Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
A little out of focus but you can still see how nice( & big) this ring is....yay for Lindsey!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
- my washer, I could not live without it.
- vacuums...with all the dog hair life would be too hard and hairy!
- the automatic sliders on my mini-van
- Costco(of course!)
- flannel PJ bottoms...I live in those
So to go back to my earlier post about the Turkey Trot....yay I did it. Who thought that would ever happen...not me! But Jill was the greatest and encouraged me to finish....3.25 miles is along way when you don't run. So thank you Jill...you are great.....! I did run parts of it actually more than I thought I could but there was walking involved. So yay for us! It was fun. Weather wise, it was COLD! I wore gloves but I think I needed a ski mask....it was very chilly. I could not believe the folks that I saw with hardly anything on....yikes they must have felt like they were in the Arctic! Well I am including the photo of my "bib" or the thing that goes on your shirt when you run....so you all know I DID IT!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the special time with whoever you spend today with....Love you all!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
We have some interesting news to share with you. Some of you are aware of some new laws that have been put into affect here in Russia, and some are not. So we would like to share the whole picture, at least what we can see, with you. On October 17th the Russian Federation passed a law that affects all foreigners. This law says that a person who holds a one-year multiple entry visa can no longer stay for a whole year. Within a 180 day period they can only be in the Russian Federation for 90 days. Everyones 90 days began on October 17th. There is a second part that also touches us personally. There was a part of the old law, that is still in affect also, that states that every 180 days a foreigner had to leave the country. Well, we were unaware of this law and have never done it! But in speaking with authorities and with the American Embassy in Moscow, we have been told that it would be wise to leave as soon as possible because we (Britny and the kids) have exceeded our 180 days in the country. We will be leaving on a train on Monday the 19th to the Ukraine and return to Russia on Wednesday the 21st, to satisfy this law.
Please pray for this trip because we are in Violation already to the 180 day law and they do not have to let us back into the country at the border if they do not want to. Please pray for this.
The second part is the new law. We have to leave by January 14th and return back to the States. The law says then we will need to stay in America for 90 days if we want to stay on our same visa. However, we are going to attempt to apply for a 90 day visa and return back to Russia in the first week of February. There is a chance that they will not grant us a new visa becuase we have been in violation here, this is our bigest question right now. Then we will pray and seek God where to go from there. Please pray with us.
When things like this come up it so easy to panic or be anxious, but we also know that the Lord is working and allowing all things to work together for good for those who love Him. Please pray for Russia as the doors are slowly beggining to close, that the believers here will rise up and continue to abide in Jesus no matter what the government may do.
1.) our re-entry to the country on Wednesday the 21st.
2.) Our 90 day visa back to Russia in February
3.) the ministry in Kolchugino and a man to turn it over to.
4.) wisdom and joy for the journey!!
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6-7
Jason and Britny-- Check out the Havertape family bloghttp://havertapeupdate.blogspot.com/
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
So they set it all up with sheets, chairs and clothespins to hold the contraption together. And then in the dark with flashlights they read books and talked together. I was the only one not officially invited to participate. This was just a daddy and daughter thing. So I peeked in a few times to snap a few pictures. Brian came down after about an hour. He said the kids wanted to go back in their beds to fall asleep. So the tent came down and the kids fell asleep in their own beds and it started all over again the morning.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Rory was so excited when she woke up this morning. She told me it was the festival at school and church and that it was her birthday. I have no idea how she got that idea but I had to tell her no its not your birthday...and she did not understand why anyone would be having a party and dressing up if it was not her birthday...I mean come on! So she played with her school friends and had a party in her class and enjoyed some yummy treats. Then later in the day we preped for the Country Fair at church. They have this carnival type fair every year and its FREE! It is so much better than trick or treating. So Abi and Rory dressed up and we went down to our neighbors house and Jill's kids were ready too so we tried to pose the kids for pics....none of them seemed to thrilled. But after a full evening of Harvest fun the kids were pooped and slept well....enjoy some of the pics below.
Brian riding the Helicopeter with the girls....Miss Abi as JoJo from JoJo's circus she was so cuteAbi, Rory, Ben and Quinn in their costumes ready to go...
Brian left outside in the dark still carving.
And the finished product with two proud "helpers".....