Saturday, December 20, 2008

We are back in Russia

Thank you for your prayers. Our family arrived safely in Perm 2 weeks ago on December 6th. Jon and I enjoyed our visit to the States. It was great to see so many of you.

It is great to be over jet lag. It took us a week and a half to finally get used to the time here. Perm is 10 hours ahead of Eastern Standard time. The kids had a hard time getting adjusted,therefore Jon and I had a hard time. Who wouldn't be able to adjust especially if you go to bed at a normal time in the dark and wake up in the morning in the dark. =)
The sun has been rising here around 10am every morning and going down around 4:30 in the afternoon.

Jon and I are happy to be home. Caleb was not happy when we arrived because "Russia was without snow",he said. But now there is a thin layer on the ground so life in Russia is what he is used to.

I will post some updated photos of the kids soon. It has been a while since we updated on here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Time flies, 3 more weeks!

We are still in the States but the time is flying by quickly. We fly back to Russia in 3 weeks, on December 4. Our time here has been very busy but we did take a few weeks to really rest, at least the best we could with 2 little ones. Jonathan and I have enjoyed seeing family and friends and sharing with many churches,home groups,Sunday school classes,etc. about ministry in Perm,Russia and our family ministry vision and strategy to fufill it.

We have enjoyed seeing many of you and would love see those of you we have not met with yet. Please email us and we can try to make a time to meet. Again, we leave in 3 weeks so the time is getting shorter but we really want to see you!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

We are in the States, September 2-December 4

Thank you for your prayers! Our family arrived in Charlotte on September 2, after a 50 hours of traveling. Jon and I thought that the 22 hour train ride from Perm to Moscow would be cheaper than flying to Moscow and less stressful but it was not. Unfortunately, the window in our 4 berth cabin would not shut all the way and it was cold outside so we froze for 22 hours. Once we arrived that evening in Moscow,we had 9 hours until our flight left. So we waited in the train station and had a small dinner. Jon bought tickets for the 1 hour train shuttle to the airport. The kids and I slept the whole hour. We were exhausted and by then it was 2 am, Moscow time (4 am ,Perm time). Caleb and Abigail did well considering. We still had several more hours before our flight to Germany. After a 4 hour layover in Germany, we boarded the 9 hour flight to Charlotte. It was wonderful to see our families waiting for us. Our family is loving the warm weather. It is great to see many of you and share about ministry in Russia.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Birthday cake

Caleb enjoyed that cake. Abigail wasn't too sure about it. Give her
plain yogurt anytime,she says.

Birthday girls

Abigail's 1st birthday was on Saturday and my 28th birthday was on
Monday so we celebrated together. Thank you for all the birthday
wishes. =)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Abigail is one year!

Our baby girl is one! She brings so much joy to our family. Caleb and
Abigail love to play together and he is very protective of her. Jon
and I are blessed to have such wonderful children and are so grateful
to God for them.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Coming to the States

Jon and I will be sending the August newsletter out in the next couple of days. Our family is coming to the States in September till the first week of December. It has been 2 years since we were last there.

We look forward to seeing many of you and sharing about the work in Russia.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Feeding herself

Yogurt,yum!

Caleb and Abigail love our friend,Katya.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Snack Time

Some pictures of the children eating bananas. Caleb was sharing his
with Abigail. She wanted his banana not the one on her tray.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Package

Caleb with his presents from Granna and Grandpa. Abigail checks out
the box and finds some vitamins and clothes for her.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Abigail's first word or second

Yesterday, when I was telling a friend goodbye and unlocking our door, Abigail waved like usual and said,"Paka", bye in Russian, clearly. Our friend,Katya was so happy to hear Abigail talk.
I am not sure if "Mama" counts as her first word or not. She has been saying ,"Mama",since she was 6 months old when she would see me.

Reading books is their favorite past time. They can read for a long
time together.

Time with Daddy

Just some glimpses of Jon and kids.

Abigail's new position. Caleb thinks she is trying to do a somersault.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Caleb's first party with kids

Last Saturday, we had a birthday party with little friends from church
and the local YWAM Perm base. It was a full apartment with 12 kids and
several parents. We played a couple of games and ate sandwiches and
cake. Abigail slept through the whole thing and it was really loud
here especially with 9 little boys running around. We all had fun and
were tired afterwards except for Abigail who had a great nap. =)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Abigail-11 months old, July 23

Abigail is 11 months old. It is hard to believe she is almost a year old. She brings so much joy into our family. You can always count on a smile from her and she adores Caleb and Jon. She loves to say, " Mama" ,and talks to me a lot. She is pretty quiet but Caleb can get her to laugh. So far Abigail has 8 teeth, 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom.
She is not walking on her own even though she took her first step not long ago. She does great holding onto one finger and walking around but is not confident enough to take the plunge.

Caleb asked us for a new baby to hold since Abigail is "too big now" and he needs a "little baby to hold".

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Temporary Residency News

Carrie and I are happy to report that our family's temporary residency permits were approved today! This means that we can stay for three years without needing to leave the country as in the past! We look forward to another three years of life and ministry here in Russia! We want to thank all of you who faithfully prayed for this need. Praise God for this answer to prayer!

We went to the Central Migration Control office this morning where the head of immigration stamped our passports with a 3 year permit. But we still have a couple more things to fulfill before the process is complete....

More details:
Now,we have 7 days to get fingerprinted with the local police, pay 80 dollars to register and register at our local immigration office with our Russian sponsor who has allowed us to be registered in their home for 3 years.
We had not been able to get in touch with our sponsor since arriving back in Perm a month ago. Thank the Lord that we were able to reach him today. This is the key part in getting our residency. Our sponsor informed us that he is leaving on Thursday for vacation to Turkey and would be gone for a month. God has perfect timing!

Thank you again for all your prayers,financial support and encouragement!
On Tuesday, we are going with him to the immigration office in order to register us for the 3 years. The office just wants to make sure that our sponsor still agrees to have us registered in his home.

Monday, July 21, 2008