|My Mom Sara, Host Mom Zsuzsa and I enjoy the beautiful|
night lights Budapest offers. This particular day was Zsuzsa
and Lajos' wedding anniversary and we celebrated with a
delicious dinner in the city.
I am experiencing a different kind of March Madness in Hungary this year. Though I didn’t actually fill out a bracket, I’m having my own crazy assortment of games and match-ups including some exciting experiences and also a few heartbreaking upsets. But, I am overwhelmingly thrilled with how this March is developing.
The beginning of March brought a homesickness I had not yet experienced thus far in the YAGM journey. I was extremely lucky to have my Mom here for 10 days back in February to meet my community and do some travel on our own. Perhaps her absence after such a unique experience together made me more aware of how much I miss my family in the States. However, I am reminded constantly of the abundant family members I have in Hungary!
|Host brother # 3 Bence, Host Dad #2 József, Host Mom #2 Edit, Host Mom #1 Zsuzsa, |
Host Dad #2 Lajos. I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such loving people!!
|Áron catching dinner|
|Áron, Bence, and I hit the slopes in Austria for a weekend|
of bonding and hanging out
After getting settled in with the new family for a week, I packed a bag and traveled to the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia for the YAGM Hungary Lenten Retreat. After a few days of skiing, hiking, worshiping, and eating delicious meals- I was rejuvenated with energy and excited to return to Piliscsaba to say goodbye to winter and welcome the Spring season.
Flowers are blooming and there are lots of babies being born, and for these reasons and many more I find myself constantly smiling. As my time left in Piliscsaba approaches a mere 4 months, I recognize the need to enjoy and appreciate every day.
|Miriam leads the YAGM volunteers in a worship on a |
mountainside in the High Tatras of Slovakia. Talk
about realizing the beauty of God's creation
If any of you win that March Madness Billion, consider sending some to the YAGM offices at the ELCA- this ministry is incredible and God has and continues to work amazingly through this program!
More later, and I promise sooner rather than later.