Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kids and Pictures!! :)

I was blessed to be able to interact with some of the children that live here. The children are friends of the kids that I teach.

These boys found out that I had a camera, and they LOVED it!! They all wanted pictures taken of them, tothether and sepreately. I was really excited to be able to be with children. I love kids so much and so I was really happy when these kids decided to come over and have pictures taken of them.

Here are three of the boys. They were really happy to have pictures taken of them even if they are not smiling. It is a cultural thing not to smile for a picture.

They also wanted pictures taken of them one at a time.

I was so happy to be able to spend time with these kids. Hopefully in the near future I will have the great gift of going to the Children's Home here that was established by the Russians. I am really excited about that oppurtunity.

Sorry that I do not have more pictures put up. My internet is so slow, it would take too long to put any more on here. But I hope you enjoy the two that I did put on.

Please pray that I will be able to make some impact on the children that I come in contact with.

Happy and blessed,

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I have been able to spend some time drawing while I have been on this adventure. Here is just one of the pictures:

This is as best a copy of my own burqa as I can draw.

I have to confess that wearing a burqa is hard. You can't see very well and that makes it hard to walk. But there is a good thing about wearing a burqa and that is: you feel like a super hero, especially when the wind is blowing. The burqa flies and billows behind you like a big balloon. I feel like I could fly. And there is another good thing: there are less people who stare at you.  

As I learned to put the burqa on, I was very amusing to people around me. I found it hard to actually get it on. Native  women laughed when they saw me putting it on. Many of them tried to help me. Someone told me that I look like a French artist because my burqa was tilted off to the side. (That by the way was  not a native.) But the people love the fact that I wear a burqa.

I did finally learn how to wear a burqa. My next learning project is learning how to walk slowly like the natives here. The people know that I am a foreigner because I walk faster than they do. Plus, they can tell my  feet. Please pray that I will learn that quickly. :)


Sunday, September 18, 2011


I am sorry that I have not written for so long. I have not had internet for many days now. I have been very busy going to weddings, having friends over, visiting and learning the language.

I had two of my friends over on Thursday. They stayed from 7:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m, so most of the day. We had a lot of fun. I taught them Cotten-Eyed Joe, they got the steps of the song but not the fact that they had to go with the beat. When we were dancing to their music they decided to try Cotton-Eyed Joe to their music and it worked!!

We also played piano. I taught them some and they also just played around on it. They love all kinds of instruments. They also loved playing the guitar. They tried to teach me how to play a drum that they have here, but I didn't get it. The drums are played by the women at any women's party.

I have had a great time teaching my students. This is our forth week and I still like it, which I think is a good sign. The students still like school, which is also a good sign.

I got some clothes made for myself. One is pink and the other one (everyone who knows me well will not be surprised) is purple. I really like the clothes that I get to wear here. They are really comfortable and very beautiful. I liked going shopping for the fabircs. It was fun to see all the different colors and patterns.

Here is one of my outfits:
This is my pink outfit. I have not yet taken a picture of the purple outfit.

This is how we get from place to place in the city. It is a motorcycle with a cart attached, where we sit.

This is my bedroom partner, I found him crawling on my bed:

His name is Scorpi. This is after he is dead, I didn't like him too much.

A week or so ago, we found a puppy. We took care of him for two days.We fed him and washed him and then returned him. It was only a month or two old, and extremely cute!

Here it is after I had given it a bath and warm milk:

Over all I am doing really well. I love living here and I love all the people. Thank you for all your prayers.                                           


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Joys and Sorrows

The Sorrow:

My family is going to the North Shore this week and I have to confess that the thought of my family being at the North Shore without me is VERY hard!!! I have not missed this trip for ten years. It will be hard and yet I know this is what God wants for me at this point in my life. I am very happy where I am, because I know that God put me here. But please pray for me during this time as I miss my family and our family trip.

To my family:
 I will miss you all so much, and I will miss spending time with you at our favorite place. I love you all more than I can ever tell you!!!

But now for the Joy: (my students)

Well, I bet you have been wondering what my three students look like. Here are some pictures of them:

This is them when they are calm and laid back:)
This is them when they are acting like themselves!!!
 So as you can see my hands are full!!! I love these kids alot. They are awesome at learning plus they have great hearts. I am so blessed to have three really good students.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Adventures and Holidays

I have really enjoyed this holiday. During this holiday you go and visit your family and many of your friends. So for the last three days that is exactly what we did!

On Tuesday we visited two sets of people, one was my language teacher and all the women of the house. The women here are very friendly and generous. They prepare a feast for all their guests. The other was a friend who is very dear to the people who are here.

Then yesterday, which was Wednesday, we visited about 5 different families. I really enjoyed meeting all the people. They are really outgoing and love to talk. They love meeting new people and learning new things. During this time I have met some really amazing girls my age and I have loved spending time with them.

Then today we had visitors instead of being visitors, and I confess that I liked being the visitor rather than the one being visited. But many of the same girls that I met yesterday came today, which was fun. I was glad to see them once again. I was even able to talk to them a little today.

I am really excited to continue on with my language lesson, so that I on the next holiday which is in forty days I will be able to speak a bit more. My lessons start on Saturday, so please pray for me that I will be able to learn quickly and effectively.