Thursday, March 01, 2007

Ultimate Blog Party











How could I forget the big party???


I am setting a place at the table just for you... so don't be late!















Have questions like "why Russia?" ask away! I blog about our daily life in Russia, our trials with learning this language, and the work we do here. I write for our family, friends and supporters. I am glad that you have chosen to stop by. Please take your shoes off and enjoy some Russian hospitality... each time we have been to a Russian home for a visit out comes the photo album.

Our two years in Russia have taught us the importance of gift giving... if you are going to a Russian home for dinner the most popular gifts are flowers and candy! Make sure you take an odd number of flowers... even numbers are for funerals.

Take care and come again!
Alida

53 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by! I used to think crochet was a cheap hobby, then I found out about all the cool yarn out there!

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  2. I was going to leave you a gift of candy for your hospitality, but the image wouldn't show up here. :(

    THanks for stopping by my place, you have a beautiful and interesting blog. I can't imagine being in Russia and trying to learn the language and the customs. Amazing.

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  3. Russia! WOW!
    Thanks for the nice welcome.

    I look forward to stopping by again throughout this Party week...and learning more about your international adventure.

    Diane

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  4. I have a couple of friends who have visited Russia and know a number f people who work in helping people with Substance abuse, or at least, who have in the past.
    I think I'll be staying around here a while.

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  5. Thanks for the warm invite! I enjoyed myself!

    Blessings!
    ~Sharon~

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  6. What a great party! Thanks for letting me come!

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  7. Thanks for stopping by today! I love this party idea and getting a chance to meet so many new friends!
    I'll come back and read your archives. It sounds like you have an interesting life that's for sure! Blessings, Amy

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  8. Thanks for coming by my place... Wow, Russia?!?! I am in awe of folks who adapt to other places so well. I struggle just moving from one part of the US to another!

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've finally joined the party with some popcorn. I always thought the Russian culture was very interesting. It must be so fascinating living there.

    Nancy the Romancechick
    www.nancysbrandt.com

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  10. Oooh, I just love that table ware. That would look so good on MY table, lol. I am here via Blog Party and it is very nice to meet you. Stop by mine when you get a moment. :-)

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  11. That is so cool that your in Russia. I've been realizing since I've started blogging that I really need to start learning about other countries. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  12. dari,
    the tableware was a gift from my hubby for our 20th anniversary. The picture is from our banquet to celebrate our 25th! That was the first time I opened the box :)

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  13. Thanks for stopping by my party! Your comment cracked me up.

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  14. Thanks for stopping by! Your place setting looks wonderful and I loved your photo album. Those pictures are really cool! Thanks!

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  15. Thanks for coming to my pajama party. I'll be back to find out more about Russia.

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  16. Very interesting! Great party! Thanks for stopping by today. Your name is in the pot for the prizes! I subscribed to you, so I'll be back soon.

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  17. Nice to meet you!!!

    Linda

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  18. I have a friend from Russia. I LOVE to hear her speak her native language!! Her English accent is fun to hear too!

    I bet you have had some interesting experiences while living there!

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  19. I really enjoyed your blog. I found it very interesting. Thanks for stopping by my place earlier as well! :)

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  20. Making the party rounds. Have a great party week!

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  21. Thanks for stopping by Sew What's Up! I love you dinnerware. Party On!!!

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  22. How cool to be in Russia! I'm a Blog Party girl and glad to meet you! Drop by my blog if you find time..

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  23. Swinging in for the Ultimate Blog Party. Nice to meet ya!!! very nice blog.

    Have a great party week.

    PARTY ON!!

    My first party favor give away has begun at:

    monkeygiggles.blogspot.com

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  24. Swinging in for the Ultimate Blog Party. Nice to meet ya!!!
    I love the table setting...very nice
    Have a great party week.

    PARTY ON!!

    My first party favor give away has begun at:

    monkeygiggles.blogspot.com

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  25. I loved the photo album! Someone there has a good eye. And what a great ministry!

    I'm quite a bit more frivolous--I have an exploding bubbles chemistry experiment. My name above doesn't link to my blog. It's womanwithmanyhats.com; come on over for the party!

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  26. I have been looking forward to getting to your blog when I saw your comments on other blogs! I will definitely be following your travels! God Bless!

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  27. Hi
    I'm here for the party. Thanks for visiting my blog! I am adding you to my blogroll--looks like you've got some interesting things to write about. I also enjoyed checking out your photography blog. :)

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  28. I had no idea of the problems in Russia. Your site is very interesting. Enjoy the blog party.

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  29. With an ultimate party like this, I didn't even think to ask "Why Russia?" I was more impressed that you got the good china out for us ladies! Thanks for the invite and thanks for checking out my site!

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  30. Hi nice to meet you
    visit me at http://jenz.wordpress.com/

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  31. Thanks for stopping by!

    What BEAUTIFUL pictures!

    Happy Blog Party! Hope you have a great day!!!

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  32. Nice to meet you! I'm stopping by while party hopping. I love it that I'm getting a Russian stamp on my passport.

    Enjoy the rest of the party...

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  33. Lovely setting!
    Thanks for stopping by my party too!

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  34. I love your place settings! I wish I was coming to your house for dinner.

    Thanks for stopping by my party too. I'm having a quiz tomorrow and I could use your input.

    Happy party week!

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  35. Thanks for stopping by out blogs in New Zealand (intricate simplicity and inventions and adventures)
    The Mama of the family tried to go to Russia with the Dadda (before there were 8 kiddliwinks) but they were denied visas and ended up in Poland instead - way back when in the early 1990s. We'd love to come and visit IRL!!!!!!
    Promise to bring flowers;-)

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  36. How much fun to live in another in another country! Although I am sure it comes with its trials too. I am glad that you got to come back for a visit. Just stopping by for the party and now that my peak is interested I will be stopping by soon.
    Melissa

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  37. Now that is an interesting piece of information! I would never have thought to count the number of blooms in a bouquet!

    Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  38. Fascinating blog! I'll be back.I want to know more about Russia! Thanks for stopping by my party!

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  39. Thanks for stopping by my blog from the party. Just wanted to stop by and say Hello :)

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  40. Thank you so much for stopping by the party. I must recommend the Ipod. I do use mine for help with my Spanish. The more I listen the better.

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  41. i did NOT know that about the flowers!!! thanks for letting me know!

    how wonderful of you and your family to serve the Lord in Russia! May God continue to bless you in your ministry!

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  42. Hey! You have a hidden Mickey in your place setting.

    That's interesting about taking an odd number of flowers to people in Russia. Do they actually count the flowers when you give them to them so that they canbe sure you've given them an odd number?

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  43. What a cool site. I always love learning about other places. Glad to meet you.

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  44. Oh how wonderful that you've chosen to let God lead you to such an amazing place!

    And I had no idea about the flowers. I think I would stick with candy, just in case...

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  45. Thanks for coming by... I am enjoying your blog.

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  46. Russia? Amazing. Yes, they are very hospitable and know how to party :D

    Thanks for the spread....I'm still looking for my keys. I think I left them at another blog party, but it was nice to meet you and your family.

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  47. Thanks for the party! I have to thank you for the flower gift trivia! We try to bring odd bits of trivia to our get togethers with friends and I have not heard this one. Let's hope none of my friends have either!

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  48. Nice to meet you! I can't even remember how to knit or crochet...it's been years!

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  49. Nice to meet you! Enjoy the party.

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  50. Thanks so much for visiting my party and blog! I've been trying to visit around as many blog parties as I can but I haven't been able to get to all of them. Good for you getting all 16 of the Books! I'll post it tomorrow some time but I'm not sure exactly when. Off to look around your party. Blessings!

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  51. Wow. I can learn about Russian culture here, and see some gorgeous pictures. I love Russian food too!
    http://www.susiej.com

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  52. Hi Alida,
    Thanks for stopping by I'm thankful for the thorns. Isn'th this a great party. I'm having a great visiting all these blogs.
    Love all the pictures.
    Gotta go. Lots more reading to do.
    Darlene

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  53. Very interesting tip about the flowers! =)
    It was so nice to stop by and meet you.

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