Friday, July 31, 2009

A Moment

I took Gracey for a walk today and it began to rain very hard almost as soon as we were far enough away from the car to really try and get back without needing a raft. So we stood underneath an overhang by one of the buildings in hopes it would clear up soon. Minutes went by with us just sitting there watching the rain. It actually was very peaceful and soothing to hear the drops hitting the building and street. But it wasn't even for that tranquil moment we sat there as an audience. God gave me a private little show this afternoon that warmed my heart. A mini-van pulled up across the building I was at and out piled an entire family! Out in the middle of a very heavy rain storm the family ran from tree to tree, jumped in puddles on the street, and laughed at each other with wet sopping hair. It carried on for a while and all I could think about was perhaps the Lord gave the rain at that moment, at that place specifically for that family to enjoy and make a memory. They rounded the building to their left, ran up and down the curbs, hid behind a tree that really portrayed more of a stick then a suitable hiding apparatus, and almost as quick as the adventure began they hopped back into their van and drove away. I don't know that they ever noticed I was watching them, and I'm glad for this because the heart of the joy they have for each other was evident and not created. God smiled watching them too and joy swept His heart for His children that played in His beauty.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Our Hungarian Dinner

Last night we invited our close friends and served a Hungarian feast! We cooked the dessert on Friday and began the main course that day as well and finished it Saturday before everyone arrived. We decorated the dining area with tables for a cafe feel, made name tags for the tables with Hungarian words on the back that everyone needed to memorize and see who could remember the most definitions, and displayed our Hungarian artifacts. We served the meal, had a toast in memory of my Grandmother who passed away, and cut the Hungarian dessert and drank coffee. I was so excited for everyone to arrive and when everyone had gone home I really felt so much joy that we pulled it off and everything was as yummy as it was!

Cooking the dessert! Making a mess! But it was SO worth it!

We had to roll the dessert up by hand and had some spillage, but we remedied the problem with a test-tasting!

Hungary is located in Eastern Europe. We grew up visiting as often as possible. My entire family besides my Dad, Mom, and Sister, still reside in the country.

Our name tags had the Hungarian flag colored on them and a Hungarian word on the back. Before dinner we each read our word and stated the definition and after dessert we discovered who could remember the most words!

My Anya (Mom in Hungarian) and I before our guests arrived.

Bryan and me making coffee!

Our beautiful delicious Hungarian dessert (I'm glad you made me take the photo Angela!)

My baratno (friend in Hungarian) Jessica won the game with 8 out of 9 Hungarian words correct!

My Anya and Bryan and I! Yeah, we did it!

Most of the girls at the party.

And of course the silly boys!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Our Beautiful Cousins

We have two beautiful cousins Natalie and Heather that live in CA. Bryan and I miss them very much so we made them a special gift, we each designed the first letter of their name. I couldn't wait to send it to them and we got an e-mail later with this photo attached! Aren't they just the cutest things ever? You probably wouldn't guess the one I did!!!??? There woulnd't be pink or any butterflies on it!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My Mom's Here

My mom is here visiting from MA. We are staying busy and having fun. She has been cooking yummy Hungarian food for us and on Saturday we will have our friends over to taste it as well. I am very excited about it.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Love's Glorious Plight

Yesterday's tomorrow

Choices bred by fear

Covering sorrow

Surrendered tears

Consequences delight

Future's plan

Love's glorious plight

Faith's demands

Thursday, July 09, 2009