It seems strange to have A. not blogged since the news of me moving and B. update you all from my home in England. It has been a crazy, challenging, wonderful few months adjusting to life in England and I just wanted to briefly update you all on me, what I have been up to, and of course, Weasley.
Moving was a slow process as I wanted to do it in the most inexpensive way I could, which meant multiple budget flights, with lots of luggage, lots of “garage sales” and lots of money no matter how cheap I found the flights! It was crazy how much “stuff” I had acquired over seven years. Thankfully I found good homes for most of the stuff I knew I couldn’t bring over, and the stuff I couldn’t part with, came with me!
Eventually my stuff and I were here and it was time for Weasley to make the trek from Bucharest to Oxford in a van with 20 other dogs and cats. I dropped him off in the parking lot of a grocery store in Bucharest and picked him up almost 48 hours later at a gas station 15 miles from our home in England! He was petrified and hated me but it didn’t take him long (a week or two) to absolutely fall in love with life in England, on a farm. Weasley is now the king of the farm we live on, hunting and bringing me multiple “gifts” (mice and bunnies and birds) a day! He is living the greatest life for a street cat! I tell him everyday how lucky he is, here is proof! (But not proof the “gifts”)
When I moved away from Romania I was expecting to have left the “backwards” bureaucracy behind! I thought England would have faster, more efficient and more up to date methods of getting background checks, social security numbers, bank accounts etc so I can legally work here. I was wrong. I won’t bore you with the details but it took me almost 4 months to get the equivalent of a social security number to be allowed to get a bank account, search for a job or basically function as an adult here. I FINALLY feel like it’s the home stretch and within a month or two will be legally allowed to work, have a UK drivers license, have healthcare and have all my paperwork done!
As for me personally, I am doing well. Many of you have emailed me and reached out to make sure this change was going okay- and I really appreciate that. I am playing more tennis than ever before which has led me to make wonderful friends who then introduced me to more friends which was amazing as making new friends in a small village was a big concern of mine. My boyfriend will never read this but I will thank him and his family anyways. The first month or two I didn’t have a car so they gave me one, or gave me rides to the store, or invited me to lunches and got me through, by far, the hardest part of this whole move. Anything I have needed, they have gladly helped me with no strings attached, just trying to help me adjust and figure out this country one day at a time. For someone as independent as me, relying on others and asking for help was not fun!
I am so thankful and so excited to finally be ticking things off my very long list of things to do to become more independent and settled in here. I am so thankful for so many of you who prayed and supported me during this transition. There were some rough days but for the most part, it has been relatively “easy” and I know that is not common when people come off the field so I am overly thankful. It also reassures me that it was the right decision at the right time.
Sowers and RHCC decided earlier this year that they would financially support me until August 2019. Some of my monthly donors have done the same thing and I just wanted to express how grateful I am to have had that support. I didn’t know how much I needed it until I had to pay for every piece of paperwork to get settled here. My monthly salary was comfortable in Romania, but as you can imagine, it doesn’t go very far here. I am eternally grateful for the support I received for 7 years but especially these last few months. To not have to worry too much about finances whilst adjusting to life in another country has been the greatest blessing.
For those of you that are still donating monthly, thank you. To stop monthly donations after August please email firstname.lastname@example.org and he will stop taking payments. If you still want to be a part of the ministry I was working with in Bucharest, please email me and I will put you in contact with the Mike, the director and you can send your donations to them. They are still doing wonderful work.
Thanks again for everyone who was a big or small part of my journey to and in Romania. It has been 8 years since I first visited on a short term trip and was determined to move to Bucharest! I still love and of course, miss the people I was friends with, worked with and the children and families I saw weekly but social media can be a wonderful thing and those relationships are still going strong.
Please continue to pray for the children of Bucharest who are so desperate for a chance at life, and hope for a better future. There are wonderful people still serving there and making a huge difference in those children’s lives.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! What a wonderful 8 years it has been!