Wednesday, October 31, 2007


On Wednesday, the day before my parents flew back to the US, we celebrated Thanksgiving with them. WHAT A GREAT DAY! We made a FEAST! Everyone helped. After dinner we went a walk around our village, then home for games and dessert. It was a nice way to spend their last day in Germany.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Rhein River Drive and Burg Eltz

On Sunday we drove along the Rhein river (it was too cold for a River cruise). We stopped in St. Goar for a picnic lunch, but didn't stay to walk around the castle because it was so cold. Then we headed back along the Rhein, turning to follow the Mosel River where they meet in Koblenz. It was a nice drive, and thanks to Rick Steeves we were able to read about all the castles we were passing along the way, as well as History about the villigaes and cities we drove through. Our Final Destination is one of the most famous castles in Germany, Burg Eltz. It is nestled in a forest which was alive with fall colors, and because the castle is so well preserved it really is one of the best tours.
Since my family had been on the tour before the 5 of us walked down to the Eltz River to throw rocks in the water while Grandpa & Grandma went on the 45 minute tour of the castle. We all had an afternoon snack before heading home, It was a lovely day and we made the best of the colder temps.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Burg Lichtenburg

Braving the cold weather we decided to explore some castle ruins about 20 minutes from our house. The castles history can be traced back to 1200! We were all starving when we got there and so we ate at the restaurant. The food was good, and it was Phantom's first time in a restaurant. We have been working with him on the leash so that we can take him everywhere, and he did really well. Just laid at Rob's feet patiently.
After a great lunch we spent some time wandering around the castle ruins and climbing, exploring, climbing, and climbing

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

It was SO COLD during the time when my parents were here. We got out every day and went for walks (all bundled up) but most night were spent cuddled up on the couch watching movies or playing games.We decided to brave the elements and head down to Rothenburg for an over night sightseeing trip. We went on a night-watchmen tour with an English speaking guide who shared lots of great stories about the towns amazing history in a humorous and entertaining way. We spent the night in a quaint little hotel and headed home after souvenir shopping the next morning.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


WHAT a DAY!! The kids all went in for haircuts in the morning, then off to school pictures at the local Christian school. After they had their pictures taken we headed over to a park on base with our friend Curran. He used his good camera to snap a few shots of my kids. Then we dashed off to Scouts and Irish Dance lessons. My parents were such god sports to accompany us on all our crazy adventures! I can not post the pictures that the school photographer took (copyright infringements), but here are the shots we captured at the park.

This is Curran getting all his equipment set up.

My idea this year was to have all the kids in the same style shirt but in their favorite colors. I think it worked well and they were thrilled!

Micah was cute with his little yellow flower that he wouldn't let go of!

Noah in green with red leaves. Very festive, don't you think?

We didn't get too many shots of Sarah, but the black and white one turned out nice.

For the record, Sarah does not like her hair at all in this picture. Having written that disclaimer though, I am posting it anyway.

Headed Home

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


My parents left this morning and I have SO many pictures to post and blog about! Alas, I have 1,000 other things I need to be doing AND a sick kiddo on top of that..... AHK!

Noah's Big injury
Noah was injured in the mouth during a game at coop on Tuesday - he is fine but for a moment we were concerned he had punctured his (insert that crazy word that begins with an "F" here that I can't think of right now) and might lose his permanent adult tooth... but thanks to a GREAT dentist that we go to church with (who just happened to be off work because he and his lovely wife just had a beautiful baby boy) we determined no ER visit was necessary and that the tooth looked safe. He is still pretty swollen even today, but no longer in a lot of pain. Here are a couple of pictures: Maybe you can not tell but those of you who know him well will be able to tell how swollen his smile is in the first picture and the second is of the injury.... it doesn't look as bad in the picture, go figure!

So until I can get the rest of my parent's visit pictures sorted, cropped, and captioned here is Noah's mouth picture (at least it's not a dead cat, right?)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Parental Supervision Required

Our dear friends from Germany had parents visit them this month too. Since both our parent's visits overlapped by 3 days we felt it a great time to ALL go out to dinner. It was a really NICE restaurant in Steinwnden called the "Hotel Raisch". Susi's parents and my parents got along really well and we all had a nice dinner.Here are my boys enjoying their yummy schnitzel.

Grandma, Mom, and (grand)daughter, we each had 3 generations represented.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Grandparents From Florida

My parents arrived in Germany on October 10th and will be here until this Thursday. We have been keeping busy with them here and I will have a few posts to update on the blog this weekend with all the pictures, but for now here is some pictures from the day they arrived....
Rob went to pick them up from the airport, here are all 3 kids and the dog waiting on our street as the van pulls up....
Everyone is so excited!
Grandma and Grandpa were both excited to meet their newest grand baby, Phantom, the grand dog.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

2 Corinthians 10:5

The church we have been attending in Germany for the last year is Trinity Reformed Presbyterian. We went there on an invitation from another home schooling family and discovered we already had many friends there from the local home schooling group.
Almost immediately I was drawn to some of the stark differences between this church and any other I had attended. I was amazed that others could concentrate some Sunday mornings for the glowing of all the light bulbs popping out in little think bubbles above my head. It has been a year of enlightenment; you might say, a reformation of the Murphy family. We have been learning about a great many things including the all encompassing T.U.L.I.P (or 5 points of Calvinism) which brought so many "A-ha" and "well, DUH!" moments to us.
It is very different from that which we have always known and I still know not enough to debate theology and doctrine with you.... so I will just use a quote from Rob, who when asked by his step-dad about the church we've been attending said this, "I think we've always been reformed, we just didn't have a name for it."
In our quest for understanding and thirst for knowledge we have been devouring information about liturgy, election, and covenant theology. After all we had learned it was the next logical step to become members of this church and have Micah baptized. It was a big day for us, and a little sad since we had been preparing and praying with the kids about the importance of this step, talking with all the kids (and learning for ourselves) about Micah's baptism. Then when Sunday arrived Rob got called into work!! He made it to the church toward the end of the service but missed the ceremony. Luckily my friend, Curran, was on-hand with his camera and snapped these pictures.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Noah's 9th Birthday Party

On Friday Noah had a birthday party with a few of his friends. We started out at the pool, then came back to our house for supper, dessert, presents and play time. It was a great time and lots of fun was had by all.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

ah, to be a puppy.....

Phantom, like all the boys in my life, has discovered a love for all things stick. After running around the yard, talking to the cows he settles down for a nice long chew.While we're busy with school he likes to lie next to Sarah on a blanket and wait for her to finish. Sleeping to Phantom is an art form and we are constantly distracted from our subjects by his funnysleep antics. It's all a play, I know, for us to stop working and play with him. He is sound asleep in this picture, napping hard.