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We have lived in Romania for 16 years now. We have 6 kids. The top photo of our family is the day we met the twins, just before their 4th birthday. We were granted custody of them on their 5th birthday.

Sunday, November 25, 2007


We had a great Thanksgiving in Vienna! We arrived Wedensday evening and had dinner with the family that we were staying with, the Shelton's and their 4 sons, Caleb almost 8, Lukas 5, Micah 3, and James 14 months. Dr. Bob and Beneth also came to dinner at their house that night. They were very down to earth and sincere and real people. I never got that impression when I was at school that they were like that. They were easy to talk to.

Then Thursday, the boys played all morning in the play room and Grace and I made rolls for Thanksgiving dinner. Grace and I were in school the same years but I didn't know her then. We got a long great though. We hope to plan a trip to the Budapest zoo next summer with all our boys. We had dinner at 3 at the Hudson's church and then fellowshipped the rest of the afternoon. We met 2 Romanian families and a Romanian unsaved lady in the course of our 2 days in Vienna. Friday we went to a super fine store called IKEA. Oh my word, I was coveting their furniture and storage solutions! WE found out there is one in Budapest so when it comes time to buying more furniture for more kids we will go to IKEA in Budapest with an empty van so we can bring stuff back. There stuff is very affordable (compared to here), they are like Targe prices. I had fun roaming through the store while the boys played at the free daycare for people who are shopping! Then we found a Toys R Us and the boys loved that! Later in the afternoon Baron and I got to go down to the Christmas Market in downtown Vienna which was great fun. We had a delicious chocolate filled donut and a hotdog. We did a lot of walking so hopefully we walked off most the calories! The lights were so pretty and we bought a snow globe. Snow globes were first made in Vienna. I have always wanted a snow globe. I remember one year when my dad came home with a big snow globe from the Disney Store and I always loved it when he pulled it out every Christmas!
Our trip was home was less then desirable! Spencer woke up at 6 am Saturday throwing up. Fortunately before it was time to leave he got all the food contents out of his stomach so when he had to throw up on the drip home it was pretty much dry heaves. Then when we stopped for gas and lunch in Hungary he was throwing up again and in all the hustle and bustle we locked the keys in the van. We had to pay $200 to get them out...there is no arguing or shopping around when you are in another country and don't know the language...there was nothing we could do but pay the money so we could get back on the road!
We were happy to get home and happy that we went. We really had a great time visiting with some other Americans.

1 comment:

Jackie said...

Something always happens to make it memorable, eh?! Usually something you could do without!!

Rubbing shoulders w/ Bob and Benny, hunh? Wow. Look at ya go! I can't believe Stephen is the prez now! He's my brother Jeff's age! (and once threw a rock and hit Jeff in the head while they were at our house playing...come to think of it, that might have been a Thanksgiving, too!)