Sleep-over: Part 3

Some might say that the sleep overs are getting out of hand….I would agree, but I love them. This Saturday, four young ladies from the village came to stay with me.  Nicoleta, Veronica, Ana Maria, and Alina Georgeta.  They were so well behaved.  We played games, watched cartoons (thank you “youtube”) and made pizza.  Whenever a girl or two went missing, I would find them in the bathroom.  What is it about girls going to the bathroom together?  I’m a girl and I don’t understand this.  I’m guessing the girls don’t do this at home…parties in the outhouse..nah, I don’t think so, but they sure loved parties in my bathroom…maybe it has to do with the running water…….

Hanging out before bed.


Pancakes for breakfast with syrup from my secret stash


My mother reminded me that I haven’t posted anything recently.  I told her nothing exciting had happened.  My mom told me that didn’t matter, people want to know what is going on!

So, here you go:

Last week, I took 3 of my mentee’s to a private school run by the Mennonites here in Suceava. (Silvia was sick). It’s an American style school with small classes and individual attention.  The school is also a tech school where the boys learn woodworking or car mechanics and the girls learn sewing/technical or baking/service.  The school only goes to the 11th grade, but the students are given the option to go to the 12th grade in the city to complete their diploma and exams for university. Well, my 3 students were so excited!  They have a new energy for studying and are ready to go.  They have HOPE!  The students went home to tell their parents and all of the parents are looking forward to visiting the school in the Spring.  The students will have to take an exam to get in, but the school director told us that the exam was easy and she didn’t think they would have a problem with the exam.

Two weekends ago, we had a huge snow storm that put 2 feet of snow on top of the 1 1/2 feet of snow.  Well, all that snow has started to melt leaving huge ponds of water in the roads.  In the village, it’s even worse and I felt like I was off-road driving.  I, eventually, just got on the snow, because there was better traction on the snow than in the water!   There was one hill where the water was running so fast that I felt like I was driving in a creek!

Classes are going well and kids in the fourth grade have finally realized that they will be starting English classes next year in Middle School.  They are getting more serious about it.  My kindergartener continue to soak up new words and song like a sea sponge.  Their new favorite song is “10 Little Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed.”

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement!

What is love…

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked,  does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails… 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

This is part of our lesson for Valentine’s Day.  The girls are holding up hearts with the words from this verse only in Romanian.  The red heart says “Dragoste,” Love in Romanian.  Happy Valentine’s Day.

Snow Days

We had about 2 feet of snow this weekend on top of the snow that was already on the ground.  After Sunday School, played in the snow and had blast!

Even I enjoyed being in the snow!

Ionut B, Claudiu and Florin at least take credit for this snowman.

Ana, Andreea, and Diana show off their snowgirl

Danut does a back flip into the snow!

Little Ana (wearing my mittens)

Alex, Cristi, and Vlad with their snowman.

Ionut C. puts bunny ears on a snowman

Yes, Ana is standing in the snow!
Bogdan and Bogdan with their snowman!

My angels making snow angels!

Summer Camp

Summer camp is coming soon and the children of Stroiesti are already asking me about it.  This year, we want to do something a bit different.  Instead of having a 7 day summer camp with 25 children, we want to have two 5 day summer camps for more children, up to 45.  The first camp would be for children who have finished the 2nd grade until age 13.  The second camp would be for teens aged 14-18.  We have not had a teen camp in Stroiesti and this is an exciting opportunity to reach more teens.

The challenge however, is that there is no team from America to help us with the camp.  We are in need of a team of men and women to work with these amazing kids.  The team would be able responsible for organizing games and skits for the children.  They would also be responsible for organizing some of the crafts.  At this point the theme of the camp is still undecided.

The children’s camp is June 17-22 and teen camp is June 22-27.  The team from America would have the option to rest on the 22nd while staff drops off the children and pick up the teens.  The team would have an opportunity to do some sightseeing in Suceava and explore the painted monastery of Voronet after the camp.  The team would also be able to visit the children in their homes in Stroiesti and meet their siblings and parents.

Are you unable to join us for camp?  You can sponsor a child or teen.  This year camp is $100 per child/teen for five days of camp.  This $100 provides 3 good meals and 2 snacks each day, a warm bed to sleep in and many activities during the day.  This does not include transportation.  We also need camp counselors/translators.  Romanian counselors/translators are $200 for the entire 10 period.

If no team is able to join us, we will need extra counselors from Suceava.

Please pray for us as we plan the summer camp.  Pray for a team and sponsorship for the children and translators.  Pray for each child or teen coming to camp that their hearts will be open to God’s word.

Sledding and the Youth Rally

So last week the kids had vacation.  It was a balmy 36 F. and sunny, so  I went to the village on Tuesday to go sledding with the kids.  I, of course, forgot my camera.  There were over 20 kids on the hill (road) sledding.  Several times, we all had to rush to the side of the road for passing cars.  And at one point all sledding stopped for 15 mins as a funeral procession, open casket and all, went by. I do believe that was the first time I’ve ever seen an actual dead body.   But as soon as the procession passed, we were all back on the slopes.  The kids begged me go sledding with them and so I took many trips down the hill with 6 year olds to 14 year olds driving. I took more trips down the hill than I actually wanted.  But it was fun.  At one point, there were 4 kids plus me on one sled.  The kids had made some jumps on the road.  The sleds have metal runners with wooden planks (or split logs) to sit on.  There is no padding so going over the jumps was rather a shock to my body.  I’m not as young as I thought I was.  My back is still hurting from sledding.  But it was well worth it. 

Saturday, I took 8 teens from the village to a “youth rally” in the city.  It was very different from any youth rally I had ever seen in the states and unfortunately, my teens (and I) were a bit bored.  But that didn’t stop them from goofing off during the break with my camera. I was talking over the evening with a friend of mine and she reminded me that God’s word never returns void, so even if it wasn’t the most exciting evening, the teens did hear God word.  The next morning, Brother Florin took a number of kids to the same church in the city, and six of teens from the night before went.  And they are ready to go back next week, so regardless they are still interested in going to church and learning about God.

Sleep-Over: Part 2

Last night, two of the girls from the mentoring program spent the night with me.  Silvia could not join us because she is babysitting her nieces this week in another village. So only Anca and Alina Gabriela came over.

We had a great time.  We baked muffins, played games and watched movies.  Anca made french fries and I made pizza.  The girls were very helpful in clean up after cooking.  They have an obession with washing dishes, which is not a bad obession to have, I think.  The girls were able to get  shower, sleep in their own bed, and sleep in!  I really enjoyed having the girls over and look forward to our next sleep over.

Eating ice cream!

All ready for bed.