Thursday, December 18, 2014

It has begun!

Wonderful time seeing quite a bit of family - Chicago area, Fort Bragg, NC and St. Louis...what a great start to the holiday season!  Michael had two concerts at Olivet University - amazing!  Beautiful music as stated in my last post:).

Michael and I flew out of Chicago on Saturday - and let me just say that flying from Chicago to Europe instead of the West Coast makes a big difference!  8 hours to Dusseldorf - that was pretty easy and besides I got to sit by the cutest little boys on the plane.  Trilingual (Korean - mom, German - dad, English - living in the US).  So, so cute...had a robot movie recommended to me and so I watched that for a bit - awesome.

Michael had mentioned that Cologne was not far from Dusseldorf (where we had a layover) and it has an amazing cathedral so we took the train there...took about one hour.  Walked out of the train station and there was the church...very gothic and amazing just like Michael said!  I was glad we went.  There was a Christmas market going on as well and it was very festive, crowded and smelled delicious!  I loved every moment of our 8 hour layover excursion:).

It was VERY good to get to Budapest, unpack a bit...catch up on some sleep and see not only family but friends met/made last year!  What fun.  Then Josh took me to the airport on Tuesday to head to Zurich for finance training.

Oh my....the past 2 days have been numbers, chart of accounts, numbers, bank statements, numbers, data entry and did I mention numbers?  Bean counter...that's what I'm doing:).  Great people to work with - American, German, Swiss, Hungarian and more to be added to the list in the near future and I'm enjoying it all.

I head back to Budapest tomorrow (Friday) to start my Christmas holiday - and Saturday there is a group serving lunch to the homeless shelter - woo hoo!  Of course Bob and Colleen have many events planned for us and I'm looking forward to all of it.  I'm sure there will be some number crunching amongst all the celebrations too and that is a good thing...there is work to be done and catching up to do!

It's amazing how quickly I have adopted to some things...like not hearing English in public places and not using the US dollar for payment or simply adjusting how the locks on doors work differently!  I do enjoy being here...and the next 12 months is awaited with great hope and anticipation.

I'm not saying that I have all my ducks in a row yet...like my SIM card for a phone, or bank account, or signed up for language classes, or my visa process started but those will definitely be coming over the next couple of weeks.  Life is good, God has been very faithful to me and proves to be waaaaayyy better so...much love to you all!

May you enjoy each moment of this beautiful Christmas season...and Happy 2015:)!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Phew!...1 week, family travel and amazing music...

One week until Budapest!
Once again time is a mystery to me....6 months ago I was coming home and not really knowing my next step and once that was decided sometime in August...I still had 3 months...plenty of time right?  Not so much:).  Time goes quickly and here I am entering into the week I go to Budapest.  It is becoming more real - I left California last Thursday so that was a step.  Now I've been to the two concerts at Olivet where Michael attends (and sings!).  I flew to North Carolina to see my nephew David - that was great:).  Tomorrow I head to see my cousin and another cousin's daughter in St. Louis...and then fly to Budapest with Michael on Saturday....woo hoo!
Tonight my Uncle, Aunt and cousin from Libertyville came to see/hear Michael sing in 'The Messiah'.  Bourbonnais is about 1 1/2 hours from Libertyville so what precious  family we have to come all this way!  So great to see them...love, love love!
When was the last time you heard The Messiah?  It has been a while for me...and I enjoyed it VERY much.  Straight out of Scripture...amazing!  That Handel guy really had a talent putting the words to music.
Listening to The Messiah tonight; I was reminded about a year ago I had gone to Auschwitz and wrote my 'One Man' post (Dec. 15, 2013).  I am still in awe with many men that made an impact on this world (including Handel for sure!) but certainly Jesus made the biggest impact.  And that is who I want to work for in Budapest or anywhere in the world that I may land --- may I honor Him with all that I do and say.  As usual...life is good but God IS waaaay better.  Enjoy some words from The Messiah below:
"Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God'
"And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed..."
"O though that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lfit up thy voice with strength!"
"...and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising."
"For unto us a child is born..."
"...and the glory of the Lord shone round about them..."
"Glory to God in the highest..."
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion..."
"...and He shall gather the lambs with His arm..."
"Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him..."
"He was despised and rejected of men..."
"Sure He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows;..."
"But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell:..."
"King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, Hallelujah!"
"I know that my Redeemer liveth,..."
"AMEN!"