Well, as you can imagine, life is sure different now! Olga and I praise the Lord for giving us the cutest baby girl one could dream about! A lot of things (strike that...) everything is new to us. Here are just a few of the changes we are experiencing.
You begin sleeping better. Whatever 2 hours of consecutive sleep you get, you sure sleep like a rock.
Regular unleaded is not the only gas you worry about.
The sound of someone burping next to you actually becomes pleasant.
You get ton of new friends. Everyone and his grandmother is trying to give you an advice.
You look at money differently. You quickly realize that the family budget you planned out so well now needs a few extra categories.
No more going out to movies. I suppose this one compensates the previous item somewhat.
You become investigative and analytical. Sooo, what is better, Pampers vs. Huggies???
You begin noticing new things. Sidewalks have too many cracks and bumps for that stroller to maneuver smoothly.
The laws of physics change. The sun begins revolving around the earth twice as fast.
Your parents and in-laws want to see you a lot more often now. AND the first question they ask you is, “How is Rebecca?”
Even though the Lord has given us a new life to raise He also gives us exciting things through New Life (pun intended).
In January together with other leaders from Eastern Europe and US who gathered in Budapest I was working on Risk/Crisis Management. Even though crises do not hit us often (knock on wood), every time they do, they sure catch you off guard. So, putting together a set 14 of contingency plans that covered things like natural calamities, health issues for staff, personnel crisis, legal problems, working under cover in Transnistria (our breakaway territory) where we had people arrested was a challenging, but needed thing.
A few weeks ago I went through another very intensive period. This time the CFO for CCCI came to Budapest to give additional training to staff from 11 Eastern European ministries. There were only 2 Americans in the room. Otherwise, it was just “us” - the national staff which means our ministry is becoming more and more indigenous. I ended up having 44 action points as a result of this training and now I am implementing the great stuff I learned in the area I am responsible for.
One important prayer request before I close. We are now working on extending Rebecca’s visa for Hungary making it a long-term visa. Please pray for the process to have a happy ending.
With much love and appreciation,
Yuri, Olga, Rebecca
New Life Moldova ( )