Today is our last full day at Haus Edelweiss. We started off our morning with our final breakfast in this wonderful place. We said goodbye to some of the students that stayed overnight and then the maintenance and housekeeping teams combined to shut down and winterize some areas that will not be used until after the first of the year while the kitchen team broke down and cleaned out the kitchen.
Today was full of emotions for me. Back in September, Haus Edelweiss lost a sweet family member. She, her husband and little 2 year old daughter were the first staff that Jessie and I really connected with. I knew when I came back I wanted to serve on his team. I was very blessed to do that the very next year and was able to work a few times by her side. Today, we planted a plum tree in her honor. I am looking forward to coming back next year to see how it has grown. It will stand as a great reminder to me of her kindness for the 4 short weeks I spent with her. It sounds like such a small amount of time to grow to love someone but that is how special she was and he and his daughter are! The ripple effects of her life will go on and on.
Also today we were able to see the newest family member to Haus Edelweiss. My friends Mihai and Victoria welcomed their precious son, Martin this past week and they brought him by at lunch for us to see. Even though there was a passing of one member, God has blessed the Haus with this sweet new life! I can’t wait to see how much Martin and Louis, Theo and Kristin’s son, grow up over the next year. They are just two of the five “Haus boys”.
We are nearly all packed and will head over to the Big House one last time to get a Session 9, 2017 Team Picture. We will go out as a group for the last time, with several departures very early tomorrow morning. We leave here tired but filled to overflowing with God’s tremendous blessings from serving the most humble and hard working Christians. I hope you all have enjoyed our blogs. It is hard to truly describe this wonderful place. My first visit here I was told being here was like a “slice of serving heaven”. I guess that would be the most accurate. Pray for our travels tomorrow. GO Austria 2017 is heading home.