Ezen a héten Magyarórszagon!
1.) Reached a real milestone in my mission on this Thursday! I made it FIFTEEN DAYS IN AN AREA! (Which is more than I can say for the past two...)
2.) Had a pretty bad head cold. MEH. Two cartons of orange juice, a package of cough drops, a couple hundred tissues, and a trail of confused Hungarians trying to decipher my stuffed-up American accent later-- I am healed! Honestly, after The Great Hungarian Fever-Dreaming Flu of 2014--I laugh in the face of all other illnesses that try to compete. YOU DON'T EVEN SCARE ME, HEAD COLD. I had fever-dreams without even sleeping once, it's like you're not even trying, head cold.
3.) Went to bed Friday night thinking my companion was the coolest. I woke up Saturday morning to heart-shaped AMERICAN-STYLE banana pancakes and REAL maple syrup KNOWING IT. I quote: "I boiled the sugar and water and added the maple flavoring while you were in the shower yesterday and then hid it to surpise you today. Happy Valentine's Day!" Is she the best or what?? All the awards for Williamson Nővér.
4.) Went to Szeged for zone training this week! Nostalgia is a funny thing, isn't it? You always want to remember things the way they were, and it's funny placing that with things the way they are now--I have a feeling coming to Szeged will always feel like I'm coming home. And I like it.
5.) We had an adorable Farsang Buli this week. Farsang is basically Hungarian Halloween in the middle of February. I dig it. Everybody dresses up in costumes to "scare winter away." It's too cute and actually kind of accurate because...
I SAW SUNSHINE THIS WEEK.
I, Sister Christa Carle, will make it through my first Hungarian winter. I have seen the light---and I will make it. (canigeddaHALLELUJAH?)
As for my favorite part:
We made 900 Valentines this week. Partially because we are missionaries and the Gospel is all about love and there was no way I was going to let a holiday pass by WITHOUT spreading the love and partially because I've had this deep desire to make my own pass-along cards of some sort since I got to the country and, honestly, because I still suffer from an undiagnosed case of "too-eccentric-for-my-own-good" disorder.
I think everybody was just surprised we pulled it off.
Then commenced the Two-Part Plan of Valentine's Day Domination.
Part One: The Elders grabbed their bikes and the one active priest and then Williamson Nővér and I piled in with the senior couple in their car and split up the less-actives in the branch and spent the morning spreading joy in the form of heart-attacking (#youngwomensleaderintraining)
Part Two: "Isten Szeret Téged" Valentines. Seven people. A huge pile of Valentines. The main square. We did it in less than two hours--I was so proud of us. I got to spend all of Valentine's Day straight up telling people about real love.
Best. Day. Ever.
I feel like I could say a lot of things to you all. I think about different things I would want to tell you if you were all here. But I think I want to tell you what I got to tell the people of Békéscsaba on 900 little paper hearts on Saturday:
God loves you.
He created worlds and universes and galaxies and blew the breath of life into man and separated the dark from the light and the light from the dark, and He created the stitching in our DNA and the cristae in the mitochondria of the make-up of our beings and he put motion into the trees and the oceans and the planets---and He loves you.
And He wants to hear from you.
So let him in.
Tudom hogy a Mormon könyve igaz!