Sunday, January 16, 2011

January Blahs Brightened

Being from the Northwest, we thought we knew grey! Now that we are seasoned Bucharestites, we are sure there can be nothing grey-er than Bucharest in winter. The sooty block buildings, the greasy streets, the grimy cars, the mucky sidewalks, not to mention the cloudy sky, all combine together to produce a colorless view out our window. There's a newborn baby in the apartment just below ours and when we hear the wailing cry, we are reminded that life is good and there's no time for melancholy. Our work continues and in the past week we met with two NGO's to officially sign donation agreements that will bring another 650 wheelchairs into Romania this spring. We also did something we have wanted to do our entire mission...attend a concert in the beautiful Athenium. We gathered all the senior couples together and had a wonderful time forgetting all there is to do!

This lady didn't get the memo about spring being right around the corner! Romanians have a hard time smiling, even when you ask them to! Sometimes when I see these faces, I hum to myself the song, "Smile through your heart is breaking, smile even though you're aching, while there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by...." It makes me smile, anyway!

This is the Athenium. It was built in 1888 and it is a European masterpiece.

We snapped this picture right inside the gorgeous lobby.
L to R: President and Sora Lundberg (SLC), Elder and Sora Linerud (Spokane), Elder and Sora Van Orman (Provo), Elder and Sora Dummar (Heber).

The Athenium underwent a total restoration immediately after the revolution.

A fun time was had by all.

The program was performed by the philharmonic orchestra and included the works of
Williams, Bernstein and Gershwin.

Later in the week we traveled to a wheelchair partner, Motivation Romania to inspect the shipment of 370 wheelchairs that had just arrived.

Each wheelchair has some assembly involved and we watched while these employees masterfully worked to assemble them.

15 down, 355 to go!

And now for the highlight of the week! If you ask a missionary a fast food they miss most from home, the first answer is always, "Subway"! We have McDonalds, KFC, and BurgerKing but we don't have a Subway!
For our District meeting lunch, we made hats (I downloaded the logo and just printed it!) and reconstructed a Subway shop right in our kitchen! As you can see, we covered every detail, right down to the gloves, wrapping in paper and stuffing the footlong into a plastic bag. The missionaries loved our idea and we had a blast pulling it off! We are going to have to work on a soda pop dispenser with free refills but we have to leave some ideas for the new couple replacing us in 57 days (but who's counting?)!


  1. Love the hats! Can't believe it's 57 days! You're down to days! I'm still trying to get used to the fact that Jenna Osborn is home, and Tiara Reed is down to 12 days, and now you tell me you're down to 57. Crazy!! Enjoy the last 2 months!

  2. No one will EVER be able to replace the two of you!! (I hope the new couple isn't reading this, because I hate to add more gloom than they are already going to find when the get to Romania mid winter.) two are the best and so clever with your Subway Shop!! See you in 8 weeks :-)

    Hmmm~I'm thinking 57 days sounds like less??? More importantly, when are we heading to Mexico? or on a cruise to some place warm???

  3. You got to attend a concert--terrific! And what a gorgeous hall--with some American music, too. It doesn't get better than that--unless, of course, you just happen to come across a Subway shop! Fun.

  4. You are too fun! I love the Subway idea. And, while we're on the subject of countdowns, today the kids had me calculate (without a calculator, I might add) how many hours and minutes there are until you get home. I won't tell you the total, since I'm pretty sure I was doing some "fuzzy math." Love you!

  5. LOVE the Subway shop. Jason says you did a marvelous job :) Can't wait to see you two again!

  6. Oh My!!! How fun and creative you two are! I love the Subway hats! We miss Subway a ton. Never knew how much I took for granted! Just think, you will be able to use a dryer again! Do a load of clothes for me, will ya? P.S. How is Elder Stanley doing? Hope you're enjoying him as much as we did!

  7. 54 days, 3 hours, and 15 minutes. LOve, JB P.S. Love the Subway idea! Those missionaries are going to go through withdrawals when you leave.

  8. Seriously...57days!?!?!?!?! When will you be speaking in church? I am going to be sad not to have your blot to read!!! OK, I know, I'm being a "little" selfish1 ;) I pity the couple that has to fill your shoes...