Sometimes people have jokingly said to me, “How is Mother Russia?” or “You’re going back to the Motherland!” But in reality, Russia is my distant homeland. My family immigrated to the US in the early 1900’s with roots from Russia & Ukraine, so I feel like a part of me is going back “home”. I was blessed to visit Moscow for about 10 days, it was a time of worship, fellowship, teaching & encouragement. Here are some pictures…
We have less than a week left here in Moscow before we move to our next home in Siberia. This is a bittersweet time for us as it is very hard to say goodbye to those that we have come to love here. On the other hand, we are very ready to move on with the work that HE has prepared us to do.
We would ask for your thoughts in the next couple weeks as we head to Ukraine to get new visas, then fly back to Russia and on to Siberia.
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Baby don’t get dirty right? Besides their little tushies. Well, that thinking is part of the reason why this was Keith first bath, last week. That and because we didn’t have a tub to make it easier to wash him in. We got rid of the old tub we had bought for Keira, and it wasn’t really high on the list of things to get, but then we were offered one from some friends. He might as well just get used to everything being pink now.
Another place we wanted to visit before leaving Moscow was Tsaritsyno Park. We have been there numerous times and we like to take those who come to visit us there as well. You can check out the other posts when we went with Micah’s mom and Katrina’s friend Tanya.
Looking at the ducks
The girls had fun running around by the fountain while I was feeding Keith.
Can you see the bride and groom? This is a popular spot to take pictures after weddings.
Keira was getting tired of walking, so we squished her in the stroller with sleeping Keith
The flowers are always so beautiful here in the summer
A juggler in the metro on the way home
Eight years ago, I was blessed to marry the most wonderful woman in the world! Happy Anniversary my dear!
Here is our two months old little boy. He is starting to chunk up a little, but he still has skinny little legs.
He is a good baby, only crying when he wakes up out of hunger. After eating he is usually really smiley and content. I put him down in his crib when it’s time to nap and he might cry for a little bit, but he is slowly getting better at falling asleep on his own. I think it’s taking longer for him because we are often going outside with him in the stroller or the baby carrier. So I’m not being as consistent as I was with the girls.
The girls love on him all the time, they cannot get enough of his sweetness. Neither can we.
This summer has been a very rainy one, so when we finally got a somewhat sunny day we decided to venture out. I have been out to a few places, other than the playgrounds around here, but hadn’t been to Red Square since we have been back. So we packed up the family and headed out. It’s more difficult these days to coordinate around the kids nap times, but we are still learning to just go with the flow.
Inside Goom (ГУМ) they had all these nice flower boxes all the way through the hallways.
And there is a really pretty fountain that Keira was pointing at
Outside in the square, we were enjoying the sunshine
Violet has taken to drawing on her chalkboard a lot recently. It’s been great for practicing her letters and numbers and for drawing family members. I added the names, so you wouldn’t be confused who is who.
She told me Grandpa is the one with no hair, but I’m not sure why Grandma doesn’t have any hair either.
Happy sisters, for the moment…
The other day, Violet picked out a really cute outfit so I thought I would get a few pictures of her.
Sometimes she complies without an attitude.
This was not that day.
The first picture you can see for yourself.
But it wasn’t so bad that a few jellybeans couldn’t fix.
His smile makes my heart feel like its going to burst open, so I thought I’d share some joy with you.
These girls are always smiling
Can you handle the cuteness?
This past weekend we had a visit from some friends who lived in Moscow while we did last year. They were in England for some time while we were in the states and were heading to Saint Petersburg, but had some time to visit with us. It was so good to see them! They also have a new little boy who was born about a month before Keith.
On Friday, they came over to our place and it was nice to catch up and let the kids play together. We all went out to the playground, but it didn’t last long before we got rained on.
Four little mommies with their baby brothers
Saturday we all went to the mall together, since it was going to be a wet day again, to go ice skating which is inside the mall. My friend Anya and their oldest daughter are good at skating and have been wanting to do it for some time. Violet has only done it one other time, when we visited them over a year ago, and it didn’t go so well. You can watch here. And here is a little video if you would like to see how we did this time.
We are very thankful for the friends we have made here, they will be missed when we move in the near future to the far east.
Our little baby boy has reached a big milestone, one month old! He has these scrawny little arms and legs, and he is really long. He is eating good, and it is still challenging at times to get him eat every 3 hours. This boy likes to sleep! A lot of times he goes about every 3.5 hours sometimes 4. But he does have his moments of wake time unless he is being held. This might be a struggle in the future when we do our sleep training with him. He isn’t on a consistent schedule yet. I’m not too worried about it until we get settled in our next apartment in Siberia. This kid is always pooping too! I’ve started using our cloth diapers, but I’m washing them almost every day to keep up with this little guy!
Micah told me today he made Keith smile. I thought, no way, not already. But he did it again, and I got it on video. Enjoy!
While I was still in the hospital with Keith, my sister Rachel came to me help out with the girls. Micah was planning on making the trip to Siberia soon after I was going to deliver, so I asked her to come and I’m glad she did. Even though Micah ended up not going, it was still nice having her around. The girls loved having their auntie here to play with.
Since Micah was here, he was able to take Rachel sightseeing a few times.
Our growing family
*Thanks to Katrina’s mom for the home made afghan blanket. She’s made one for each of the kids. Thanks so much mom!
Our baby boy is already two weeks old!
Finding the most comfortable position.
Remember this picture?
Seems like he likes putting his hand up by face when he sleeps…
The first couple nights he was home, he was sleeping a lot at night. I thought, alright this is good, I can get used to this. But of course things have changed a bit and he doesn’t want to settle down very good now during the night. So right now the nights are very long and tiring. But otherwise he is a very good baby. He is eating really good, and he is just about waking up by himself every 3 hours to eat. He likes his binky, but usually spits it out when he has soothed himself to sleep.
First of all, a big thank you to those of you who have been thinking about our doctor project. I would ask you to keep thinking about it through next week, as it is happening right now!
Now to the unfortunate news – I was not able to go. For a number of different reasons, all three of the doctors I had invited were not able to come. We tried everything we could, but it became apparent to us that this was not His desire. As you can imagine, this was a big disappointment for us, especially after planning for more than a year!! But the work is going on, a number of doctors from Germany are in Siberia right now making a difference!
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Violet is one happy big sister. She LOVES her little brother.
Little fingers and toes
Keith, we are so happy you’re the newest member of our family. We love you so much already!
Keith William has been in this world almost one week already! Time goes fast when the majority of it has been spent in the hospital. Since he was born via Cesarean they want you to stay in the hospital for 6 days afterwards here in Moscow. I was able to go home on the 5th day, thankfully, I was really itching to see my other babies.
He made his way into this world via Cesarean because the doctor thought it was best for a couple of reasons. First of all, I was past my due date, which wasn’t even exact to begin with, since he was a surprise pregnancy I hadn’t been keeping track of my periods. So his due date was just based on the first ultrasound I had gotten. Second, he was staying put. I was only 2 cm and had been that way for a week, there was no progression at all, so induction was out of the picture with that. Lastly, my doctor told me at my last appointment that I was leaking fluid. So a planned birthday it was. Yes, another vaginal birth is what we were hoping for, but he is here safe and sound. We are thankful for this healthy baby we have been gifted with.
We decided on Keith a long time ago. We have always liked the name and Micah has always been a fan of Keith Green. If you’re not sure who he was, check him out here or here. His middle name, William, is after Katrina’s dad. He is someone we both look up to and are proud to call dad.
We are so happy to introduce you all to our son, Keith William. He was born yesterday afternoon at 12:26. At birth he weighed 8.7 lbs and was 22 inches long. Katrina and Keith are both doing very well. We thank you all for your thoughts on our behalf and please continue to think of them both as they adjust. That’s it for now, enjoy the photos!
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Katrina’s due date is this coming Monday (June 9). So far, there has been no progress on any front. For a couple reasons, we might have to schedule a c-section for next Wednesday. Of course, our desire is for Katrina not to have a c-section, and we are asking that Katrina would go into labor sometime this weekend. Would you think about this for us? Whatever happens, we are confident that HE is always in control.
Thank you friends! I leave you with a picture of the girls. =)
…we are still waiting for baby boy to come. His due date is June 9th, but Keira was 10 days early, so I was kinda hoping the same thing would happen this time. The last ultrasound I had they said he was about 7.9 lbs, which is what Keira weighed when she was born. So really any day would be good, before he gets too big.
I’ll leave you with a song…