I'm going home for Christmas!!
There are snow flurries in the air in Budapest!!
I'm going home for Christmas!!
And I'll be home for New Year's Too!!!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
It's raining in Budapest and it feels as though I've been out in the rain all day. Oh yeah, maybe it's because I have been in the rain all day. I wish rainy days could always be lazy days like when it snows and there's a blizzard and all you can do is stay inside all day. Rainy days are perfect lazy days. Read a book, drink some coffee, get your favorite blanket and curl up on the couch.....ah. But unfortunately in the real world, rainy days are not lazy days.
It's 8:15 pm and I just returned from Chris and Renea's. They already left for the states but are kindly letting me store my stuff in their flat. I'm taking a few bags over every chance I get and on Thursday after staff meeting, Nori and the guys will help me take the rest of the stuff over. When I get back in January, I'll stay in Chris and Renea's flat while they are gone until I find a new flat.
My roommate, Anna, is moving to a smaller city outside of Budapest where she teaches English. It's a great move for her. She'll be closer to the school and the community of Hungarians she has come to love, but it's too far and not practical for me to move there with her. Everything I do (except for Hungarian lessons and High school club) is about 10 minutes from where we live now. I have to say that I'm going to miss the girl. She's probably one of the best roommates I've had. Quirky, funny, kick-back and just plain adorable. It's been great. I will treasure the memories with village girl.
Posted by Jen in Budapest at 11:04 AM
Saturday, December 8, 2007
This morning I awoke to a subtle sense of God's unfailing, unconditional love.
Posted by Jen in Budapest at 1:14 AM
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
One of our team members, Chris Gill (whose wearing the Santa hat) leaves for the states next Tuesday. His wife, Renea, is having their first child in December. So, Chris wanted to have the high school Christmas party early. The students are having a really fun time. It's evident when Chris asks them, "What was the highlight of your week" and the answer is "English Club" that atleast in the minds of these few kids, something is working. I believe the students feel God's love and concern through us. And we are not what they may associate "religious" people to be like so that's actually really great.
For the Christmas party, I was Betsy Baker - fun Christmas bread, banana bread and oatmeal raisin cookies. We were able to use the very nice "Klub" room. Chris had a box of swiss miss hot chocolate so we brought that and shared with the students. I don't think they appreciated it nearly as much as we did. It was the hot chocolate with mini-marshmellows too!
We sang the 12 days of christmas and feliz navidad. I even did a guitar solo! (ha ha)
Thanks for praying for the high school and for great things to happen in the spring. Right now Tina is the only girl coming. Believe with me for more girls!
Posted by Jen in Budapest at 1:21 PM
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
My mind is an amalgam of organization and brinks of chaos. My day planner is riddled with a list of things to do. Yet other things often come up and I don't take the time to write them down. I just add them to my mental checklist. I have to incorporate them into my world and a lot of them are "time sensitive." Sometimes I start thinking of someone I need to get in touch with about something and so I follow it up. Or there's something I have to do and pursuing it takes time.
Today, in the middle of doing 4 things (organizing a plan with Nori and Chris seperately through text messages, making stuff for tomorrow's high school Christmas party, studying for my PT course and packing for the US), I thought about following up on a hotel reservation. I arrive into Chicago on December 15th and I'm so grateful that a friend booked a hotel for me. But I need to find out if there's a hotel shuttle. I know, I know. Why did I have to do it right then? I didn't. That's the thing. But I wanted to know in that moment and so it became the "tyranny of the urgent knowing".....So I logged onto skype and gave a call to the states. That's a lot of random things to be doing all at the same time. But this is how my brain works.
I get a lot of things done, which is important to my personality type....I'm proudly a Sanguine/Choleric, (fun test to take..http://www.oneishy.com/personality/personality_test.php) but sometimes the world around me looks more like a whirlwind with a destination than the calm in the storm.
figured out a plan with Chris/Nori
still preparing for Christmas Party
started a load of laundry
texting a few girls to meet this week
Am I driving anyone crazy yet?
Posted by Jen in Budapest at 5:19 AM
Monday, December 3, 2007
It's pouring outside and my coat is soaking wet. Thank God last year I got a coat that keeps the cold out and the warm in, with rain rolling off the jacket like water on a ducks back.
I love the sound of rain. On days like these, I want to just hop in bed and stay there but i'm only here for a little while until I have to go back outside. So, I'll sit here now with a cup of hot coffee with creamer and honey, listening to music, and rest under the covers with enough time for a lil' reflection and writing.
I love the rain because it washes away the junk on the dirty streets of Budapest.
I love the rain because it just makes everything seem "fresh."
I love the rain because everyone gets wet!
Posted by Jen in Budapest at 3:34 AM
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I love this woman! She is practical, she writes well and asks you tough questions that you can actually move forward into a better future. I'm loving her stuff and have purposed in my heart that each morning I will read one of her short articles as I drink my coffee, read my Bible and pray.
Let me know what you think.
Posted by Jen in Budapest at 11:51 PM
Abraham Lincoln once said that people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be or something like that. I agree.
Posted by Jen in Budapest at 1:08 PM