This morning I had my Romanian lesson with Mihaela. I had a good lesson and I felt encouraged to see my progress in my Romanian since I have started lessons again. Mihaela was surprised to see how well I recited the verbs today without looking at the paper. She asked me where I learned them. I reminded her that this is all review for me but I also use most of these verbs in Romanian on a regular basis too. Today I spoke to Norbi only in Romanian which surprised me because he often speaks to me in English and occasionally in Romanian so it was nice to speak it more today with him in Romanian. I also got lots of opportunities to speak in Romanian with the children in Sabolciu today too as the majority of my time there today I only spoke in Romanian with the children!
I praise God for helping me continue to learn Romanian and helping me not to give up on it. I just need to believe more in myself that I CAN learn the language and become fluent in it because like scripture says in Philippians 4:13 that we can do ALL things THROUGH CHRIST!! God is so good!!
Today I taught my youngest kids class at Sabolciu. I usually teach them on Mondays but because I did not go this week on Monday I taught them today. One of the teenagers who lives in the village helped me with the class. I was surprised the children were good without Norbi and Mircea being there! However though I think the children were a bit afraid of him too because he is pretty rough with the kids. However he was very helpful and it was nice to have him help me. I taught the children colours. They did well but with this class it is going slower because they are younger and they are having trouble learning all of them at once like the other classes. I was especially impressed with one of the girls in my class (Florina) because she was very good and I think the best in the class. I have to admit though my younger children’s class is definitely my cutest class!!
My class ended earlier than usual (around 2:30pm and usually it ends at 3:00pm) so I thought what am I going to do now. A couple of the older girls came into the classroom, helped me clean up and then one of the girls (Emanuela) took me to where Norbi was at one of the homes. When I went to the house and saw Norbi was busy talking to someone on the far side of the garden I decided to stay with two teen girls and talk to them. I ended up staying for a while there which was really nice. One of the teen girls had her baby brother with her so it was fun to spend time with him. Then after a while Norbi came and told me that I can stay if I want to.
So, I stayed for a bit more and then I went with Emanuela to someone else’s home. Emanuela sat on the handmade swing that hung from the tree and we hung out together for a while there. We had some fun as we reviewed the colours in English together with the different things around us. Then after a while she wanted me to go to her house. I was a bit concerned of when Norbi wanted to leave so I told her that but she said it was alright. Later I realized if Norbi wanted to leave he would just come and find me and he wouldn’t leave me there!
When I got to Emanuela’s house her sister Florina came home and also their two younger brothers too. Also one of the other girls that lives in the village came too. It was such a blessing to spend time with them at their house! I felt humbled to be in their house. My house in Canada literally feels like a castle compared to Emanuela and Florina’s little house! Their house consists of only one room which only has two beds (all of the family shares the two beds and there are six people in their family including their parents), a table, a stove and a TV. They store their clothes outside in this small storage area that is covered and they also have a garden in the back of their home too. I am amazed how they can live in such a little house with a large family! Can you image living in a one room house with a family of six? Incredible, talk about survival!
Around 3:20ish Norbi and I left to return to Oradea. Wow, it was such an incredible blessing from God to be able to stay after my English class and spend time with the children almost an hour after the class! I My heart’s desire is to spend a lot more time with the children because I believe this is where relationships and trust develop as the bond between us grows deeper. I am definitely looking forward to spending a lot more time with the kids during the summer months with the teams that are coming and the summer interns. I hope too that in September Aubrey and I can start going there every day and all day. Please pray for that God will make this possible! Thanks for your prayers!!
In the evening I stayed home. I enjoyed watching the finale of “Dancing with the Stars”. It was my first time watching a whole season and it was great to watch all celebrities dance and grow. I want to give my congratulations to the champions – Derek Hough and Nicole Scherzinger! The runner up goes to – Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya and the third place goes to Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Erin Andrews. They all did amazing! I’m so looking forward to a new season of “So You Think You Can Dance” which starts this week! Tonight I also watched American Idol where Crystal and Lee sang for the last time before we find out who wins this season. I didn’t know that Simon Cowell is leaving the show. Well, that will be interesting to see the next season without Simon!
Well it’s late here in Romania so it’s time for me to go to bed. Noapte bună (good night)!