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a month of grammie

By addysengrace, bucuresti, christian, family, mercyadoniyah, ministry, romania No Comments

grammie managed to squeeze in a month away from her home…her home on the market! pops stayed home and held down the fort, so it was truly a joint effort (since this was the first year they wondered if they could come for a visit or not with everything happening). and of course, it was nice and refreshing. all things considered, i didn’t take a whole lot of pictures. this is almost {{all}} of them. but we had a lot of simple, quiet fun.

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we also went on a date! come to find out, i took my mom to her first 3-d movie. kind of strange since romania is really into 3-d movies so we have a hard time finding 2-d versions (mercy’s preference). Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

so many read aloud books were read! Processed with MOLDIV

and so many puzzles were done. all of the ones we own actually! Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

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my mom’s signature. my {beautifully} made bed every single morning! Processed with MOLDIV

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sometimes you go to ikea on your second to last day here. whoops. and sometimes you come home with “whichever lovey you want.” 😉 Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

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mercy’s dorina

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we have been blessed by an amazing relationship – – last year when mercy started grupa mijlocie (aka k4), she had a teacher (educatoare) and two rotating class aids (ingrijitoare). she bonded from day one with “doamna dorina.” fast forward to this year (grupa mare or k5) and dorina (and her daughter denisa) are now family friends. we love these two! in september, mercy spent the entire day with dorina and denisa at their house. it was such a beautiful thing for christian and i – – it was proof that our little girl is healing and moving forward after losing her brother last may. i took the first four pictures and then dorina and denisa sent me all the other picutres!

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By addysengrace, bucuresti, christian, family, holidays, mercyadoniyah, ministry, romania, school No Comments

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disclaimer: way.too.many.photos. {sorry not sorry!}
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alex started at mercy’s school! Processed with MOLDIV

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the rest of summer

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

the last few pictures on my phone of summer…

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our new best friend, orla…can’t wait until we hang out again either in Romania or Ireland! Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV

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if the truth be told, i have probably talked to my sister (almost) every 24 hour period since moving overseas almost five years ago…minus travel days and maybe her honeymoon. Processed with MOLDIV

watching the olympics and cheering for way too many countries (my children are very loyal to every country, haha! Processed with MOLDIV

summer means impulsive…we love summer! Processed with MOLDIV

trying to convince my kids that summer movie nights don’t usually include their robes is impossible: Processed with MOLDIV

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if you put pink (bath approved) dye in the bathtub, your child will probably think that means it is okay to splatter blue (permanent) ink on the walls: Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV

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roadtrip{4}

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Day Thirteen
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Processed with MOLDIV When they got home, we decided to try walking to the park since Marie had slept the day away. It was only about an hour long excursion but she made it! It was nice to get some fresh air. Brasov is a lovely town with lots of friendly kids that speak English as well as our kids do (side note, our kids’ English needs some work, ha!).

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img_2962This was another day we had planned long ago – – to meet up with our community group for a really cool hike so it isn’t shocking that Marie was 100% disappointed to be feeling icky (sick enough to stay home – – ask her mom, Bonnie, that is RARE). Christian and Addy ended up going and Marie and Mercy ended up doing a lot of snuggling and sleeping but also some mama+Mercy time which ended up being a sweet time.

Day Fifteen
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Day Eight
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Processed with MOLDIV Day eight, we explored Sighișoara. We enjoyed our day there although we discovered it was more expensive than all the other places we visited and Addy was under the weather. We took it slow and easy and were a little worried about her by the end of the day.

Day Nine
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Processed with MOLDIV Day nine was NOT the day we planned. After a rough night realizing something was off with Addy, we made texted and called friends in Bucharest until we decided where to take Addy – – we ended up at the Children’s Hospital in Sibiu. Come to find out, Addy was at the end of a bacterial infection thanks to some (quite traumatic) bloodwork. She ended up getting IV fluids and meds and spending the afternoon in the hospital before we headed on to Petroșani. Always an adventure with these kids, haha!

Day Ten
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Processed with MOLDIV We made it to Petroșani. Way long ago (ok fine just 2005), I went with Petroșani to serve with Kelle (Gammie) Andrieș. Since since we have both lived in the USA at some point, both gotten married, had kids and returned to Romania to live/serve full-time. What a fun afternoon letting our kids meet and play. They hit it off beautifully!

Day Eleven
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Processed with MOLDIV This was our only repeat from last summer – – Hunadoara! We really enjoy the pension we have found here (Casa lui Craciun if you google it). We went to the Castle Corvin again (a must!) and ended with some swimming because he (pension owner) has his own little private swimming pool so even Mercy could go swimming!

Day Twelve
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Processed with MOLDIV Also a random day – – the day we woke up feeling great, drove a beautiful drive to Brasov and by the time we got there, Marie was feeling pretty yucky. But hey, the girls looked cute, ha!

…to be continued!

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Day Five
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Processed with MOLDIV Day five was full and fun! We started at the Târgu Mureș zoo which we visited last year. It is such a fun zoo and you can get so close to the animals. Then we played at the most amazing play place next to the zoo. It has a free adventure rope course, mini ziplines, a train, etc. (Videos in a later post!) We also made sure to scrap-journal almost every evening.

Day Six
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Processed with MOLDIV Day six was also a blast – – we really like Târgu Mureș! We walked through the Cetate and then toured the Culture house which is awesome. Absolutely beautiful. There were rooms we couldn’t take pictures in, including a room of all stained glass murals. Amazing! We ended at the theater, because the new Pete’s Dragon was playing, duh!

Day Seven
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Processed with MOLDIV Day seven started in Târgu Mureș and ended in Sighisoara. We walked through the center of Târgu Mureș one more time just because we really liked it and Marie wanted to take more pictures. Then we drove to Sighisoara which was super nice but super expensive! The really fun part of Sighisoara was that we ended up being there the weekend of a dance/music. We also chose our souvenir – – a wooden carved bowl because we could watch the man carve it and he took a picture with us! Plus we found a teal “DohDoh door” (aka Marie’s sister’s favorite color) and we ended with sorbet!

That is all for now! Have no fear – – we have SIX more posts still. 🙂

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Day One
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Processed with MOLDIV Longest driving day by far! We drove 600 kilometers from Bucuresti all the way to Baie Sprie, with a couple breaks including ice cream in Alba Iulia. Christian has completely mastered driving a clutch, which is nice for Marie. Honestly, she prefers to read out loud to the girls, and snap twenty million photos of the passing by country. He drove 90% of the trip this time (last year it was about 50-50).

Day Two
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Processed with MOLDIV Day two we also drove…up to Săpânță where we visited the Merry Cemetary…which was weird! There were foreigners taking pictures, but not understanding the tombstones. There were non-religious Romanians reading the tombstones and laughing. AND there were orthodox Romanians, lighting candles, being very somber because it is also a church with places to light candles and pray. Such a unique experience for sure! We weren’t exactly sure how to tell the girls to behave!

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Processed with MOLDIV By day three, we needed a driving break…so we explored Baie Mare. It was a lot of fun! We found a planetarium for Addy, our future astronaut and she was in heaven. We also found a play place at the mall. We walked around the center square but got there right at 4pm when the clock tower was closing. So instead we walked around and learned a little about Baie Mare’s Hungarian history (it is really interesting).

Day Four
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Processed with MOLDIV Day four we went straight back to the center of Baie Mare before driving to Târgu Mureș because we really wanted to climb Steven’s Tower. Mercy loved every step of the way, “using” her map and even walking circles outside on the (open) balcony with Marie. She is very fearless, that is for sure. Addy stayed inside and kept Christian company. We were going to do more, but around lunch time Addy was acting really off and fussy almost to the point of being “difficult” (which is very unlike her, but we are used to all the emotions these days ever since losing Noelan). Looking back now – – it was her bacterial infection getting the best of her! What a trooper she ended up being. We can’t believe she stayed smiling!

…to be continued because we took a lot of photos. And these aren’t even Marie or the girls’ camera photos!