Thursday, May 21, 2009

Counting blessings...

On the 10th this month I turned 29. I wrote a list of things I am thankful for.

-Having the Lord is the biggest blessing ever. Knowing He loves me, knowing he sees far ahead into the future and that nothing escapes his knowledge and that He is there for me, is more than enough.

-Being in Hungary—because I love it here. I am glad I live in a country where I like the people, the weather, the landscape, the food, the language, the traditions, and the mentality. It’s a privilege to be here!

-I am thankful for my family—their support, their prayers and their love.

-My life would be a desert instead of the garden it is if it wasn’t for my friends. I am eternally grateful for each and everyone of them.

-I am thankful that my life has been very interesting, that I traveled all around, that I have friends everywhere, that I speak three languages...I am thankful that my heart keeps young and bubbly and that inside I am 17 going on 16 :)

-I am thankful for the life I lead—for the kids that surround me, for the experiences I go thru’, and I am so grateful for the project in Deva—I love Hungary because of it! The children there changed my life!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mr. Brown

A few years ago, one of my good friends Paula and I watched a movie on our day off. It’s called "Mrs. Brown" and it’s about Queen Victoria and the relationship she had with her bodyguard after her husband, Albert, passed away. It wasn’t a blockbuster movie or anything, and although the acting was good and the story line sweet, I doubt many people have seen it.
Paula and I at the time lived with a family of 5 children, and both parents were full time counselors for our volunteer organization. It was sometimes a job without much excitement, just taking care of the kids, and making sure they did their homework, went to bed on time, brushed their teeth, and ate their veggies. I remember Paula always kept in mind that we were helping the parents to do their job, by taking care of the little menial tasks.
In the movie, Queen Victoria’s bodyguard, Mr. Brown, commits his life to serving the Queen and does it with passion.
We wanted to be like Mr. Brown and in our case our "Victoria” were the kids--we wanted to dedicate our time and energy into them and do it professionally.
Ever since that has been our motto, along with another girl who eventually took our place, when Paula got married and I went to help another family. That is pretty much the motto we want to live by, in any thing we do. If there’s anything that is our "Victoria” then we should be willing to be Mr. Brown. If anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing all the way.