Saturday, August 28, 2010

Holiday in Australia

After the fun and craziness of summer camps, came holiday time. I headed for the cooler weather of “winter” in Sydney, (a welcome change to the heat and humidity of Romania), to visit my brother and family, who I haven’t seen for 3 and a half years. I spent the first week with them on my own and was joined the following week by my parents. After nearly 30 hours travelling and 4 countries later, (ie. Romania, England, Singapore, Australia), I finally landed in Sydney. My three beautiful nieces were in bed when I arrived but the two older girls had managed to stay awake to say hello to me. I had fun getting to know them better and catching up with my sister in laws family and some of her friends, who I have come to know from my previous visits there. I have many great memories, especially of the funny things that the girls said and the things we did together. It was a long journey for such a short time but worth every minute. I miss them and love them all so much.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Summer Camps

We have just finished a full summer of camps for 140 children from 5 different orphanages. Each camp was specifically designed for a particular age group and had a theme, “Under the Sea”, “The Circus”, “Animals” and “International”. The kids had so much fun playing water games, doing crafts, playing on the zipline, watching skits, making “smores” at the camp fires, sleeping in tents and swimming at the pool party and barbeque on the last day. I loved seeing the change in the kids, from when they first arrived and were a bit shy of the kids they didn’t know from other orphanages to when they left having made new friends.