Crazy Week

Last week was a crazy week here.  Monday evening, Ana, Ancuta and I met with Andrei who will be heading up our new teen Sunday school class. We have wanted this class for 3 years now and were waiting for the right person to come along and lead it.  Andrei has worked with us before and even worked with the kids in Stroiesti a bit before I arrived in 2009.  Andrei has a heart for youth ministry.  Praise the Lord!  We also discussed plans for the fall, Christmas and next year’s summer camp.  Yes, we are planners!

Wednesday, I was off to Iasi, about 3 1/2 hours from here.  Bogdan (the teen not the husband) needed his yearly eye check up.  Things are progressing well.  He has  problem with scratching his glasses very badly while working with his dad in the forest cutting wood. So we replaced the lenses in his old glass for work and got him a new pair for at home or play. I didn’t get any pictures, so I’ll be sure to get some when his glasses arrive in the mail next week.

On the way home from Iasi, I bought some plums and Thursday Diana (Bogdan’s younger sister) came  over and we made plum baby food and she played with Matt while I was able to clean the house.

As you may remember from previous years, August is the month of no hot water in Suceava.  This year, I have been going over to my friend’s house to take a shower since they have a boiler.   This has been a great excuse to have fellowship with my dear friend and her kids.  Her boys just love Matt and they can’t wait until he’s big enough to play with them.  I was excited to hear that the hot water was being turned back on Aug 20-3 week earlier than usual.  Only, our building will not be getting that hot water.  Six of the ten apartments have debt to the property management ranging from $100-almost $2000.  They can’t turn off the hot water to individual apartments, so the whole building suffers.  Rumor has it, they have also turned off the heating system for the winter. The hot water will only be turned back on, if folks start paying.  But that doesn’t look like it will happen.  What ever happened to eviction notices?

Finally, we had a great weekend.  Bogdan came home from the summer camp where he was working.  We made 15 jars of blackberry dulceata–which ended up being syrup because I messed up the recipe, and 22 jars of blueberry dulceata (like a runny jam) and 9 jars of plum compot, which is a thick plum juice with whole fruit in it.  I also bagged up fruit and froze it to make cakes and baby food this winter.

Sunday night, Bogdan surprised me with a romantic dinner at the restaurant where we got engaged. We were celebrating our one year anniversary, which was in June, but Bogdan has to work then. Celebrating in August really made it a surprise.  It was so wonderful to spend time together.  Matt was with us, since we don’t have a baby sitter yet, but it was still a great evening with the family.

Matt has a doctor’s appointment a the private clinic  today to get some vaccines that the government doctors here don’t cover and then we are off to Voronet to see Bogdan and for a bit of rest.

Why are you spitting on my baby?

People keep spitting on my baby!  Ok, so it’s not with actual spit, it’s more like a “puh, puh” with a spitting action. But why do they keep doing this? I finally got my answer:  Baby Matt is just way too cute!  The Orthodox superstition is that if you say that a baby is cute he will be cursed.  Cute babies get cursed because they are sooooo cute. So by spitting on them, you can call them cute and they won’t be cursed.  Another curse prevention is tying a red string around the baby’s wrist until the baby is baptized.

The very cute, Baby Matt!

More VBS

We had a great time last week doing VBS with 3 different groups.  We spent 2 afternoons with the kids from Diakonia, one day in Dorohoi, and a with a local Baptist church.  It was great to see the kids learning about Jesus.  The kids from the 2 churches sang the songs that they learned at VBS on Sunday.



The kids from Diakonia pretend to be pirates!

A summer camp thank you

I received this from one of the parents:
I want to thank you for organizing the camp to Vama. My daughter was part of it and returned very excited and happy. She said she learned a lot of things there. We, as parents, are very glad she could spend time in such a pleasant environment. She wants to go to camp again next year, if you have one again. May the Lord Jesus bless you and continue to help you.
Thank you,

Visiting the Orphanage

Today, I took Leanna and Missie to the orphanage. We met with 25 kids in the local youth center.  Many of the kids are visiting families for the summer or at a summer camp (they try to get all the kids into some sort of camp each summer).   Anyways, the girls played games with the kids, even teaching them a new one.  The kids also did a cute craft project.

I was able to catch up with some friends who work with the children.  They said there has been a noticeable change in the boys who came to summer camp.  The boys are better behaved and are not cause as many problems or getting into as much trouble.  They are less rowdy and wild when groups come to do activities with them.  The house mothers have noticed a change as well.  And I noticed today.  With the exception of the boys trying to sneak a extra water balloon (and what self respecting school boy wouldn’t?), the boys were good as gold.  I don’t know what happened in summer camp to change these boys, but it was good and it was God.