Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Back in the UsA

Will & I flew back to the USA almost 1 week ago. It was an easy flight and it sure is nice to fly with him over the ocean. I slept a lot which helped me fight the jet lag... although I woke up at 5:15 3 days in a row..I'm on schedule now!

We surprised his family and it was so much fun. I had a shower in New Bern which was a lot of fun. It was great to be loved on by all the ladies of his church. We had some cake and a few games. I got most of the questions right that Will answered and we had some good laughs. We got lots of great gifts which are now in storage in his parents attic. It is soo sad that I have to say good-byeto these presents and wait till we move back to the states.. but alas ;)

I'm knee deep in wedding projects. I knew that once I landed, I'd be doing things. Last night, I stamped 50 thank you cards and have 50 more to do. I am tying bows onto bubbles and next week I'm heading up to PA to hang out with Samantha for her wedding and we are going to make our aisle markers. ;) I'm going to the venue tomorrow to check things out and measure, take pictures and really envision the big day!! 39 days!

I'm thankful to be home with my mom, shopping, eating, hanging out and just laughing and spending time with each other. It is really nice.

I miss Budapest a lot already and can't wait to be back there as a married lady!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lingerie Shower in Vienna

I travelled to Vienna this past weekend to hang out with a few special ladies in my life. It is really fantastic that I've been able to build relationships with friends even three hours away in a different city!!

I was able to also hang out with the Hunters and do some crafting with Abby. I knew that I should stick around for the day when Levi told me to stay at their house and take a nap there because he wanted me to be around ;) I have known them for the past 4 years after meeting them at MTI (missionary culture training).

Whitney threw a party for me and I was so happy ;) I keep saying it, but it is true. The more I have these parties, the more I feel like a bride. I've always been a bridesmaid or a friend at the party (cliche) but when they were giving marital advice and talking about things they've heard I realized that I could take these to heart! One of my favorite pieces of advice was what Whitney said that her Grandma had said.. "that at the end of the day, no matter what happens, I can remember that HE (her husband) is mine, and just mine" Will is going to mine, all mine and just mine & I can't wait!

We played some fun games, ate some delicious food and had a great time. Here are some pictures of the party which are so fun! Thank you ladies who came and shared some love with me!

Thank you to all who helped cook something too! (Whit & Melissa--awesome bruchetta and italian bread thing, Stacey-yum-o pasta salad, Jeriann & Stacey-thanks for the delicious cupcakes.. so cute, Leslie--thanks for making Blueberry Boy Bait and fruit, Lindsay--thanks for making that Salad, Lindsay's mom--thanks for teaching linds to be healthy ;)!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bridal Shower in Budapest

On Saturday, I had a wonderful Bridal Shower hosted by Kirsten & Sharon. It was such a wonderful time and it made me actually finally feel like a bride to be ;)

Kirsten has kicked me out of the apartment and I stayed with the Newells on Friday Night. I came back to the house on Saturday around 1pm and I was blindly led to my room to finish getting ready. At about 2pm she led me again to the front of the apartment and took me on a tour of the fun things that were in store.

There was lots of yummy food and beautiful decorations! I'm so blessed for all the hard work that took place during this shower.

We played four games-wedding dress toilet paper game, purse scavenger hunt, i had to answer questions about Will & the last was the guests couldn't say Will or Wedding and if they did they lost a clothespin and had to fork it over to someone else. All of the games produced a lot of laughter and lots of fun.

I received many beautiful presents that I'm so thankful for and am excited to use. My mom & sister came to via Skype and they enjoyed watching all of the fun festivities ;)

So, here are some pictures for you to enjoy and again, Thank you so much Kirsten & Sharon!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

3 weeks... 3 lessons

3 weeks have passed by since I got my cast off. I'm thankful for this in so many ways!

Lesson #1
If I had thought I had learned patience in staying home two months, I was wrong. I've had to learn patience to recover, to walk, when enduring pain and in so many things. I have to remember to be strong and allow myself to recover, slow and with one step at a time.

Lesson #2
Who knew that this would drive me to an emotional mess. I didn't. I've been up and down emotionally since January 28th but I've learned that journaling, praying and reading has been my solace. Not to mention crying ;) Will has been a great source of comfort and support and I'm thankful. I've really learned to rely upon God, even when it was not easy.

Lesson #3
Even when you don't want to do anything, and would rather sit on the couch, get up and don't quit. Even today, I learned that lesson. Sure, I speak Hungarian .. but it is still very basic. I went to the "health center" and had group physical therapy. I didn't learn any new movements, just new methods. I mostly learned that I am stronger than I thought I was. I DID not want to go, whined to Will and decided not to but then my friend, Laura reminded me that a lot of times things are uncomfortable but we gotta do it.

I'm going back to work on Monday and will finish out the semester with just one class per week. I'm looking forward to it and I can't wait to see my students again!

3 weeks ago ..

I couldn't stand up on my own.. I can now walk up the stairs pretty normally and I can walk without crutches. I can take public transport but I sure am slow ;) I can balance on my sore ankle and even put pants on without holding onto anything. I am now lifting weights and doing more cardio. Kirsten and Will better watch out cuz this Biggest Loser is comin to town ;)

Thank you Almighty God for healing me!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

i will be with you

Over the last week, I've overcome a lot of .. hills. The mountain is behind me and I'm in the hills now, just gotta get over each one till I'm at the flat land.

Last Wednesday, I was led to this passage.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; Isaiah 43:1b-3

Over the last week, I've meditated over this scripture and kept to the promises that I will be just fine. In life, we often look at the things we are going through as these huge events and we often can't see past the event because it is so large. God wants us to look past the waters, the fire, the hills and to know that he will bring us through right to the end.

I walked without crutches today. I was so excited and when I showed Will I could tell that he was so proud. It took a step of faith, a moment of.. let go of the crutch.. stop relying on it! You can't walk down the aisle with that? (Do you have a crutch that holds you back?)

Before dinner, Will and I walked to the sweet shop up the road. About 8 blocks total in distance but the killer was the hill home. It is cobblestone and hilly so I had to watch EVERY step and make sure I had sure footing the whole way.

I can't tell you how thankful I am that I can walk with out crutches. They are small slow steps but they are with free hands! I can go to the kitchen and get my own glass of water and bring it back to my desk or the living room without asking.

The recovery will still take time, I know that but I'm so thankful for this .. that the Holy One of Israel, heals me, sets me free and gives me grace.

Here's a quick video of me walking:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

typeTAP Water Revolution

Serve the City Launch..

Will & I are part of the Serve the City Admin Team for Budapest. We went to Brussels back in November and we are finally able to get a project off the ground!!

Nothing to fancy yet simple enough for many/all people to join. We are going to have a trash-pick up event in Uj-pest (nothern Budapest)

We have bright yellow vests which I will spray paint and we will have gloves & trash bags. After a getting to know one another game to build community we will set off to this area to pick up some trash and clean up the streets. We are pretty excited even if 6 people show up!

We will then celebrate with a Pizza Party and enjoy more company! Will & I have been excited to be a part of something like this so that we can assist the city we live in. We are going to do another trash pick up and then we will do a ministry with the disabled.

Check out the website that Will has been working on! I'll post pictures of the event on Sunday, I'm sure ;) Pray for our event that perhaps some new people might be coming!!