Monday, March 22, 2021


 So much has happened lately, I hardly know what to write. I'll try listing some of it.

  • Both Raia and Asya won awards for their music: Raia with her teacher's ensemble, Asya as a solo. One group that Raia is in also won in Bulgaria!
  • Raia got a drastic haircut, here are before and after photos. (Snow in February and snow on Bogdan's birthday.)

  • Our older kids went to a wonderful apologetics conference.
  • There was a fire at our church. More on that below.
  • Will and I finished getting our residency and registering for this year! (Other document adventures are still in progress.)
  • Will's still figuring out arthritis treatment. He had more blood work done and will go back to the doctor this week.
Last week, late Saturday night or early Sunday morning the center of the church building caught fire. The whole sound system burned and the auditorium was left blackened and stinking. No people were hurt, though, and things are repairable and replaceable. It is wonderful to see how everyone is pulling together to work on recovery, sending money, and making sure that church life goes on here. I just realised that another blessing of quarantine is that online services are a normal part of life now. We can't meet in the church for a while, so we're back to online, just like we were exactly a year ago. Even though the cameras burned, they still know how to make this work. The Sunday school rooms are undamaged, so the kids can go to their classes as usual. Parents who come with them can sit together and watch the video in one room, while everyone else watches from home. We got to help with some of the initial cleanup, and now more professional restoration is going full force. (When I came home from church and told Will the information in that last sentence I mixed metaphors across two languages: "Work is boiling как муравейник.)

We're very thankful for God's blessings in this church and for all the love and support that we see pouring in. Please pray for the restoration work.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Happy birthday, Bogdan!

Bogdan's TENTH birthday was March 12th. We really had a lot of fun celebrating. He wanted to go to the petting zoo at the mall. Out of all of us, only Jaan had been there. Jaan's friends work there, so Jaan knows all the animals' names and personalities and how to approach them. I was surprised that Bogdan was a little overly cautious at first. He actually didn't want to touch any of the animals. Later he warmed up to them and fed and petted everything he could get his hands on. At lunchtime we fed ourselves at MacDonald's--all that animal feeding had made us hungry! Then we went back to the animals again.

Bogdan wanted one of the porcupine quills, and he was trying to move the porcupine to get a tiny one that had dropped. Jaan's friend said that the one he was trying to get was more like a hair than a quill, and he ran back to bring out a real quill for Bogdan. It's the size of a pencil!

Get ready for lots of photos....

I loved how the first thing Bogdan did when we got home was to start drawing from our photos. Then he and I made brownies while the girls were at music/art lessons. When they came home I know I took photos of us singing happy birthday to Bogdan, but I don't know where those went? At the end of the day, I said that if the birthday boy had as much fun as I did, then his birthday was a success. And I think he did.