Thanks to my parents and the generosity of friends at Circle Community Church, we have a new computer! In fact, this is my first post using it. We've been able to recover our address book, so our communication difficulties are over. Almost everything else is gone, though. We're in a lot worse shape in the photo department than I had thought. The last backup I can find is from 2004. I'm having a hard time with that. Photos are my main earthly treasure; I have to keep reminding myself that that's all they were: an earthly treasure. Earlier I quoted a hymn. Today in my Bible reading I saw the verse that is the basis for the chorus of that hymn: "Yet will I rejoice in the Lord. . . " (Habakkuk 3:18). How well that applies!
I also have great news! I had asked for prayer for the Egorov family a while ago. Nadya Egorova is finally out of the hospital. Their unborn baby survived, and Nadya herself is healed from her head injuries. Volodya is walking again, and they're getting back into their busy ministry. Praise the Lord! Thank you for praying.
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I have a few more Sudogda photos that I want to post, with help from my parents. Then I hope to give some glimpses of the day camp we had here and the congress we went to in July, and after that I hope I'll get back to sharing regular photos and stories from our daily life.
Here's a sweet moment: as I was writing this, Jaan and Raia were eating a snack. I had given Jaan blueberries, one of his absolute favorites. They were just for him; Raia had something else. Well, she started pointing at his berries, so he sweetly prompted her to "say please." Then he started feeding her blueberries, one by one, making her say (sign) "please" for each one.