Saturday, December 02, 2006

Photos from last night

There were so many good photos from last night! I want to share them all. Since I can't, you get to see quite a few of the best ones. First, one to set the mood, since I used the flash for the rest of them:

Wonder and awe
Originally uploaded by fylliska.

Imagine quiet Christmas music, dim lighting, candles, decorations, and two very sweet children.

"Ooo! Look!"
Originally uploaded by fylliska.

Jaan was supposed to take Raia by the hand and help her find her treasure first, but they couldn't drag themselves away from the decorations.

Found the treasures
Originally uploaded by fylliska.

We finally helped them. Maybe hidden treasures are too far above their age level? Although, now Jaan keeps wanting to hide his bag and find it. . . in the same place every time.

Reading the story
Originally uploaded by fylliska.

If you want to read along with them, the note in Jaan's bag was
"December 1 - 25 kopecks! There are also 25 days until Christmas, when God gave us His best present. Jesus told about one woman's gift and the way she gave it. Read: Mark 12:41-44."

Originally uploaded by fylliska.

We're working on the first verse of "What child is this?" in English and Russian. I think if we sing it every night, Jaan will be able to join in before long. So far, he's noticed, "We're singing about Jesus!"

Tonight they'll find this:
"December 2 - Grape candy! Grapes make jelly and juice, raisins and wine. But Jesus didn't need grapes to perform His first miracle. Read:
John 2:1-10

Candy is such an incredible treat for them; I hope they'll still be able to concentrate on the story!


Anonymous said...

What a precious set of photos! That first one should become a Christmas card. As special as the photos are, the teaching they represent is of even greater value. Jaan and Raia are deeply blessed by your careful nurturing, and so are we. Much love....

BabaJulie said...

I am reading with tears in my eyes. How very, very special and dear to see Jaan and Raia "discovering" Jesus! I agree with your mom. We are blessed to watch as you nurture them in Christ! Love you all a lot!

Anonymous said...

Oh Phyllis that first picture is so heartwarming! How precious! I was wondering how everything went. Thank you for posting pictures. Did you come up with the idea and scripture passages yourself? Your bags came out very nicely too. The children could not look and sweeter!

Anonymous said...

That is so sweet!

Laura :)

Phyllis said...

Oh, no, the idea wasn't mine. I've seen it in several versions on the internet. I'm changing a few of the days, but that's it.

I agree with all of you that God has given us dear, sweet, cute, wonderful children! :-)