Thursday, July 23, 2009

craft items, markers, crayons, and more

a package from Gospel Light Baptist Church
Kingman, Arizona - THANK YOU!


All of our documents have been turned in for our permanent residency visa. What a blessing that the lady working with us has been so kind and very helpful. We are thankful that everything has been going smoothly. Now that everything has been submitted it is time to wait on the Lord. Would you pray with us that we will be approved and have our documents in hand by the beginning of September?

Sarah helped mommy make homemade pizza

YUMMY pizza. Caleb ate lots!


Caleb got up one morning, put
on Sarah's apron and said
"Me help mommy in kitchen"

Daniel mowing the lawn

Caleb at the park

Sarah at the top waving

This was fun for the kids

Answered Prayer!

The Lord has answered our prayer and we now have a vehicle! Ron was able to find this used van down in Tartu (a 2 1/2 hour bus ride away). It has already been a blessing to have as we run to different places looking for household items and turning in documents. Thanks for praying with us.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Fun Day

Today was a fun and profitable day. We rented a car and headed in to Tallinn for the day. There were some things we needed to look for in a bigger city since we hadn't found it in Rakvere. As Ron looked in to renting a car, he found out it was a little cheaper to rent a car than to pay for the bus for all of us both ways. An added benefit would be that we could get around once in the city without needing to figure out the bus routes. Believe it or not, we didn't get lost at all today! I've been so excited about all we got done and the good deals we found. Of course, we didn't get everything we needed, but at least it wasn't a wasted trip. One of our stops was to a store that we don't have in Rakvere where we bought some pots and pans for me to use in the kitchen. It's getting funner all the time to be in the kitchen - now that I have stuff to work with. Then we had to stop at a missionaries house (The Smith's) to return some keys. They were headed out to Old Town Tallinn for a day of fun and ended up taking Daniel, Andrew, and Sarah with them. That was a treat for the kids....and for us! The kids hate shopping around like we were planning to do for the afternoon. Then we went to a second hand store where I found several things we needed. When I paid I found out everything in the store was on sale for $1.50 today. What a blessing!!! The next store we went to was having Krazy Daz - lots of stuff on sale. So we picked out a few things that we gave to the kids (see pictures). We were thrilled to find such good deals - the sleeping bags were a little over $2 and the tents were about $3. We got Daniel a birthday present. He is going crazy knowing he has a present already and has to wait another month before he gets it. This is going to be fun! At this point in our day we have had so many blessing and are glad we made the trip in, but it's not over yet. Another friend (a military family) had said she had some stuff for me to look through that she wanted to give away. So, we stopped by Pam's house on our way home. Wow, what a blessing. She had some kitchen stuff that I can sure use. Plus, she had some sheets (remember, all we have had since getting here is a couple of blankets) and towels she didn't need anymore. God always takes care of us! We picked up the kids and headed home. Tomorrow I'll have fun putting away all my new kitchen stuff. I'm trying to get all the stuff in the house organized for the arrival of our container.

Beautiful scenery on the way to Tallinn. A field of yellow flowers. The pictures doesn't do it justice.

Our house. Caleb is waving.

The car we rented for the day. Yes, it fit all 6 of us plus the treasures we bought. It is actually very roomy inside. Ron called it a clown car because it looks so little but you can pile a lot of people and stuff in it.

See what I mean?

New tents.

Camping out in the living room. Why not, there isn't much else in there yet:)

Caleb's new sleeping bag.

Sarah's new sleeping bag.


Inside the Castle

Ron and I are very well protected.

My three knights.

The guard at the castle.
Caleb shoeing a horse.

Caleb the mighty fighter.


This is what happens in our family when you don't do your chores!

A prince and princess.

The Castle

The tiny white spot in this picture is Sarah. When we walked to the castle the kids went down this trail while the adults took the path around.

Rakvere, Estonia

Our street - Pikk

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ron's Birthday

Sunday, July 5th, was Ron's birthday. We went to church in Tallinn since we were in town Saturday for the Festival. We had cake at church and sang to him. Monday we had a celebration at home. I made a cheesecake (the no bake jell-o kind that I stuck in the suitcase) which we all enjoyed. We topped it off with ice cream and fruit. Ron was given money from a supporting church and bought a backpack. The kids and I bought him a chair for his desk.

Estonia Song Festival

Caleb getting in to the spirit.

Men, women, and children were dressed in traditional Estonian clothes.

Sarah and her new friend Melanie.

Beginning to fill up.


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