Monday, October 08, 2007

what a weekend!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Vika's birthday cake

Samson Fitness Center

The church in Artirka meets in a fitness center owned by Tania and Sasha. Tom and I both spoke yesterday out there. It is a two hour drive there and then 2 hours back.

Tom spoke in the morning service and I spoke in the afternoon. He spoke on weathering the storms of life and I talked about codependency. During the break between the church service and the women’s group we celebrated Sasha and Tania’s daughter Vika’s birthday.

Vika is now 8 years old. Sasha killed a lamb and made shish-ka-bob with the meat and Tania prepared several different salads. Of course there was a birthday cake and lots of hot tea! We enjoyed spending time with Sasha, Tania and their three children. Tim and Joy were also there with their two children, another couple; Lena and Andrei, were there with their two children. Sasha and Tania’s oldest daughter also had her daughter with her. Sasha said that he doesn’t get to see his granddaughter very much due to his work schedule out on the farm and at the rehab center. So he kept telling his 8 month old granddaughter “I am your grandfather, the husband of your grandmother!”


  1. It sounds like you had a very busy weekend, but a nice one!

  2. that is a beautiful cake.

    and i know this is SO ethnocentric but i am so glad that in addition to all my other birthday party commitments, i do not have to kill a lamb for my kids.

    making up goody bags will do, thank you very much.

  3. Our weekend out there was great...

    Michele, it's not really a tradtion to kill a lamb, this is a farm family and they eat lamb for special occaisions. But when we were there for New Year's we had duck!! I love eating meat that is grown with love, it is soooo tender!