Sixth months ago on August 16th, we landed in Budapest with our 12 bags, three car-seats, a double stroller, and a handful of dreams. Today, Laura and I carved out some time to talk, reflect, envision, and pray during our weekly couple conversation. I’d like to share some thoughts from our time.
Friends in Hungary: Since arriving in Hungary, we have gained many wonderful friends. In fact, we feel incredibly thankful for them.
As Péter and I were running (like the wind) through Hajógyári sziget yesterday, he taught me an awesome new way to say “I can’t understand that”: “számomra ez megfoghatatlan.” Thanks Péter for the eyebrow raising phrase! And last night our friends Ferenc and Gyöngyi came over to visit with their son Kornél. We sat and enjoyed some conversation, drinking hot tea while the boys played cowboys, spaceships, racecars, and pirate-ships. It doesn’t get better than that.
For all of our Hungarian friends reading this blog, thank you for giving us such a warm welcome!
Friends not in Hungary: It is true that “distance makes the heart grow fonder.” It’s amazing to think about how our friends have scattered throughout North America and the world. We’re increasingly grateful for the modern technology that keeps us connected. Your e-mails, letters, Skype calls and prayers encourage us beyond words. We’re waiting for you to come visit wonderful Magyarország!
Family: Home-sickness is a topic of conversation these days, and we’re often looking at family pictures. The boys love when we make up adventure stories and include the family (like granny riding on an elephant to catch a runaway balloon). It is a profound blessing to have a family who takes such an interest in our lives…even from afar. Our Hungarian friends are eager to meet you, and we can hardly wait for your Spring and Summer visits.
Comfort Zone: Whenever we have the opportunity to escape our comfort zone (the comfortable environments we’ve come to know and enjoy) so many thoughts come to the surface. Through the last six months we’ve been thinking about the concept of and desire for “home.” Here’s a quote from C.S. Lewis that’s encouraged us lately: “If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
In short, as we reflect on our first six months in Hungary, we’re full of excitement and thankfulness. The next six months should be awesome!