Thursday, October 25, 2012

Let the lessons begin!

The Lord has recently opened up an interesting door for me. Learning English is a big deal for many here in the Moscow area. It helps people get a better job or to move up in the job that they have. We do a free English club every Friday night in our home, and always have a devotion afterwards. It has been a great evangelism tool, and we've made many friends! Other than that, I have always said that I won't teach English. It is just, 'not my thing'. Well, for a while I have been praying about taking actual Russian lessons. I have just been doing home study with my husband since he already speaks so well. It has been going ok, but slower than I knew it should be. Going to Moscow was really not an option for me. It is a 2-4 hour trip one way. I do fine getting around our town of Domodedovo by myself, but going to Moscow by myself seriously terrifies me! Someone our family knows recently started a new business of teaching English in Domodedovo. My sister has helped them out some, but they have been looking for more teachers. I said that I wasn't interested until the idea came up that I could take Russian lessons from them. Not only am I now taking Russian lessons, I am also teaching English as an even exchange. She doesn't pay me to teach, but I get Russian lessons for free! I am really loving it! It is only a 20 minute walk from where we live, so it is very easy for me to commute by myself. It is helping me meet more people while I am getting more involved in the community of our area. It is forcing me to use my Russian, and I am hearing more Russian on a day to day basis now. I am excited to see how the Lord will use this, and I am so thankful to finally be taking real Russian lessons!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

We're back!

Hello! As you can see, blogging has really been put to the back burner lately. Life has been different lately and I found it difficult to blog. There have been some days in the last couple months where I felt simply overwhelmed. God is good all the time though, and a very near presence when we are having rough times. My dad is healing little by little. He continues to live on the drink Ensure due to the loss of his mouth. I can't imagine how sick of Ensure he must be at this point! He has lost quite a bit of weight; I don't think this is the diet he intended on! : ) He had some severe pain where they removed his eye, but God answered our prayers and it is doing much better! : ) My parents are thrilled to be home and taking things one day at a time. God's grace is sufficient each day!

Right before we left to come back to Russia, my husband's youngest brother got engaged. We got to chaperone them. It was so sweet! We are so happy for them!!

We are so enjoying being back in Russia for a little bit. Prayerfully, we should only need to return to the states on more time before receiving a 3 year visa. I was thrilled to see the lovely fall leaves when we returned. For some reason I had thought they didn't have a fall season, but the trees are beautiful shades of yellow. We may have a longer winter here, but we are blessed to still be able to enjoy four seasons! : )
Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day!