Sunday, October 19, 2014

That First Sunday Morning...

.....when the temperatures drop well below what you would hope for, for the very first time this season. 

You know winter is coming, but, you just celebrated fall with the missionary kids in the area. 

Friends back home are just now heading to the corn mazes and choosing pumpkins for their traditional pumpkin carving family night.

Plants are still blooming, back home.

Teens are dressing up for homecoming night in fancy dresses with open toed shoes, back home.

Thanksgiving is more than a month away! No one dreams of a white Thanksgiving!

Even for us, when that first cold morning of negative temperatures below -10 arrives, we never feel ready! 

It is even more difficult of a transition when the coldest morning yet, -17 Celsius, happens on a Sunday.

It means...

those gloves and hat just haven't made it out of the storage box they have been hidden away in,

the lack of winter boots in your wardrobe becomes a reality,

the lack of snow tires on your car becomes a reality,

you start to make a mental list of the winter clothing items that you now REALLY need to hurry up and purchase for the family,

you are reminded once again that the numerous outside summer projects either just became more important or will simply have to wait for warmer weather, including the floor of your garage which your husband has been working on all summer, that is not completely ready for the car to be parked inside.

On a day like today, that means the car needs extra attention this morning just to get it to start.

Sometimes all the preparations for that a cold Sunday in Siberia are a bit overwhelming,

 maybe even discouraging,

but then you drive down a road sparkling with newly fallen snow and you see it,

A little bundled up person waving and smiling from ear to ear as they hear or see your car approaching their house.

 They are excited that you are there to pick them up and take them to Sunday school.

You greet them with a smile as they step into the warm car which you thank the Lord started today. 

The cute little bundles of joy, even on such a cold day, warm your heart by offering to sing a song for you, since you are their Sunday school teacher.

There is no audio with this clip but you at least can see them bouncing around and showing their missing teeth!

 The cold morning that took a lot of effort is already another memory of life as a missionary in the middle of Siberia.

(Pics of the REALLY cold mornings coming soon!)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy 11th Birthday to Timothy!

Today we celebrated 11 years of life for our youngest son, Timothy! Here is a peek into our day. First of all, we took the day off of school which Mom needed as much as the kids wanted! It was a nice, relaxing day just being at home and preparing the meals Timothy special ordered for his birthday.

First up on the menu, ham, egg, and cheese biscuits for brunch.

While big sister and big brother played a long Monopoly game with the birthday boy, Mom was able to wrap the presents, put the finishing touches on the cake, and prepare the evening meal of lasagna.

Timothy is very specific about details and his birthday meal choices are no exception!

His birthday cake of choice this year was the caramel toffee cheesecake that his sister has chosen for two birthday cakes in years past. One perk of your children getting older is them choosing more adult desserts which Mom and Dad also enjoy! 

This is a very specific recipe that requires attention to make but, overall, it is much easier and less stressful than a buttercream icing cake!

"Happy Birthday to you!!"

And a dramatic blowing out of the candles!

Love our kids!

Caramel toffee cheesecake time!

Timothy is happy!

One of the sweetest parts of our birthday celebrations is when our daughter presents the card she has spent much time creating for the birthday boy or girl (Mom and Dad included)! She has done this since she was a little girl. It is always so special to watch her choose a theme carefully and put extra love and care into each one.

Since Timothy loves Legos so much, this year's card included Legos pieces to make up the number '11' on the front. She punched holes out of colored paper to make the blocks. So creative!

Timothy loved reading his card this year which said,

"To our,
11 year old!

We love you!"

He loved it and read it over and over again!

Then it was gift time! 
The part of the day he has been waiting for all day long!

His larger Lego set came with a small comic book which kept their attention for a while, allowing me to get these sweet photos of them so close. 

Love them but hey really need to stop growing up on us!
The next birthday in our family is #13 for Ryan!

 Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to create these special memories in our family. 

We pray our children never forget the love and provision of our Heavenly Father on special days and all the other days He cares for us in between.

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