Category

ministry

life without dad

By addysengrace, america, christian, family, mercyadoniyah, ministry, school, travel No Comments

Whelp. We are three weeks into this USA home education adventure and so far so good. It is weird not having kids go off every morning and come home every afternoon. There are some parts we really miss: the ease of uniforms, knowing that everyday we will be ready by 8am and friends! On the other hand, there are some parts that are really nice: less stressful mornings, getting carried away and doing geography or science all day long and it doesn’t matter! And of course we are making friends. It just takes time and energy especially when you miss your other friends. We started gymnastics (Addy goes 5x a week and is finally…calm. Ha!) Mercy has karate twice a week and loves it, plus her Sensei said she is a natural and has the perfect personality for karate.

Christian had his first week of solo traveling for Hope Takes Root (brand new site coming SOON!). He was able to attend a very interesting and helpful conference called BAM in Philidelphia. It was everything and more: inspirational, helpful, challenging, a networking opportunity, the list goes on! He is still travelling so I will have to wait until he gets home to get all the details. He was able to start the trip by visiting our friends, Mike and Shannon (and their boys) in Titusville. We spent a year in Moldova with them and they are some of our most awesome friends. The girls and I tried not to be too jealous! He is now spending the weekend in Harrisburg with other friends, originally from Thousand Oaks. He gets home early Tuesday morning.

It started well but included a little bug. Whoops.

Thank goodness it was short lived so while big sister had a middle school activity (what the goodness?), this little person and I went on a date.

Yesterday we tackled the shopping. We went to a USA mall which confused the girls (“where’s the grocery store, mama?”) to get my phone fixed. Then we did Sprouts and WalMart. My children think the Sprout’s cart is hysterical. Then we found Ursuletul Tedi which made their day but they wanted to know why tedi was spelt “so weird.” :-p

And let’s be honest. Everything is new or interesting. Why did Sprouts need to tell me my corn syrup came from corn? Does corn syrup every come from beets or wheat? And what in the world are boiled peanuts?

where did we go?

By addysengrace, bucuresti, family, mercyadoniyah, ministry, noelantruth, romania, school One Comment

IMG_1705

Eesh. Wherever did I go? This might be one of the longer(est) breaks I accidentally took from blogging. So I decided to review the past (gulp!) six+ months and tell you what we did and what I’ve learned.

IMG_1704

2017 brought a grand life lesson: under no circumstances should you move right in the middle of the school year. But if you do, you should not commute your kids to their old school.

IMG_1710

Unfortunately I would do it all over again. (Aha! I must have been one of THOSE kids!) We moved in March…let me tell you, it was fast. In mid-February we talked a little about the idea of moving, still leaning towards the idea of moving over the summer. We were also attempting to find a better school. We were pursuing something called a “viza de flotant” which is basically when you know someone in the zone you want to be and they loan you their address. Come to find out it is harder than it looks. We connected with one of the directors of a great school right in the center, hoping she could help us understand this confusion. We didn’t know anyone living this this area and for some random reason we looked online at the apartments in this area and we found ours. Our apartment is really a gift. It is in the centre, five minutes from a metro hub AND an affordable price. Our owner lives in Israel and wanted to get our apartment rented fast. Which is how we went from “talking” about moving during the summer to having the keys to our new place on March 1st.

IMG_1709

But this enabled us to register Mercy in one of the better schools during Class 0 registration (2 weeks during March). The good schools are hard to get into, and ours is either the second or third best school in our sector. Enrolling Mercy during registration allowed up is transfer Addy as a sibling at the end of summer. The hard part is that we finished the school year at their old schools (Mercy needed to finish kindergarten anyway, so Addy finished also). Our spring pretty much went like this – wake up, rush around, leave at 7:00a, drop kids off by 7:50/8:30, go to language class, pick kids up by 12/12:30, get home by 2p, eat lunch, get homework done, prepare for the next day, make and eat dinner, bedtime, repeat, repeat, repeat. I don’t know which one of us was rejoicing the most when school ended on 16 June.

IMG_1708

I also learned that stress can wreck havoc on your body. We are holistic beings, there is no doubt. Me physically is connected to me emotionally and me spiritually. And a year and a half ago, my son was taken away from me and it crushed me. Last summer was a dark and long road often filled with doubt and feeling utterly exhausted. I kept wondering when I would be able to shake all this grief.

IMG_1707

But my body was very bruised and worn out and I didn’t realise it. I just thought I was dragging. I got a cold in December and I never really stopped being sick from December to March. I had a foggy headache every day, sometimes all day long. My body had weird aches and pains. Long story short, I finally had blood work done and was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue. I realise now that the past two years, losing Eisley and then losing Noelan were so much harder on me physically and spiritually and emotionally than I could even comprehend.

IMG_1706

I should mention that Adrenal Fatigue has been really humbling for me. Somewhere along the way, I guess I put my identity in my abilities. The ability to go to bed at 11p and wake up without an alarm, ready to go at 5am. The ability to go and go and go and never stop. I don’t wait well and I don’t rest well. Well, I didn’t — because let me tell you, I have been learning! I am not 100% better but I am getting better and I am feeling better. And I am learning what it means to rest and what it means to say no when I can’t do something.

IMG_1702

I also learned that we can love and laugh and be a family again. Not surprising, I don’t remember last summer. As in truly there are blank parts. I know we took our yearly road trip and I know we were in crisis mode most of the time. I know Mercy spent 11 days in the hospital and then 6 weeks quarantined. That right there sums up my memories. I look at pictures of last summer and I am stunned. Our faces hurt. You can see loss in our eyes. You can see doubt and pain and confusion. This summer was opposite. We drove to Hungary and saw my cousin and her family. We enjoyed ministry camps (actually we enjoyed and survived ministry camps). We took a road trip and it was a blast and it was without crisis. I found myself comparing pictures, shocked. The joy on the girls face this year versus the pain on their faces last year is drastically different. I found myself daily standing back and realising that we were laughing and smiling and enjoying each other once again. I found myself realising that in the midst of crisis I was actually clinging even tighter to Jesus, beating my fists against his chest, asking him, “WHY?!” Yet it keeps going, this story. Because this summer, when the pain began to lift, I found myself left with even bigger areas in my life ready to be filled with joy and peace and happiness. Don’t get me wrong. I miss my son so much. Adoption loss sucks. Yet I also know that I was chosen for a reason to be his mama last year, to hold him and rock him and wipe away his tears, to choose medical procedures that would protect him and to show him true unconditional love. And somewhere along the way, during this summer, still clinging to Jesus, I found myself no longer asking why but instead whispering “thank you” for the opportunity to be Noelan Truth’s mama.

IMG_1701

And that is almost the current version of where we are. 😉 The girls started school at a new school. They mostly like it, hahah. My kids are wandering free souls so sometimes the traditional institution of education drives them batty. They take after their mama and wish all things could be learned through art and mess. Yet things really are going ok. Ministry is going well as we prep for Summit 2017, the largest all things included adoption conference in Romania. Please be praying for Christian and I as we are helping with the entire conference plus we will be sharing about adoption loss. Also, praise! My parents are here! My mom arrived Monday and technically my Dad arrives tomorrow (thanks to a certain little event called the World Series and the Dodgers, ha!). We are so blessed to have them here and already we have taken advantage of being able to be run to meetings or appointments child free! They are staying through December and we are so excited!

IMG_4164

IMG_6348

IMG_6185

IMG_6451

christmas and more

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

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.
Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

Then there was the mess, errrrrr preparation. 🙂
IMG_7668IMG_7696IMG_7695IMG_7694IMG_7693

Caroling and gifts…
IMG_0370IMG_7608IMG_7609

Lots of parties. Lots of food.
IMG_7408IMG_7649IMG_8179

New bibles with homemade/decorated bible covers thanks to a church sewing ministry and youth group!
IMG_8176IMG_8171IMG_8169IMG_8162

Performances!
IMG_0424IMG_7427IMG_7442IMG_8665

Santa! (And Addy, Mercy and Walker)
IMG_0514IMG_0506

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Anchor of Hope!
img_7923img_7924

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.

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.

airport bound! Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

these two went on a date to see some movie i wasn’t interesting in seeing. 🙂 Processed with MOLDIV

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

mall excursions: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

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

a grammie and her oldest granddaughter Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

after church fun Processed with MOLDIV

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

a last night of cards Processed with MOLDIV

last airport selfie. 🙁 Processed with MOLDIV

toamna

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

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

this is where we live: Processed with MOLDIV

homework which we might actually enjoy around here, oh my: Processed with MOLDIVimg_4357Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

alex started at mercy’s school! Processed with MOLDIV

chocolate eyes and a tear on her cheek…Processed with MOLDIV

goofball three: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

and then we got new colleagues! Processed with MOLDIV

gaming at the mall: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

daddy love: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

that time we bought a bag of mixed veggies boasting broccoli and found one entire piece of broccoli, haha! Processed with MOLDIV

there is something magical about sleeping babies: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

international day of world peace: Processed with MOLDIV

oh this child keeps me young: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

blowing me a kiss: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

oh.my. Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

best friends: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

freshly washed and braided hair: Processed with MOLDIV

she makes me food…Processed with MOLDIV

summer comes to an end whether or not you want it to…Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

these two are so much fun: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

birthday celebrations (part one):Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

grandma ducky came to visit: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

and auntie deedee! img_6509Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

daily happenings

By bucuresti, ministry, romania No Comments

you probably will notice that these pictures are more or less missing faces – – these are photos of places we visit on a daily basis so we want these kids to remain anonymous. the one thing we don’t want to do is “market” our kids. and yet we know you enjoy seeing pictures of what we actually do. 😉 if you would enjoy seeing more personal pictures of ministry, connect with us here.

Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV