Archive for January, 2008

another trip through the bible complete

Friday, January 11th, 2008

I just finished up my 8th time reading through the entire bible. I have been marking them down, start and finish date since I started doing this 8 years ago after rededicating my life to the Lord. The length has varied from 4 months and 1 week at the least to just over 2 and a half years.  I have switched bibles, changed versions… read the Old Testament in Hebrew once, and this last time through, I read the bible in Italian. I used an interconfessional version last time the Traduzione Interconfessionale in Lingua Corrente [TILC] because it is written in a looser more fluid italian style. Much more like what you would hear from italian speakers today. But it sacrifices a little of the accuracy to do so… next I will read the Nuova Diodati version.. fully protestant, but also modern italian. I’m trying to do my bible reading all in Italian now so that when we get there, I’ll be comfortable with it.

I’ve also been working on metric understanding. Note I said understanding and not just conversion… everything in Italy is metric, but I don’t want to have to convert in my mind every time I do something. So for the last year I have been watching the daily weather in centigrade so that I don’t have to think in farenheit, then translate to celsius. I am starting to just know what a 30 degree celsius day feels like, rather than thinking ok, it’s 30, which is 86 F…

Same thing with height and weight. I am trying to practice thinking in terms of meters and kilos. These are very much a part of everyday life in Italy and apart from translating language, one would have to learn to think in metric terms as well. So I am trying to get a head start today.

I still need lots of work on liters though … and heat for cooking … I’m feeling pretty good about the weather temperatures, but cooking is a whole different matter.

By the way, it’s a lovely day today in Los Angeles: about 14 right now… ; )


preparing for interview

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

well, 2008 is here … and in supposedly just a few months, march to be exact, I should get a call from the Italian Consulate giving me details on when my appointment will be exactly. This upcoming appointment will be to submit my mom’s citizenship papers, which … unlike mine …  should be a relatively straightforward process. Once her citizenship is ackowledged, then we can start with the expensive portion: getting my adoption recognized. She has to file the paperwork though in order to get that rolling because it has to be an italian citizen to file for the case.

I still have a few more details to wrap up… i need to get a passport size photo from my mom and then make copies of everything for the consulate. But other than that, things are pretty much in order. I’ll let everyone know what the interview date is when I know.


happy new year!!!! un felice anno nuovo!!!!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Want to wish everyone a happy new year.

In a few months, i’ll be going to the consulate to apply for mom’s citizenship. Assuming that goes without a hitch, once she is recognized as an Italian citizen, we can proceed with getting the adoption recognized in Italy.

On the spiritual side of things, God has been doing a work in me to drive out things that will need to be removed when we are in Italy. So I’m thankful for the trials and the things that are happening, and the renewed fervor for seeking God and knowing him more. I’m also just a few days away from having finished my first reading of the entire bible in Italian. kinda stoked about that. I’m going to start over with another italian version when i’m done.

Well, God bless and keep us in prayer for this new year.