After a 2:00 am flight out of Bucharest, a 7 hour layover in Moscow, and then finally the long 11 hour flight back to LAX, we made it home. Our trip was nothing short of incredible, and we look forward to sharing our stories with you on Sunday, July 29 for Romania Youth Sunday. We’ll have more opportunities for you to talk with us about the trip, so please take us up on that. Thanks so much for all your support throughout this whole process. God is good!

We headed out of Lupeni for our 6 hour drive back to Bucharest, where we stayed a night in a hostile. Other than having to share toilets, it was a great place (thanks to our Romanian hosts) and we all enjoyed our stay.

We are spending a debrief day in Bucharest before we get on a plane early tomorrow morning (2:00 am, actually).

So we took a little stroll to the Parliament Palace today in Bucharest. It’s the world’s second largest administrative building (to the Pentagon), built in the 1980’s by Nicolae Ceausecu (who never lived to see it completed due to the revolution that led to the end of communism). The building is valued at $4 billion. I don’t know if the kids enjoyed the tour, but Mish and I sure did.

Today was our last full day with these kids (sniff sniff). Tomorrow we hang with them for most of the day, and then leave in the afternoon for our 6 hour drive to Bucharest. So it’s our last night in Straja, which is going to be very bittersweet. Is it really almost time to head home???