It’s my last week in Greece according to my 90-day visa, so I’m officially being kicked out of the EU tomorrow. I’ll be in the States for a bit, then Vancouver for work training, then back in the States waiting for my 2-year visa to be approved! I expected my last week here to be chaotic, finishing things up, but it is such a nice chaos when I know I am about to step away from the responsibility.
We had a US team visiting us this week at HD. They connected really quickly with our girls, and it was so amazing to see the hugs and tears and contact exchanges being made at the end of the week. Teams like this remind me of what I love best about my country: an “of course we can find a solution” mentality that includes both optimism and hard work.
We ended our work week with another birth! That’s the third baby born into our program since January, and we have a fourth baby that comes to the Day Program with her mother. We’re expanding so quickly! Every day we run into some new situation that we haven’t yet experienced. It’s crazy to think it’s only been a year since we opened (April 15 is our first anniversary). None of us thought we would be here in such a short time! It is such a privilege to get to be a part of the beginning of an organization like HD and see how God grows it.
This week I also had two meetings with my mission organization. The first was a big dinner on Monday, in which we ate together for the second time in two years and decided we should probably do it more often. The second was a private coffee with my supervisor, and it was really nice to get to know him and feel like he wanted to get to know me. I haven’t felt very connected to my mission organization, so these simple times together were so helpful for me.
Oh! Both of my roommates moved out this week! Yikes, it’s a sign of how busy things are that I forgot to mention that until now. It would be sadder if I weren’t leaving myself for a month+, but as it is, it kind of made it easier to pack because I could use the washing machine as often as I needed.
On Thursday, my HD coworkers went out to eat to say goodbye and to toast to a “5 year visa,” and we wound up sharing our love languages and laughing at mixed signals. Today I dropped Hans Harrison off at the house of one of our HD volunteers. It was a nightmare getting him into his carrier, but when I let him out at her place, he wandered straight out and went around to everyone for pets! It made it so much easier to leave him knowing that he was already lounging comfortably.
Then I went out for coffee with my 2nd Church friends. They all live in the city center, so I used my “I’m leaving” pull to get them to come to my area of Athens. One of them unexpectedly lent me three seasons of Three Musketeers, so now I know how I’m going to use my free time! Luciana is going to come over in a bit, maybe to start in on the series, and then it’s off to bed…and an early start for my flight tomorrow!