Monday, February 11, 2008

For those who are far away

My Mom is in California, and I know she can't wait to see her grandchildren, so I'll just post everything from yesterday. (My grandfather died last week, so Mom is with her family there. She'll be back tomorrow. Please pray for all of us who will be missing Grandpa!) There are so many others who are far away, so I know others will enjoy these photos, too.



Please pray for Will as he's taking his driving test and working on everything with the car today. His Dad is kindly taking a day off from work to help him, so pray that they'll be able to make good progress.

And for those of you who are close, please come see us! We can't fit in Dad's car, so we're not going anywhere, but we would welcome visitors. Thank you for all the meals and other treats!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Phyllis,

We're glad you all have made it here safely. Laura and I are going to be in town the weekend of the 22nd-24th of this month and hope to see you all! Love you all and are praying for you all.

Mike and Laura I.

Mom said...

Honey--

Thank you for your tender thoughtfulness.

Huge hugs....

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad the trip went well and you arrived safely. It must be a big change for the little ones to go from Russian winter to green Florida. May things continue to go relatively smooth and all of you are in my prayers.

Stephanie in AR

Mrs said...

Welcome, welcome! I couldn't think of a happier moment for Grandda - grandson and butterflies!

We will call for a good time to come by.

Agape said...

I am not able to see the video- but I am trying! Your mom must miss them so and be so excited! My sympathies for the passing away of her mother.

Praying for Will! Fr. went through all that when we were living in London and expecting our first baby and bought our first car. Praying, praying, praying!

May your dear grandmother's memory be eternal!

Christ our eternal King and God, You have destroyed death and the devil by Your Cross and have restored man to life by Your Resurrection; give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your servant who has fallen asleep, in Your Kingdom, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering. In Your goodness and love for all men, pardon all the sins she has committed in thought word or deed, for there is no man or woman who lives and sins not, You only are without sin.

For You are the Resurrection, the Life, and Repose of Your servant , departed this life, O Christ our God; and to You do we send up glory with Your Eternal Father and Your All-holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit; both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

Krakovianka said...

After your recent pictures of the kids all bundled up for winter, seeing Jaan in shorts was sort of a shock. I used to live in Florida myself, so I can imagine the change.

I meant to write earlier, and say that "reverse culture shock" is something you should expect. It can be fairly overwhelming at first, but it will pass. Just know that it's normal not to feel "at home" in your own country for a while.

Praying for you all!

Krakovianka said...

After your recent pictures of the kids all bundled up for winter, seeing Jaan in shorts was sort of a shock. I used to live in Florida myself, so I can imagine the change.

I meant to write earlier, and say that "reverse culture shock" is something you should expect. It can be fairly overwhelming at first, but it will pass. Just know that it's normal not to feel "at home" in your own country for a while.

Praying for you all!

Lindy said...

Thanks for much for the wonderful pictures. It's so great to see the children enjoying the same things that you and Leetra grew up with. My thoughts are with you all during this huge transition and dealing with Grandpa Burton's passing.
Love, Aunt Lindy

Oregon Criss's said...

LOL- That is FUNNY! Just think...according to Asya she has entered a land flowing with 'milk and pacifiers' :)
I was wishing myself to FL the other day- I so wish I could just give you a BIG HUG! :) We prayed and prayed for you on Fri/Sat/Sun regarding your schedule/travels and were really empathizing ;) I hope this short time here brings wonderful memories for each of you :) I bet the weather is a WHOLE LOT BETTER..haha...ahh.. I'm envious myself! tata for now!

Alissa Maxwell said...

Oh, Asya is starting to look so much like Jaan and Raia. I think she's been so bundled against Russian winter, that I just couldn't tell before. It seems strange to see your kiddos in the states, but at least they have great nature to explore!

Shannon said...

P-- since we're sick and stuck at home, do you think maybe we could chat on the phone sometime? I have this fear that I won't get to see you again...I have to work Wed-Fri until 4, and Caiden goes down at 7. If you're still awake and coherent by the time yours settle, give me a call!

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures, Phyllis! Miss you and the best neices and nephew EVER already! I'm hoping to stop by tomorrow for at least an hour after nap time before I have to be at Wesh! LOVE you all!!!! It's been so great geting to spend time with you!!!