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, April 21, 2009
Well, sort of. Nikolai turned 15 today, and while he's WAAAY too cool for DisneyWorld, he did consent to going to Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM). Disney has a promotion this year that allows free admission to any of their parks on your birthday if you pre-register. Neat, huh? Mark and I already have passes, so we got in 100% free today! (Simon's birthday is Aug. 11, and we can't wait to take him!)

Anyway, we had a great day. As usual, the weather was gorgeous. We managed to pressure Mark into riding some of the wildest rides there, including Tower of Terror and the Rockin'Roller Coaster, but our favorite ride was Toy Story Midway Mania! (it's a 3-D ride full of midway/arcade style games - it's a BLAST!!!

I'm so blessed that my job allows me this kind of flexibility - all I have to do is schedule my patients for Saturday to replace today and I don't miss any work time. :o)

Anyway, here are some pictures:
Entering the park - each Disney park has a "centerpiece". At Magic Kingdom, it's Cinderella's castle, for example; at Epcot, it's the big "golf ball". Here, it is Mickey's Fantasia hat.

Here we are, about to enter the Tower Of Terror: I had to dig Mark out from his hiding place in the bushes after I took this.

At the entrance of Aerosmith's Rockin' Roller Coaster. It's like Space Mountain (in the dark) but this one goes upside down several times. In the dark, yes. It's FUN.

We needed proof that Mark actually survived this ride! Here are Nikolai and Mark at the exit to the ride. (Cool scenery, huh?)

"I had such a fun birthday!!"

On our way back home.


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- 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

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

Nikolai, 19

Nikolai, 19

Reese, 19

Reese, 19

Erik, 9

Erik, 9





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