Meet my Moldovan family

I’d love for you to meet my Moldovan family who has so graciously opened up their home and hearts to me for 8 weeks. The time is sadly flying by so fast as we get to know one another through my pre-service training of language, adapting to the culture, and delicious foods, thanks to my host mama.

Meet my host mama – I love her warm hospitality and thoughtful, kind heart. She works very hard and prepares delicious food! She is a school nurse here at the local school in this village. As I have been learning Romanian, she has been learning English – I am so proud of how many words she has picked up already in the past 3 weeks. And, I am happy to report that I can now carry a conversation with my host mom in Romanian! Hooray! Thankfully, I have been able to get past my 2 words that I knew on day one when meeting her upon my arrival.

My host mom working in the garden.

Meet my host tata (father) – he works extremely hard 6 days a week as a driver. I have been impressed with his handiwork and all the things that he has done during my short time here. He has fixed the ceiling of the outdoor dining area, made a swing (pictured below) and has been working on the finishing touches to part of the outdoor kitchen area – all in addition to what he does regularly (full time job and caring for the animals and garden). And he rescued me from from critters that have tried to get into my room. He reminds me so much of my own father.

My host father making a swing for my host mom’s birthday.

Even though I don’t really understand much of what is being discussed and said in Romanian in my home, I do see how much my host mama and tata love one another and care for one another.

My host mama & father

Next, meet one of my host sisters… this is my oldest host sora (sister) and she is studying at a university in Chisinau to be a dentist. I have been impressed with how hard she had studied when she had exams a week or two ago. She is a hard worker and speaks English very well. I have appreciated how responsible she is and how she checks in on me – such a kind spirit and sweet heart.

Picking raspberries in the garden with my oldest host sister.

My youngest host sora (sister) will be going into 8th form next year and in the meantime she is working hard this summer on her math skills and unintentionally, her English. She also speaks English, I have been impressed with how much she has improved with her sentence structures and verbs within the past 2-3 weeks. She also works hard and also helps a lot around the home and at her grandparent’s home during summer break. She and her sister are both smart and responsible and I have appreciated getting to know them and spend time with them during my time here. We have enjoyed watching animated films together and she has helped me with my Romanian homework a lot.

My youngest sister with one of the kittens.
My youngest host sister with one of the kittens.

I cannot express how thankful I am for my host family during pre-service training in Moldova. They have taken me in as one of their own and made me feel incredibly welcome here. I love their perspective in that they hope that someone would extend the same hospitality and warmth to their daughters if they were to live far away in another country. I am thankful for my new home until site placement – which we find out on Wednesday, July 2 where we all will be placed come the end of July & beginning of August. Stay tuned!

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