Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or
slow to do the humble work.

- Mother Teresa

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I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

We didn't have a routine-type Christmas this year: we were moving back into our house after being out for 8 months after a fire; we had a Russian woman staying with us for a month (yes, bad timing!); and we were not unpacked, had very little furniture, no presents bought (even for our own kids!), few decorations up, etc. but we made the most of it! Here are a few pictures. Looking at the pictures, I can see that we did have what we needed, including OURSELVES. :o) This will be a Christmas we will talk about for awhile, I'm sure. The only main thing missing was of course, Natasha. She did not wish to spend Christmas with us again this year. :o( We pray that in future years, she will join her family for this very special and blessed occasion. :o) And without further ado, here are some pictures:

I thought this picture was particularly pretty. Nina and I went to the beach one weekend. Another first for her, she'd never been to an ocean. She kept saying, "Kraseeva!" (It's so pretty!) It was a gorgeous day!

Here is Nina, our Russian guest
(Ack!! How do I get that un-underlined?!)

Christmas dinner (We hid the boxes for the picture. LOL)

Here is Adam. Mark says he needs a skilled nurse to tend to him during the days because he has so many "issues", but I think he's absolutely precious!

Here's Nik with little Daisy

Isn't Reese looking grown up?!?!

Santa gave Mark these fake nasty teeth, but he didn't have the guts to put them in (knowing I had the camera!) so I set a good example. And see? No makeup, my pajama T-shirt on, hair a mess, etc. (Wait - tell me WHY I'm putting this picture in here...?)

Nina with her stocking. She was so pleased to be included in all of the fun!

See? We DID manage to have a Christmas tree! Mark and the boys picked this out one day while I was at work and surprised me. :o)


MamaPoRuski said...

Thanks for joining our journey blog today too. I love your layout and sayings on the blog!
God Bless your journey!

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