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Old 05-17-2011, 05:30 PM
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Beautiful people and beautiful story!
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:38 PM
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Welcome back and things for keeping us updated about your daughter, those kids are precious
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:40 PM
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Here's one I know you quilters/sewers will love. Sasha, the girl in black on the left end of couch, sews costumes and clothes on the old treadle machine in the background. These girls live at a halfway house that helps them transition from the orphanage and they go to school while living here. They learn the life skills that most of the kids never have the chance to learn, so they are the lucky ones. Victoria taught English there 2 yrs. Sasha put on her own fashion show earlier this yr. She is going to be a fashion designer. She was only 16 in the picture.
The one at the opposite end of couch in red, is a twin and she has already graduated university now as a dance instructor. She choreographed the entertainment for Sasha's fashion show. I have some pics of that but can't find them just yet.

Vika in the bottom picture either knitted or crocheted he yellow sweater she's wearing. She is a resident at the Krupskoi home where there are 300+ kids. Lubya was able to go live with an aunt last year. Victoria said one day Vika was raveling out a scarf she had been wearing a long time and was going to crochet it into a different pattern. These kids are very creative.

Girls @ the Halfway House
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Vika & Lubya
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:18 PM
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Bless her. What a wonderful daughter.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:13 PM
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An excerpt from an email her first summer in KZ. They had gone to a distant village for a 2 week English camp.

Highlights from my trip:

I was chased by 2 geeseÖit was totally unprovoked. I was even walking on the other side of the road because I knew geese are agressive.

I saw a lady attacked by 2 dogs. The owner got them off and we called Joyce, who is a nurse, and she came to check on the lady.

I discovered that I love raspberries. I hated them in the states, but when you can walk outside and pick them off a vine and eat them they are so good. They are even better over vanilla ice cream.

I went swimming in the river with the kids.

My classroom for English camp was in a yurt.

I got the stomach flu for 24 hours. A lot of people got it, but I was the only one that had it for the full 24 hours. What fun!

We stayed in the Cravenís house, which is the one that burned in February. It is mostly fixed up but some things havenít been totally fixed, such as the bathroom has a door but it is bigger than the door frame so it never shut completely and the bathtub is not bolted down so if you step too far forward or backward the whole thing comes up. When we got there it still smelled of smoke but we left the doors and windows open and it aired out before I left.

The father of one of the girls from English camp and the church had cancer for 4 years and he died before I left the other day. She is only 14 and her sister is in New Jersey working at a camp for the summer, so she canít even be here with her family. They do not embalm here and the body is usually kept in the home until burial. I went the first day and it was awful. They donít do anything to the body at all. They had placed coins over the eyes to keep them closed and tied a cloth around his head to keep the jaw shut. He had lost so much weight that he was all skin and bones and was a grayish color. The body was in a pine box sitting on a table in the family room of the house.

I learned what the phase ďuntil the cows come homeĒ means. The people pay the shepherds to take the cattle out on the steppe and graze them in the summer. At 8:00 pm sharp the cows come home and someone has to be there to meet them and get them home. Usually, this is the kidsí job to get their cows and get them home. At 8:30 pm the sheep and goats come home from the steppe. When the cows came back it seemed remarkably organized. The cows seemed to know which direction to walk in and started towards their home. When the goats and sheep came back it was mass chaos. They went in every direction. Shepherds and children running around crazy trying to get them grouped together correctly and walking in the right direction.

I taught English in this yurt
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The livestock coming home from the steppe
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Swimming in the river
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Wow! What a fantastic story! Such a special young lady!!
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:10 AM
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CoventryUK....hello there. Not everybody is on at 3 am in the states. I was and so were you. Of course, it was 9 or 10 am where you live, but I find myself sitting up way too late. I love the UK...all of it. Hope to get back there. And thank you for your kind comments.
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Didn't intend to send this twice. Sorry!
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:16 PM
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After many Internet and computer problems, I just bought a new computer, then decided to get high speed. I'm about up to 21st century now. I didn't forget to keep you updated about the precious babies and older kids. I had several pictures waiting to send and now I can get them on here hopefully.
All the babies at the baby house have recently had chicken pox so they were under quarantine for a while, but Victoria is able to visit again. This time she has been helping with a group that has 13 month old twin boys. I don't have any pictures of them yet, but she says they have the sweetest smiles.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:22 PM
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Here are a few pictures.

Check these blue eyes
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Intense scrutiny
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The little clown, Pasha
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