Saturday, November 01, 2008
It's picture time, baby
3 hours on the computer and here we go: The celebration of "FALL" at Kristina's orphanage in Mariupol.
Fun with Kristina outside! The children in her "groupa" flocked to us whenever we were around them. It was fun, but sad at the same time. I hope they can find a family for each of them.
Note the hideous puffy shirt on the bottom right of this collage. She wore this shirt on the day we had her passport pictures taken. I assumed that her passport picture would only show her face, like mine does. However, when we picked up the pictures later - it showed down to her shoulders. So this not-so-pretty shirt will be on her passport for the next few years...nice.
Our trip to see the Azoz Sea with the sister missionaries. The bottom right picture displays just SOME of the 2 liter bottles of water that we went through in one week's time in Mariupol. You can't drink the water here in Ukraine, and we Americans, love to drink water...
Above pictures show us getting "SHARMA": the tasty chicken wrap in Mariupol. The bottom two pictures show a ship memorial near the Azoz Sea. The Azoz Sea runs into the Black Sea.
Pictures of our hotel. How do you like the laundry web that Tyler came up with to dry our clothes? Nice, eh?
Top left: FHE at Mama Bigoon's house. Top right: Borscht made by this Sister missionary for us. Bottom: Ingredients to make No-bake cookies.
Above: pictures of Keith and his orphanage in Artemovsk. Such a cutie!
Top picture: me singing to Kristina's "groupa". Kristina is the girl in the pink shirt on the floor listening. Bottom picture: Oksana, our interpreter, with 2 children from the "groupa". You may notice that all of the children rotate in the clothing. No child owns any clothing and they don't have any problem with dressing a boy in girl's clothing or the other way around.
The outside of Kristina's orphanage, plus pictures of Kristina in a pretty red dress - what a doll!
Top left: notice the trees with the white on the bottoms - apparantly it's used to keep bugs off the trees. Top right: a hat I bought in the open market. What do you think? Is it me? Bottom left: Tyler standing with a Kozack on the day the Russian Orthodox priest came to baptize the orphans in Keith's orphanage. Bottom right: the candy we bought on Halloween from the store. We had to celebrate, right?
We bought some cereal: Nesquik! Tyler has found some white chocolate long cookies that he enjoys. What do you think of our bagged strawberry ice cream?
Above is Yl'ana! Isn't she adorable? She is 16 and I hope to bring her to the US as a foreign exchange student. The group picture is of Yl'ana's grandpa, brother, the missionaries and me.
Above is the brand new church building in Donets'k. It was just dedicated the week before the District Conference that we attended. Here is the bus we rode in to get there from Mariupol. It takes an hour by taxi, but by bus it took 2 hours...
Articulations by Jill Pierce at 5:14 PM