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Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I get to live HERE.


Hope is here visiting from good 'ole Carolina, and as I mentioned in my last post, one of my goals was to do some of the things around my beautiful town of Samokov that I haven't gotten to do yet. On Saturday, we met up with some great friends to take the lift up the mountain towards Musala - the highest peak in the Balkans. By the time we got everyone in one place and got up the mountain in the gondola (from Borovets at 1300m to Yastrebets at 2369m!!!!!), we didn't have enough time to make the 4 hour hike to Musala (2369m). Now I know what to expect, and Krista and I are planning a camping trip to stay in one of the hijas up there in the fall. Can't wait! Also can't believe I hadn't gone up here sooner... it was incredible.

The ladies!
Krista is a good friend I met here in the PC. She's no longer a volunteer, but she's been living in Sofia as an English teacher. I'll be sad to see her go in November.. and then Hope and me.

Me and my new "little brother." This is a really long and impressive networking story, but Iordan is 16 and the son of a friend of a friend of my aunt and uncle in Florida. Got that? He was born in Bulgaria, moved to the US when he was three, and then came to join Svetlina for our summer camp last month. Iordan has been staying in Sofia with his grandparents, so the three of them came to explore the mountain with us. He also really hit it off with one of the older boys at camp, so he came back to Samokov to see Isus and we all spent the night hanging out. It's been fun getting to know him. Not to mention we hit sibling status really quickly... Christmas card?

Seriously... this is practically in my backyard! How amazing?? And how do you see something like this and NOT believe in God?
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands." (Ps 19:1 - thanks John!)

"Katie, you better not fall." - Iordan
"Katie, please don't break your leg again." - Krista
"Katie, if you fall and break your leg again, your mom is going to kill me!" - Hope

"Guys, what are you trying to say?????" - Me

Love it.

As much as I know I will be ready to move closer to family next April... my heart hurts already at the thought of leaving all this... especially my kids and colleagues. I can't express to you how great things have been lately! The Big Guy is doing big things here, people. Please be praying... :)
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Vic and Suebee said...

Wow . . . what an amazing palce - so glad you got to spend some time enjoying it! :D Also glad to hear that things are happenin' - praying. :D
Suebee :-D

Vic and Suebee said...

Or rather, place, or perhaps palace! :D A kingly view . . . :P