Monday, February 15, 2010

Matt in Cairo

Well, so far I am not a very good blogger - its been over a week since my last posting!  Its been a whirlwind since we arrived however. We were busy all week with appointments at the embassy to set up logistical things and get badges, etc.  I am not going to lie, it was a hard first week for us.  We have been adjusting to life in a new culture, it is hitting me emotionally that I have to find work here, the enormity of the loss of our community in Falls Church hit us, and we unexpectedly have been dealing with quite a bit of culture shock into the American embassy culture as well. Whew. It was a lot for one week.  But along the way we have experienced so many blessings as well.  We visited a church that we really like the past two Sundays, we met a sweet couple that are missionaries for YWAM that have befriended us, I met a potential friend, Matt's co-workers and office atmosphere are really great so far, and Matt and I have been getting so much closer as a couple.  To name a few! 

This past weekend was MUCH better.  Saturday we walked around the city a bit as tourists and took some photos.  I will post them soon, promise!  Sunday we went to the YWAM couple's house for lunch after church and then found a brand new beautiful grocery store that is close to our house.  Sunday was such a special Valentine's Day - Matt and I appreciate each other so much as we are going through this challenge together and I am more in love with him than ever!  We managed to find all the ingredients to make lasagna (no small feat) and had a quiet evening together.  It was really special.  Today we went hiking in the hills above the city in Buda with some of Matt's co-workers.  It was so beautiful in the woods with the snow - lots of cross country skiiers were sharing the trails with us!  Its great to know there are such great hiking trails only about 20 min. outside the city. 

Matt just left about two hours ago to go to the airport - he will be in Cairo for a conference until Friday.  I have improved from being completely terrified to only slightly terrified to spend this week on my own, but I already have quite a few activities lined up, which helps alot. 

I am missing the Winter Olympics, which is SO sad!  (We don't have cable here yet and NBC isn't showing much of anything online this year). When we were growing up, our family LOVED to watch the winter Olympics, and I have always enjoyed them way more than the summer games.  I love all the sports - luge, bobsled, figure skating, speed skating,ski jump, snow boarding, downhill....I don't know why, but the Winter games are WAY better than the summer games in my opinion.  In college, my best friend and I had a huge crush on Jonny Moseley while watching the 1998 games- he was a skiier who did freestyle moguls.  Does anyone remember him? We watched addicted every night!!!  I especially love to watch ice dancing.  Its like ballet on ice. 

But I digress! If you are still reading, thanks! :-)  You are a true friend. Hee.  Please pray for Matt in Cairo this week and me as I make my way on my own here in Budapest for the week!  Let me know how we can pray for you as well. 

Love,
Emily & Matt

5 comments:

  1. hi Em!
    Thank you so much for sharing your adventures, both good, bad, and emotional! It is such a joy to be able to keep tabs on your happenings. I know it must be so difficult, adapting to new EVERYTHING! I'm so proud of you and think of you often!
    With much love,
    Erin (and Pete)

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  2. Hello Emily and Matt!

    I was pleased to see your blog pop up in my google sidebar! It is good to hear that you both are well in Budapest! I will pray for Matt's trip to Cairo. (So cool)

    I can think of a few things to report from back in Falls Church, VA: we got hit with a lot of snow. (Something like 20" over the weekend, another 6" on Tuesday evening/Wednesday, and now we are expecting one more snow. (Hopefully nothing much) Don't get me wrong, it was fun to get covered in snow, but now I need to catch up on work. After all, I am going to need some vacation time saved up if I am ever going to travel. ;o)

    In Kairos news: we had our first Sunday evening service last night that was integrated with the rest of the Falls Church congregation. We had a good turnout. However, the winter retreat was canceled the week before due to all the snow. We also recently finished the Hungry for God series and should be starting up small groups again in the near future. And Tuesday is "Pancakepalooza!" John Murdock is organizing it and raising money for World Vision to give goats.

    I have yet to upload the latest sermon, but I hope to have it up in the near future. While you are praying for people, I would love prayer for stamina as I pray for some dear friends in need of prayer as well. There is a lot going on with me, but I don't need to go into details.

    I look forward to seeing those pictures!

    Blessings in Christ to you!

    -Patrick

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  3. Miss Emily, I can certainly understand the culture shock and taking in all the changes -and doing it all in a different country must add that nth degree to things. I think about you guys often on your new adventure and know the adjustments, even amidst great and wonderful adventure, are tough emotionally to lean into. So glad to have this much technology - as I do with my mom, there's skype and blogs and emails and pictures....you're apartment is fabulous, by the way, absolutely beautiful view. It sounds like you have lots going on this week and I'm looking forward to some pictures of the city! Anyway, just wanted you to know, I think about you lots and look forward to your blog posts and any information on facebook! It's practically the only way I keep in touch with ANYone! many hugs to you!

    natalie hayen

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  4. Emily, thanks so much for sharing your new life with us on your blog...I was so excited to see you wrote another entry...more please! It was SO great seeing you and Matt on Skype the other day...I'm sorry I couldn't chat longer! I saved the message you left me on my phone and listened to it again...I miss you four! I've got to get to bed, but lets keep working on a Skype date! Love you tons, Katrina

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