These past two weeks have probably been the busiest past two weeks of my life--I exaggerate not, it's been kind of insane. We've been running around from appointment to apppointment, dealing without heat or hot water in our apartment and our crazy land lady, meeting with members for the holidays and literally--between the three of us--talking to EVERYONE we see everyday.
I've also spent the past five weeks buckling down for another month here in Szeged. The work was really getting off the ground, a lot of amazing things that I could never adequately express over email, or, as I came to find out last week, even really over Skype, began to happen and all things were really coming together so, as always---PLOT TWIST! I'm being transferred!
To Budapest! I'M GOING TO THE BIG CITY--WHAT?
Also, there are two Hungarian missionaries in our mission. Just two. AND MY NEXT COMPANION IS ONE OF THEM! AHHHH! I AM SO EXCITED! OHMYGOSH I'M GOING TO SERVE WITH A HUNGARIAN! AHHH!
So, yeah. Tomorrow I'm headed up to my new area--which is GIANT--they're sticking me on the Pest side of Budapest in an actual WARD and I'm sure insanity will ensue. So, as you can imagine, since I was almost positive they weren't transferring me, I have a lot of running around to do this afternoon, so I can't really say much today buut:
1.) Highlight of Skyping. Ian: "Christa, you totally have a Utah accent now---it's super weird." Me: "Noo, I have an American accent. Ian, you have aPortuguese accent." So that was super crazy--I always knew one of my brothers was Argentine, had no idea the other was Brazilian. (But seriously--Skyping was the BEST--miss you all!)
2.) Here's an article about my branch president here in Szeged I feel you should all enjoy:
3.) We had the first snow in Szeged on Sunday. I woke up and got ready for church and walked outside to see little flurries coming down. There was a moment as we walked to church and I looked up at the grey sky and the snow and snowflakes as they came down where I really just felt the influence of God in my life. It was about as strange as it sounds and as random as it sounds--but it was peaceful. And quiet. And I had this random inexplicable understanding of why I was there at that specific time watching snowflakes fall on a December morning oceans away from anyone and anything I had ever known. And there are just reasons for everything---down from the biggest earthquakes and lightning storms and natural disasters to the littlest of snowflakes here in Szeged, Hungary. I love my greenie area. I love the people and the places and the smells and the memories, and I didn't know that this last Sunday was going to be my last. But I kind of like it that way. I kind of like my last Sunday of the first snow.
God is real. You can see Him in your life. All you have to do is look.
Miss and love all of you, I send more details next week, I promise.
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