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The Beauty of Blessing Others

Our kids have been helping a widow who lives in a big, old Victorian with way too much yard work outside and numerous renovations inside. At first, it began with pulling out wayward weeds and poison oak. While our eldest was at his job, the other three assisted her in battle one day a week,…


Monday Mottoes – #117

Over Thanksgiving break, our college-age son visited with another friend in university. Actually, vice-versa. In other words, the friend came home from school and saw our son, who is also in school, but not away from home. Are you following this? The two of them got together, Petya driving his friend to play tennis. A…


Black Friday Blessings

Thanksgiving was a double whammy. Okay, who are we kidding, it’s more like a quadruple or quintuple whammy. Deadlines looming on research articles, a major holiday underway, our second-oldest son, Pasha, turned 19 on Thursday, also. So there were presents to wrap, a cake to bake, attending a congregational service, in addition to preparing turkey,…


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!   May the Lord always be our refuge and our strength in good times and bad.   “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good:  for His mercy endures forever.”  (Psalm 107:1). 29605


Holiday Security Tips

The official holiday travel season is upon us in the US, ranging from Thanksgiving Week (this Thursday) through New Year’s. That’s a good 5-6 week time period when lots of families travel, schools and universities take breaks and people want to get away, once in November and again during late December to January. And now,…


9 Ways to Stay Awake on the Road

Any long, holiday drives ahead of you?  College students and families heading to visit family and friends…. Recently, Petya and I made a couple of long treks as he drove six hours back to one house and then I drove the two of us eight, long hours to our second house. It should have taken…


Monday Mottoes – #116

This being Thanksgiving week I thought it fitting to share this brief poem. The year has turned its circle, The seasons come and go. The harvest all is gathered in And chilly north winds blow. Orchards have shared their treasures, The fields, their yellow grain, So open wide the doorway~ Thanksgiving comes again! ~Old Rhyme…


Petya Hits the Road

Our son is no dummy. When it comes to driving, he prefers the suburbs with wide roads and easy speed limits. When the business trip loomed and the reality of him heading out in the Beemer for six hours of highway driving, followed by heading into city driving immediately thereafter, we weren’t sure what to…


Petya’s Business Trip Materializes

It was about this time last year that our oldest son, Petya, who had just turned 18 was faced with the possibility of his first business trip. Working part-time and attending university part-time, this guy was amazing. But the five-hour flight never panned out, even though we had various friends and family on stand-by just…


Ridding Our Home of Raccoons & Opossums

Folks, it’s war. This raccoon, opossum, grisly bear or whatever has got to go. I haven’t slept for days on end and while the family was at the other house in the other city, I took matters into my own paws. The mothball-laden attic was clearly not enough. For awhile, it seemed like they were…