From a first time blogger, thoughts about life from an American missionary now living in the US after years in Russia and doing a lot of back and forth. Family stuff, Christian content, sports innuendo and lots of quotes from good books.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Online Tennis

Online Tennis Anyone? Have at it! I'm two hours into my first game and it's still Love/Love. The world's longest volley possibly. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A Quote...

Saw this on a forum today as someone's signature and chucked...just for a second though.

"Some people are like Slinkies...not really good for much, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs."

Hey, I've had that kind of day, ok? Grant me this please, ok?

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

A moment

What a busy (and fun summer). I actually am in the middle of a very busy day but a) I happened to have my notebook with me and b) there is a free hot spot where I am waiting indefinitely for a box of supplies I need. So, I'm blogging.

It's been great to be back in Novosibirsk this summer. My family left in August of last year. It's been a hard 9 months really. Living with my in-laws in Atlanta has been chocked full of blessings (mostly) but we're really enjoying being in our own home here. As for our home in the U.S. come fall, that's gonna take some really God intervention to get done. We're focused on the moment right now but will happily see what God will unfold for us come fall in Atlanta.

Random thoughts:
There is no shortage of entertainment dollar/ruble options here in Novosibirsk. New shopping malls (malls...really) are popping up every where. Many fine dining establishments exists as well as more than a few not too fine dining estabs too.

It was in the low 90's for a week straight here in late July. It felt like 120 or so as we have no air conditioning here. It was miserable. Back to 70's now (fall is upon us) so all is well.

My kids are truly at home here. It amazes me how well they fit in here. Nate cried a river when I told him I bought our return tickets the U.S. yesterday. Their hearts truly are on two continents, in 2 countries, cultures and languages.

Our work here this has gone fantastic. I might post my newsletters later here. We'll see. Amazing what kind of favor and open doors God has given us here.

Funniest blog I read all the time and have hesitated to mention till now. I give up though. It's too funny not to read: Bunch of guys from high school who really have grown up but enjoy falling back into high school from time to time. Enter it at your own risk and enjoy. Lots of inside jokes. Email Jeff Hicks if you need more explanation.

70% of adult Russians carry cell phones and their cell phones are much cooler than ours in the U.S. GSM is the way to go!

Bloggers never go away. They just get tired of hearing themselves speak ( or write) for short periods of time.

August has traditionally been a very tough month for Russia. That sub situation in the Far East turning out as well as did was very, very refreshing to us all.

There are wifi zones all over this city in central Siberia. Amazing to think how this specific technology as permeated the world.

Traci and I were married 3,692 days ago. Thank you!

Tina Turner is still very, very popular in Russia. So are Abba, The Beatles, The Scorpions and some group called "Corridor".

New York Diner has the best cheeseburgers in all of Russia. I've not had one in 2 months (watching what I eat) but trust me when I say they are the bomb.

Bloggers never go away. They just get tired of hearing themselves speak ( or write) for short periods of time.

I gotta go now. I'm tired of hearing myself speak (and write)...

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Check this out

While I'm (supposedly) too busy to blog right now, check out my buddy's blog here. Some of us tell stories with words. Les tells them with pictures. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

I'm Still Here

No time to post at all till after August 20 but know that I still (sorta) care and am still (sorta) here. Until later...