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Maidens By His Design

We are publishing Doran Richard’s book in Russian!!! I am so excited to have this resource, and I know a lot of the ladies here are thrilled as well!

front cover

front cover

back cover (sorry for the glare)

back cover (sorry for the glare)

Doran & Tierney arrive a week from today!!!!

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well, there’s about 10lbs difference between skyla and vika, so when skyla asked to carry vika in the sling, it didn’t last long. she held herself up long enough to take this photo.

slinging

slinging

Skyla is my physical touch girl, so she asked me to wear her in the sling this am while i was making soup, which i did.

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tea time

I love tea parties. One of my secret dreams is to open a tea house with all the fancy tea pots and stuff. There is a beautiful one in my home town called the English Rose. It’s definitely worth visiting! So here’e our version:

laundry hamper table

laundry hamper table

I made cinnamon-sugar toast for the occasion and nettles tea. Nettles tea is very healthy!

skyla pours

skyla pours

So we sat down and I asked what we should talk about. “Jesus!” Skyla says. So we talked about how God made us, that we do bad things, that Jesus died for us. That Jesus has a Kingdom, and it can be in our hearts.

vika pouring

vika pouring

vika sipping

vika sipping

That got me thinking about God as the Creator. That really seems to be the first way we learn to relate to God–it’s the simplest thing to explain for a child to understand–that God made you.

This is Skyla after the tea party. She says it is raining. It has been raining outside for over a week. It’s very Eeyore weather.

it's raining!

it's raining!

vika joins in

vika joins in

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posing for pics

Skyla saw dresses in the closet, and while she may be rather tomboy-ish, she certainly loves dresses and makeup! So we dressed up and took some photos standing on the top of the couch back–a favorite place to climb and jump.

sisters

sisters

dressing up

dressing up

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Sunday service

I don’t show much of Vitaliy, so here he is leading today’s service.

Vitaliy

Vitaliy

We were recently moved from the upstairs hall into the downstairs gymnasium. This is a permanent move, so it will be a rather cold winter!

church service

church service

We have a church full of fabulous people! We love going every Sunday!

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Almost daily, when Vika goes down for a nap, Skyla and I walk to Magelan (the huge mall right near us), and she plays in the nursery for an hour or two while I read and sip tea or coffee in a cafe. This has been a boon to me as a mom-of-young. And Vitaliy is wonderful about letting me go out. I read my Bible, journal, read other helpful books, and generally become refreshed and more educated about things I deal with in life.

Skyla has her own opinion about going out, of course. And i am seen with her in public! Here is today:

today's get-up

today

She is wearing her favorite outfit–a dress with a lacy white top and black velvet skirt–she would wear this every day if I allowed her. Plus her “purse” with her lip gloss in it, then her stuffed tiger with a doll dress on it, and an umbrella. it’s not raining out, but she likes walking with an open umbrella, of course.

happy girl

happy girl

the beloved dress

the beloved dress & lip gloss

This the current state of our green onion hydroponic garden, too:

go, go greenies!

go, go greenies!

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pictures & mommy musings

Skyla is at the “pat my back” stage of childhood, and i am so glad. it’s one of the pleasantest memories i have as a child, when i was in daycare i remember how the girl would come around at naptime and pat our backs. i loved that. so at night, skyla asks “pat my back, mommy,” and i don’t mind doing it.

I am currently reading this book, and I highly recommend it!

William and Martha Sears

William and Martha Sears

The Sears emphasize attachment and relationships in parenting, and they give wonderful advice and suggestions for childrearing. They give you a lot of options besides spanking and explain how to live out in detail parenting that fosters loving, respectful relationships. For example, I have noticed that Skyla has gotten into the habit of giving me negative answers, always saying “no” or “why” (not the curiosity type of why) whenever i ask her to do something–even when she does what i ask, her verbal responses are usually negative. Reading this book gave me an idea. I bought a tube of clear lip gloss–Skyla LOVES lip gloss. And every time she gives me a “happy answer” (and i coach her in this), she earns a piece of money. When she got 10 pieces of money, she earned her lip gloss. It is a no-fail motivator! Now, she is working on “happy answers” to earn a little compact that half mirror and half hair brush. She is excited about this. I am enjoying it, too 🙂 The point is that the happy answers will become the habit, money or not.

Here’s my beautiful Victoria:

goggle girl

goggle girl

Vika is definitely into the “pouring” stage. She wants to pour liquids everywhere!

pouring mommy's tea

pouring mommy's tea

tea, tea, tea, and nary a drop to drink!

tea, tea everywhere, and nary a drop to drink!

The kids don’t see either sets of grandparents much, but Vitaliy’s mom came for a visit one day several weeks ago. she was laden with fruits and vegetables to give us, and we made borshch together.

Skyla and Baba Galya

Skyla and Baba Galya

I’m still reading and mentally tossing thru classical education or charlotte mason. I am glad there’s so much on the internet! it’s quite interesting to consider. our tv broke a while back, and it’s been the best thing for us. the girls are constantly clamoring to read or sing. we sing “Climb, climb up sunshine mountain” (and i need to get this on video for my family), “Father Abraham” (a favorite of Skyla’s), “be kind to one another,” “the Lord is my shepherd” (in English and Russian), and a few others. Yes, singing goes over really big.

This is an enjoyable stage of mothering. Motherhood requires a lot of self-change, I find. It is one of the most invasive relationships possible in life. But the change can be good, that’s for sure, if one allows it to be so.

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