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We have lived in Romania for 16 years now. We have 6 kids.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Our Gina

Our daughter Gina, she has an infectious smile. She has an independent spirit. She loves to be in charge. She can't wait to be a mother. She came to live with us at the age of 5. She officially became a Howerton at the age of 6 1/2. She is the only girl amongst 5 brothers. We made a little room for her when she came to us. I was thrilled with and she was thrilled with it. It has a door to the outside in it and. The wall comes in and takes out precious space because they added stairs on the outside so you could get into the door. Today begins the work. The man is here to tear down the door and tear down the wall to make it a little more spacious in her room. She has had water leak in and down the wall and had water spots. The roof is fixed now so her room will also get a fresh coat of girlie colored paint, pinks, lavenders, and greens. We will lower the roof and put in a new light (the previous light was a paper lantern that is now ripped) maybe a little girlie chandalier. We will take a trip to IKEA in Budapest and get her a loft bed. Sometimes a little girl needs to be treated like a princess.
We have been back in Romania for two weeks now. We are continuing to work through school. Please pray for the twins especially. We are really working at getting them comfortable with reading and school work. We are praying about sending Nate (youngest) to a private school next year so the twins don't feel they are in competition with their little brother. Another benefit to that would be helping Nate learn Romanian again. He seems to have forgotten it and has been unable to communicate with his Romanian grandma which makes her sad. Pray for us to have courage to do this...it's not easy sending your baby off to school!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Romania

We arrived in Romania on Thursday, May 31. We are experiencing a bit of jet lag but are thankful that our flight over was uneventful! All our luggage got here and we walked out of the aiport without having to open one bag! We are going to bed late and sleeping late, but we should be on schedule within a few days. We had pizza tonight, the kids were excited to have Romanian pizza for the first time in 10 months! They were sad to leave family behind but they perked up as soon as they saw all their toys, their own beds, and their rooms! It just takes time to re adjust but God's grace sees us through every time! So thankful for the faithfulness of God. Keep us in your prayers. We pray for wisdom for our future ministry here that God would lead and we would follow Him in all things. We have about a month left of school and the kids aren't excited about doing school through June but we took off a lot of days! Spencer turns 12 this Tuesday and a week later our baby Nate turns 6. They are growing up so quickly!