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February 25, 2005

Family Meanderings. . .

This has been a busy-crazy week. We've had large groups of people in our home Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, today, and will have a couple of English classes tomorrow. We often have guests and groups hosted in our home, but this week it's been busier and crazier than usual.

Bible study last night was from Romans 12. Lots of discussion. Sensitive guy that he is, Hubby ordered in pizza instead of me making the usual fellowship dinner.

I'm super-thankful for our dishwasher! It's the largest one I've seen in Ukraine--but still about half the size of my mother-in-laws. I run three loads on an average day, and it runs almost constantly on days we have guests. I'm behind on laundry right now. The fuse can't handle both the dishwasher and the washing machine running at the same time. . .

J8 asked if he could make chocolate meringue cookies today. He's been interested in cooking lately. I'm purposefully stepping back and letting him try things and experiment in the kitchen, giving him occasional pointers but staying out and letting him try.

Hubby has had a burst of energy this week. He's wondering whether the hypothyroid meds are kicking in. I hope so. He's been drinking less coffee this week--he hasn't needed it as much.

We've been on a decluttering/spring cleaning kick. Every time we do this, we vow to not bring anything extraneous into the house. I don't think we do buy or bring in things we don't need. But somehow our closets and corners get cluttery.

C4 will be home tomorrow, U-rah! He's been in the village with Babushka since last Saturday. Our family feels off balance with only three boys around.

I've been in a Creedence Clearwater Revival mood today.

A friend of mine was wearing her new stretch cord pants today. Oh, boy, am I envious. Can't wait to be able to have a normal changing room and find a pair of stretch cords that fit me. Last time I bought jeans (at the market here in Ukraine) I had a waist-high rack of clothes and a woman standing between me and the other shoppers as I tried them on. Definitely outside my comfort zone.

I watched Antwone Fisher last night, and took notes for movie night. Ugh. Very hard to watch the child abuse in it. Excellent conversation starter, though. The Denzel Washington character reminded me sooooo much of my Dad. (My Dad is a Navy officer in the medical field, and very mellow.)

I've been skimming through Martin Luther's Commentary on Galatians. You can also read it online.

R6 had his birthday on Monday. *grin* We did our little tradition of "Let me tell you about the day you were born. . ." R6 is so very sweet and very much my little Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Congratulations to your son on his birthday! Also, I was wondering whether Babushka is his natural babushka or an "adopted" lady?

Posted by: Christina at February 25, 2005 09:08 PM

Glad to read that your hubby is feeling better! Praying he continues to have more energy!!

Oh my goodness, I'm completely addicted to my blogs and now nothing is getting done in my house. Nothing. MUST get this reigned in... reminds me of when I first found the Forum. :)

Jan

Posted by: Jan at February 25, 2005 09:58 PM

What a full blog!!!

First of all happy birthday to your darling little one and prayers for hubby's continued recovery. My mother has lived with hypothyroidism for thirty years. Once the meds kick in he should hardly know he has it. At least that what my mom's experience has been with it.

You said,

"We've been on a decluttering/spring cleaning kick. Every time we do this, we vow to not bring anything extraneous into the house. I don't think we do buy or bring in things we don't need. But somehow our closets and corners get cluttery."

We seem to have the same issues lately my friend. We are in declutter mode and I am finding so many things to get rid of. It seems the more we get rid of the more we seem to find, especially in the closets and corners.

You also mentioned, "I've been in a Creedence Clearwater Revival mood today."

I totally enjoy CCR! They are one of my favorite groups - along with Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire. Throwbacks to my preteen and teen years.

You said, "I had a waist-high rack of clothes and a woman standing between me and the other shoppers as I tried them on. Definitely outside my comfort zone. "

Yikes!!! Nursing in public is hard enough for me with my streak of shyness! I cannot imagine undressing before a crowd!!! LOL

You shared a link: "I've been skimming through Martin Luther's Commentary on Galatians. You can also read it online."

Thank you so much! We watched Luther (the movie just released on DVD recently) and I have been interested in reading some of his writings. This is a blessing!

One more quote to respond to: "R6 had his birthday on Monday. *grin* We did our little tradition of "Let me tell you about the day you were born. . ."

We do the "Let me tell you..." thing too. We drag out the pictures and tell the stories from their birthday and little things we remember them doing when they were small - all the silly words and funny things they did. They absolutely love it!

Oh my, I just blogged your blog! So sorry...

Blessings to you my dear!

Posted by: ~Leann at February 25, 2005 11:31 PM

Leann,

Your comments made my day. *Grin* I've been meaning to e-mail for a couple of months. One of these days. . .


Jan! I know what you mean!


Christina, Katya is kak rodniya babushka, like a real grandmother to the boys. In fact, both my Mom and Hubby's Mom have met her and are quick to include her in the grandmother club.

Posted by: TulipGirl at February 26, 2005 12:38 AM

Here I was feeling like I didn't want to get off my behind and make dinner...and you're running your dishwasher 3 times a day! No. more. pity-parties. Thanks for the motivation! -Happy Bday to your wee one. -Good for you letting your boy work in the kitchen. Soon he'll be cooking like a pro and you'll have more time to blog! I mean, read your Bible. :)

Posted by: sparrow at February 26, 2005 12:58 AM

*L*

Btw, I only run it so often because it is teeny-tiny. But washing dishes by hand is one of my least favorite jobs--so I'm super thankful for that teeny-tiny dishwasher.

Posted by: TulipGirl at February 26, 2005 01:23 AM

Hey Tulip Girl,

I watched "The Antwone Fisher Story" one day, just stumbled across it on one of the movie channels we have, but rarely watch. Jenn was pregnant with Sean, and due any day, so I don't know if I was in a emotional state already or what, but I must admit, I found myself blubbering and grabbing tissues through most of the movie. Especially the poem he recited during the Thanksgving meal at his superiors house and then of course the Thanksgiving meal at the end of the movie. A great movie!

{{{Candleman}}}

Posted by: {{{Candleman}}} at February 26, 2005 01:53 AM

Oh, I think I could listen to some CCR!

I think it is so cool that your little guy likes to cook. My 12yo does sometimes, too. My older brother was always in the kitchen with my mom. Now, he's the sole cook in their family, and he's a good one.

Your boy will no doubt be a wonderful helper to some lucky girl some day.

Posted by: Kim in ON at February 26, 2005 03:22 AM

From Kim: Your boy will no doubt be a wonderful helper to some lucky girl some day.

Yeah - maybe one of mine! ;)

Posted by: Megan at February 26, 2005 03:13 PM

i loved hearing about all the "miscellany" of your life:) this stage of life flies by so fast! it's a shame we have to be so wildly busy while we are in it:) i love to hear that your son is learning to cook. i too, found ANTWONE FISHER to be a very touching movie. i didn't want to see it on a full sized screen b/c of the subject matter. seeing abuse like that on a small screen is hard enough. when it is bigger than life, i find it almost impossible! i "like" movies like that b/c they give me a snapshot of what so many of the people in our world are experiencing as they are being raised. it is good for us to be aware so that we can be more relevant to the issues of their hearts. i loved the movie b/c it helped keep me out of the land of denial where it is so easy to live. martha

Posted by: martha at February 26, 2005 03:45 PM

ps. i remember meeting your babushka b/f she was "yours". she must be loving having a "family". when we visited, she was working for a single man. how delightful for all of you that she could b/c part of our family. martha

Posted by: martha at February 26, 2005 03:49 PM

Happy Birthday, R.!

Posted by: kristen at February 26, 2005 08:59 PM

I think the Lord has it in our future to go to other lands, how else could I explain that huge desire to covet you and anyone else who gets to live somewhere else? I love my country bu tthat passion is there...

I think it's WONDERFUL how hospitable you are. I'm too much like Martha, not enough Mary myself. I need to keep decluttering, have a place for everything left, and then just invite lots of people. I want my home to be one people think of of warm, welcoming, and full of Gods peace.

And that movie. Ah, yes. DH and I both cried during it, lots of wounds reopened and reminders of our awesome healing. Loved that movie, he's a great actor..

Jess

Posted by: Jess at February 27, 2005 12:20 AM

What a wonderful peek at the family life there. Too cute about the comfort zone. I think I'd have to agree.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! James says, "Six is soooo much fun!" :-)

I'd love to hear some of the discussions re: Antwone Fisher. That movie was well-done, but just heartbreaking.

Dy

Posted by: Dy at February 28, 2005 04:26 AM

Thanks for all the kind words and birthday wishes!

Jess, hospitality for us goes in cycles of being very frequent and being less frequent. I think that is good for me. I've discovered (since moving here) how much of an introvert I naturally am. Opening up our home "fits" with that better than being a guest elsewhere. And, I'm a big believer in keeping things simple! *grin*

Posted by: TulipGirl at February 28, 2005 02:47 PM

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