Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Canadian Christmas

So, I managed quite successfully to cram 20 people in my living room, on the floor for Chrismtas dinner. I used new recipes this year, so things turned out a little differently than expected, namely the stuffing and the pumpkin pie. The stuffing was a product of sheer imagination because I couldn't find celery to save my life (I went to ALL of the stores in town... no luck) so I used fennel instead. Also, instead of paprika, i used chili powder! Inventive? Perhaps. Tasty? You bet! I also stole a family turkey secret from the fabulous people I stayed with in Kamloops, you know who you are! The turkey was awesome! :) The pumpkin pie was not quite the same, it was missing something,.. i need to find last year's recipe!

So, all in all, it was fantastic time with friends who i now call part of my family. We talked a lot and played games, people reconnected with each other, and they also got to make some new friends! Thanks for your prayers!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Tis the Season

Yesterday was a chaos type filled day. Filled with preparations for the Youth Christmas Party, our first follow up event since the Danes left. We had contact information for about 15 people who wanted to keep in touch with what was going on. So we were hoping that they would come to this Christmas party. On Mon I made a trip to Bratislava to go to Ikea and stock up! We're still saving up money to buy couches, so in the meantime, I bought pillows. In lieu of lamps, candles. I brought my Christmas tree, both of my area rugs, 2 poinsettas and cookies from home. Me, Dominik and Evka were trying to make the room look as comfy and cozy as possible. We ordered pizza and waited. No one came. So, we took the opportunity to pray for the youth community and for the growth of this ministry.

But it was not for naught! Miro came, so we took it as an opportunity to celebrate the birth of his son, Natan! Natan was born yesterday at lunch time, he weighs 8.5 pounds and looks really cute. Mom is doing well, still in the hospital, taking advantage of the mandatory few days stay after birth.

Speaking of babies, our church planter in Zlate Moravce and his wife also just had a baby, his dedication was this past Sunday. Christian Alexander is this young man's name. In the picture Michal is praying for his son, together with his wife, Lubi.

Tomorrow is another big event, in my house anyway! It will be my Canadian Christmas dinner, where I invite EVERYONE and make turkey dinner with all the fixin's! Tomorrow I have 20 confirmed guests, and another 8 which haven't told me either way yet. It will be fun! I don't have a table that big, nor do they sell TV trays here... so, we're going to have it... on the floor!! Suprise suprise! I bought some nice table cloths, so it will be a sit around the table feel, only it will be a around-the-tablecloth-as-we-sit-on-the-floor feel! I'm looking forward to it. I picked up the turkey today, they killed it just for me! Fortunately it has all been cleaned and plucked, although they could have left that for me to do! It's a 17 pound bird, should be enough, eh? Please pray for this as well, as my colleagues from the language school are coming, and of course I will have something to say! :)