By Julie European Eating Adventure: Albania

European Eating Adventure: Albania

This year Sam and I have the goal of cooking and eating a meal from every country in Europe. There are 51 countries in Europe, which would match up for us to cook one country’s meal a week. While we would love to get in all 51 in 2018, I know life will interfere and …

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By Julie Sarmale Casserole

Sarmale Casserole

Sarmale is a quintessential Romanian food, made of a mixture of sausage, rice, and veggies wrapped in pickled cabbage. I have yet to try “real” traditional sarmale, but I make this casserole version of it almost every week. On our recent trip home I made my family a somewhat traditional Romanian meal, including two different …

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By Julie What We’ve Been Doing Lately

What We’ve Been Doing Lately

On December 13 we began our journey back home for the holidays! I had been counting down the days for a long time and we were both so excited. Our journey began by driving five hours to Belgrade, Serbia on Thursday to be ready to fly out early Friday morning. On the way there we …

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By Julie Six Months

Six Months

Six months ago I put on a white dress. Then some pretty music played and I took my Daddy’s arm and walked down an aisle. Then I made the second most important commitment of my life to the most important person in my life. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” Sam told me today. In …

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By Sam Difficulties

Difficulties

“The wives are the ones who really go through the difficulty. They are the real heroes.” I heard this statement as one man was giving a missionary report. I thought, “What do the wives do? How can they be called the heroes?” Well, after the last 4 months I am learning what he meant. Living …

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By Julie Our New Home

Our New Home

We now live in Craiova! We knew our contract for our current apartment ran out on November 3; so about two weeks before that deadline we began looking for apartments in Craiova. We did not know how quickly we would be able to find something, but thankfully we knew we could live with Sam’s parents …

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By Julie Adventures in Language Learning

Adventures in Language Learning

From homemade flashcards to learning websites to movies, books, dictionaries, and grammars, Sam and I have tried many different methods to learn Romanian. All at once. All these methods were helpful. Sam could carry on a very decent conversation in Romanian, and while I was still afraid to actually speak it I could understand a …

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By Julie Another Running Adventure

Another Running Adventure

Our latest adventure in running was a mountain marathon and semi-marathon (half marathon) in Baile Herculane, which is a small town about an hour away from Severin, where we live now. And it is beautiful. As we drove up on Friday night to pick up our race numbers and join many other runners for a …

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By Julie Encouragement and Evangelism

Encouragement and Evangelism

“If you’re discouraged, go pass out some flyers. It is so encouraging to spread the gospel and work for God.” As Sam gave reports to congregations in America this summer he exhorted the brethren to find encouragement by working for God. Although I have not necessarily been discouraged lately, I have recently been encouraged by the …

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By Julie Casa Noastra (Our Home)

Casa Noastra (Our Home)

Recently I posted a question on Facebook asking what you all would like to read on our blog. Thank you so much to everyone who answered! We will try to write a post on each suggestion. I know I posted several weeks ago that we found an apartment and I posted a few pictures, but …

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