports activities mid-February, much to Tobias’ delight as it was just in time for his class ski trip.

March and April was a time of much traveling for Walter, around Africa and Europe is mostly where he gets to. Sandra continues to teach Chinese class and Sunday School, as well as run her English Playgroup.

In May, Sandra attended her first writers’ conference in Brussels, hosted by SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators). She enjoyed it very much; the first time she has traveled within Europe alone. And she learned a lot.

Of course, Tobias officially turned a teen in May! Now a 13-year-old boy! No longer a little guy,; he is taller than Sandra now.

May was also when Walter’s father fell seriously ill and was hospitalised. His mother’s health also suffered and she was also in hospital. And they both remained in hospital and rehab care respectively until we arrived in Singapore in July.

So much of our July/August holidays was spent caring for Walter’s parents and arranging for long-term carers for them. It was a tiring and trying time for all involved but by God’s grace, we managed it, with lots of help and support from Sandra’s family and all our dear friends.

Mid-August, we came back to Switzerland fairly tired out but got right back into the routine of school and work, while trying to help keep an eye on things in Singapore.

September was filled with the usual school, work, church and weekend activities. Walter still leading worship at church and fulfilling his role as an elder. Sandra continues as Missions coordinator for the church and leading Mission Focus Sundays for the Sunday School. Tobias now enjoys being in the teen class at church.

October meant lots of work travel for Walter. We managed to squeeze in a short few days holiday in Copenhagen. We like the city a lot and Sandra can certainly see us living there… lol. Walter also had to make an emergency trip to Singapore as well, to sort out family issues and his parents’ care.

November was a whirlwind of activity for us; lots of concert rehearsals for Tobias and Sandra, work travel for Walter, as well as having Walter’s best friend and his family stay with us for 2 weeks, which was great!

Tobias also switched to the academic track at the end of November, which meant a new school (further from home), new timetable, new classmates and teachers, and having to catch up on work he’s missed for the last 3 months.

December saw us having our previous pastor and his wife (they are also Tobias’ Godparents) stay with us for a couple of days, which is wonderful because we have not seen them for quite a number of years as they live in New Zealand.

And now here we are at Christmas!

Wow! That was some year. And through all of that, we have to thank God for everything He has provided; in all of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs, giving us amazing people who supported, encouraged and prayed for us. Thank you all!

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Blessed 2018!

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