visitors!

Uncle Dan and Joanna arrived today from the US!  It was so good to see them.  When we reached home from the airport, Seth, Jake, and Nathan were sitting in front of the house watching for us, and you should have seen the smiles on their faces. 

The boys quickly introduced them every feature of the house, and within minutes, Dan, Seth, Jacob and Nathan were having races in the backyard.  They thought Dan was pretty fast, but he couldn’t really keep up with their rocket legs.  I’ll put some pictures up soon!

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camp

Seth finished his first day of tennis and swimming camp today.  I got to watch him for a short while when I came to pick him up, and that was really cool.  I was blown away.  He can really nail the ball, and he has a pretty natural motion!  But what blew me away even more was watching Seth communicate Hungarian tennis terminology.  I could hardly understand what the coach was telling him to do, but Seth was completely with it.  Crazy. 

success

Hooray!  We received our residency permits this morning.  We only had to wait 3 hours, and though two of the boys are a little sick, they were all very very patient.  Hallelujah.  Now we can rest at ease for another 10 months until we start the process over again.  🙂 

We’ve had some really busy and awesome weeks recently.  A lot of long days, and we’re a little tired.  But summer is here, the boys have finished kindergarten for the year, and some exciting plans for the next couple months.  We’ve had a great time with a group of friends from Charlottesville VA, and they are preparing to run an English camp next week in Szeged.  And my brother and Joanna arrive in about two weeks!!!

through language

There is no end to language learning.  But language learning is not an end in and of itself.  The purpose of language is relationship by the sharing of meaning through story.  Through language we can corporately remember our story, and through story we can ask, “what is this meaning that we share?” 

by foot

So, last week someone tried to break into our car.  Car theft and radio theft are an issue here, but not like 5-10 years ago.  Anyway, they tore up the driver’s door pretty bad, and it needs to be replaced.  What in the world.  I’m grateful for insurance, but there’s still a $150 deductable.  Sigh. 

So for this whole week, the van is in the shop.  We use public transportation all the time, but with three kids the van also comes in handy everyday.  So we definitely feel it when hauling the kids to kindergarten and bringing a load of groceries home from the élelmiszer. 

BUT, losing the car for a week has a real positive side to it too.  It slows life down, makes us more intentional, and gives us opportunities to ask for help.  Besides, the kids LOVE riding the buses, trains, trollies, subways, and trams.  They can never get enough of it. 

common sense

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. -Rene Descartes