Thursday, May 10, 2018

Why I Love What I Do!

Just a few reasons why I love what I do:
I get to be "Grandma" to Ruthie, Karla, Daria, Eric, Carla and eight others!!!  Pray that they would grow up knowing Jesus and knowing that they are loved very, very much!

I get to teach some of the kids at Peris how to read in Romanian.  These two guys are Darius and Dan.  They are a newish group for me and we are working on learning letters.  When I arrive at Peris, they are usually playing outside and will ask me when it is their turn to come to my class.  They are very serious about learning!  Dan has some learning disabilities and Darius very smart and catches on quick.  Pray that they will not get bored and continue to want to come.  Pray that Dan's mind would miraculously remember all that I am teaching him.

I get to spend most Saturdays with Karla and her sister, Ruthie.  Karla is at the stage where she loves to do her makeup and is knows what she wants to wear.  The other day she was wearing the shorts in the second picture.  She told me that she didn't want to wear them anymore because they weren't cute!  She wanted a spinny (a dress that she can spin in).  Oh boy!  Watch out world!!  Pray that she will always know who she is in Christ and submit to authority!

I get to do holidays with a very large, extended family of transition kids.  We celebrated Easter on April 1st.  Many plastic eggs with candy and money....even the golden egg worth about $13....were found and we had a  special day spending time together!  Pray that they would make wise decisions.

 I get to work with teams from all over the United States and other places in the world.  What a blessing for others to give up their time to come and extend our hands to help us love on our kids.  Pray that not only the kids would be affected by our team members but that the lives of the team members would be touched by serving the kids of Peris, Voluntari, Rosiori and the babies at the hospital.

I get to choose to spend my Sunday afternoon at the park hanging out, playing, eating and dancing with some of my favorite people!  Pray that we will continue to make memories that will last a lifetime!

Friday, April 20, 2018

March 2018

Somehow I caught the dreaded "gripa" or flu at the beginning of March that nobody really wanted.  It took me down for about a week.  I spent four days in bed--secluded pretty much so no one else would get it.  Pray for me!  Since I had this flu, I haven't really slept well and I've had some headaches and it is close to the end of April, now.
Getting over the flu by reading books to Karla and she always has to wear a pair of my glasses!
The big news of the month of March is that while I was down with the flu, Eric Alexandru Oprea was born on March 6, 2018.  He was healthy and is doing very well doing all the things that a baby is supposed to do!!  I finally got to meet him closer to the end of the month since I had been sick.

We had weird weather--it was really nice at the beginning of the month and then had snow conditions near the end of the month.  

At the end of the month, Jen and I shopped for our team that was coming.  It ended up being a bigger shop than we thought it was going to be and we were worried that it would not all fit in the car.  We were packed in to the brim!!

February 2018

February came and went so fast!!!  Karla decided one day that she wanted to paint my nails.  Yikes!!

I celebrated my birthday at the beginning of the month with flowers, balloons, a slumber party and a trip to the Therme Spa.  

My reading classes are going well.  I enjoy teaching the kids how to read...most days!!  :)  They had a semester break in February, so I didn't get to go as much as I wanted to.

We celebrated Karla's birthday at the end of the month with a kitty party!  She is so expressive these days....everything these days is like, "For me??" with an open mouth and hands on her cheeks!  So cute!!!!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Holiday Team 2017/2018

I returned to Romania on December 27th along with 6 other people....our holiday team!!  It was a great time of handing out Christmas presents to our kids and telling them about the true meaning of Christmas, playing with the kids, taking the transition kids ice skating and ringing in the New Year!
Christmas Presents!!!

Ice Skating was a lot of fun!!  Nadia (one of our team members) was lacking a little bit in the skill department

We visited the lights in the center of Bucharest!  They really were quite an impressive show of Romanian pride!

One evening in the middle of the team, Jen and I fixed the washing machine (well, really Jen fixed the washing machine).  The door was blocked and we couldn't get it open and couldn't find the release lever!  Finally found it after about an hour and Jim on FaceTime!!

We visited Dani, one of the transition boys from last year, at the Promenada Starbuck's where he works!

On our way to visit the kids!!

We rang in New Year's with our traditional New Year's Eve gathering that lasted until about 1 AM complete with fireworks!!

May God richly bless you in 2018!!!  Thank you for your support and prayers!!