Coppages in Hungary: April - January 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Here's what one of my classes said about
Jesus during the Famous Person Lesson #3:


Most of my 9A class. Karen's friend Cili
is in the middle row, second from left.


Every spring, the trees leading to the
train station are decked out in pink.



On Easter afternoon, we went to our friends'
apartment to celebrate the occasion. Eliza was
napping, but here are Joelle, Shannon, and Jarrod.


The Easter Egg Hunt generated lots of excitement!




Eliza with her loot.


Doug found a comfortable(?) place to nap.


Playing Ladderball was fun!


Karen during a pensive moment.


Our friend Ildi made these eggs for us.
She used onion skins to dye them.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On Saturday I went to Margit Island, Budapest's "Central Park,"
for my friend Laura's birthday celebration. A bunch of CEO folks
were there, too — lots of fun!

Lea, Maren, and Laura


Joanna and baby Lena


The whole Budapest gang


My camera and I got to walk the entire length of the island.
That was fun, too!

Saint Michael's Chapel ruins

Saint Michael Chapel


Ruins of the Domincan Convent, where Margit, 11-year-old
daughter of King Béla IV, was sent by her father.
He had vowed to send her there if he could rebuild
Hungary after the Mongols had devastated it. He did,
and she went and lived there for the rest of her life.

Ruins of the Domincan Convent


Biker dudes enjoy playing on the ruins, too.

Bikers like the ruins, too.


These apartment houses are at the edge
of our old neighborhood in Budapest.

Near our old neighborhood


Margaret Bridge is still under reconstruction.
The barge is labelled "Bridge Builders Special."

They're still working on Margit Bridge.


In Pest (the flat/east side of the city),
there was a sign advertising
Romeo and Juliet, á la Facebook.

Romeo and Juliet advertisement


A flower shop

Ruins of the Domincan Convent


Our favorite train station: Nyugati Pályaudvar.

Biker dudes like the ruins, too.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

More birthday photos:
Rebekah and Karen in the Choco-Café.

Both girls on their flutes


"Earth Hour" was on Karen's birthday,
so we played Catan by candlelight.

Rebekah on flute and Karen on banjo


Petra and Cili celebrated with Karen
a few days later.

Both girls on their flutes


Yesterday Karen participated in her first poetry
competition. She did very well; I could tell
because the audience laughed at the right time.
I was glad that I could be there!

Rebekah on flute and Karen on banjo


This morning all four of "the usuals" came to
our Ladies' Prayer Group! Having all "the usuals"
is unusual, because two of them have two
little kids (each) and are pregnant with their third.
Sára, Grace, and Shannon are such a blessing to me!

Rebekah on flute and Karen on banjo


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Saturday was a big day! That morning,
several people worked on the baseball field (below).

Most importantly, Karen celebrated her birthday!
Her friend Rebekah came up for the weekend.
Rebekah brought her flute, and the two of them
played music for a few hours. I loved it!

Both girls on their flutes


Rebekah on flute and Karen on banjo


Dear friends


Field of Dreams
One dad, two moms, three coaches, and four kids
came out for a long morning of manual labor.
Here's Barbi, one of last year's players.

Barbi


Here's Coach David McBrier,
with the boys working in the background

David with boys in the background


Zsolt and Doug try to attack an acacia tree,
which apparently has tentacles deep in the earth.

Our collection of instruments


After Doug got home, our cat Pascal
was very interested in the smells
emanating from the wheelbarrow.

Dear friends


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It has been a full month since I have posted pictures!
I've whittled the many events down to fifteen pictures.
It wasn't easy.


I spent the first weekend of March with old and new dear friends,
most of whom are related to our missions partners, CEO.
Our time together was full of good conversation,
good food, laughter, and encouragement.

Petra, Kirsten, Laura


Dear friends


On the day before Lent, the zero-year class celebrated
Pancake Day. The idea of maple syrup was new to them.

Pancake Day


Pancake Day


Pancake Day


Later that day, for their media and communication lesson,
my kids created commercials for random items.
Here Bali and Gergely try to "sell" half tennis balls.

Bali



Gergely


The Thai pillow became a pen holder to Encsi and Rebekah,
and a disciplinary device to Bálint, Lóránt, and Marci.

Encsi and Rebekah


Balint, Lorant, and Marci


There was a school presentation for the March 15
commemoration of the 1848-1849 revolution
against the Habsburgs.

March 15 commemoration


Karen took this picture of treetops.

Treetops


Here's one of Karen and her best buddy Rebekah.

Karen and Rebekah


My mom sends the Sunday Comics to Karen every week.
I save them and use them with my kids
when all our brains are fried.

Kids reading comics


This is how my kids "take notes." Apparently
writing down what's on the board is passé.

Taking notes with cell phone cameras

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

We are incredibly blessed to live in a town with
two missionary families whom we enjoy greatly.
Last night we got together for Grace's
incredible food and a lot of fun.

Bike path


Bike path


Bike path

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This week, instead of pictures, here are a few thoughts on love from some of my students, most of whom are 14-15 years old.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sally Jackson, Jubilate alumna from WAY after my time,
came to visit us last weekend. She has been teaching
in Prague, and left us on Saturday to go see friends
in Budapest. It was great fun getting to know her!

Bike path


Bike path


On Saturday morning, we took a quick tour
around the center of Vác.

Bike path


Bike path


Bike path


Bike path



Thursday, February 3, 2011

Some of my kids cutting up before class:

Bike path


Lee Hlavka, head coach of the Budapest Wolves
American Football team, came to talk with my seniors today.
We all learned a lot!



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

We live two blocks from the Danube River,
but I rarely see it up close. According to
the marks on walls, grasses, and trees,
the river had already gone down two feet.
The bike path was pretty muddy....

Flooding Danube


Bike path


Vác has always been a very Catholic town.
Several hundred years ago, the Catholic church
kicked out the Reformed/Calvinists/Presbyterians,
who had to build their church half a mile north of the city.


We met some friends in Budapest this past Saturday.
On the tram across the Danube, we saw this new (?) building.

Luke Offering Choices


Budapest, looking north from the Petöfi Bridge


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

During the first week of school, Luke Stannard from
Campus Crusade came up from Budapest to talk with
classes in several area high schools. He came to Boronkay
on Friday, January 7. During my culture class, he took
the kids through an exercise about choices.

Luke Offering Choices


The kids "paid" for their choices with colored pieces of paper.
The first choice was between a large house and a Porsche.
Other choices included relationships, sex, a fulfilling job,
a happy family, and being loved forever.


That evening there was a youth meeting
in a local cellar, at which a transformed Luke
talked about "The American Dream."
Several of my students attended,
as did Karen and her youth group.
Photos below are courtesy of Facebook,
used without permission.

Luke Offering Choices


They did lots of fun activities.
One of these was the Evolution game,
of which Rock-Paper-Scissors is a key part.


Here are three of my beloved girls:


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Karen and Cili and Petra hung out together on New Year's Eve.
By the time this picture was taken, Karen's parents were
happily sound asleep.


Last night the main square of Vác was beautiful!