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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

Follow me as I follow Jesus


Adventures abound.

The last week was filled with one-on-one (or two-on-one) meetings with students, hanging out and doing life, and planting seeds and sharing the Gospel. It was my favorite.

I love these people. I love what God is doing in and through them. I love redemption.

Here are approximately 97 million photos from the last week.


Katie and Veronica are two master’s students in tourism and regional development and I love (!) them so much. We have a deep bond, forged through a mutual love of food, adventures, and hilarity. Here we are at dinner at a 360º Panoramic restaurant at the top of a hotel that overlooks the entire city. (You’ll see Katie and Veronica in a lot more photos below.)

How beautiful is this? The view is nice too.


The restaurant is way up there on the top floor.


On Tuesday (I think?) the entire English Club went bowling and took up the entire bowling alley. It was wonderful.


Update: Iasi is still beautiful.


“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance;
to seek Him the greatest adventure;
to find Him, the greatest human achievement.”


I mean, it’s not the worst lunch view I’ve ever had.


Estera is in her first year of university studying English and German. We instantly connected over a love of books, theology, C. S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, and biblical femininity. God will continue using her to make disciples who make disciples. She is a force for the kingdom.


Ligia is a pharmacy student with a heart as big as the sky. We devoured some crepes (pictured below) and amazing conversation. God is writing an amazing story in and through her. And the best is yet to come.



The last night of English Club brought a Romanian party and lots of laughter, pictures, and bittersweet goodbyes. 

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The intermediate class graduates. 


All the grads. I’m so proud of them all.

On Saturday, Estera and I had a whole day together. 


We rode the tram. Update: I love riding the tram.


She’s so cute I can’t stand it.
Look at this burger. What.

New friend. His name is Pancho.


One of my favorite streets in Iasi. Look at that stonework.


After making it to the grocery store in the snow blizzard.


The day before I left, Narnia invaded and replaced Iasi.


She’s so cute, oh my goodness.

Even though I’m not a huge fan of winter, Romania in the snow was stunning.


Our snowy walk to the plane.


Deicing the plane. Completely mesmerizing to watch.

Hi, America.

If you made it through all of these photos, wow. Major kudos to you. 


One comment on “Romania Week Two Photos

  1. Roselinde says:

    Romania looks like a cool place, you took some really nice shots!

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