Wait for it…

Living a simple sweet life, and learning to wait on the Lord

Spring Scenes March 29, 2008

Filed under: Family and Friends,Holidays — Michelle @ 10:12 pm

Here are a few views of our past week…

we’ve done some characteristically “spring” things, so I tried to capture them with collages…enjoy! 



Last Saturday: Making Kulich and Sirny Paska with Aunt Vera, Aunt Letty, Jack, and my mom.  Kulich (“koo-leech”) is a traditional Russian sweet bread, and Sirny (“seernee”) Paska is a sweet cheese (it was decided by my soon-to-be-cousin Jessica that it is a sweet paste that comes close to the cheese in cheesecake).  Both are homemade, of course, and require almost a whole day of preparation.  Kulich is baked in coffee cans to give it a tall cylindrical shape.  My mom’s mom (Baba) was visiting my uncle and aunt and newest cousin in Dallas for Easter, but called us about 4 times that day just to make sure we were doing it right.  🙂



Easter Sunday: Christ Is Risen (“Христос Воскрес“)!  He Is Risen Indeed (“Воистину воскрес“)!! 

(Now you know what the “XB” stands for )

Bottom Left: Sirny Paska, Bottom Right: Kulich. 

Top with sugared strawberries and you have the taste of Easter!

P.S.  Thanks for the Easter outfits for both my boys, Mom A.!!  Jack managed to stay “clean and dry” in those shorts for most of the day…  🙂



Thursday: We spent a beautiful and refreshing day at Descanso Gardens



…with some beautiful people — my mom, sister Melissa, Aunt Kelly, cousin Caleb, and Shelby



Today: I got to go downtown with Lisa to the Flower District…such a fun and unique experience!  Lisa is doing wedding flowers for some friends of ours, and today was the preview day to get ideas.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out…she is amazing!



Downtown Los Angeles



Here’s a few of the ones she’ll be using…you can’t really tell in the center pic, but our arms were completely FULL of HUGE bouquets of flowers (and they were heavy).  Next time we’ll do what we saw one girl doing and bring a rolling cooler to carry them in.  Thanks for the lilacs, Lis!!!  I had a great day with you!


6 1/2 Year Anniversary Pictures? March 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michelle @ 9:29 pm

Lukas Van Dyke is an awesome photographer who goes to our church.  A bunch of our friends have gotten amazing pictures taken by him, and we were excited when we found out that he was going to do a fundraiser called “Portraits for Missions” where all the proceeds would go towards 2 trips he’s taking this summer.  We thought it would be a good opportunity to get some family pictures done professionally and support missions at the same time.  So, on the given day, we got all ready and headed over to Lukas’ studio. 

 (Side note: Jack and I had had a great day and had already talked about how much fun it would be to get pictures taken and that “if Jack and Daddy did a good job, Mommy would take the boys to In ‘n Out for dinner.”  Do you see where this is going?) 

Well, we arrived at the studio, and as we were waiting for our turn, had fun looking at all the pictures on the wall, etc.  Then, Lukas called us over, and for some reason that only God and Jack know, Jack FLIPPED OUT.  As if he had seen all the scary villians from all the Disney movies he’s ever seen (which aren’t too many) coming toward him and getting ready to eat his head off.  Only there weren’t any.  In fact, the studio was empty other than Lukas (who doesn’t look at all like a scary villian), Miss Jamie (she was a gift from the Lord that day, let me tell you), and us.  That’s it.  We tried our best to calm Jack down.  We comforted, pleaded, threatened, disciplined (yes, it did come to that), and then finally decided that Jamie would take Jack outside to distract him while Lukas took a few pictures of just Ryan and I.  Only the distraction didn’t work.  Well, it did as long as they stayed outside.  As soon as Jamie would try to bring Jack in, the frightened screams would resume.  And that was just it…I know I have a challenging 3-year old who is relishing his independence and often is VERY difficult to, shall we say, persuade when he gets an idea in his head.  But this was different.  It wasn’t the same defiance we often deal with from day to day…it was as if he was really genuinely scared.  Of what?  We’ll never know.  But at the end of the day, the only pictures we got were pictures of Ryan and I…no happy family pics like I planned.  Sigh.  And no, we did not go to In ‘n Out.  This was the day I learned my lesson: it isn’t really smart to promise a reward to your child when you want that reward, too.  Ryan said we should just go and get ourselves In ‘n Out, but I was so exhausted by the end of the whole thing that I didn’t want to perpetuate the madness any more than we needed to.  So we went home and Jamie came over and we had grilled cheese.

 So… here are some of our favorites.  Although it seems kind of random that we now have pictures of just Ryan and I, without Jack.  He’s way more interesting to look at, in my opinion.  I guess our moms will be happy, but that’s probably it.  And yet I felt the need to post them on my blog.  “Here you go…its…um… our 6 1/2 year anniversary, so we thought we would get pictures taken…of the 2 of us…for you to enjoy…”







This was when we were trying to coax our son into coming back in


And here’s the only picture Jack appeared in


March 14 March 14, 2008

Filed under: Birthdays,Family and Friends — Michelle @ 10:40 pm

Happy Birthday, Aunt Ellen!


(sorry the quality of your picture isn’t the greatest…its a long story that I won’t get into, but suffice it to say it was the only one I had access to today)


My Aunt Ellen is an inspiration to me.  She is an example of a godly and faithful wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.  She keeps our family connected and aware of events, birthdays, needs, and prayer requests.  She has shown me what it means to joyfully follow Christ and learn how to be calm, content and creative, even in circumstances that don’t seem ideal.  She is gracious, hospitable, friendly, and fun.  She is truly a refreshing person to be around.  The pictures I chose above reminded me of her…because of their beauty, serenity, and happiness.  Oh, and also, she is one of the reasons I started my blog.  🙂

Hope you had a wonderful day today, Aunt Ellen.  I’m thankful for your life! 



“…she who refreshes others will herself be refreshed.” 

Proverbs 11:25


(I took some liberties and changed the verse just a little…it seemed appropriate!)


P.S.  I didn’t have it together enough this week to get a real card out to you…so this is my feeble attempt…  🙂


Purple Thoughts March 5, 2008

Filed under: Learning — Michelle @ 10:44 pm

Purple has been on my mind today. 

Purple lavender, lavender chrysanthemumsblackberry iced tea from Chili’s, and one indigo pansy.


Purple has been my favorite color since I knew what colors were.  Even though I don’t really decorate with purple anymore, buy everything in purple, or wear purple very often, I still can say that purple is my favorite.  It is refreshing and calming and happy all at the same time.  I love it.


  When I was my Jack’s age, I couldn’t say my “r’s”.  So “purple” became “puh-poh.”  But even then, I think knew the joys of purple.  And I’m pretty sure I knew the joys and sorrows of potty training, too.  My mom (who totally saved the day for me today…thanks, Mom!!) told me she can’t remember the exact ups and downs of my potty training process, just that I “regressed” when my sister was born.  But I know that she was patient with me through it all.  Just like I need to be with Jack.  Even though it doesn’t seem to be “clicking” as quickly as I hoped.  Even though with each day it seems like we take 2 steps forward and 1 (or sometimes 2) step(s) back.  Even though I’m feeling a little trapped, which makes me feel panicky.  Even though the uncertainty of future situations when we’re out and about, etc. are really overwhelming to me.  Even though I’m tired of…I’m just going to say it…pee. 


Here’s what was comforting to me today from the girltalk blog.  Have I talked about how much I love the girltalk blog?  Well I do.  Almost as much as I love purple


“All that is left is to do our duty; to get off the couch, to change the diaper; to go to work, to make the bed, to continue the potty training process with a strong-willed 3 year old (my addition)–whatever task is right in front of us.

It might be the last thing in the world we feel like doing, but God will provide the strength; and grace to endure will come as we obey. It’s a simple “way of escape” that this poem describes:

‘Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows, Child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, DO THE NEXT THING.

Do it immediately; do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His Hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all resultings, DO THE NEXT THING.’ 

Step by step, next thing by next thing, God will be faithful to help us to glorify Him in these challenging seasons.”


Isn’t that so good??  For me, God was faithful today to provide a simple “way of escape” — the color purple.