3 Days in Ireland!

I buckled my seat belt, and waited patiently for take off, while my mind pondered on the events of the past three days.  I left Hamburg, Germany with my husband and my team of colleagues, heading to Ireland for two weeks of ministry, service, and cross-cultural enrichment. Little did I know, my week would be cut short because of my …

Finding Good Rest in Kiel, Germany

Following an amazing brief stop in Belgium, to serve with Highlands Belgium at the Castle in Thieusies, my 2017 team of colleagues with Abante International headed to the Czech Republic, while I took a flight to Hamburg, Germany. It was hard to make the decision of separating from the team (and Brian, my husband) because I love working with my team, …

Healing Vacation

Over the years, my husband Brian Schlottmann and I, have been able to travel extensively, but it has always been in the context of missions, and/or Abante International. However, given recent events in my life, we decided to dedicate some time to ourselves away from work, the Abante team, and even family–to travel to a place where just the two of …

A Traveler’s Perspective

When I was a child, I used to look up at the sky on a beautiful sunny day, staring at the clouds with all their different shapes and sizes.  While my friends saw dinosaurs and butterflies, I was convinced the clouds were countries, islands, and continents.  Of course, I was too young to know better.  I would often wonder what …

Two More Miles!

I love nature!  Trees, oceans, the fruit of the land, waterfalls, leaves, animals (mostly the non aggressive ones), etc.  I think a reason for my affinity to nature is the fact that I grew up on an island, and near the beach.  I was that kid that was always climbing trees, and stealing mangos from the neighbor’s tree, on my way …

Hopeless Wanderer

When I was a little girl, I often would stare up into the sky and wonder how I could reach the rest of the world.  You see, I though the clouds represented other islands, countries and even continents.  I’m pretty sure, that is where my love for travel began.  I remember twice climbing on the roof of our house in …

If I Call You Darling, Will You Make Me Pancakes?

  Anyone who knows me, quickly perceives my peculiar affinity for pancakes.  I mean, if you were to ask me what my favorite meal is, I would say, breakfast, hands down!  However, if you were to ask me what my favorite food is, I’d have to say is pancakes (and/or waffles).  Not steak and mashed potatoes, or pasta, or even …

The Glass Artisan

  I spent a couple of days with my good friend, Lidia Maier Serra, and her beautiful family at their home in Bad Rippoldsau – Schapbach in Germany.  During my visit, she took me out for a walk around town, and we made a stop at the Dorotheenhütte Glashütte Wolfach Museum.  The building is divided into a work area, a store, …

Beauty in Simplicity

Confucius once said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Sometimes I agree with that statement and other times, I wonder if Confucius got it all wrong, I have many scars and bruises which I have sustained just from living a somewhat normal life.  Although, as I examine my experiences, I realize what I call a normal …