Gratitude: November 5

165. Be prepared: today, I am thankful for so many things that require photos, but I’ll categorize them under just one number: I am thankful for Romania.

I spent a month in this precious small town of Draganesti with a sweet family. I had a bed, a bathtub, and British tea everyday whenever I so desired them. I wore oversized sweaters, boots, and, for once, didn’t mind being cold. I may have even enjoyed it.

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We went to a little church, not quite finished, that was born of a vision straight from the Lord. We held Bible study in a kitchen so small. We helped babysit the children of missionaries & local pastors. We handed out CDs of messages and helped teach children of this great mighty God. We became domesticated with housework and cooking. We sang and listened in a language deeply rooted in my heart, little did I know when I arrived.

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We stayed in a village with an outhouse and felt like the grandparents in Willy Wonka who never got out of bed because it was so cold. We adventured to a grave yard and a wooden bridge.

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Of all my months on the Race, and there were some incredible ones, this one holds a special place in my heart – colored pants, adventures, and life as a family.

Today I received an email from one of our contacts there, Florina. I can just hear her voice saying the very words she typed in her emails and I so desperately want to hug little Ruben and David again. I miss them so much.
Before leaving on the Race, I wasn’t sure my heart could learn to love in a month, but this month definitely proves me wrong. 🙂

Today I am thankful for Romania.