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Mattafix-Things Have Changed

I (DeAnn) have liked Mattafix since I first heard “Big City Life” when we lived in Germany.  This is the latest single.  I heard it for the first time yesterday.  I really like it.

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For My Sister

I (DeAnn) talked on the phone with my sister for the first time since my birthday.  I can’t believe we went so long without talking.  Even when I lived in Germany we would talk on the phone at least once a week.  I think the 10 hour time difference is on reason why its hard to connect.  The other reason is that we are way busier here than we were there.  Anyway, my sister couldn’t believe that I was really as busy as I say I am.  She said that I spend too much time watching videos on YouTube, like the ones I have here and here. So this video is for her.  I have actually been wanting to post it since I saw it the first time.  I liked the song right away and when I realized the singer is Johnny Depp’s chick and the mother of his children, I liked it even more.  Her name is Vanessa Paradis and the song is Dès que j’te vois. (I have no idea what she is singing about.)

Living the Multicultural Life

I had haggis with Scots on Wednesday night.  On Thursday night I played musical chairs and limboed with Chinese students (and Arabs and Europeans and Africans.)  Friday I had coffee with an American friend who is married to a Cypriot.  Friday night I attended the ecumenical prayer service at the Catholic church and sat next to a German acquaintance (and spoke German) and ran into my French friend and a lot of British people I know. 

afr-cup-logo300.jpgI rushed home to host an African Cup of Nations football party and game night.  I played Apples to Apples with Latvians, Zimbabweans, Americans and an Iranian.  (On a side note we mixed together our regular and Bible sets.  The greatest play was “God the Father” for “Cosmopolitan.”)  Saturday I took the kids to play football at the UN.  I chatted about table tennis with a South African and talked about French hip-hop, among other things, with our kids’ coach who is French. (He agreed to translate “Ghetto Millionaire” for me.)  Then it was home to get ready for the next ACN party.  Chris said it was like we were in college again, cleaning up from the previous night’s party to be ready for that night’s party.  I was excited because our Zambian friend was coming over to watch the Zambia v. Cameroon game.  We also had five others return from the previous night plus added a couple more Zimbabweans.  Unfortunately, the outcome of the game wasn’t what we would have liked.  Zambia lost 1-5.  The good news is, we know a lot of Cameroonians also.   Then, this morning was church.  I’m always awed when I’m singing “How Great Thou Art” with people from almost every continent.

New Soul-Yael Naim

Recently we have been hearing this song, “New Soul” by Yael Naim.  It has a catchy tune and a nice video.   The singer is French/Israeli so its a bit difficult to understand exactly what she is saying so I (DeAnn) googled the lyrics. I could relate to some of them.

“I’m a new soul I came to this strange world hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take.
But since I came here felt the joy and the fear finding myself making every possible mistake”
: I’m actually not sure I’m making every possible mistake, but I know I have made quite a few.  Then I feel myself faced with not knowing the proper way of going about rectifying them.  I wish every culture came with a handbook.

I’m a young soul in this very strange world hoping I could learn a bit about what is true and fake.
But why all this hate? Try to communicate finding just that love is not always easy to make”
: I haven’t actually experienced any hate since coming to Cyprus and I do love the people here, but it isn’t easy deciphering what is the truth and what they are saying because it is culturally appropriate.  And am I communicating God’s love to them in an understandable way?

“la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la…” : God continues to be God and bless us in ministry.  We have relationships with many different people from several different countries.  We play together, laugh together, cry together, do life together.

A Little Christmas Nostalgia

How quickly time passes.  Today Cami and Aunt Jen(DeAnn’s sister) celebrate birthdays .  Cami is now 12.  I won’t tell you how old my sister is because this is a biggy.  I’m thinking, “How is it that I have such an old sister and child when I am so young myself?” 🙂  I was thinking of my favorite Christmas song to post on the blog and the one that came to mind is “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth” sung by David Bowie and Bing Crosby.  My sister and I went crazy the first time we saw the video on “Friday Night Videos”.  I always think of my sister when I here it.

The song was performed on Bing’s Christmas Special in 1982.  I’m sure we saw the video either then or the next year.  That year David Bowie (who happens to be the same age as my mom) was 35 (which happens to be younger than both my sister and I are now)  and Bing Crosby was 79.

International Music

One of the great things about living overseas is getting to hear music from around the world.  Here are a couple of my(DeAnn) favorites.  The first video is “Ghetto Millionaire” by Black Mamba and is in French.  I have no idea what they are singing about, but I like the tune and video is pretty funny. (If anyone can send me a translation I would be grateful.)  The second one is in German and I do understand what it is saying.  I like the lyrics and the tune of this one.  It’s “Das Ganz Normale Leben” by Virginia Jetzt!

African Worship Night

Last Sunday was African Worship Night at Nicosia International Church.  It’s one of my(DeAnn) favorite nights of the years.  It is a lot of fun to just let go and worship God in song and dance.  There were groups from the Congo, Cameroon, Nigeri, Ghana and Zimbabwe.  Here is a clip of the group from Zimbabwe: Emmanual, Faith, Hope, Daniel and Josh.