Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Jon and I wanted to wish you all a merry and blessed Christmas! Caleb and Abigail are both sick with a cough but starting to feel better. I plan on posting some photos from today soon, need to get them off the camera.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Four Months Old!

It is so hard to believe,Abigail is 4 months old today! She brings
so much joy to our family. Caleb loves to play with her and wants her
to get bigger so she can run around with him. He was trying to get her
to walk today.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sweetie Pies and Document Adventures

Well, we did all of our medical tests Tuesday and Wednesday. Things
went smoothly and we go to get our last test results on Friday
morning. Caleb did have to get the chest X-ray for the TB test as well
as the skin test. He was scared of the X -ray machine and the noise.

Our friend ,Garry drove us and our friend, Wanda around so we could
do all the tests. Caleb and Abigail did so well traveling all day.

Our first stop on Tuesday was to the Official Perm AIDS center do a
test for Wanda and to change the spelling on Abigail's certificate.
All of our documents have to have our names spelled the same way in
Russian or they will not accept our papers to apply for temporary
For example, Abigail's name on her Russian birth certificate is
spelled Абигаил but the Russian Embassy in Latvia spelled her name
Абигел on her Russian visa. So now we have to change the spelling on
all her documents to Aбигел. Both spellings are ok, it is like Carrie
and Kerri but you have to pick one way of spelling the name.

So after that , we made our way to the Drug Center to get a document
saying we are not drug users. The line was not too long so we made it
out in around 30 minutes.

On to the STD and Skin Diseases Center to prove we were healthy.
Thankfully, the nurse just took Jon's and my blood for the tests.
Caleb ran around the room while they took our blood.

Then came the TB children clinic. Since Abigail was born here,she was
given the TB vaccine when she was several days old. Since TB is so
high in Russia ,all newborns are given the TB vaccine which protects
the major organs in case of TB. Caleb has not had it. The nurse gave
Caleb the TB skin test to which he said, " Ow,ow,ow." Then he and Jon
went downstairs to the X-ray room. Poor Caleb had to be strapped to
the bed and have his arms still to do the chest X-ray. He told Jon he
was scared of the machine noise. He was such a brave little boy.

It was time for lunch so we grabbed a quick bite at the Southern Fried
Chicken, the fast food chain of Perm. Caleb enjoyed his fries and
being out of the car.

We had 2 more stops so we headed to another part of the city to the
Adult TB clinic where Jon and Wanda had their chest X-rays. It took 10
minutes and we were back on the road again. Then we were off to yet
another TB clinic that did a special cough TB test for those who could
not get X-rayed. The nurses had told us that since I nursed, I could
not do the chest X-ray. That place only did the tests in the morning
so we would have to wait till Wednesday morning and come back.

Finally it was time to go home, rest and continue the next morning. We
were all grateful to be able to get so much accomplished in one day
and that the nurses and document people, for lack of a better word,
were pleasant,helpful and went out of their way to accommodate us.
Praise the Lord!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

We are home!

Thank you for your prayers. We arrived back in Perm on Wednesday night,the 5th. It is so nice to be home.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be getting a lot of medical tests done that are necessary for temporary residency which we will be applying for in January. Thankfully, Caleb and Abigail only have to get TB skin tests instead of chest X-rays. But these 2 days will be busy with running to and fro to all the medical places that provide the many tests. Please pray for everything to go smoothly.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Visa Praise

Thank you very much for your prayers. Carrie,Caleb,Abigail and I received our one year multi entry Russian visas! The Russian Embassy in Riga,Latvia accepted our documents last Monday and told us to come back in 10 days.
Please continue to pray for us as we prepare the documents and medical tests needed to apply for temporary residency in Russia this coming January.
We would appreciate your prayers also as we travel back to Russia on December 3.
Carrie will post photos soon.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

If you would like to see more photos our visit with Will and Phyllis ,please go to http://fylliska.blogspot.com/. Phyllis has a really nice slideshow there.

More Photos

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Abigail is 3 months old today!

Baking a Cake for Daddy's Birthday-November 14

Jonathan's 28th birthday was November 14th. Caleb and I baked him a coconut cake. That evening we had a small party at our friends' house,Ed and Karen. Karen made a delicious Thai dinner and we celebrated with some other friends,Nathan and Sheree.

Photos from Last Week

Making eggs for breakfast. My helper. He does a great job too.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jon and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

We will try to post photos real soon.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

We have not disappeared,=)

I have a lot to update on and lots of pictures to post from the past week,but will have to do that later.

Jon,Caleb,Abigail and I made it safely to Riga,Latvia this morning. A local YWAMer, Dave met us at the train station and we walked several blocks to where we will be staying this week. Jon and I are very grateful that Dave found us a place to stay. A young Latvian man named Jaanis met us at the bottom of the apartment building. The apartment belongs to him and his mom who is out of the country. He is very friendly and speaks Latvian,Russian and English. We were very tired and Abigail and I tried to rest while Jon went to find some food for lunch. Caleb decided he was too tired to rest so he rode around the apartment on a little riding toy that belongs to Jaanis'es niece.

The plan is to drop off our documents at the Russian Consulate tomorrow morning. We would appreciate your prayers that all will go well. The fastest visa process will be 10 business days.

I will try to get our computer connected to the internet so we can post photos. After we arrived in Moscow on Saturday, we had a 8 hour wait until the train to Riga. Our friends, Will and Phyllis worked it out with a friend so we could meet at her place to visit. I have some cute photos of our children together.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sweet sleep.

Bath time with duckies.

November 10

Baby girl

Caleb loves his new puzzle. We received a package today from friends at our home church, Grace Bible. Thank you!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Visa Update

November 8,2007

Hello Everyone,

Carrie and I want to give you an update about our visas. When we last
wrote, we were confused about where we would be allowed to renew our
visas because of the new Russian visa laws which affect anyone with a
1 year multi entry visa. We have called several Russian Embassies in
Eastern Europe, and they still do visa processing for American
citizens. We are planning on getting new religious worker visas in
Riga, Latvia. Because of another new law, now the quickest you can
process your visa is 10 business days. Please pray for our family as
we travel with Caleb and Abigail. It takes 2 days by train to get to
Riga, and we need to switch trains in Moscow. We just received
Abigail's exit visa so now we can leave the country next week. We plan
to return to Perm the first week of December. The exit visa says we
have to be out of the country by November 16th even though our visas
are valid until the 25th. We are planning on asking the OVIR, the
Migration Control office, if we can extend the exit visa until the
18th. I think they will allow this, but please pray that we will be
given favor, and can change the day to the 18th. Crossing the border
the 18th will save some time and money since we cannot turn in our
visa documents in Riga until Monday, the 19th.

Temporary Residency: Carrie and I now have all the necessary
information on how to apply for temporary residency here in Perm. We
are beginning to order the documents needed. Our main prayer need is
for a Russian sponsor who will allow our family to be registered in
their home for three years. That is the most important step in
applying. Please also pray that the local government office will
accept our documents when submit them in January. We will apply for
residency status mid-January when the new quota is available. As we
find out more information we will keep you informed.

Thank you again for your prayers,encouragement,support and emails.
Carrie and I appreciate you.

In Christ,

Jonathan,Carrie,Caleb and Abigail

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hi there!

It has been snowing the past couple of days. Caleb loves watching the
snow fall from our kitchen window.