Tuesday – March 3, 2009

Psalm 63:2-4 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open,
      drinking in your strength and glory.
   In your generous love I am really living at last!
      My lips brim praises like fountains.
   I bless you every time I take a breath;
      My arms wave like banners of praise to you.
5-8 I eat my fill of prime rib and gravy;
      I smack my lips. It’s time to shout praises!
   If I’m sleepless at midnight,
      I spend the hours in grateful reflection.
   Because you’ve always stood up for me,
      I’m free to run and play.
   I hold on to you for dear life,
      and you hold me steady as a post. Psalm 62:5-6 God, the one and only—
     I’ll wait as long as he says.
  Everything I hope for comes from him,
     so why not?
  He’s solid rock under my feet,
     breathing room for my soul,
  An impregnable castle:
     I’m set for life.   God is so good.  Our days are so long here.  It’s funny how DRAINING doing “nothing” can be.  We make 2-one hour visits each day and the rest of the time has to be filled with something else.  Ugh.  🙂  But God has filled our time with His Word, “little” lessons from Him in the simple things of life, we’re enjoying each other (which we always do, but it’s nice to just be us).  God is good.  All the time. The visits with Matthew are getting harder.  Nothing to do with him, though.  There is some kind of worry about sickness.  I THINK there might be an outbreak of the flu in the city and they are worried about us bringing it in.  Though I’m not sure.  At any rate, we’re having to have our visits in the little room where we normally would leave our shoes.  It’s okay, but there’s nothing to sit on, but the floor (which is cold because there is no heat in that room), there are no toys, people come in and out, and it “feels” like we’re unwelcome (but I don’t think that’s really the case).  Thankfully, today we went outside during both visits.  The weather was GLORIOUS today and yesterday.  The sun was shining so bright and there was NO SNOW either day…the sky was beautiful blue…I can’t thank God enough.  It has really lifted my spirits.  Mary has sat in the room that faces the North so the sun shines in there ALL DAY.  It’s warm and toasty and so bright…she’s read several books in there.  🙂 All that to say…we are doing very well.  We’re loving the Lord.  We are very happy to be here.  God has done such amazing things.  I have SO ENJOYED the Lord these last weeks.  It’s hard to believe we’ve only been here 2 1/2 weeks.  It somehow seems like so much longer. Today was filled with all sorts of excitement!  I got up early (about 6:20) and took a long hot bath and read my Bible (and no I’ve never dropped my Bible in the tub).  Mary slept until about 7:30 or so.  We had a nice leisurely breakfast of rice with butter and sugar and we had TOAST!!!  (So, I guess our digestion is going to be messed up…according to the “old wives tale”).  I vacuumed the apartment, cleaned the kitchen, did my laundry (in the TUB!)  **now is a good time to thank God for our washing machine and dryer**.  So I have clothes, underwear, socks hanging all over the radiators!  :o) Here’s some pics from today and yesterday…  and after that…there’s a short video from the mama and papa. DSCF2570 Just before sunrise.  Yes…I said SUN rise.  The SUN was out!!   DSCF2594_face0
Gazing at mama.  He loves his mama.
He was ready to go outside.  He heads right to the gate when we go outside.  Hmmm…
You may think he’s dressed to go outside…but no.  He’s dressed for the veranda.
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Outside in the sunlight.  It was wonderful!
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John Loux and Emma.  They have their court Friday too.  Then they’re off to America for a week and then back here.  The Malones are headed to Kiev for about 6 or 7 days to DECOMPRESS!  We have friends there to stay with.  We are going to see some of the sites with Jamie (an American friend who is a missionary).
Oleg is doing so well with his walking.  We “walk” him every time we see him.
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We brought the wand back today.  He was SO EXCITED to see it.  He nearly hyper-ventilated.
 DSCF2591  DSCF2594   We love you all and thank you for your prayers. Be blessed. And Blessed Be the Name of the Lord.