Welcome to my blog for the newbies who have somehow received my Shoe and Shower Drive flyer!
Thank you for your interest in helping support our children in orphanages and the homeless children in Bucharest. This year, 2 teams will come out from southern California to take orphans and homeless children away to summer camp. We are so thankful these people give up time from their busy schedules in California to come here and help us bless the kids with a week away. Without them, financially we wouldn’t be able to provide such a fun week for the kids.
To help on our side of the pond, I am collecting these items so camp runs a little smoother, and smells a little nicer. Of course, we are always collecting clothes for babies, children, and adults but we do need these items specifically for our camps in July. We have so many activities, games and field trips planned for these kids, a good pair of shoes is needed and of course nice shower at the end of the day is necessary.
For people in Bucharest, please contact me so I can come to YOU and collect any of these items you might want to donate.
For people anywhere else, if you would like to financially donate to this specific cause, you can donate directly through Wells Fargo or my PayPal account. Information is under the Donate Now tab up top.
Thank you in advance for your generous donations. Together we will be taking over 60 children to camp who live without the basics that we so often take for granted.
June 1st isn’t JUST my anniversary date with Romania but also International Kid’s Day. Its actually a REALLY big deal in Romania. Schools usually have fairs on the 1st or take their kids to the park or something as a treat. Costi and I used to take our orphanage children gifts each year but because we have close to 10 apartments to visit, we were never able to spend much time with the kids which is obviously most important. And, believe it or not, the kids get stuff from other organizations its much more fun to do something with them.
This year was easy event planning as Romania’s national football (soccer) team had their final match in Bucharest (at 9pm!) before they headed off to the European Championships in France. A major bonus was that our kids under the age of 14 got in for free! That freed up some money and we were able to take the kids to dinner beforehand making it an even bigger treat for them. We took them for shaoma beforehand (shaorma= chicken and fries and whatever sauce and toppings you like in a wrap, so so good) A classic Romanian meal that they don’t often get!
We took around 12 kids with us, I can’t remember the exact number which is terrifying but I know we didn’t lose anyone 🙂 We all enjoyed the match, especially because Romania won 5-1! It was the happiest I had seen them in a long time, and they were so patriotic and supportive of their country. These boys don’t have much, but they STILL gave me their flag and face paint to take to France next week to support Romania. The boys got home at MIDNIGHT last night, and were still so full of energy when I dropped them off at home. I on the other hand, was EXHAUSTED, and slept til 10! I woke up to messages from the boys this morning saying how much fun they had!
We can’t wait to do a fun event like this again! Enjoy some of the pictures I took!
til next time!
4 years ago I stepped off a plane at Otopeni airport (in Bucharest) for what I thought was going to be a year long internship with Every Generation Ministries. 4 years later and I am still here! What a crazy journey it has been. Not always as easy and fun as I make it seem on social media, but I love it now just as much as I did on day 1. I miss A LOT of stuff living away from friends and family. Birthdays, babies being born and lots of weddings, but there isn’t a day (so far!) that I have regretted starting a new life here.
I have had my friend, Ronella, staying with me for the past week. Ronella loves Bucharest as much as I do, dare I say, she may love it more? But this week we have been able to spend every second loving on this wonderful city together. I am so thankful God gave me a passion for this city that is sometimes so easy to hate. I have never appreciated here, home, more than I have this week.
Who says Bucharest isn’t gorgeous ?!?
And of course, as an even bigger treat (for some, others may avoid this video at all costs and I don’t blame you) …. a video blog of my top 4 best and worst things about Bucharest. ENJOY!
Happy 4 years to me and Bucharest, Romania! And here’s to many more!