Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Evening Post, issue 12

A photo from this week:

American fish crackers!
("One of the best parts of Advent")

Jaan... apparently didn't know what a rehearsal is? He thought he had a choir concert yesterday morning. I got the girls ready and we went to the music school together, just to find out that the concert will be on the 24th. Jaan was only supposed to be there for a rehearsal!

Raia... had a big adventure this week. We had noticed a small lump on the underside of her chin. When we showed it to a doctor we know, he said that he wanted a surgeon friend of his to look at it. So, Friday, he took Raia (and Will) to the regional children's hospital in Zaporozhye. The surgeon decided that it was nothing to be concerned about, so Raia just had a big day in the city with Papa and her first ever McDonald's Happy Meal.

Asya... is the one "reading" the Advent poem for us every night now. So cute!

Baby... wants to have me on a newborn's schedule. A nap every few hours sounds great to me these days.

Will... is starting to work on Christmas preparations. (Remember Christmas is later here.) He's also finding the Wednesday night Bible study that he leads to be a real challenge. Instead of just the church youth like it used to be, it's now all ages, quite a few unsaved people, and a few rowdy children thrown in for good measure.

School this week: After a week off and then exams, we're now back to our usual schedule. It felt good to be back in the saddle.

My books: Well, I finished reading about the dolphins in space. Any suggestions of what should be next? Preferably available as a free ebook?

...and knitting: Here's the hat I mentioned last week. Since I finished it, I've just been working on other little things and ongoing projects, trying to hold off from starting right into baby pants.

Weather and nature observations: SNOW! Now it looks like winter out there. We love it!

Advent this week... has been somewhat, um, interesting. I'm really enjoying it. The girls are really soaking everything up. Will hasn't been able to be involved much. And then there was Jaan.... I couldn't figure out what to do with him. He couldn't seem to focus at all on what's important, and every evening was overshadowed by him fussing about something. After lots of praying for him, I decided that he wouldn't be involved in the treasure hunt anymore. He's now my helper. And it's wonderful to see him growing into that! The theme for the upcoming week is JOY: Luke 2:10.

Other news, ministry, notes and miscellaneous from the week: I can't think of anything more than what I've already written.

On this date in. . . 2005: Jaan was so little!

holy experience

Just a few things I'm thankful for...
  • a great first experience with doctors and hospitals for Raia
  • turkey
  • snow covering everything
  • ...and it looks like it will last for a while!
  • a son showing maturity
  • a big sister helping a littler one
  • the littler one taking everything in as if for the first time
My question for you: I asked above, what should I read next?


Baba Julie said...

Hi, Phyllis! As always, it's so good to hear all about the events in your lives! So happy to hear that Raia's bump seems to be nothing and that she and Papa had an "adventure"! How wonderful that Jaan is becoming your helper. And, SNOW!! We had some last night, too, but it didn't stick!! It's sure cold enough to stick, though! 13 for a low tonight! We'll be praying for the Bible study, too! Love to each of you!!

Baba Julie said...

Have you read the Miriam Nadler book, Honoring God with My Life? I think we sent it to you awhile back. I am just now reading it as a part of my devotions and am enjoying it very much. Love you!

Karen G. said...

If you haven't been there, is a great place to download free books in Kindle format (azw).

Anything by Gene Stratton-Porter is fun to read. Earlier this year, I enjoyed The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (who wrote Understood Betsy, but this is an adult book).

Have you read Vanity Fair by Thackery? House of Mirth by Edith Wharton? Armadale by Wilkie Collins? The possibilities are pretty endless...