Thursday, August 25, 2011

In honor of my Ukraine trip - a story about Borsh!

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So we at Iris Zimpeto are blessed with not one but two beautiful Russian women on our missionary staff!

One is Natalie, my wonderful co-worker in the dorm.  The other is Svetlana who is a loving nurse, taking care of my darling boys (and about 230 other kids!).

I had been asking them both about  making Borsh as I love it.  I have made it before but I wanted the authentic Russian version.

I was informed that as many Russian homes as there are, there are that many ways to make "authentic Russian Borsh!"  (I was also informed it doesn't have a "t" on the end as we Americans pronounce it!)July 2011 067

Wait, what are you saying?  You don't know what Borch is?  I realize some people don't.   It is basically a vegetable soup, with the distinctive characteristic being BEETS!  And it doesn't have to be just veggies, it can have chicken and pork and all kinds if things!  Anyway, it's Beet Soup, Russian style!

July 2011 068So, Natalie sentenced me to the Gulag for the slave labor of shredding all the veggies for the soup!  It was a lot of shredding!  

But it was worth it in the end!  We all enjoyed all-we-could-eat Borsch and spent the evening discussing all we knew about Russian culture!  It was a lot of fun and we learned a lot and we all were stuffed!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tent Making!

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For part of our Afternoon Program with Letter M, we played with "mantas" which means blanket in Portuguese.  I have few options for hanging them but we made do and the boys had a fantastic time doing something so different!  They are so easy to please!  Love these little doodlebugs!!!




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Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Pedrito


This gorgeous boy is my little Pedrito.  His name is actually Pedro which we called him until MY Pedro died.  I couldn't call him by that name so soon so I started calling him Pedrito, Little Pedro. 

072511-81I know this could be a bit confusing due to the names but this little guy is the one dearest to my heart after my Pedro.  I adored him since I met him but after my Pedro died (a year in September) I grew to love him more and more. 

I felt it was "safe" to love him more as he came from another children's center where there had been no family contact for over seven years.  Even his name and birthday were given to him there.  So I thought he'd be with us a nice, long time, likely to adulthood, so it was "ok" to love with abandon.

July 2011 015 But last month a woman with very familiar eyes, who couldn't hide her tears, and a man came to visit, asking for Pedro Andre, explaining they were the aunt and the uncle.  After a series of conversations and visits and more tears from the woman, we discovered that in fact, these people were his mom and dad. 

053011-231 The story is long and complicated.  It's easy to point fingers.  Although seven or so years ago, people made the wrong choices, the whereabouts of their son were hidden from them until a random conversation with one of our employees last month led them back to him.  Children's Day 2011 132

Last week, my little Pedrito, whose real name is Joanquin, left us to go live with his mother and grandmother.  I don't know if the mom has stopped crying yet, now tears of joy, perhaps mingled with remorse, but still, joy at being reunited with her son.

Please pray for little Pedrito as he adjusts to life in a new home and a "new" family.

You can certainly pray for me as well as once again I say goodbye to a boy who has taken my heart with him. 



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shelton B. Belton - please pray

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Please pray for my little Shelton who is in the hospital with pneumonia.  This little darling has had so many health challenges the last two years.  You might remember he was in the hospital for over two weeks earlier this year.  When he gets sick, he gets sick fast and hard. 

Please join me in prayer that he gets well just as fast and dramatically! 

These photos are he and his older cousin and his grandmother - beauty runs in this family!!!

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