Saturday, December 15, 2012

Yarn Ornaments

My mom is the craftiest person I know.  She is always making something neat.  A couple years back, she mentioned that she made ornaments with yarn, and I LOVED them so tried it....that was when I had more time.  Time is hard to find now days.  They were super easy to make.

What you need:
round ornaments

Put the glue on the ball, then start wrapping the yarn around.  It is a little messy, but I they are so cute!  My tips are starting to come unraveled a little now, but I still like them.
On some, I mixed 3 different types of yarn

A White Christmas

The common question asked lately in our house is, "Is it Christmas yet?"  When I reply, "No," Anna, matter-of-factly states, "Because we don't have snow yet."  Well, that changed Wednesday night.  We woke up Thursday morning to about 4-6 inches of snow.  My meeting at the school was rescheduled to next Thursday since the roads aren't plowed and no one wanted to take the chance trying to get into the village.  The kids were thrilled because that meant they got to go play in the snow.

Sammy got to was excited to try on the snowsuit Mimi gave him, and was even happier when he found out that it had pockets!
He walked around like he was the coolest guy ever.  Hehe.  Eric and I were dying laughing.

Tuesday night, we finally decided to get a Christmas tree.  And it is fake...I know, I said I'd NEVER do a fake tree.  I just love the smell of the real thing, but they don't start selling them until a couple days before Christmas.  The kids loved decorating it!

Sammy put about 3 bulbs on the same branch. ;)
The finished tree...almost.  We were working on popcorn garlands, but most of our popcorn disappeared.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Home and Ministry

Life seems to be moving on at such a fast speed, I feel like I'm always trying to catch up.  I purchased the Maxwells' books on home management and chores, but haven't had the time to actually build a schedule.  When we got home, I was going to wait to start school until I could get things more in order, but thought "Better to just move on."  Life has been moving ever since.  Anna is in her first "official" year of school and Daniel makes sure to keep it interesting.  Either I am lugging him around (he is SO heavy now!) or he is getting into everything, which means major clean up after.

At home, I am still trying to adjust to the electricity and we have had a few times when I had the stove and burners on, only to end up with 4 screaming babies as the lights went out - all of this WHILE I'm sitting on the toilet.  I think I've finally figured it out.  Keeping up with the laundry has proven interesting...and doesn't happen.  There are only certain times I can run the washer to make sure I can use the stove or heater.  I'll eventually get it...maybe about the time summer comes, then I won't have to worry about it. ;)

I know a schedule is the answer to my problems and I need to make it a priority.  The kids have been helping with chores, and are a blessing - especially Anna.  She has been washing the dishes for me after every meal (except for the cooking/baking dishes, I do those).  I can't believe how well she is doing!  It has been such a relief to have her help!  Lydia has been sweeping around the table after meals and is getting better at it.  Sammy's job is to wipe the table...which we help with otherwise Lydia wouldn't be too happy about all the mess on her clean floor.

So that's home life right just have to add in some girls twirling every chance they get and some boys "brrrroooom"ing cars.

Church has been going well.  We have a good group of over 20 coming on a regular basis!  Almost all of them are unsaved.  Eric will be starting Bible lessons with a girl named Natasha on Wednesdays and with Olya on Fridays.  He is also teaching the adult Sunday School class without a translator now.  I am so proud of him!

In the children's Sunday school, we have 6 kids...except the Sunday I took the picture.  Bogdan was missing that day.  They are playing a review game in the picture.

This past Sunday was their third week in the bell choir.  The two previous Sundays were very chaotic and I couldn't get them to only play their bells on their turns.  This week, I said  I would take bells from those who played out of turn.  I had to take a few bells (one being Sammy's), but we actually played through The First Noel a few times AND it sounded pretty good!  I am beginning to have hope that we might actually be able to play something recognizable. ;)

We have also started practicing for our Christmas play, which we won't do until the Ukrainian Christmas on January 6th.  I am very excited about it, even though our first practice was anything but orderly.  It is easy enough where I think they can do a good job, yet has such a powerful salvation message.  I know I said it before...but I am very excited about it.

Thursday I will be going to the city and while I am there, I will be TRYING to find a material I like for the church curtains.  I would love to be able to sew one curtain a week...but we will see.  The reason for my visit to the city is, I have been invited to speak at a private school to the English class.  I would love your prayers as I am nervous about it, but praying that God could also use it to be a testimony not only to the class, but also the teacher, who has visited at our home twice since we've returned.  I have been told not to "preach" but share with them about America.  Even though I will not be spending my visit teaching a Bible lesson, I plan on sharing why we are in Ukraine and a brief plan of salvation.  I know that it will not be enough for them to probably make a decision for Christ, but I pray it will be enough to stir interest in them to read their Bible.  I guess that is my goal, to create in them a thirst for the Bible as it is the Word of God which works upon hearts. 

Well it is WAY past my least lately.  I have been so exhausted that I am usually out before the kids!  (The boys go to bed at 7:30, the girls have quiet time in their rooms.)

For Grumpy & Grammy Curtis ;)

Found these today when I was looking at some pictures taken of church on my little kodak and thought you guys would enjoy them.  Maybe as much as they enjoyed their ice creams...though, by the looks of their faces {and clothes}, that's debatable. 
We miss you guys!  Thank you for the SWEET memories!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Boy or Girl?

Sorry to leave you hanging for so long.  I have been so exhausted that thinking...much less typing...has seemed impossible.  By 11-11:30 AM, my eyes and head get heavy and I start nodding like Daniel.  By 12-12:30 PM, whether kids are in their beds for quiet time or not, I'm out...which is very dangerous to a clean house.  In the evening, I crash almost as soon as they are in their beds (unless it's Sunday, then I crash before they do).  That's where my computer time has been going.  Tonight, though, my love is at the church waiting for the workers to finish re-installing the heating system.  The thought of climbing into a cold bed without being able to snuggle up next to my love is keeping me at the computer...even if most of my time has been spent spacing out.

I am a little nervous about announcing so early (I am 8 weeks pregnant now) and we had planned on waiting until 13 weeks.  Because I was feeling so awful, we thought we would have to announce it here soon but we wanted family to know first...then it would get out, SO might as well announce it. :)

As we wait for our little one, we can't help but wonder...


Who seems to manage to leave a mess behind every where they go...

and is born with a love for roughing up and tackling...

and cars.

Or girl?

With her love for dolls and anything frilly...

Who cannot help twirling around the room as soon as music starts to play with their princess dresses on.

Such tenderness they show their babies, they seem born little mommies!

And what a difference their interactions are to the boys' rough housing!

They all make for a lively little house!

So, whether boy or girl, we will be thrilled....BUT the vote is 4 for girl and 1 for boy.  Can you guess who insists on a boy?  Yes, THE BOY (Sammy, for those who didn't know the name he went by on furlough, hehe).  What about Daniel's vote?  Well, his doesn't count as most likely he would vote neither and choose rather to stay the baby a little while longer. ;)


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