Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Camp: First of all, the day camp is going so well! Praise the Lord! The first day there were around 30 children, almost all girls. Yesterday a few less came, but the enthusiasm wasn't any less. We were worried about the local authorities, but the local police just walked by on the Monday. That could have been a coincidence, but we think it was the check up that they had told us to expect. Thank you for all your prayers! We are really encouraged, and we're having a great time.

Baby: Maksim (they're pretty sure that is his name ) is nursing and gaining weight! He has passed his birth weight, and he's starting to look a little less skinny. Tanya's still giving him some breastmilk in a bottle after most feedings, but sometimes he doesn't even want that.

Anna: We think Anna is going to visit Jon and Carrie, leaving tonight for a twenty-hour train trip. We just haven't been able to get her a ticket yet. Last night while we were out with the children, she fixed a wonderful birthday dinner for Will, and then we had a group over to celebrate. If she can leave tonight, then she'll be back here on the 18th or 19th.

Jaan: He's loving the camp, even though he's way too young to officially take part. Every day he asks to go out "to the children." Having Aunt Anna here is also a wonderful treat for him (and all of us!). And, as always, he keeps us laughing with the funny things he says.

Raia: She's walking! Even though she hasn't completely given up crawling when she really wants to get somewhere, she's choosing to walk more and more. I love watching her toddle around. We're still working on potty training. She does fine when there's a potty around, but her only way of telling me that she needs to go is to go sit on a potty, so sometimes we have problems when we're out.


BabaJulie said...

Hi! Great news about the camps! And, so good talking to you on Will's THIRTIETH birthday!! (I'm not getting old! He is!) So glad you all had a wonderful birthday celebration together and that Anna could be there. We're praying that she can get off tonight and that she has a wonderful trip! Exciting news about Raia! And, as far as the potty training goes: we, in the States still think of that as "Wonder Child"!!! Hugs and Kisses!!

Mom said...

Honey...So good to have updates on all fronts; we continue praying. How thankful I am that Anna could be there with Will on his 30th; we know how special her dinners can be and trust it was a delightful celebration.

We love each of you!

BabaJulie said...

Hi! I saw Sheldon from Heroes are Hard to Find and told him that Will and his friends really liked the Hulk shirt!! I told him it would be worn around Kovrov, Russia! Don't let me down, Will!! (He was very pleased!) Love to all!

Mimi said...

Great updates!

Maxsim, I like it!

Oregon Criss's said...

Congrats on all ends!!! What great news for everyone!
Tell Will a happy belated birthday from us in Oregon!
BY the way... could you send me all of your birthdays?
Happy 'Camp'ing!!!

amazing journeys said...

Happy Birthday, Will! And way to go, Raia!

Krakovianka said...

I'm so glad to hear that Tanya is nursing the baby well. Hallelujah!