Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Defiance Movie

Hollywood has finally gotten around to making a blockbuster film about a significant piece of Belarusian history. The movie is called Defiance, and stars Daniel Craig (the current James Bond guy). It is based on a book by Nechama Tec called "Defiance, the Bielski Partisans". It is the story of a group of Jewish resistance fighters in western Belarus during WWII. I went to watch the movie yesterday. It is rated R and the language is often profane (if it bothers you you probably won't enjoy the movie). However, it was very historically correct and very wonderfully made. It is a beautiful story of human spirit and tenacity in face of horror. You can watch the trailer on

Monday, January 26, 2009

20 Things About Me

My friend Deanna had that posted on her blog... I am waiting for Bryan so I don't have much to do... Let me erase her answers and fill that in for fun...

4 places I go over and over
1. Yogi Bear Sunday School :)
2. Church
3. Starbucks
4. Facebook :) (he-he-he)

4 people that email me
1. Deanna
2. My mom
3. Better Homes and Gardens
4. Gods Embassy Church from Ukraine

4 of my favorite foods
1. Citrus Salad (new favorite)
2. Salad from Bonobos (raw vegan restaurant in Manhattan)
3. Crepes
4. And hands-down-should-be-on-top-of-the-list MOM'S COOKING

4 places I would rather be right now
1. somewhere a bit warmer :)
2. with Bryan
3. with any one of my closest friends
4. ministering in an orphanage in Belarus

4 movies I could watch over and over
1. Slumdog Millionnaire (my new favorite)
2. Martian Child
3. D'Artagnan & Three Musketeers (Russian version)
4. The Diamond Arm (yet another Russian movie)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wedding Video

For all of you dear friends who didn't get to come to our wedding - here it is - only 6 months in the making but finally finished - our WEDDING VIDEO :)

Letters to the President

Kids were writing letters to the President today in Kids Church.
Here're a few of my favorites (hope you can see them)

Urgent Prayer Request

Here's the scoop (hope this makes sense)

My passport expires in April and the government of Belarus will not give me a new one unless I go and get it in Belarus. If I go to Belarus, USA will not let me back in because my visa expired and I do not have the green card yet. If I stay in US - I am definitely not getting a green card if I do not have the national passport to prove my identity... oi oi oi

Please pray that my entire green card application will be approved and done with before April which will solve all the problems.

Friday, January 2, 2009

My Reads

Just finished reading this book - it's fictional story about two women's struggle to overcome the pain inside their hearts - read it from start to finish in three days...

Starting "Mere Christianity" today... I've read numerous excerpts from this book times and times again... now it's time to tackle the entire book

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Well, 'tis New Year's... and I am introducing Bryan to a great Soviet tradition: making "Оливье" salad (all my post-Soviet people, can I hear a witness?)

It was a joy making it with him, and he did a pretty good job doing all that fine chopping.

finished product... yumm!

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