Wednesday, June 30, 2010

thought for today

To be mature means to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes.
~Fritz Kunkel

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Final Sunday

Tom shared our goodbyes and Spencer translated for him

I sang with the worship team one last time

Normally in the summer we would all be wearing sandals... but today was a rainy day and we all showed up
with ballet shoes on!

It was hard saying goodbye to Leza and Lera,  It has been a joy to watch them grow up and go from little girls to young women during our past 5 years here.  I am indeed grateful that I got to see them both get baptized last Sunday. 

By the time I write again we will be in America.  Please pray that all goes well as we travel!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

never a dull moment

Yesterday we had a leak in the bathroom that caused a flood.  The electricity went out.   The plumber showed up last night just after midnight.  The electrician came early this afternoon.  Just after he left then people showed up to get the rest of the furniture and appliances that they had purchased.  During that same time our neighbors came over and brought us lunch and some goodbye gifts. 

I am ready for a nap!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

thought for today

Time is like a circus--always packing up and moving away.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

new glasses day!



Tom's glasses broke yesterday and mine were scratched and it was getting hard to see out of them. We decided it would be best to go out today and get new for both of us. They were not able to do bifocals for Tom before we are scheduled to leave so he will have to buy another pair in America. But at least now he can see to finish up the last of the packing!!!
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

thought for today

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
~e.e. cummings

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Beautiful Olga

Olga and her new husband Arustam came by today to give us this photo of her... on the back Arustam wrote in English:

This is beautiful Olga.  O yes!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Russia to double the price of vodka

Russians are going to be paying more for their most popular beverage. According to Sergey Shatalov, Deputy Finance Minister, the minimum price for a 0.5 liter bottle of vodka will double over the next three years.

The Finance Ministry suggests that the current price for half a liter of vodka, which sits at about $3.00, will be raised to $6.50 dollars in 2011-2013. The prices will increase gradually over the period.

 “Vodka is not a necessity. It shouldn’t be cheap,” said Shatalov.

The measure will be part of a bill currently being drafted by the Ministry.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

thought for today

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
~Colin Powell

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

20 days...

Today is the 8th and we leave here on the 28th... this time is going by much faster than we anticipated.

The TV was picked up today, most of our baking pans are gone, and all of the clocks in the house have been sold. I still find myself glancing at where the clocks used to be.

I know it will all come together but it feels as if there is so much yet to do and so little time to get it done!

Friday, June 04, 2010

How to call abroad

One would think that after five years of living abroad I would remember how to call from one country to another.  I don't.  Well, actually I know what numbers I have to start with to place a call to America.  But, when I need to make a call to Ukraine or somewhere else I have to use this website:

All you have to do is fill in what country you are calling from and what country you are call to.  The internet has become my friend in this land with no Southwestern Bell phone book!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

thought for today

Folks always say, "You come in this world alone, and you must leave it alone."  They ought to know better.  Because it isn't so.  It's not that way at all.  The child comes to life very much attached and stays attached and is mired all its life in a soup of relations.

River, Cross My Heart
by Breena Clarke

As we pack to move this soup of relations we are in feels warm, savory and comforting. Five years of building friendships and making connections seems like such a short time.  But, I am sure there will be much grieving ahead once we fully realize how much life and relationships here have impacted us.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010


As our Russian friends read in the papers or hear on the news that their government is working to make things easier for people to come to Russia and do business or study they are struggling with the fact that our family and two others have been denied work visas.  We keep being asked why?

Maybe it is just a problem here in Krasnodar Krai, all of the workers at the OVIR's office are new and the contacts that people relied on before are all gone.  Maybe, what is said in the news and what happens here in reality are two different things.  So to answer the question Why? all we can say is 'we don't know'.

We know that we are being called to Belize.  Why?  Time will tell.