Wednesday, September 22, 2010


We have been very busy for the last 3 weeks that we have been in the States. There are many stories that I would like to tell - and hope to post a few up here when I have more time, but I wanted to share something noteworthy that happened yesterday.

I believe that stories of the great things that God does should be told over and over. They give glory to God and they strengthen the faith of those who hear them or read them. Here's one of those stories:

My parents have a friend in their neighborhood named Jeanie. Jeanie has a benign tumor in her brain, which she had surgery on last year. Since then, the tumor grew again very quickly and was putting pressure on her brain, causing her pain and becoming so dangerous that doctors told her in the summer that if she did not have surgery to remove it, she would die within 6 months.
She was scheduled for surgery, which was postponed twice because her brain surgeon suffered an eye injury. Finally, Monday she went in to have the surgery.

We had been praying for Jeanie ever since my mom told us about the situation, and on Sunday I felt that God would want me to go over to her house to pray for her in person. Jeanie is also a member of a local church here in Colorado, and many people there have been praying for her as well.
On Monday when she went in for the surgery, after she had the MRI, gotten her head shaved, and was about to receive the anesthesia, the surgeon came in the operating room and told the anesthesiologist to stop, because he needed to talk to Jeanie about what he had seen on the MRI. The MRI showed that her tumor had shrunk to 2cm, and thus she didn't need to have surgery. Previously this same surgeon had told Jeanie many times that this kind of tumor does not shrink.

After praying for Jeanie on Sunday evening, I hadn't expected to see her again before leaving Colorado, but this morning she came over to bring us some scones!
God is good, and we believe that He caused this tumor to shrink.

It has been such an incredibly faith-building experience to see God heal Felicia, and it was so good to see him answer our prayers for Jeanie. Please continue to pray for Jeanie, that the tumor would go away completely.

Don't believe in prayer - believe in God. Don't talk about the 'power of prayer' - talk about the power of the God of the Bible who creates and heals. The glory is all His.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Nate and the Giant Mouse

We took Nate to Chuck E. Cheese yesterday for a birthday party. Some of my cousins and family friends came with their kids, and Nate had a great time - until he saw the 2 meter tall mouse...

Nate had a great time for about 2 hrs, playing skeeball and sitting in the photo booth - but when it came time for food and cake some girls from another party started screaming and the guy in the giant mouse costume came and tried to hug Nate. After that he was done. He started telling my dad, "I want to put on shoes and go in the car and go to grandma's house!" Then after a while, he started telling me: "I want to go on the airplane and go home!"

So, we won't be going back to Chuck E. Cheese for a while - and that is probably not a bad thing. I hadn't been to Chuck E. Cheese in like 20 years until last night. Turns out that what's cool and fun when you are 7 years old is terribly annoying when you are 27 years old.

Nonetheless, the party was fun, and Nate did have a good time, and it was good to see everyone who came out.

Friday, September 03, 2010


We made it to Colorado and are at my parents' house now. There were times today, however, when it was hard to believe this moment would ever come.
I used to really like long distance flights; I saw them as a great opportunity to relax, think, read, etc. I liked taking those flights with Rosemary before we had kids. Then Nate came along and those flights became a lot of work - although because we could tag-team it wasn't too bad. But traveling with 2 little ones was pretty rough...

We had expected that Nate would be the difficult one, but actually he was very well behaved. He was so excited about being on the airplane. Felicia had a hard time and was more work for us than we had expected.
By the time we forget how rough it actually was today, it will be time to do it all over and head back to Hungary!

On a side note: I overheard Nate talking to himself today; he said: 'Time is money. Nate's time is money!'
I wonder where he got that one from.
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