At the World Premiere of the movie Deepstill:
Rebekah and Karen:
Karen receives her souvenir shirt from Robert,
as his proud parents look on.
My Doug. The shirt reads,
I've been to Deepstill.
Cast and Crew
Will's mom Susan is in Hungary this week, and they
honored us with a visit to Vác on Saturday.
Here's Will, Kirsten, and Susan working on grass whistles:
Kirsten, Will, Joanna, Doug, and Lea
Will, Joanna, and Susan Luper
These friend came up on the train and went back
to Budapest on a boat—which is a little
white spot in the farthest point of the river.
Our friend Klaire talks on her "mobile phone,"
in her own special way:
Karen's first Youth Conference!
Moni on Weird Hair Night:
Lea's Mental Health trip to Kecskemét:
Baseball Field: Doug at second base, March 22
The miracle sand pit: A few weeks ago they needed sand.
They started to pull up an old fence, and they found this huge
pile of sand—probably left over from flood sandbags.
On March 31, as Doug and I were walking to the
baseball field, we heard a loud commotion coming from
near the basilica. When we got there, we saw that
a group was doing a production of Jesus' crucifixion.
For many years, the youth group at our Vác church
has been led by our friend Jarrod. Recently he handed the
leadership of the group over to two young Hungarians,
Norbi and Felicia. On March 9th, they had a
commissioning time for these two:
The following week they celebrated Jarrod:
Dutch Blitz is a favorite game.
Arnold plays electric guitar at church,
and acoustic at our house.
On another subject...
On the national holiday, March 15, Karen and some classmates
went on an excursion to castle ruins at the top of a mountain.
Karen took the first five pictures, and another photographer
took the last one.
March 15 is one of the Hungarians' three national
celebrations—meaning no school and closed shops.
The day before, the students have to wear
"celebration clothes" including a cockade, and attend
a ceremony commemorating the events of 1848-1849.
They also decorate the town with flags the night before...
...although not too many people came downtown on March 15.
We CEO women have been going on an annual retreat
for six years. This year the men had their first:
Top row: Jeremy Bohall, Doug, Laci Németh;
Bottom row: Jarrod McGuire, Norbi Lakatos, Tom Foley
(Thanks to Jeremy's Facebook page for the pictures!)
Last Thursday evening, three of Karen's classmates
(Kriszti, Dotti, and Ildi) came to support her
as the youth band played at church.
This weekend we got together with a couple of families.
We are really blessed with good friends in Hungary!
Photos from the CEO Ladies' Weekend:
Hungarian has a verb, "zajlik", which
means "ice is floating down the river."
On Saturday Doug and I went to see it—
and the snow-covered baseball field.
The smooth stuff is ice, not water.
The snow completely covers the part of the
outfield that Doug and our friend Tibi
cleared before real winter set in.
The outer outfield still needs work.
Some of the ice floes are as big as
the footprint of an American-sized house.
There's a warm spring that pops up
next to the Danube. The ducks are smart;
they like to hang around near it.
On the way home from church Sunday, we saw
skaters playing ice hockey on a frozen pond.
The last weekend of January, several
ladies from our church...
...went to the Women's
at the Bible College in Vajta.
One of my classes did a presentation on education
topics; this is the homeschooling group.
CEO's CEO, Tom Foley, is back in central Europe to
encourage people and work with God. A bunch of us
got together for pizza at a place calld "Donna Lele".
Restaurants often deliver flatware and napkins
to your table on a plate, but usually they
don't make the napkins look like
the Hungarian (or Italian) flag!
Joanna and Kirsten
Keri and Petra and Joanna
Back row: Mark, Kirsten, Will, Tom, Lea, David, Doug
Front row: Joanna, Seth, Lea, Lotti, Keri, Petra, Laci
Joanna Foley Luper came up to visit a couple of weeks ago!
In early January, Karen's school choir sang
at the opening of an art show.
Last Friday, we broke a record for the number of people
in our flat. 17 kids came to the Youth Group meeting!
The construction of the walking street in Vác is
winding down. The beautification of Vác seems to come
only from European Union money. Makes you wonder.