That time of month again

Today is that time of month again that I dread the most…NO not that kind of problem but we have to say good-bye to some wonderful church missionaries we have at our church here in Bydgoszcz.  

Every 9 weeks the phone rings and goes something like this, “Sister Kagele, guess who is leaving in 2 days to “X” town, ME (or their companion)!  I have a love/hate with these calls as I HATE to see them leave but then I LOVE them because that means we get to new missionaries coming in that we get to meet.

This transfer(this is what we call it when the missionaries move from one spot to another spot in Poland), we are loosing 3 of our 6 missionaries.  It is been come a tradition that Tuesday night before they move on Wednesday morning is spent at our house for one last meal and going away party.

One last meal and what did they want?  Taco's!  The biggest laugh was when some pointed out that I was serving Mexican food on Polish pottery.

One last meal and what did they want? Taco’s! The biggest laugh was when some pointed out that I was serving Mexican food on Polish pottery.

OH, desert how good you look but I can't eat since I am on this diet!  Yesterday was not a cheat day for me.

OH, desert how good you look but I can’t eat since I am on this diet! Yesterday was not a cheat day for me.

A game of "phone a friend."

A game of “phone a friend.”

Every transfer there is always lots of pictures being taken.

Every transfer there is always lots of pictures being taken.

This our Bydgoszcz missionary group.  We love having them over as the spirit fills our house and always is a good time too!

This our Bydgoszcz missionary group. We love having them over as the spirit fills our house and always is a good time too!

Yes, there has to be one crazy picture taken, right?

Yes, there has to be one crazy picture taken, right?

"L" and one of our Sister missionaries,.  These 2 are hoot together and had a hard time saying good-bye to each other.

“L” and one of our Sister missionaries,. These 2 are hoot together and had a hard time saying good-bye to each other.

"E" reciting a poem to all of us that she is practicing for some English reading competition they are doing here in town in a few weeks.

“E” reciting a poem to all of us that she is practicing for some English reading competition they are doing here in town in a few weeks.

It was another great night in our house with good food and good friends!

If you could have someone cook one last meal for you, what would it be?  A Philly cheese-steak sandwich with extra onions and peppers!

love kelley
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7 Responses to That time of month again

  1. Pam Saltmarsh says:

    Kelley, I can’t thank you enough for being surrogate parents to Ty. How fortunate for him to have had the opportunity to be in your home so much. I appreciate mom-to-mom how you have fed, entertained, and watched out for him. These boys are so lucky to know your family. Love you!!!

    Pam

  2. Renee Allen says:

    These pictures are so great! I’m sure it is EXTRA meaningful for these missionaries to come to your home because it is a rarity to be with an American family while they are in Poland (plus you are so fabulous!)

    As for my last meal, I’d go for a big veggie calzone! And then I’d want a Haagen Dazs ice cream bar w/almonds or pumpkin cheesecake for dessert (or Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream) — too many things I’d want to eat, for sure!

  3. Stefan says:

    Hi, my name is Stefan, I am Polish and have been living in Chicago (-land) since the last century. ;-) From your blog I learned that you like to cook but miss certain ingredients. Well, here is my idea. I could send you things that you want in a parcel. There are several shipping agencies catering to so called “Polonia”, i.e. community of Americans of Polish origin. The rates they charge are significantly lower than USPS, UPS or FedEx.
    Here are the details. Definitely the most reputable of them (and the one I have by far the longest experience with) is Polamer. **http://www.polamerusa.com/NMGPages/Pricing.aspx
    On their web page they advertise 69c/lb for sea freight but for the last year in the window of their main office on Milwaukee Avenue I saw 48c/lb posted as a “temporary promotion”. ;-) The formula for the price (sea freight) is simple = $8 “service” + weight (in lb) x 48c up to 70lb. There is $1 fee for every lb above 70.
    Their delivery time varies from 6 to 8 weeks. My record was 4 weeks; usually it is 6-7.
    The agency that I have used most recently was International Perfect Trading. This firm is smaller than Polamer and majority of their ads talk about shipping cars to Poland. So far I sent 3 parcels with no problem. Their fees are even lower and are = $10 “service” + 39c/lb up to 75lb. They charge an additional $10 fee for (I don’t know how many lb) above the 75. The delivery time is longer than Polamer’s and the average from those 3 parcels was 75 days.
    Polamer doesn’t allow you to ship any liquids. (Alcohols, oils, juices, etc.) They even make you sign a paper that if you do and there is a spill you will be liable for other people’s damaged parcels. Well protected “semi-liquid” things are O.K., I think. Generally the more dense the better.
    I sent more than 100 parcels and not even one was damaged not to mention missing.
    I don’t think there will be any border duty added to the price of the parcel, but you never know. In my experience it happened only twice. Once, like 20 years ago, they taxed a new CRT computer monitor and couple years ago they did the same thing to several new technical (electronics/robotics) books that I had bought on Amazon. Go figure. I have been sending new clothes, new and used laptops, used desktops, older multimeters, new bicycle, new backpacks, various food items including several parcels full of nothing but cereals, (my kids loved “these super-sweet American cereals in those humongous boxes”).
    I am not going to charge you any money for the S&H. I have a ton of cardboard boxes, glue, tapes, Styrofoam and the like so I won’t have to buy anything.
    You would have to pay for the groceries only. I have no idea how, but I heard (never actually tried it out) that it should be possible via PayPal.
    And last but not least, I hate to cook, don’t like it and avoid it at all costs. Hence my talents as a grocery shopper are as low as they come.
    I will need pictures of bags/boxes of the items you want me to buy.
    Verbal explanations (text only) are going to cause a lot of confusion, because for me there is only one brand of everything that I eat and I am happy with the status quo. ;-)
    Jewel store is the closest from the place I live. Dominick’s has just closed its local stores and discontinued its operations here. Given instructions I can go somewhere else, too.
    What do you think?

  4. Ryan says:

    Kelley,

    These pictures make me smile because I remember when I was in their shoes serving my mission. Families like yours will make a place in their hearts forever. My name is Ryan and I came across your blog while looking for families that have moved to Poland from the U.S. My family and I may be heading over there this fall and we are super nervous. I am debating on attending medical school in Poznan and taking my wife and two daughters (2&1/2, months) over there. We are thinking long and hard about the move and wondered if you have any advice? We have enjoyed reading your stories and thank you for sharing.

    Ryan

    • Ryan,

      I am not going to lie it can be challenging to live here in Poland but there lots of perks though too! I am assuming you are LDS, there is a VERY small branch in Poznan with like 8 members, 1 senior couple(branch president) and one set of missionaries who do all the running of the branch mostly. We go every once and awhile down there because it is done in English. There is no primary so your kids would be it. Now as the medical school, I have a good friend here who is on her second year of med school but up here in Bydgoszcz. If you want I can have her contact you and she can tell what studying is like here in Poland. One thing I would really look into is how hard it is to get resident permits to live here for your wife and kids with you attending school and not working. We have issues and my husband works for who? :P

      I am not sure what your source of income will be while attending school here in Poland but one thing to keep in mind is that it will be hard to find jobs here, so make sure you have a nest egg save before coming but the positive part is that this country is relatively cheap to live in.

      If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email!

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