Friday, March 30, 2018

I'm encouraged :)

Life is very good and God is waaaay better!
1.     You know what?  I’m encouraged – after spending 10 days in Belgrade and meeting young people (20’s and 30’s) from all around the world – literally – that come there to volunteer, work and whatever else.  They work very hard!  I hear so much about how these ‘millenials’ don’t have a good work ethic or are lazy etc.  Could be true…but once again…that is a generalization.  I’m not a fan of that because there really ARE good ones out there!  I’m encouraged.
2.     Easter week – not exactly my normal Easter week but I am enjoying it.  The trees are not budding, flowers are not blooming, and I don’t have Easter decorations around my house.  And yet – I am enjoying each day and moment.  I have not been at my house in two weeks; instead I’ve been in Belgrade, which I consider a bit more ‘raw’ than Budapest.  I’m quite thankful – I didn’t lose a phone on this trip (2 lost/stolen there last year) and the people I got to know really did touch my life.  It was an amazing experience I would say – so maybe no trees budding but lots of relationships budding and the work in Belgrade is definitely coming into bloom!
3.     I had the most awesome ‘suite’/room mates in Belgrade…thank you Katie and Andi!  When you are old enough to be their mom but stay up each night talking and laughing – that makes me happyJ.

Happy Easter to you all!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pleasant Easter Holiday

Life really is very good and God is waaaay better!
1.    We are officially in spring according to the calendar but today I’m in Belgrade, Serbia and we had snow…pretty but I am definitely ready for spring!  The trees are budding with snow on them – confused? (see side picture)
2.    ‘A’ as in the letter in English…we say a long ‘a’….not the ‘ahhhh’ sound.  Most languages over here say ahhhhh…I have found myself applying that to names, words etc.  Crack me up…I guess I’ve been here awhile. 
3.    Working with a team of 10 people in Serbia – we are volunteering for the various NGO’s that are working with the refugees.  It is heartbreaking, it is exciting, it is humbling, it is draining, it is refreshing and…it is very goodJ
4.    People are kind.  People I don’t know well, here in Europe, those coming from the U.S. to serve here…people are kind.  It is encouraging and good for my heart.  Thank you to many kind folks!
Happy Easter  (Kellemes Húsvéti Ünnepeket...
Hungarian literally translated means ’Pleasant Easter Holiday’)


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

WOW:)

Oh how I do love life.  Life is good, God is better!

1.    Budapest home 2 weeks already…and I get back into my apartment today.  A new family arrived while I was away so they have been staying there which worked out great. 
2.    I have some great friends here – so willing to take me in, feed, love, and encourage me.  Thank you!
3.    I was going to turn right on a red light yesterday – then I remembered where I was.  You don’t do that here in Hungary.
4.    Today?...today I am taking a quick trip to Vienna, bringing a colleague to pick up his ‘new’ car.  Quick trip to Vienna – WOW.  Amazing.  Sitting in Starbucks right now in ViennaJ.  Yes, I do love life.
5.    Valentine’s and Ash Wednesday all on the same day.  Doing the ’40 Acts’ for Lent…https://40acts.org.uk and then Easter is April 1st – no joke!  Crazy.
6.    Big basketball tournament this weekend at the high school.  Yes, I have the Bulldog mascot and yes; he is clean and ready (as he’ll ever be).

                                         Enjoy February!...it’s a good one!


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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Home...again?!

Ahhhh…Paris airport, which means I am almost home!  It makes me happy  – and I had such a great time at my other homes…in the USJ.
1.    January – usually not my favorite month but this year it was quite good – note to self…traveling, speaking, seeing family, friends and getting to know new people is a good idea for this time of year!
2.    Different plug in – love those converters!
3.    Unknown languages again…here we go.
4.    Excited to reconnect with friends and family on this side of the world – Hungarians are good folks.
5.    Treasure many good times with friends and family over the past 6 weeks – truly quite an amazing time.  People are incredible – kind, good, interesting, different and it is all so good!
6.    Airlines and their baggage limits and weights – I get it but boy howdy, it is a bummer when you have a lot of stuff to bring back!
7.  Life is good, God is better!

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