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Farewell Karaganda


I may have posted before about these steam pipes all over the City. They are well known throughout Russia and the former USSR, and they are all over Karaganda. We learned while we are here that they all come from a single source in the City, about three or four miles north of downtown, where there is a public works facility

Psalm 139

The great thing about the bible is that its depth and riches are never exhausted, they never reach their end. And it takes on deeper meaning as we get older, as well as through different circumstances that life offers us. This Psalm, known to Jews and Christians alike for thousands of years, has new meaning for our family now that God has invited Aliya to join us. She was formed of god, born of someone else, and knit together with us. Psalm 139 is the same as it was when each of our first three children were born, and it's still all that, but more profound (and more appropriate!) to us today when we think of Aliya's life:

Happy Valentine's Day II


Happy Valentine's Day and an interim Thank You! again to our Webservant, Jason, and his lovely bride Becky, who tolerates long late hours of his creativity and service to us and others. This photo was taken at a recent re-enactment of their wedding!

Pop back right here with a comment to thank him for creating this experience, or to compliment him on his choice of apparel, or anything else.

Happy Valentine's Day

Two Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day, Amy--Number Sixteen!!

Here's a photo of two of the three most beautiful Valentines in the world. How blessed I am!!

And thanks to you, Shae, for making our day special with a garland, and Valentine's Day cards and candy for us and the kids. 2Shae!!



With so many cell phones in the city, I don't know who uses these things anymore. Was it cruel of me to tell Austen to step in and call Papa John's??

If you're in the area, call 745-5555 and tell them we said hello, and we'll be home soon . . .



Gross Out


As we count down the days until we leave Karaganda on Wednesday morning, I had to make one more trip to the store we've frequented here. In my earlier post on the growing supermarket economy, I neglected to mention that the store is called "Gross." Or, "Gros" here locally.

A Friend in Need . . .

Well they found the missing paperwork! We do exist after all . . . It wasn't lost in San Diego at the immigration office there, as we originally thought. The San Diego Office submitted proof that it was sent to the Embassy in Almaty (Home of the "We Never Lose Things" Superburger) in March of 2004. Which explains why our facilitator confirmed with the Embassy before we came to Kazakhstan that the Embassy had our paperwork. Since then, our files were erased, or perhaps we were entered into the equivalent of the Kazakhstani witness protection program. That's probably why everyone here stares at us like we don't fit in---

Christian World Adoption


For the life of our site, we've had a link to our agency's website, which details the adoption programs that they coordinate from their offices in the Carolinas, placing orphans from all around the world with new families. Tracy Froidcoeur is our "case worker," and more.

Well Connected


This girl has got the connections!! Yesterday she grabbed the iPod and turned up the volume. Tonight we got word that she received her passport--in one day. If there was any "delay" in getting it issued as we reported earlier, it was just long enough for lunch,