Who Are We?
By the time she was two months old, she was homeless 😛 and on her way to Montana for a month long cross-cultural training. She was our pack n’ play baby because by the time she was 7 months old she had lived in four different places. We spent the holidays of 2011 with our families in Northern California before packing up our remaining belongings, the 3 year old, the 6 month old and the auntie for the overseas move from California, USA to Chisinau, Moldova where we we helped another small church plant get going. This time we can say without exaggerating that we moved to a frozen tundra since Winter 2012 earned itself a Wikipedia page and we discovered that -22 degree F exists.
In January 2014 we decided to try our hand at moving during the winter yet again, this time to Bucharest, Romania…a fairly close and “easy” move. Moving to Bucharest was a pretty simple transition, easier in a way that moving to Moldova. Where Moldova blends Russian with Romanian culture, Romania (an EU country) blends Romanian with Western European culture and Western European culture is closer to North American culture than Russian culture is. We went from one mall and two grocery stores to malls in every sector, from a city of 675,500 people to a city of 1.9 million. Both of the girls, 2 and a half and 5 by this time, settled easily into Romanian kindergarten. While we still labored daily over language, they spoke easily and naturally. 😃 We spent the first three years working with an organization that provides enrichment for orphaned and abandoned kids.