Hope everyone is back into the swing of things after summer. I have to admit, I am feeling much better, with the weather finally cooling down after weeks of 100 degrees! I am back into my routine and looking forward to the very exciting next few months!
September was a great month which included my birthday, my SEVENTH birthday celebrating oversees! In Romania, it is tradition to pay for all your guests on the day of your birthday and I have avoided having a party for this exact reason! But this year I did and I was more than happy to pay for the day for friends who are super supportive and make life here great! Here is the group picture from that night! Some friends that I have known since my first short term time coming out in the summer of 2011, and some new friends that will relocated within the next year or two (trying not to think about it!)
After Bucharest I was able to go to London to see my dad and aunt for a weekend. I dont know why I am posting this picture because I look like I just rolled out of bed (I probably did) but I know that pictures make reading blogs 1000x more exciting…. sooooo…. here we are.
It is crazy to think we are already a week into October. I have to start planning dates of the camps already, planning international Christmas fundraisers, and preparing for a short term volunteer. Which brings me to THIS news- for years people have shown interest in coming to help around Christmas time. I am always swamped with gift wrapping, gift delivering, Christmas parties etc etc etc and always need extra hands. This year I finally have someone coming out to help me- Vanessa! She has come out to Romania twice on the RHCC teams to help with camp and this is going to be an entirely different experience, and much colder. Anyways, I am going to have Vanessa blog soon about the details so I wont go into too much depth but I am so excited for the extra help and cannot wait for her arrival in early December!
Speaking of Christmas/December etc etc etc I am not the only one starting to prepare for it. I have to say a huge thank you to the church my mum attends and a church that is and always has been VERY supportive of my work over here for preparing some gifts for the children for Christmas. They spent all day Saturday cutting and sewing and making these for the children out here. I can wait to receive them and hand them out!
Next week my cousin, her husband and their two children and coming out to visit me from England! I am so excited to show them Romania. They have paid for almost 100kg of luggage to be brought over and are coming with tons of clothing and shoe donations from the schools they work at. Not only do I get to show them the beautiful mountains of Romania, but they want to see some of the homeless communities to deliver the clothes. They also want their children to see how harsh some of the conditions are here, but mostly to be thankful and grateful for the lives they live. The girls already know how to say “hello” and “goodbye” in Romanian (not without laughing though) so I know it’ll be a great trip!
Stay tuned for Vanessa’s blog post about her story, her love for Romania, and her upcoming two week mission trip in December!
Thanks for reading!
Blessings from Bucha!