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holiday tradition

we carry on my family tradition of decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving Day.

decorating the tree

decorating the tree

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I spent Thanksgiving night in the Institute of Orthopedics here in Kiev watching baby Paul. He’s still in his “institutional” mode–accepts everything with few tears or complaints and expresses very little of his own preferences. Though he is certainly lively and full of personality! He is SO CUTE!

We are instructed not to hold him very much. If we do, he becomes used to that and then cries and cries if he’s not being held all the time. Also, there is a specific way to put him to sleep. You lay in the bed, tuck in his blanket, then say “ah-oh-ah” over and over in a certain song-y tone, and he rocks himself back and forth on his shoulders and eventually falls asleep.

The morning when I left, he was being carted around doing blood tests and we were working on getting a urine sample from him–ha, ha, with a 2-yr-old!

He is totally adorable 🙂

In the hospital, the rooms are not private. About 6-8 people stay in the same room together. Usually, in a normal hospital, the orphage just leaves the baby and they ask the ladies who come and go in the room to care for the child. But this institute requires that he have 24/7 babysitters.

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orphan Paul

My friend Alla has (had) a ministry helping an orphanage. When the orphanage has to put an orphan in the hospital, they need volunteers to help care for the child round-the-clock. Alla marshalled the volunteers.

She’s bowing out of that ministry and  passing it on to a gal in our church, Anya. However, Anya is out of town and orphan Paul is going into the hospital tomorrow for surgery, so I spent much of my day making phone calls to volunteers. Thank the Lord! I found great ladies to sit with him for the next three days! Tomorrow, i will keep calling to fill in the needed slots for the next two weeks.

God certainly is Father to the fatherless.

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hilarious

I had gotten the vacuum out to clean up the couscous that *someone* dumped all over the carpet, and i left it running so the girls could play with it. Vika has always loved the vacuum hose suction while Skyla, for all her tomboyishness, is afraid of it. So I hear them laughing hysterically together, and I just know I need to sneak a peak. Then i got the camera out . . . Vika sucking facial parts into the vacuum hose:

tongue, anyone?

tongue, anyone?

cheek and lips--the lips were the funniest!

cheek and lips--the lips were the funniest!

need i say more?

need i say more?

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princess dresses

Skyla love dressing up in “princess dresses” so I made these little quick dresses for she and vika to play in. they are “princess-y.”

matching princess dresses

matching princess dresses

Sergei and Natasha came over for lunch Sunday:

over4lunch

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I LOVE BOOKS!

So when Doran Richards and Tierney Dovan gave me a $100 Amazon gift certificate, they were giving me a GREAT present! I’ve been deliciously spending some down time reading reviews of books, skinning down my list. And I just put in my order!!!! OK, my wish list is still a mile long, but I just got some great books!

Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding: Protecting the Mother and Baby Continuum (50 bucks! But i’m thinking it will be great to have for the Mother-Baby Center.)

Christ Centered Childbirth by Kelly Townsend.

National Geographic – In the Womb

High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World’s Best Designers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems, And More. I like sewing, and this looks really interesting!

And this is looking forward to my sunset years–I want to own/operate a bed & breakfast near Kiev. Opening and Operating a Bed & Breakfast in the 21st Century: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Inn Keeping Success with Professional Online Marketing Strategies

thanks girls! I can’t wait to get them!

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mission statement for life

For module 12, we read The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life by Laurie Beth Jones.

While working thru this book we write a mission statement. Here’s my current version:

My mission is to promote, facilitate, and implement life-giving beliefs and actions.

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