Friday, November 26, 2010

Fare Thee Well

Caralee was convinced that nobody would come to her farewell due to the horrible weather.. boy was she wrong. There was a HUGE crowd!!! It was awesome. Caralee gave a talk on gratitude and rocked it! At the house there were various soups and cookies. There was so much food and it was all sooo good. I have never seen so many people in one house at the same time. I cannot tell you how many people were there, there were just too many to count. Caralee is a world traveler, so I know that wasn't even everyone. Caralee is loved by so many people and it was incredible to see that on Sunday. Those Bulgarians are some lucky people to be getting her for 18 months.

She is going to make a great missionary! T-Minus 5 days..

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Facts. Facts. Facts.

Bulgaria seems so mysterious to me. I know nothing about the country. Literally, nothing. I want to learn all about it before I let Caralee go live there for 18 months. So, I hit up Google. I have been looking up pictures of the country and it is BEAUTIFUL! Check this out.

Okay, enough of the pictures. Let's get down to the facts. For those of you who are curious, this is what the Bulgarian Alphabet looks like.

Аа Бб Вв Гг Дд Ee Жж Зз Ии Йй Кк Лл Мм Нн Оо Пп
Рр Сс Тт Уу Фф Хх Цц Чч Шш Щщ Ъъ Ьь Юю Яя
It is so crazy! But Caralee is already learning it. She makes me so proud!

Facts. Facts. Facts.
Did you know?
7,567,751 = population.
Languages = Bulgarian (84.6%) Turkish (9.6%) Roma (4.1%) Other (1.8%)
Religion = Bulgarian Orthodox (82.6%) Muslim (12.2%) Christian (1.2%) Other (4%)
Currency = Lev (BGN)
My sister and I watched Harry Potter 4 the other day. Remember Victor Krum? The star of Quidditch who sweeps Hermione (and Ron) off their feet? The really cool and popular one. Yeah.. He's BULGARIAN! Sha-Bam.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Call

Let the blog begin.

Way back in May, Caralee submitted her mission papers. She is quite the world traveler so it took longer than usual to track down all the required documents... while in the midst of changing lives in Africa, all was sorted out and the call finally arrived.

Months later, on July 11th, friends and family gathered around the phone to hear her announce her call over the speaker. You, my friends, may have missed that experience. However, I recently discovered that my printer doubles as a scanner. Welcome to the 21st century, right? So you now get the priviledge of getting to read the actual letter of her call!

Yeah. You read that right. BULGARIA!!! Crazy, I know. They have a different alphabet - which was a huge shocker to me. Not to mention to Caralee, who has to LEARN their alphabet. But you know her, she's already started learning it and is pretty good. Atleast from what I can tell... I wouldn't be surprised if she becomes fluent in Bulgarian before she leaves the MTC. You go girl.

(I have been asked to keep a blog about Cara's mission. This blog is about her and her mission. NOT me. I have another blog and created this blog under the same account and realized afterwards that there is a box to the right with my picture and name. I have tried and tried to remove or change it without it affecting my other blog... but can't find a way. I will keep it at the bottom, so please, please, PLEASE disregard it. Thanks.)