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.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Happy Birthday,Caleb!

Today,Caleb turned 3 years old. He is such a sweet boy. I will write more about our day and include pictures tomorrow.

Monday, July 14, 2008

First Step

Abigail took her first step on Sunday. She has been able to stand on her own for 5 seconds or more for a couple weeks now but yesterday actually took a step towards Jon. Of course, she would rather speed crawl to keep up with Caleb.

They play so well together. It is fun to watch them interact. Caleb is very protective of Abigail when they are around other children. He makes sure her toy is not stolen. What a good brother.

She is funny. Since she goes to bed after Caleb, she tries to sneak into his room and open the door. One time she made it all the way to his mattress. Thankfully, I stopped her before she climbed onto Caleb. She was so excited to see him!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Conversations from an almost 3 year old

Caleb will be 3 years old on July 20th. He amazes us everyday with the things he says. He is a sweet little person.

Today, Jon went to the store to get some photos printed of the children and our family. Since we have a digital camera all of our photos are on a disc or the computer. We haven't printed pictures in a very long time. We picked a dozen really good pictures to print. So while Jon was gone, we were playing with some toys. Caleb says to me, " I miss Daddy", "When is he coming back?". I let him call Jon for a minute. Caleb said, " Hi,Daddy. Where are you?, "You bringing me back a surprise?" Then he told Jon, " I very like you. I miss you. You are my friend". He and Jon are best buddies.

The other day,Caleb and I were in the kitchen eating lunch and talking about how God made everything. He turned to me and asked , "Where is God?", In church?" He loves to read his little Bible and sing , "God Made Me" and "Jesus Loves Me".

Last month, Jon and I were telling Caleb to be very careful so he wouldn't fall and get hurt when we were in the mountains in Central Asia. He explained to us that if he fell he would die and Mama and Daddy would be sad and God would give us a new Caleb. We told him that God only made one Caleb for our family.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Getting bigger

I was looking through photos and was amazed at how much Caleb and Abigail have grown in 4 months. The pictures on top are Caleb and Abigail the end of February and the bottom photos are mid-June.
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Our sweet kids

Caleb and Abigail are best buddies.

Caleb is using the left-handed scissors from Granddad and Grandma Dulin.

Bathtime!