Back to Sunday School

We are back in session.  Sunday school started last week.  I had a few kids who were not in town for the Christmas party because they were visiting family, so I gave them their boxes. Enjoy these cute pictures.

Silvia gets her box. She had spent her Christmas break helping her sister with her nieces.

Anca was so happy to get a box. She spent Christmas with her sister.

Gabriela was in Italy visiting her mom for Christmas.

Mihai and Robert were over the moon to get such huge boxes. They had been with grandma at Christmas.

We opened up Mihai’s box.  There was a letter and picture of the young lady who made his box.  8 year old Mihai’s first words were:  “I like girls..I get along with them better than boys!”  Ana translated the letter to him and he was so happy to have a picture of the girl who made his box.

Visa update

Well, we didn’t get the visa.  But we are not discouraged.  We trust in God’s plan for us and know He is wiser than we are.  I did make a phone call and someone will be writing a letter to put in Bogdan’s file explaining our situation in a way that the visa interviewer will find acceptable. We were encouraged to reapply and were told that if we don’t get the visa next time, it would be very surprising! So, we are discouraged or even upset.  After all the time on the train, we were just tired and a bit bored.

I did get my forms stating that : I am over the age of 18, I am not currently married, and I am not related to Bogdan.  That was a funny form to file out. 

After the program at the embassy, we did a tiny bit of sight seeing.  I wanted to see Piata Revolutiei, where Ceausescu made his last speech.  It was really interesting.  Our favorite was the old secret police building that had been destroyed, only the outer shell of the building is still there.  In 2003, the Architecture Union put a glass building inside of it, preserving the old building as a memorial to the Revolution. 

It was cold, so we didn’t stay long in Bucuresti and got back on the train.  Please pray for us as we consider when to reapply.  And thank you for all of your prayers.

Embassy Visit

Lord willing, tonight Bogdan and I will board a train to Bucuresti and will arrive on Thursday morning.  Bogdan has an interview for a non-immigration tourist visa for the US. Please pray for God’s favor for the whole process. We have been told some horror stories about this process. But God is with us.  He brought us together and He will continue to lead us.

 Bogdan will be given the visa after the interview or be denied.  So I, personally, am thankful there isn’t a long waiting process.

I have an appointment at the Embassy too.  I have to get a form from the Embassy stating that I am free to get married, ie. I don’t have a secret husband somewhere in the US. This is a requirement for all foreigners here in Romania. 


Blog stats for 2010

WordPress sent the following email to me this morning.  I thought it was interesting, so I thought I would share it with you. Happy New Year.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 103 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 227 posts. There were 231 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 343mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 23rd with 271 views. The most popular post that day was Hey, Mom Look what I can do!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for oradea, melissa in romania, melissainromania, romania, and stroiesti.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Hey, Mom Look what I can do! March 2010


About Melissa! July 2008


Pictures of Stroiesti March 2010


Wish List! July 2009


Prayer Requests July 2009
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