One of the girls new of a good place to get some coffee and hang out, so we did that. I am not a big coffee person, so I was trying to get something without coffee. At Starbucks I usually get a vanilla bean frappuccino, which I like because there isn’t any coffee in it. So, when I went to order, I noticed that they had frappuccino’s as well as frappe’s. I decided to get a vanilla frappuccino, only to realize that when I got it, it was more like a cappuccino…oh well I drank it anyways J. Next time I will know to get a frappe (cold drink without coffee)!
In the evening I went out with both of the girls to another worker’s family’s house. It was about an hour bus ride to Eryaman, which is outside of Ankara. I feel like I am starting to get used to getting on different buses. The girls kind of gave me some pointers, which was great! The family is huge fans of Nebraska Cornhusker’s! There was a Nebraska football game, so they were hanging out at their house watching it. It was so nice to be able to get a nice home cooked meal J. There was delicious chili, homemade bread, fresh vegetables, and then some homemade cookies to top off the meal! Later on in the evening we had tea, which is a necessity over here…everyone drinks it.
The Lord has truly blessed me with some great people who are believers over here! It is so refreshing to be able to fellowship with them. I am also meeting more and more people at church! A lot of the people there are very outgoing and welcoming. Today I went with some people from church out to eat. I am finding out that it seems to be a Sunday tradition to go out to eat after church. It gives me a chance to fellowship with different families, as well as experience and taste different types of Turkish food, which is great! It is so nice when I order, because they are able to explain to me what the different things are on the menu. I feel like I ask a lot of questions, but ultimately that is the only way I am going to learn things J.
I wanted to share the words to one of the songs we sang in church today! The song is titled “I STAND IN AWE OF YOU”:
You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words,
Too wonderful of comprehension,
Like nothing ever seen or heard.
Who can grasp you infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of your love?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Majesty enthroned above.
And I stand, I stand in awe of you.
I stand, I stand in awe of you.
Holy God, to whom all praise is due,
I stand in awe of you.
The Lord truly is beyond amazing! The pastor continued his sermon series on “Love”. He reminded us that the greatest commandment that the Lord gave us was to LOVE! I encourage you all to truly love those around you. You never know how far a kind word, a smile, or a helping hand may go!
This afternoon I made some homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! It was quite the process getting all of the ingredients, but I must say it was well worth it. I didn’t bring any measuring cups from the states either, and so I had to estimate on some of the measurements, but everything worked out J. I will put a picture up of the cookies as well! For supper, Jo cooked some chicken with peppers, onions, and tomato to put in a tortilla. She also made some homemade potato soup that was delicious!! It was Lindsay’s birthday today, so she was excited to get a home cooked meal as well as some chocolate chip cookies.
Well, I am off to go do some reading. I was given a couple books to read from some friends at church.
1st book – “Foreign to Familiar”: a book that helps people living in a new culture!
2nd book – “Turkey”: a quick guide to customs and etiquette.
I am excited to read these two books, and I will let you know how they are! I guess I will take a break from Ted Dekker for a little bit to read these J.
Oh and the time changed last night, so right now it is only a 6 hour time difference, but in a week it will be back to 7 (for the east coast people), when you all change your clocks.
Have a great Sunday afternoon!!