It was a refreshing long Easter weekend at the Savage home. Easter is the hardest holiday for me because for 20 years of being in ministry that means we can’t ever have Easter with extended family who live hours away. So I always try to invite other “orphans” over for lunch. We had five extra this year…lots of yummy food and lots of laughter.

Erica continues to struggle with the involuntary jerking in her body. She’s modified her medication intake so she is not feeling as “drugged” as she has. I’ve also had to really step in an advocate for her at school–we found that she now qualifies for “disability assistance” and will now have a note taker and other extra help so she can finish out her spring semester of college. I’m trying to find the balance between being an advocate for her in the educational and medical environments and being a pest. I’m pretty courageous, but this is even been intimidating for me!

Also one week from tomorrow I’ll head out on a 7-day trip to encourage moms in Europe. But I’m not going alone…I’m taking all of you along on my blog! I’m so excited to be able to share this with you!

For 7 years now Hearts at Home has been encouraging moms in Europe. I usually go every other year, but last year I was homeschooling Erica so I didn’t feel I was supposed to go. I’m excited to go this year because it’s been three years since I’ve had the opportunity to encourage these moms who have far less Christian resources than those of us in the U.S. I will be traveling with Angie Perschall, who is one of our Hearts at Home leaders.

Our first stop will be at the Garrison Army Base in Wiesbaden, Germany. This is where we will have an audience made up of Army moms, Army dads, stay at home moms, and stay at home dads. What an amazing opportunity to help this unique culture. No translation needed here! I’m also going to give you an opportunity to send encouraging words to those who are sacrificing and serving our country. More about that next week!

Our second stop is Vienna, Austria, where the audience will be from all over the world. Ladies will be from Peru, Philippines, Austria, Iran, Canada, Germany, oh, and lots of American, too. Vienna is a melting pot of many different cultures! This event will be in both English and German.

The third stop is Budapest, Hungary. This will be our 5th year in Budapest, where the audience will be mainly Hungarian, with a few Americans tossed in. This event is in both English and Hungarian.

If you know of any mom friends or missionaries in any of these countries, you can encourage them to find out how they can join in on the fun here.

Please be praying for the preparations both Angie and I are making this week as well as the wonderful teams of moms we have in Germany, Austria, and Hungary.

And for those of you joining in the Real Moms…Real Jesus online discussion, don’t forget to read Chapter 2! We’ll talk about it tomorrow!

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