Melissa had a little lamb

Silvia’s family has sheep…lots and lots of sheep. This morning they were butchering sheep and they gave me a small lamb.   I told Silvia’s mother it was too big and I didn’t need a lamb, but she insisted. And it would have been considered extremely rude to refuse.  Well, I have never cooked lamb before, especially one that was just butchered.  So Silvia and Anca showed me how to do it.

Silvia and her lamb

Silvia is an expert at cutting up the lamb.

So Silvia cut up the lamb and Anca washed the parts, and put them in boiling water. Silvia added spices and we boiled the lamb for 20 mins.  Then we put it in the oven for 2o more mins with onions, spices and fresh garlic.  Anca made the rice. We added smantana or sour cream.   Then we ate! It was the best lamb I’ve ever had.  And to think, just this morning the lamb was running around the paddock and now it’s in my belly.

Yummy Yummy Lamb!



One of the best ways for the kids to practice vocabulary is by playing games.  We play hangman, Bingo, and their favorite charades.  We were using the Culture House for the 4th graders because of a scheduling switch at the school.  The guy with the key was running late, so we started playing outside.  We, of course, moved in as soon as he got there.  The vocabulary words this week were animals–farm and jungle.  Here are the funny shots!  We have a fish,  crocodile, and a giraffe.




And Here I Thought It Was Spring

Yesterday was lovely…blue sky and temps in the 50’s.  This morning, the blue skies were back.  I went to the school and was teaching English and this is what I saw:

Village center in Stroiesti

The temperature went from 45 to 28 in only 3 hours! This is the view in between the apartment buildings.  My building is blue/green and white.


I admit, I cried when I saw the heavy snow falling.  Please pray that it will melt soon and it will be warm again soon!

March 1st

March 1st is just another day in America, but here in Romania it marks the first day of Spring!!!!  And today really felt like the first day of Spring. The sun is shinning and it’s 55 degrees outside.  So much snow has melted that I can even see some green grass.  It’s wonderful.

On March 1st or Martisor (Martsee-shor),  the girls give the boys little trinkets.  Well, most of the kids give their teachers these little trinkets too!  I recently changed my class schedule because my 3rd graders where not getting enough classes on Friday because of events etc. So, I was at school today.  I had fair warning and waited outside, chatting with a mother when the bell rang.  The little kids saw me and I got a ton of trinkets–okay, 18.  My 3rd grade class also gave me a card and they wrote it lovely English.  So cute.

Class 3-A. The little blond boy in front missing his 2 front teeth is in the 1st grade but sits with his brother so he doesn't have walk home alone.

Some of the trinkets were pinned to my jacket, other were handed to me. I gave each child a kiss on their cheeks.According to my friend, Ana, the red and white string on each trinket is special for March 1st, but has no other meaning. What a wonderful and fun tradition! It's a beautiful way to start my first Spring here in Romania. A close up of some of the trinkets.A close up of some of the trinkets.


For all of you homeschoolers, here are some websites about Martisor!

Monthly Prayer Request Updated

I have posted the March prayer request page on my blog site.  Thank you for praying for us!