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holidays

life as we know it

By addysengrace, adoption, christian, family, holidays, mercyadoniyah, travel No Comments

I apologise that we have been so quiet. It has been an interesting few months, with lots and lots of…busy-ness. We have been writing our newsletters somewhat regularly. If you want to know exactly what we have been up to, it is probably easier to read our last three newsletters.

1: adoption
2: ethiopia
3: summer plans

But if you don’t have time, here is a short summary of life in the Klein-Burtt household. 😉
1: started praying about life changes (God works in quiet and mysterious ways!).
2: started an international Colombian adoption.
3: officially decided to move to Ethiopia and start a new ministry+social enterprise with Hope Takes Root (run by Marie’s brother and his wife, Aaron and Cacey).
4: began planning a USA furlough that will include laying the ground work for our new ministry in Ethiopia, finishing our Colombian adoption, traveling around and speaking at churches and even starting Amharic language lessons!

That is the shortest version ever — so if it doesn’t make sense, definitely read our newsletters! We are in the throes of packing and it is definitely emotional plus a lot of work. One minute we are laughing and talking about our new brothers or sisters or living with Grammie and Pops or life in Ethiopia and the next minute we are crying or feeling angry as we process this transition and loss. Keep us in your prayers as we walk through this crazy life transition.

One last thing before some awesome photos. 😉 Please be sure to follow along with our adoption — we would love nothing more than to walk this journey with you. This is our page telling about it and this is our fundraising site. We would be more than blessed if you wanted to share it via Facebook, Instagram, word of mouth, whatever!

And finally, pictures of our summer family vacation! We have been planning and looking forward to this trip for about 15 months and it was well worth the wait! We spend 10 days in Italy with family — five days on the edge of Lake Como and five days in Venice. Personally, I fell in love with Venice. Such a crazy cool city.

We made it!

But oh so tired.

Beautiful Lake Como

Getting right down to business. :-p

These three were so excited to be reunited.

Swim day!

Quick stop over in Milan.

Venice is beautiful!

Murano and Burano adventures

Cutest weirdos

Gelato every day!

Our last dinner in Italy.

Headed to the airport in the early hours of the morning.

goodbye autumn, hello christmas

By addysengrace, bucuresti, crafts, family, holidays, mercyadoniyah, romania No Comments

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80227F76-0715-4568-A997-85C809471FF1pumpkin cookies…pumpkin cake…the possibilities are endless!

 

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52F4C7D0-1B7D-4EB8-A360-6184DBA7B91Dmaking bone broth or turkey soup tends to turn into a science experiment. we like to break open all the bones, rebuild the spinal cord, you get the picture.

 

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234872C9-6310-43DD-B515-86D44C623128random successful “tofu” made from chickpea flour and our awesome thanksgiving veggie turkey!

 

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48A7CF76-20BC-492D-AA73-92B772D8DFC6coffee filter turkeys from here.

 

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E52118F1-5DAC-44AA-BD3A-AFDE38DC2D53you can find tutorials all over the internet but the idea is simple…dribble or drip paint on pieces of paper and scrap it off using a credit card or something similar. after ours dried, we cut out christmas trees, glued them on greeting cards and decorated them with anything and everything.

 

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B64014D1-1826-4F96-B5F4-0AD5C6843F81there is never a reason to not paint paper in my opinion. 😀 seriously though, the craft possibilities are endless. we cut our paper into strips and have numerous crafts planned.

 

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CEB25FF4-780A-46CF-B20C-893EA41AA654one of our crafts using painted paper strips, pretty simple yet fun (inspiration found here).

 

29A4DA09-2FEE-4063-860C-008D3659CB74we actually bought a legit piece of clay, softened it, shaped it into ornaments, let them dry, pained them, sealed them and made them into gifts. it was a fairly lengthy process that i would put away occasionally. both addy and mercy were happy with how they turned out!

 

autumn projects

By addysengrace, bucuresti, crafts, family, holidays, mercyadoniyah, romania No Comments

as much as i do enjoy autumn crafts, including halloween and thanksgiving…i have to confess that really my goal is to start christmas crafts. :-p but because we need to experience all things, we did a couple autumn crafts and we are going to do a couple thanksgiving crafts. 😀

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lego challenges are the best…they are suitable for any age because you can make them easy or hard or in between. you can give your kid a step by step picture (just search on pinterest for lego challenges) or a picture of the finished product or you can simply describe something. for this one, i saw a “mosaic fall tree” floating around, so i showed it to them one time (extra challenge!) and told them to work as a team. this can actually make the project even harder because at 6 and almost 9, they have very different opinions, ha!

 

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this is a great one for the million leaves your children might be collecting or a great reason to go on a treasure hunt and collect leaves. you could twist this project a million different ways. i told them to make “something that resembled a person plus a scenery and tell me a story about it afterward.” both kids enjoyed this one. one of these days i am going to start recording their elaborate stories because they are getting good at creative writing!

 

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we truly had an everything fun filled party on the 31st. halloween is not quite the same holiday here but we enjoy celebrating the non gruesome or freaky version. and my kids love nature so halloween-ish + nature-y themed foods only make sense. we used apple slices (tossed in lemon juice), nut butter, strawberries, raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds and goni berries to make monster faces. we used hard boiled eggs (notice ours are small cause they are quail) and sliced black olives to make eyeballs. bananas, coconut powder and skewers made ghosts. we used an eggplant and skewers and grapes to make a huge spider plus plums, toothpicks and raisins to make little spiders. mandarins with celery greens became pumpkins and i can’t remember what else. we also decorated pumpkins but went with painting, glueing and glittering them (pumpkins here aren’t for carving but are very thick walled..think hours of cutting!). plus history needed to be revisited with it being the 500 year anniversary of martin luther mailing his 95 thesis to the church door…so we read, colored and reinacted monk life.

 

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another simple but longer process project…leaves using contact paper. just cut a square and tape it sticky side up and cover it with tissue paper (red, orange, yellow, green) in any way you like then place another piece of contact paper sticky side down to seal it all together. after that trace and cut different fall leaves and tape them to your windows! my 6 year old is magical with scissors so she did most of the cutting. (random fact. when she was little, we noticed giving her scissors and something to cut calmed her and stopped a tantrum!)

 

stay tuned for a couple (three to be exact) thanksgiving crafts but be more ready for christmas crafts…cause yes we have already started!

no joke. this is currently happening:
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spring breaking it

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freckles –

weird zucchini –

science –


crafts –



date with mama –

that time it snowed while we were on spring break so mama bought organic gluten/soy/corn free chocolate that costs an arm and a leg –

cute new dresses from grandma ducky –

that time we finished unpacking almost two months after moving (does not include putting things on the walls) –


hair cuts (i think she looks so much like my mama here) –


buns and more buns –


game nights –


lazy mornings –

painting a big and little version of the sun –

come on, it’s obvious (aka strumful cu ochilari = the smurf with glasses) –

the sun came back and the freak winter weather went away –




little girls that buy gifts for their big sisters –

so much lego construction going on –


and lots of dress up too –




exhaustion –

oh you know…christmas?

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so there was this one time…ok fine this happens often…that i find drafts of posts i meant to post but i didn’t and i don’t know why. i think i wanted to write something but i didn’t have time. so i am not going to write anything. this is just parts of our life this past december. enjoy. or don’t. 😉

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easter faire

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nothing as great as free fun within walking distance! the easter faire is right next to us so we walked down and enjoyed a craft, seeing the bunnies, a train ride and a carousel. we ended with the girls deciding to use some of their own savings for “shopping!” all mercy wanted was a “iepuras rosu!!” {red bunny} while addy picked blue and silver earrings. 🐰

he’s thirty six 

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this handsome fellow turned thirty-six last month, calm and collect like always. we started his celebration with a date the night before (thanks craig and alie!) that included a movie and a meal, aka a ginormous hamburger. i absolutely love time with this guy. there is never a boring moment and before we know it, the evening is over.




we finished his celebration on his actual birthday with home cooked mexican food and cookie bars (instead of cake).




happy birthday christian! happy birthday daddy!

christmas and more

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Christmas always rolls around with a sort of intensity we never expect. We suddenly need extra time, extra supplies, extra money, extra sleep. This year we were more than blessed by how much you guys supported us through one of our craziest times of the year!

After chatting with a friend about raising money for the holidays, she suggested “selling” something as a fund raiser. I had no idea what I was doing, but all things considered it went ok, with only a few minor glitches! I have TONS of ideas for next year! 🙂 This year, it was Christmas cards and ornaments. Next year, well that is a surprise of course.
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Then there was the mess, errrrrr preparation. 🙂
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Caroling and gifts…
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Lots of parties. Lots of food.
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New bibles with homemade/decorated bible covers thanks to a church sewing ministry and youth group!
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Performances!
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Santa! (And Addy, Mercy and Walker)
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Anchor of Hope!
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We don’t post “good” pictures online – – aka ones that clearly show kids’ faces. If you would like to see more photos of what we did for the holidays, please visit and like our Facebook page, Christian and Marie in Romania.

toamna

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disclaimer: way.too.many.photos. {sorry not sorry!}
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