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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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
We have had the pleasure of hosting a woman from Russia for the past few weeks. She is a chaperone on an orphan hosting program. We couldn't host a child at this time (and we thought we'd be back in our home from the fire anyway!) but we agreed to take a chaperone. She is the best houseguest!! She cleans everything, she is always offering to help, she is very quiet, she is pleasant and smiles all the time, and never complains about anything! She really is about the perfect houseguest. (And all of this is with her knowing about 3 words in English!!)

She enjoyed Christmas with us, and last Sunday I took her to DisneyWorld (Mark wasn't feeling up to it and the boys don't really care for Disney - they MUCH prefer Universal Studios!). We had so much fun! It is so much fun watching her experience all of the conveniences and modern things we have in America. Things that she hadn't experienced before: fountain drinks in convenience stores, ice and water dispensers in the refrigerator door, a food processor, a crock pot, a microwave oven! It has been fun. She really enjoyed the beach and kept saying how beautiful it was (it really was and the day that we went was spectacular). So despite what the house is going through with us moving in after the fire and trying to pick up the pieces of our lives, it's going really well with her here. I was able to use a translator thing on Google to explain to her what was going on and that was helpful. Anyway, here are some pictures to share!

Here she is at the entrance of DisneyWorld. By this point, she had already ridden the parking lot tram and the monorail! I think she thought she was already in the park! LOL

Here she is by Cinderella's castle. It was crowded, but a GORGEOUS day!!!

Okay, THIS is a funny story: we get in the park, wander around little bit and get near the "car ride". I figure this is a good way to introduce her to what "rides" are in that it is familiar, yet fun. We get in line and she looks hesitant. I tell her that it's okay! She smiles. We get up to the car to load, and she starts talking fast in Russian and points to my car. I try to explain that I go in the car by myself and she goes in that one behind me by herself. "Noooo, Meesy, ya..." and then goes on in Russian. I felt I had to cut the apron strings and so I got in my car and took off down the "highway". A little while later I stop and look back and she's WAY back there. I laughed to myself and waited for her. She caught up, after going VERY slowly, and we continued on this way for the remainder of most of the ride. Towards the end of the ride I got this adorable picture of her coming up behind me. Anyway, I got out of my car (somehow) and she did too. She races up to me with HUGE eyes and starts to go on in Russian with WILD gesturing! I managed to understand enough to know that she was telling me that she doesn't know how to drive!!! Oh, did we LAUGH!!!! And everytime we passed that ride that day, I'd point and ask her if she wanted to drive and her eyes would get real big, she'd smile and say, "Oh, NOOOO, Meesy!!" and we'd have another good laugh.

We had such a good day. I took the poor woman on all KINDS of rides from It's a Small World (which she actually enjoyed!!) to Space Mountain (also enjoyed!). She really had a great day and it was so much fun to see her experience so many new and wonderful things. She'll certainly have some stories to tell her family when she gets back home!!

And here she is with Mickey and Minnie!

And me with them, too. Hey, when in Rome...!!

I took this after her first fast ride: on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! (I love that one!) She did great and said she liked it (I was worried because some people HATE fast rides!).

And that's it! We truly had a great day and I was EXHAUSTED afterward. She wore 4" heeled sandals but said her feet were only tired "choot choot" ("a little bit"). She's 15 years older than me, but she sure can beat me at walking...


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If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.
- Chinese proverb
It is not the will of your Father that any one of these little ones should perish. Matt. 18:14

Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matt. 18:5

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

My family

My family
Nikolai, Mark, Missy, Reese, and Erik

Nikolai, 19

Nikolai, 19

Reese, 19

Reese, 19

Erik, 9

Erik, 9





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