Thursday, April 16, 2009

A little update about the children

Here is a long overdue update about Caleb and Abigail. I really desire to update several times a week but as you can see I don't very often. The past few months since we returned to Perm have been a whirlwind. A lot of changes going on here. Jonathan started the Russian driver's education course before Christmas which lasted till the end February. He had classes 3 evenings a week plus 6 hours of weekly driving practice,study at home as well as his full work week. In January, he was given the job of the Perm "City Coordinator" (base director) of YWAM Perm,Russia. We just had the annual Youth With a Mission Russia Staff conference the end of March which he was in charge of organizing. I could write so much more but this post is supposed to be about the kids.

So back to the children. I love being home with Caleb and Abigail. With the exception of going to the orphanages on Thursdays, I am home with them every day. Caleb is a talker, I wish you could hear him. Abigail is saying more words but mainly babbles. They are best friends. Of course, they have their moments but generally get along well. If Abi wants to play quietly by herself,sometimes Caleb gets upset and offended that she won't play with him.

Abigail loves to get into their drawers and take out their clothes. Then she tries to dress herself. Imagine her with Caleb's shirt on her head. They play so well together that when I was not in the room, Caleb took his scissors and gave Abigail a haircut or "hair crash" as he and Jon call it. I came back in to find her happily sitting on the desk while Caleb "trimmed her bangs". I now have a sandwich sized bag filled with hair. Caleb had just gotten a haircut the weekend before and must have enjoyed it enough to help Abigail get one too. You should have seen Jonathan's face.

Today at breakfast, Caleb told he wanted to see God's face. Lately when he prays,he asks God to put a baby in my tummy. Isn't that sweet? Our friend is pregnant and Caleb tells her ,"I want to play with your baby and he/she needs to come out and play with us".

It is late here so off to sleep. Goodnight/ Good day to you. =)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Christ is Risen! Христос воскресe!

He is risen,indeed! Воистину воскресе!

Happy Resurrection Day! Here in Russia,Easter Sunday is not until this coming Sunday.

Yesterday,since Jon was sick, we had our own family church.
Caleb loves when we have family church. Jon and I read from a children's book of Bible stories about Palm Sunday, the Last Supper and Calvary. Caleb was interested and Abigail sat there trying to take all the books. When we spoke about Jesus dying, Caleb was quick to say that He is alive now.

Caleb amazes me with his comments and memory. He is my little helper and tells me everyday on his own that he loves us, his baby sister, Abigail and God. Abigail lights up when Jon comes home from work,he can barely get his coat and shoes off fast enough for her to be picked up.