Thursday, July 05, 2007


Friday July 6, 2007

We went out to see this movie last night. Nathan and Spencer really enjoyed it. They both remember the toys and the cartoon from their childhoods. It was surreal to see them so nostalgic for something that seems like "only yesterday" to their dad and me!

Tom's sister Liz went with us and she sat near Spencer and pointed out to him that former president Gerald Ford's son Steven was in the movie... neither Tom nor I picked up on that.

As I watched all the action of the robots, cars, military personnel, computer experts and alien specialists from Sector 7, I could not help but think of all of the past and current transformations in our lives.

Nathan no longer living with our family, Spencer being the only child (almost adult) left at home, Tom and I preparing for life after raising kids. We are transforming into a different kind of family. One that will involve long distances and adult children.

Weren't they just born yesterday?

How did we time travel from being 27 with a three year old and a newborn to being 44 with kids who are no longer kids?

Life happens, transformation is a part of that. If someone would have told Tom and I when we married twenty-five years ago that one day we would be living in Russia and learning Russian in our forties, we both would have laughed so hard at them our sides would have ached.

Yet, here we are... eager to get back to Russia, worried that we will have forgotten basic words during our time away, curious to learn about transformations that have taken place in our absence.

What transformations has life brought your way?


  1. I know, it's amazing how quickly the time flies by and how we end up doing things that we never thought we would do, in my own family I have seen amazing transformation in my whole family, how all of us came to know Him 18 years ago My dad I never thought would become a Christian but God has different ideas we all are still walking with Him Prasise God!

    Hope Tom is feeling better now, have a good week,

    Helen x.

  2. I agree, it does fly. It seems so strange to me that I have a 20 year old daughter and yet I fail to feel that because I also have a 5 year old daughter. God spread my children out the way He did and that is keeping me feeling younger than I might otherwise feel. My husband and I celebrated 24 years this past April and I will turn 42 in November. And yes, I too, think, wasn't it only yesterday that I held my daughter in my arms for the first time as a young mother at 21 years of age? How did 20 years go by in a blink of an eye. We forget to cherish each moment and each transformation that comes in our lives. Thanks for reminding me of how fast it is going.

  3. That is such an amazing life guys are definitely living a very interesting life, a big change from Orange County!

    I grew up an only child...who would have thought I'd be surrounded by people, four kids, plus strays,'s nice though.

  4. My oldest starts high school in a few weeks!!!It is really amazing to me..

  5. thanks so much for all of the comments!

    I love hearing all of your stories!!