This is a special time of year in man ways. The day are shorter, but not yet painfully so.  It is long long-sleeve short weather. The holiday season has ended, but the period of very structured lectures has not yet begun. There is time for, in addition to regular studies, so special opportunities with the Christians here. That included an extra weekend in Brno, a trip for a wedding that included an afternoon with the bride’s family in South Bohemia and daytrip to the Alps with another family, a day trip to Poland, and a day at the zoo with a young family. These times with brethren are encouraging for us, and they provide hours of time for prayers and spiritual discussion.