Friday, February 25, 2011

Five Minute Friday Prompt: Five Years Ago

Here’s the prompt taken directly from Lisa-Jo, The Gypsy Mama’s Blog

On Fridays around these parts we have a little tradition. We throw caution (editing, revising, and worrying) to the winds and just write.

For five minutes flat.

You’re welcome to play along. The rules are easy.

1. Write your heart out for five minutes and then show us what you’ve got.
2. Tell your readers you’re linking up here and invite them to play along.
3. And most importantly, go visit, read, and encourage the fellow five-minuter who linked up right before you.

Easy peasy.

Oh and there’s often a little fun something-something in it for one five minute artist.

OK, here we go – give me your best five minutes on life five years ago.


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Five years ago I was in an amazing city loving on high school kids with my husband

An amazing city across the ocean.

I was in the throws of second semester ministry in Budapest, Hungary.

Each day I’d walk a few blocks, past the hundreds year old Reformed Church a block away and by Moricz Square.

I’d grab a tram or bus to head to a school or for an appointment with a student.  I’d sometimes stay at the Meki (McDonald’s) and talk to students as it was winter until late in march, so no parks then.

I’d bundle up and speak slowly in English so others could understand.

I’d sometimes see my husband having gone a different direction that day on the street, across the street, running to a tram.  It made me smile everywhere and I thought it was like if I’d have seen him in high school or college across the lawn as we never experienced that.

I’d love Jesus with my life and though I longed to start a family and experienced pain as it didn’t happen right away while we were in Hungary that year, I didn’t want to miss what God was doing in not allowing me to get pregnant and sick.  He wanted me healthy and whole to give a year to high school students overseas in the place He is calling us back to long-term. 


It was so fun for me to realize that Lisa-Jo was in Kiev, Ukraine at the same time I was in Budapest, Hungary.  Not so close, but both Eastern Europe.  Both before we had kids…Lisa-Jo’s expecting her third and I have a 3.5 and 1.5 year-old…wonder what the next 5 years will bring?! I’m sure it will be incredibly exciting.  This Great Adventure called life, His Life in Me, always isSmile


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