This week in Bucharest!

Hi everyone!

I am torn between updating this blog regularly and every so often.  I want to keep you all informed and let you know what I am doing but I also don’t want to sound like a 13 year old girl writing in her journal. I guess I will do my best to weed out the unimportant details and let you check as often as you want!

Last Sunday was my first day seeing some of the children that I met last summer. It was crazy to see how big some of the smaller kids have gotten and even crazier that some of them actually remembered me! Mike runs the children’s program from 230-4 on Sundays after we have our service from 11-1. We walk about a mile to collect the children and walk back to the church for singing, a Bible lesson, games and food! The kids are so enthusiastic and excited to come. When we turn the corner they all come running towards us. I never reacted that way going to church, only trying to chase the ice cream truck down the road. So for me, its so encouraging to see the kids excited to come hang out at church.

Yesterday, Alex, Mike and I went to Ikea and I bought a desk and a chair. I now have my very own spot in the office so I feel very official!

I have continued with the language lessons and I am pushing myself to actually use some of the words. It is not easy but the kid songs with lyrics help me the most. I read my very first song today all by myself! Wow, I promise I am 22 and not 6. Baby steps!

Again, thank you for all the supportive emails/comments and messages I have been receiving. I am going to thank you after every post because honestly, I wake up everyday to read what everyone has sent me. It makes me happy from the second I wake up knowing that I am not here alone and I have the support of people back home.

10 thoughts on “This week in Bucharest!

  1. Congratulations of your successful start in Romania, Camilla! We are all so happy for you and wish you all the best. Thank you for keeping us updated, it’s really wonderful to read about your happenings. Enjoy your summer and big hugs from all of the McLaughlins –

  2. hey girl hey! im so glad to hear youre settling down. I was nervous going to Ecuador for 2 weeks, and i was the only one who spoke spanish, so I know how you feel, but you will catch on quickly, especially just from hearing it around you all day everyday. I am so proud of you for taking this leap and trusting God. I sometimes regret not going back to Ecuador as an intern, and sometimes feel like im wasting my time on earth working everyday instead of actually changing lives and helping others as God wants us to do. I envy you everyday for having the will power and trust in God to drop everything and move to Romania. I love you so much and know you will change those childrens lives for good! Dont hold back and continue to push yourself because one year will be over faster then you know it. love you girl and miss you mucho.

  3. Hi Camilla
    I am excited to read your posts as often as you will send them. I try to pray for you daily and wish I could trade places with you. 🙂 God Bless you richly! I pray that the children you work with will draw closer to Jesus and tell their families about Him. I know that God will help you learn the language since you are so motivated.
    May God bless you richly with all spiritual and material blessings!
    Darlene
    PS I am your Mom’s friend from WHS

  4. Lol, that’s a great update. You are so funny! I have been praying a lot for you.
    I have to share that when I was at the homeschool convention a few weeks ago, there was a guy who had just come out with a line of products to help people learn foreign languages and it was completely song based. This products’ whole premise is that the best way to learn a language (besides being immersed in it) is by singing songs. So sing away! 🙂

    • Okay good I am definitely going to keep doing the songs. I wasn’t sure if I would just remember the songs or if it would translate to me speaking the words as well! Thanks Tara, tell the kids I said a big “hello!” Congrats on the Kings win 🙂

  5. I’m excited that you are connecting with the kids already. Sounds great. Remember to be patient with yourself on the language. One of these days you will surprise yourself with how much you know and can USE. One more word of advice…you will eventually get too busy to update your blog much so update it like mad while you have the time, energy and desire to do it! We love the updates as often as you send them!

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