Deuteronomy 6:4-9 - Teach Them Diligently

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Irina's second Art Party Birthday - She is 6! April 2011

This was our second Art Party theme for Irina's birthday and I think everyone had a great time being creative and putting their artist skills to work.

My second Lemon cake - Irina liked Tony's so much that she wanted the same thing, so 8 more eggs later here we go.  I did have to redo one layer since I burnt it - 4 more eggs..  It was yummy!

Opening presents!

I had different stations for the different crafts which seemed to work well since we had invited so many people.

And of course there was lots of good food besides cake to eat.

 We even had an opportunity for a nice family photo!
The some of the finished art work before people went home on display.  It was a good time for all of us.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tony's Birthday, a broken collar bone and a trip around town March 2011

Tony and Wesley were gone on outreach up to the day of Tony's birthday.  The girls and I drove out to where they were and joined them.  We had to give way the road for our sheep friends on the left.

 Tony and Wesley had a good time out with BUS4LIFE.
The girls and I got there in time for church.  It was a nice church though during the middle of the sermon - the congregation suddenly got up and left the church.  Though enough of them stayed that we just sat there. We learned later that they had left to go wash each others feet.

I surprised Tony with a cake for his birthday his favorite lemon flavored cake.  Though it was the first time I had made it from scratch.  It was yummy!

We left that Sunday and drove back to town and decided we were early enough to attend the International Church, after getting lost we ended up arriving just as the service was finishing.  It was one of those days where you wish you had just gone home because then Wesley fell and was in pain, though we couldn't see anything wrong with him.

The next day he said he was fine because we had plans to go out on the town, go to McDonalds to eat which he didn't want to miss.  But if you look closely in the photo he is removing my had from his broken collar bone.  Though we didn't know it was broken yet.

Below was right after seeing the doctor.  He ended up having to have his arm and shoulder in a sling for about 6 weeks.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wesley Turns Eight! Feb. 2011

For Wesley's 8th Birthday we had a costume party.  He had a great time!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

January 2011 and a New House - ACASA!

 When we first saw this house it was freezing cold!  The heat was off and it hadn't been lived in for six months.  I was impressed with the size not so impressed with the temperature and in all honesty it took me awhile to "warm" up to this house.  It is huge and I felt in many ways like it might be too big for us to live in while serving overseas.  You know the whole suffering missionary doesn't fit when you live in such a nice house.  Though the rent was less than what the people are paying back home to rent our house and this house is bigger.

The owner is a Pastor who is living in the South of Moldova and our rent helps support his ministry there.

Costs for renting an apartment which wouldn't have the yard or the space can be as expensive or more.

All around us here in the capital of Moldova are large houses.  Many people have a small house and a big house on the property.  They live in the small house through the winter and move into the big house during the summer months.   Our lot isn't any different we actually share our garden with two other houses.  You can just see the side of it to the right of the photo above.

The biggest problems with these big houses is heating them.  Our rent is great but heating this house in the winter isn't the cheapest thing.

 The living room in this house was designed with the idea of holding church services in it.  We haven't had a church service here yet, but we have  hosted a few gatherings for our Love Moldova teams and have people over often.

As the house heated up so did our fondest for it.  We don't see ourselves staying in this house the entire time we are here in Moldova but for now it is home and we are enjoying the blessing that God decided to give us for our time in it.  It has been nice for Wesley to have his own bedroom for the first time in his life and the girls are enjoying a messy bedroom of their own.
 The spiral staircase was what sold Tony on this house as it reminded him of the house he grew up in.  They had a spiral staircase and in sharing this aspect with his own children he is very happy about that.  We have only had a couple of nasty falls on these stairs and the kids are quite capable of flying up and down them.

The kitchen always gets interesting comments when people come over.  It has an Italian feel to it and the kids enjoy helping mom by standing on the handy bench.  It is by far the most interesting kitchen I have ever had.

What it lacks in cupboard space it makes up for in character.
The stonework though isn't the easiest thing to clean.

I think that the room I like the best is the bedroom which we use as our school room.  Having schooled out of a two room cabin, a small apartment and my dining room - it is so nice to have a room set aside to school in.  At the end of our school day I can shut the door and be "done" for the day.  Though our school room has a multi-functional feature as the playroom as well and the kids spend a lot of their time playing in there as.  Keeps most of the mess out of the living room which is a great benefit.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Handmade Christmas 2010

 When you travel with just two suitcases per person you have to leave a lot of stuff behind.  One of those things for us was our Christmas Ornaments.

As Christmas approached and I realized the cost of buying ornaments - and these would be cheaply made gaudy ornaments I decided that we would make our own this year.

So with some white paper, glue, glitter and a bit of thought we made our Christmas a "Handmade Christmas."

We did have a Jesse Tree Ornaments lovingly made by our Pastors Wife given to us before we left and we had a special tree for that.  I'll have to do a blog on that this year.

So our White Christmas started with our angel at the top of our tree.  I have a devotional book about praying through the names of  God this combined with a craft project I saw on line I decided to make these paper ornaments with the names of God in Hebrew.  I think some day I would like to expand this idea and do it on something other than paper.

Then I had the kids make christmas trees, a monster, I made a box out of paper and had the kids decorate it like small presents hanging on the tree.   Finally I decided rather than spend the money on expensive wrapping paper I would wrap everything in white printer paper.  And decorate the paper with Christmas drawings and the name of who the present was for.  We had a few gift bags thrown in for extra measure.  I will say it was probably the most last minute Christmas shopping I have ever done but it was a good Christmas and I think the kids enjoyed their Christmas tree since their handy work was all over it.