Probably not. And according to my stats only someone in Kuwait does, which is either my father or a rich oil mogul who is interested in Romanian orphanages and gypsies. I, too, am thinking it’s the latter who is lurking.
Bottom line is I have had a crazy month, so please excuse the lack of updates. The month of September completed my third international move. SO this happened, I mean, I was alone and pushing a cart that was double my height, what could go wrong?
Saying goodbye to London wasn’t easy. It meant saying bye to a fun few weeks filled with friends, family, family friends, and football.
It also meant my decision to move back to Romania was real, and it was happening. It is one thing to say you’re leaving a city you love filled with people you love (London) but it is another to get on the plane back to a place you only ever thought you would visit again. (Bucharest) Thankfully throughout those few weeks/this month, I have felt so at home, so at peace, and so GOOD about my decision that I haven’t looked back and regretted it.
SO, September. Moved. Housesat for the Mather family and took care of their cat, Gemma/Jemma/Gema, who thought it was totally normal to sleep like this. It’s not Gemma/Jemma/Gema!
Searched for an apartment after a couple weeks, and found the PERFECT one!! After living in a one room/studio last year, I decided to upgrade and look for an apartment that had a bedroom and a living room. That way when I “entertain” someone they don’t have to choose between sitting in my bathtub or on my bed. I found an apartment somewhat close to my old apartment, but it is a 5 minute walk to a metro station, and across the street from one of the biggest and most beautiful parks in Bucharest! Here is a picture I took having dinner on the lake of the park a few nights ago….. GORGEOUS RIIIIIGHT??
Between moving, apartment searching. traveling and adjusting to the freezing cold temperatures that arrived last week, I have ACTUALLY done some work. Costi and I went around to all of the orphanages to celebrate all of the birthdays in June, July and August, as everyone in Stepping Forward Ministries was up at camp for the entire summer. Here are some pictures from that, sorry for the quality (or lack there of) it was the first time I had met most of these kids so I didn’t want to be all up in their faces with my camera.
When the Mather family did return, we had a Stepping Forward meeting to discuss our plans from now until Christmas. Lots of exciting, fun, plans. SOOO excited to be a part of this ministry. Halloween decorations, birthday parties, pumpkin carving parties, sugar cooking decorating, and of course, a huge Christmas party with each apartment.
YOU have the opportunity to be involved in helping buy gifts for all 70? 80? kids that we work with in the orphanages. More details to come in the following few weeks but its exciting, easy and the kids are going to freak out when we have a gift bag for each of them full of things they asked for this year. We already had one Christmas list turned into me and Costi when we went for the birthdays, it included an iphone 5, sim card, and something else that neither Costi or I can afford for ourselves.
So these next couple of months are busy, just how I like it, but I PROMISE, I will write more often. I want to write once a week, like “Writing Wednesdays” but it doesn’t really roll off the tongue so until I come up with a clever catch phrase, keep checking back for updates randomly!
As I sit on my bed eating crackers at 4:50am in Bucharest, Romania, I am once again reminded of how soooo incredibly blessed I am to be living in a city I LOVE and “working” with children I adore. There is no one more undeserving than I, but it makes it so much sweeter knowing that Gods grace is that amazing. There is no where else I would rather be (Do you hear that Mum and Katie, you probably cant hear me over Kelly Clarkson’s booming voice at the Hollywood Bowl, but I am not jealous, not one bit. OK fine I am.) But seriously, Bucharest is amazing, and there isn’t a day that goes by where I am not super grateful for the opportunity to serve here.
And with that, I leave you with a video of Kelly Clarkson covering a Beatles classic , seems appropriate since I am not at her concert…enjoy!