Saturday, February 20, 2010


This is Emese. She is the youngest of her siblings, Krisztina and Eniko. She is precious. I bonded with her and her sister, Kiki, years ago when Casa Rebecca first opened. We have always had a special bond, a special connection. She immediately took to Jack and became like a big sister to him. She always greets me with a smile when we pull in the driveway, no matter the day she had. She is a delight. She struggles with malformations in her knees and is waiting on surgery to be permitted. But, you would never know it. She doesn't let it slow her down one bit.

As we dig deeper into our walks with the Lord through bible studies this spring, I am thrilled to see what the Lord will do with Ema. Please pray that our relationship will continue to grow as she grows in her relationship with our Lord. Please pray that she will be able to have surgery soon to correct her knees. Please pray that she will grow in maturity and learn to have good, solid relationships with her sisters.

Friday, February 19, 2010

5 years later...

We don't have many pictures saved on our computer from trips to Romania before 2008, but I do have this one. I came across it the other day. It was the first summer Jeff came to Romania and were here for about 5 weeks. We spent a lot of time with the kids at Casa Rebecca, including Levi (in red) and Stefan (aka Spiderman). He loved those boys and they loved him...and still do! The would play cards, teach him Romanian words and numbers, climb and hang all over him...what precious memories! The other week when the kids had vacation I noticed Stefan and Levi huddled over Jeff...and took the shot remembering the picture from 5 years ago. They have changed in so many ways, but are still the same sweet boys who love to play, wrestle, push your buttons, and laugh. How precious a gift it is to be able to invest in kids over longer periods of time. Even when it is time for us to go, I pray that these bonds will never be broken.
Levi, Jeff and Stefan, 2005
Stefan, Jeff and Levi, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Jack in the snow, part 2

Jack in the snow, part 1

Happy Valentine's Day!

What a wonderful Valentine's Day we had as a family! I can't think of a better way to have spent my day but with the two boys whom I love so much! I am very, very blessed! We started our day with strawberries (a treat in the winter here!), finger painting (sorry, the pics are out of order as I learn how to use the new formatting on blogger), a heart shaped sandwich for lunch, building a snowman and playing in the snow, a ride to the park for cotton candy (check out the video of this posted earlier - hilarious), Jack delivering me Jeff's flowers and deciding to eat them instead of smelling them, talking with family on skype, and a dinner made by the was a fabulous day! I love you Jeff and Jack!

A cotton candy Valentine's treat!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Papa and Grammy come to visit!

Way back in January Pat and Patty came to visit us...what a thrill that was to have them here. We had a great week full of just hang time, palying at the park, snow tubing, traveling to other Romanian cities, walking in the center, eating "Romanian" foods, visiting with the kids, and just enjoying each other's company. These pics are long overdue! Here are a few of our memories...thank you Papa and Grammy for coming to visit us! We love you!

Jeff and Pat very close to the lions!

Jack trying to pet the deer

Papa reading a book

The boys in Sibiu


The North Pole from Sighisoara's clock tower