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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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Blog titles are hard. Here are some photos from Romania


Have I said how much I love Romania? 

Oh, right, of course I have. Well, it’s worth repeating. It’s just so beautiful here and the people are so lovely and the architecture and parks and, well, everything, charges my heart with wonder and awe. Is that cheesy? I don’t care.




How adorable are these cuties? They give me all the feels.


On Sunday night after church us “kids” walked around, got some ice cream, and sat in the gazebo (below) and talked. I love them and this view.



Sweet baby Estera + me.


The only group photo we have (so far). The boys were having a serious discussion about religion and church cultures and us girls were being, um, a little less serious.


The First Baptist Church in Ungheni, Moldova.


I found my people in Moldova. If you love journaling, raise your pens.


Lilacs for my mom (her favorite flower).



One of my favorite restaurants in Iasi. Yay for burgers in a really cool and trendy atmosphere.


But really, how can you not love this?


I love these babies (and their parents).


Romanian coffee shop.


On Thursday night I had the honor of attending an English Club established and ran by Cru for the purpose of teaching English to university students as a means of sharing the Gospel. This was one of my all time favorite things, if not the favorite thing, I’ve ever done in Romania. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to go and lead a group and to meet all these beautiful people (and others not pictured). Pray for this ministry and for the students to find the answer to all their questions.


Love this girl.


Romanian markets make my heart flutter.



(Here are blogs [one, two, three, four, five, six] about the work we’re doing in Eastern Europe.)


2 comments on “Blog titles are hard. Here are some photos from Romania

  1. Elle says:

    It’s one of my dreams to travel to Eastern Europe! I think it’s just so enchanting! Thanks for sharing !

    1. Oh my goodness, Elle, you have to go! It’s so beautiful and the people moreso!

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