Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Enjoy the pictures...


Caleb watching a movie - he is just so cute!


The boys working on models.
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he saw the camera and this is what he did :)


Daniel still needing some extra rest as he recovers from being sick


Caleb playing with toys


Sarah and Caleb in the Christmas spirit as we set up the tree
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THANKSGIVING 2009

We have so much to be thankful for. Celebrating Thanksgiving on the mission field is different than celebrating it in America (at least it is to me). However, we can thank God for all His wonderful blessings wherever we are....even if we don't have all the "traditional" trimmings. The truths of "Thanksgiving" can be celebrated each and everyday in our hearts. I want to have a thankful heart and attitude everyday of the year. Psalms 92:1 "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:"

Sarah ~ Thanksgiving Day
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Caleb and Olivia


Andrew, Matthew Smith, and Daniel playing a game

some of our Thanksgiving decorations and crafts the kids made
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Andrew's 9th Birthday

Due to everyone being sick in our home, Andrew's birthday was celebrated a few days late. We enjoyed some delicious cup cakes with different kids of candy bars on top (Andrew's choice). Oh, of course, there was ice cream to go with it. Then Andrew had several presents to open. He also got a couple phone calls from family which always makes a birthday more special. Andrew is a great joy to us and we sure do like having him in our family.

9 years old...Happy Birthday, Andrew

opening presents

a gun - that makes a boy happy
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Monday, November 9, 2009

A Challenge

Ron has been filling in for another missionary for the past three Sundays. He had a great message prepared each week, but this last week was the most challenging to me. He preached out of Joshua 6 - the battle of Jericho. Although this is a familiar story, it is nice to be reminded of the great truths it teaches us. Ron painted a picture of what the walls were like around Jericho. In our human eyes the Israelites had an impossible task. But God was with the Israelites. They followed His instructions and He gave the victory.

Why is it that so many times we think our problems are bigger than the walls of Jericho? We serve the same God that caused those walls to fall. I am so thankful for the reminder that God is bigger than our needs or problems. I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fun in the Snow!

It sure is hard to keep your mind on school when the snow is calling your name. So I (being the nice teacher that I am) let the kids go outside and play after lunch on Friday. Caleb didn't even take his nap - he was having such a good time. The weather was perfect - cold enough for it to snow, but not too cold to have fun!


my "angels" making snow angels







Great job on the snowman!



Caleb is trying to catch the snowflakes in his mouth...silly boy.




Enjoying a cup of hot chocolate....YUMMY!!



Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Many Blessings

God has been so good to us! Two weeks ago we moved into a new apartment. We didn't have much in the way of choices - just two actually. But God definitely gave us a peace about the one we chose. We are getting settled in and are really liking it here. I will try to post some pictures soon.
Another blessing is that the boys all have their residency cards. Yesterday Ron registered us at our new address which was very quick and easy (very different from Russia).
I am also excited about some of the great things I have found at the thrift stores recently - snow pants, boots, coats, etc. It is such a blessing to find things at awesome prices!
Ministry Blessing: Ron has been asked to teach English for a non-profit organization. We hope this will open the door for some contacts for Bible Study. I have also had a lady ask me to help her with her English - she promised to help me with my Russian in return.
Ron has been looking for a place to meet and hold Bible studies. Please pray with us that Ron will find the right place at the right price.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Moving....again

Please pray for us as we look for a new place to live. Our landlord has the house (that we are renting) up for sale. We have looked at several different apartments and will be looking at another place tomorrow. Our prayer is to make a decision by the end of the week. We need to be out of the house by the 25th of October.

Answered Prayer!

After a lot of hassle, all the kids' documents finally arrived from the states. They have now been turned in to the immigration office and are being processed. What a blessing to have this step done. Soon we will ALL have our temporary residence which will allow us to stay here for two years - without leaving.

Special People...My Parents

Today my parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Parents are special people....especially my parents. I am so thankful for my Godly heritage. My parents are a treasure from the Lord. What an excellent testimony of what a marriage should be. I couldn't ask for a better example of a Christian wife and mother than what I have seen in my own mom. Lord willing they will have many more wonderful years together.

My parents - October 2008

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Russian Church in Narva

Since we had a guest visiting from the states, we took her to a Russian Baptist Church in Narva. We enjoyed the singing and the preaching. Well, the first preacher talked so fast I hardly understood one word he said. The second preacher was much easier to understand and I was able to get the point of the message. Ron was asked to come up and give a brief testimony. He always does great with his Russian. After the service we visited with folks for about 45 minutes. Everyone was very friendly. An older couple, Sarah and her husband, talked with us for a while. We had a great time and are excited to be working with the Russians in Estonia.

A sweet Russian lady, Sarah


Giving out a gospel tract
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A trip to Narva

A couple of weeks ago we took a trip to Narva - the city in Estonia that borders Russia. We had a great time! Narva is about 98% Russian. Other than the Estonian words (on street signs, stores, etc) it was like being in Russia. Enjoy the pictures.

The left side is Estonia....the right side is Russia


Narva, Estonia


the bridge into Russia
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The blessing of.....FAMILY DEVOTIONS!

Our family looks forward to devotion time. We gather in the living room, sing some songs, read the Bible, and pray. It thrills my heart to hear our children reading from the Bible, asking questions, requesting their favorite songs, and praying from their hearts. It is also very exciting to share praises and answered prayer with the kids about things we have prayed for as a family. One of the greatest things I can give my kids is the knowledge that they serve a REAL God who answers prayer!!!!

Happy Birthday, Caleb

September 8th we celebrated Caleb's 3rd birthday. I am so thrilled that God gave Caleb to our family. He is a sweet little boy that fills our home with so much joy. As we celebrated Caleb's birthday this year I was overwhelmed with thankfulness for him. As many of you know, in August of 2008 Caleb was hit by the car in my parents' driveway. God protected him in a miraculous way. He was in the hospital for about 4 days. After about a month he was practically as good as new! What a great God we serve. God also had his hand of protection upon him when he was born. There were some complications with his heart rate and I had an emergency c-section. I am just so thankful that God gave Caleb to us to raise for Him. My prayer is that God will use Caleb in a mighty way.

Happy birthday, Caleb




Mommy's little boy!!!
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ready to open presents


birthdays are FUN!
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the day after Caleb's accident in ICU burn ward
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a little over a year after his accident....a very healthy, active little 3 year old!
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

School Days 2009

Another school year has begun. We are off to a great start and the kids have a great spirit. The kids' schooling is very important to me. I don't want them to miss out on everything just because they are homeschooled on the mission field. So, I have determined to do all I can to make school exciting, a quiet atmosphere, a great learning time, and fun. I get many of my ideas from our home church's Christian School - Sequoia Baptist Academy. Ever since I attended school at the Sequoia Baptist Academy, we have memorized a book of the Bible during the school year. This is one of the great traditions I am passing on to my children. This year we are learning I Peter and I have committed to learn it with them. How precious it is to hear kids quote scripture that has been memorized and hidden in their hearts.
Another great opportunity that is unique to this year is having others close by to have "school days". Two other American families in Tallinn (a little more than an hour away) homeschool their children. Our desire is to get together about once a month for some kind of special day - field trip, educational trip, play day, P.E. Day, etc. This will be a special treat for the kids. All three of mine are very excited.
I pray that the Lord will daily guide me as I train and teach my children in the way they should go. As a Christian mother, my responsibility is so much more than teaching them in Math, History, Spelling, etc. Lord, please help me not to fail the most precious thing you have given me by forgetting to teach them what is most important....about YOU.
Happy School Year 2009-10

saw this in Tallinn and thought it was cute


School year 2009-10
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