Life, Kids, Sun

Written by Micah

Latest Happenings

Hi Friends!

Anyone still checking this blog? It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted an update, yikes.

But, as usual, we are super busy with life and ministry!

Katrina is just a couple weeks away from her due date of August 31. She is doing well, but is definitely ready for this baby to arrive!

Less than a month to go!

Less than a month to go!

Our ministry with the org is busy as well. Micah took recently took a trip up to Boone, NC to attend a contingency conference. It was about safety on the mission field. Micah is the contingency coordinator for the org, so it’s important for him to stay up the with the latest practices.

A simulated military checkpoint. How you get pass when they want a bribe?

A simulated military checkpoint. How you pass when they want a bribe?

The planning for our “Exchange” internship is in full-swing as well. You can check out http://www.exchangeyourworld.com for more details.

We also had a recent visit from Micah’s dad and step-mom. It was their first visit since Thanksgiving so it was great to have them and show them around the area again. Here’s a couple pics from that weekend.

During the parade, so many beads!

During the parade, so many beads!

We went sailing!

We went sailing!

4th of July parade

4th of July parade

Micah’s mom also just came for a visit, and that allowed us to get away for a night to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It isn’t actually until August 13th, but we took advantage of her babysitting skills, and figured the 13th would be too close to the baby coming.

The happy couple

The happy couple

The obligatory tea party

The obligatory tea party

I’ll wrap it up after that happy note. Thanks for checking out our blog!


A New Post! Wow!

Hi Friends,

For those of you who have been following our blog faithfully for the last 6 years, we apologize for not posting as often as we used to.  Since re-joining Facebook, we have posted updates about our life on there more, and less on this blog. But we do want to keep this blog active, so we will try to update it at least once a month.

Here’s a quick ministry update:

Since coming back to the USA last year, I (Micah) have stepped into a couple new roles with the mission that get’s me pretty excited. First, is the cool opportunity to challenge young couples & college students to serve overseas and second is to be involved in training new workers.

The pictures below are of us serving in both those roles. The first is of an event we had a couple weeks ago called “Global Impact” where we had a number of young couples and college students who are very serious about serving overseas come learn more about our org.

The second picture is of me visiting a local cross-cultural school that specializes in teaching sustainable agriculture. We may partner with this school in the future to better equip some of our workers who are doing agriculture projects in Asia.

Thanks for checking out our blog!

Global Impact Event

Global Impact Event

Visit to the H.E.A.R.T. Institute.

Visit to the H.E.A.R.T. Institute.


Back to the Motherland!

Hi Friends,

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…

 

Field Conference

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Worshipping at our church

Visiting our old fellowship

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Fun in the metro!

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Catherine the Great’s ballroom

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The oldest mall in Moscow – ГУМ – Goom

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Visited our old apartment building

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So good to see old friends!

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With my old friend & language helper – Andrei. I miss that guy!

 

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Time of singing


Traveling…

Hi Friends!

Sorry it’s been so long since we’ve updated the blog. As we’ve settled into life & ministry in Florida, we haven’t carved out time to keep the blog updated like we have in the past.

Part of Micah’s new ministry responsibilities demand that he travel a little bit more. In the last month he has traveled to Virginia, Pennsylvania & California and he is headed to Russia at the end of the month! Would you be in prayer for his travels? As well as Katrina & the kids while he is away?

We are thankful for you! Thanks for checking our our blog, here are some pictures of Micah’s recent travels.

Manning the GSI table @ Liberty U.

Manning the GSI table @ Liberty U.

Enjoying free iced coffee from Chick Fil A.

Enjoying free iced coffee from Chick Fil A.

The girls waiting for our bags in Pennsylvania

The girls waiting for our bags in Pennsylvania

Getting some sledding in with Violet.

Getting some sledding in with Violet.

Attending the Shepherd's conference in California

Attending the Shepherd’s conference in California

Have to see the beach while in CA!

Have to see the beach while in CA!


Happy New Year!

Hi Friends,

We hope you had a great Christmas & New Year! We’re back in Florida after being up in PA for about two weeks. Although we had a great time up north with family, we are very glad to be back. One phrase that has been repeated lately in our family is “Good to see you come, good to see you go!” We love our family, but there is a lot of work to be done with GSI, so we were glad to get back. We have a pretty busy schedule this year with trips planned in the US and overseas, a “pre-field orientation conference” that Micah is contributing to, and an important GSI fundraising dinner. And that’s just in the first couple months! 🙂

We’ve also plugged into a local church, with Micah taking the reigns of the music ministry & Katrina and the kids getting involved in AWANA. Our church is passionate about reaching unreached people groups in restricted countries, so we’re excited to get involved there and be a part of their vision.

We’d ask for your prayers as we get involved with all these things. We are thanking the Lord for good health & and the comfortable house that we’re renting. We wish you a happy & productive 2015! Thanks for checking out our blog! Here are a couple pictures of the latest happenings…

Our Florida Winter

Our Florida Winter

It's never to early to start learning guitar!

It’s never to early to start learning guitar!

A regular sight here in Florida - the orange truck!

A regular sight here in Florida – the orange truck!

Keith likes to draw this way.

Keith likes to draw this way.

Our office finally got a sign!

Our office finally got a sign!

We had dinner with a good friend, it was so good to catch up with her!

We had dinner with a good friend that was with us in Russia, it was so good to catch up with her!

Micah is glad to be leading worship again!

Micah is glad to be leading worship again!


Pennsylvania

kaboodle houseKatrina’s parents house where she grew up. They’ve lived in that house since they got married, 40 years ago.

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We love the farmlands and rolling hills.

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Violet helping Grandpa collect eggs from his chickens.

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Katrina’s brother Jason giving Keira a ride.

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Violet loved playing dress up and singing with her friend Autumn.

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Micah and two friends toured the Martin Guitar Factory

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Micah and I celebrated our 9th anniversary.

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We got to go to a Five Iron Frenzy concert and got to meet Dennis from the band (and his daughter).

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Father/son selfie. Even smiling the same!

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The kids loved playing with Grandma and Grandpa, especially when Grandpa climbed up in the playhouse, and they loved getting lots of pushes on their swing set.

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Dinner outside with family and friends.

Right now we are in California visiting family, friends, supporters & churches. In a couple weeks we’re headed to Missouri to do the same, then back to PA before we make our move down to Florida to start our next chapter of ministry. Thanks for checking out our blog!

 


Home Sweet Home

Its good to be back in PA! We have been catching up with friends & churches and the kids are enjoying playing on the farm with Grandpa and Grandma. Here are a couple pics of our time here in PA. California & Missouri: See you next month!

A tractor ride from Grandpa!

A tractor ride from Grandpa!

Eight grandkids!

Eight grandkids!


Transition

The last couple weeks have been a time of transition for us. We’ve traveled thousands of miles over land and sea, changed continents, endured three flights with three tired children, ending up in western Florida. We will spend the next month looking to the Lord as we move into another ministry. We’d appreciate your prayers as we look ahead to what’s next.

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Saying goodbye

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We were in Moscow for a few days to say goodbye to friends there. (Moscow State University pictured above)

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Thanks Deana for letting us stay with you!

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We are relaxing in a quiet beautiful little community

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With lots of critters

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And wildlife

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The girls picking fruit from the tree in the backyard


Bread Delivery

Siberian Wonder Bread!

Siberian Wonder Bread!


Around the University

Maxim Ammocov, one of the founders of our Republic.

Maxim Ammocov, one of the founders of our Republic.

Main entrance

Main entrance

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Anybody a Cosmo Burger?

Anybody want a Cosmo Burger?

In my class, we have three Koreans, a girl from Austria, a Chinese girl, and a guy from Finland.

In my class, we have three Koreans, a girl from Austria, a Chinese girl, and a guy from Finland.


Two Birthdays

Right after we arrived here it was time to celebrate Keira and Katrina’s birthdays.  Our friends were gracious enough to invite us over for a little party, even making two cakes.  One for each birthday girl.

It was so nice of them to remember their birthdays and it was a great way to make us feel welcome in a new city.

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New Surroundings

Hi Friends!

Here are a few pictures of what it looks like around our apartment building.  We have spent the last couple days unpacking and organizing our new home, so we have not had a chance to venture out too much.  There will be more pictures of the city in the weeks to come.  We are so thankful for your thoughts as we continue to get adjusted here in the far north!

 

We live on the 8th floor

We live on the 8th floor

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Winter is coming!

Winter is coming!


Our Final Destination

Hi Friends,

We arrived here in Siberia yesterday morning after a solid 24 hours of traveling.  We left Kiev at 4:45 Tuesday morning, spent most of the day in the airport in Moscow, then took a 6.5 hour flight to the edge of Siberia. Our bodies are worn down and our minds are spinning with too much new information, but we are so thankful to be here! Pictures to come…

Thanks for checking out our blog!


Moving On

Hi Friends!

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.

Thanks for checking out our blog!

The girls are ready to go!

The girls are ready to go!


Eight Years

Eight years ago, I was blessed to marry the most wonderful woman in the world! Happy Anniversary my dear!

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Project Update

Hi Friends,

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!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

PS: Our blog has a new address, you can now get here by  micahandkatrina.com

 

 


Keith William

Hi Friends,

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!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

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Any day now…

Hi Friends!

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. =)

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Ольга

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This is Olga, Micah’s new Russian teacher.  She is really nice and friendly, and usually after a lesson with Micah she loves drawing pictures for the girls. Here she is drawing the rabbit for Violet.  We are very thankful that she is able to come and help us continue learning while we are here in Moscow.

Thanks for following us!


Welcome to Belyayevo!

Hi Friends!

Now that we have been here for a couple days we have gotten a chance to become familiar with our surroundings.  Here are a couple pictures around our apartment building.

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This is our building, we live on the fifth floorImageViolet’s new favorite place, with our  building in the background

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Grocery store

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Another grocery store across the street!

Thanks for checking out our blog – more to come as we continue our work  in Russia!


Headed Back!

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Hi Friends,

We have bought plane tickets!  The departure date is March 7, please think about us as we wait to receive our visas and begin organizing our things to head back.

Thanks for checking out our blog!


Curveball!

Hi Friends!

So, we have been sent a surprising but exciting curve ball.

Katrina is pregnant with #3!!

We are hoping for a boy this time but we will be happy with whatever He gives us.  This does change our plans a little bit, we had planned to move to Siberia in January but after a couple months of thought we have decided to move back to Moscow until the baby is born, then move on to Siberia.

We would appreciate your thoughts as we prepare for this new gift!

Thanks for checking out our blog!


Doctors needed!

Hi Friends!

This coming June in Siberia we are going to be involved in a great project that will immensely benefit the community. We, along with our co-workers are hosting a two week teaching seminar to further educate the doctors in our city. Doctors from Germany and from the USA are coming to teach the local doctors in many different areas of the medical field. We believe that having this seminar will vastly improve the medical care in our region of Siberia.

But we need your help! We are still looking for doctors to come so please, if you are a doctor or know of a doctor that would be interested in taking a trip to Siberia (in the summertime!) please let us know. You can email us at worshipingforever@hotmail.com

Thank you!


Taylor Factory

Hi Friends!

While we were in Russia my Taylor started malfunctioning so I thought it would be a good idea to take a trip down to Taylor headquarters in San Diego while we were in California. My good friend Josh wanted to get his guitar checked out too, so on Thursday we took the three hour drive down  to San Diego to get them checked out.  It was a long day but both of our guitars were fixed!  They look and sound better than they did before! We were also able to go on the factory tour which was really interesting, here are some pictures of our time there.

 

Proof!

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