Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A birthday celebration

This morning we met for breakfast at 8:15 and then had our usual morning meeting with Dan at 8:30. After breakfast, Corey, Laura, and September left with Dan for the hospital. The children greeted us with happy faces. Coca had all the children dressed and ready for the day. Coca takes such good care of the kids. They are lucky to have her.

This morning Alina was ready to dance, dance, and dance! More hokey-pokey and chicken dance .Gabi joined in, too. Luca was in a good mood this morning. Luciana also appeared to be feeling better. For the morning snack Coca mashed bananas and put them into strawberry yogurt. The kids loved it!

At lunch time we celebrated Gabi’s fifth birthday. Oh what a special day! Coca put all the girls in frilly dresses. Dan picked up a special birthday cake.  He also provided special little cakes and soda. We sang “Happy Birthday” in English and the staff sang in Romanian. Everyone had fun, especially the kids. We took many photos of the kids dressed up.

Lori joined us for Gabi’s birthday, too.  She had a nice visit to the Children’s Hospital. At 1 p.m. we all met in the restaurant for lunch. Everyone ate chicken snitzel one last time! Yummy!

At 3 p.m. we returned to the hospital with Dan. Some of the kids were still asleep. The afternoon went well. We put a blanket on the floor and played with the kids. At 5:30 it was time to leave. This is still the hardest part of our day. It is hard to say goodbye to our new-found angels.

Lori had a lovely afternoon with the sixth graders.  They had a bit of trouble with the numbers while playing Multiplication Bingo, but really knew worldwide landmarks when playing Landmark Bingo. Lori mentioned they must have a very good geography teacher.

At 6:30 we met in the hotel restaurant for the evening meal. We spoke about how our trip is coming to an end.  We will never forget our time with these little sweet souls.

Entry submitted by: September 

Message of the Day - Laura: “I slept, and I dreamt that life was all joy. I woke, and saw that life was service. I served, and discovered that service was joy.” - Rabindranath Tagore
Yes, it’s a repeat from last week, but it’s such a good idea that it deserves to be repeated as it provides a foundation for our day.