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Michael on October 19th, 2017

We’re getting deep into the Autumn and I haven’t given an update about the summer. So, here goes – We did a LOT of work on dacha this summer. Actually, we hired a crew to do most of it — new siding on the back part of the building, a new veranda, new windows for […]

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Michael on July 7th, 2017

Each year near to her birthday we take a picture of Valerie in the same dress, one of Olga’s. I got this idea from Life magazine years ago. It’s fun to watch her grow up: 4th Birthday: 5th Birthday:

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Michael on May 25th, 2017

I’m finally able to post to the website. Our site was hacked and it took quite a while to clean up all the files and get things ship-shape. Last Sunday after church we went for a walk in the Summer Garden here in St. Petersburg. Spring is finally (pretty much) here, and it was nice to […]

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Michael on January 14th, 2017

Finally. It’s been almost four years since we started the process of Olga becoming a US Citizen and we’ve just taken the final step: Olga received her US passport on Thursday. Olga and Valerie go to Russia on Tuesday. I will go a little later, on the 30th. So, we’re packing, wrapping things up here […]

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Michael on December 22nd, 2016

Olga was granted US citizenship today! We started this process almost 4 years ago when we applied for her US green card. Now she is fully a citizen.  Hurrah! The past 8 days have been a bit of a rollercoaster (as usual). Last week we weren’t even sure if Olga would have an interview before mid-January. […]

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Michael on December 17th, 2016

  We have good news — on Thursday December 22 Olga will interview for naturalization. It’s been a long slog as we’ve waited. Apparently our paperwork was set aside for some reason and was not being reviewed as we thought. This week we were able to talk with an actual person, a supervisor at USCIS, […]

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Michael on June 4th, 2016

We’ve been busy working at dacha (news about that soon), and on short notice we came into the city for Valerie’s piano recital. She’s been studying with a really great teacher and has a talent for the piano. We’re just about to move into the very busy time of the summer. I will make a […]

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Michael on April 4th, 2016

We’ve just arrived safe and sound in Russia. Our trip over was uneventful and we had no problems at passport control when we entered the country. As you can see, though, our suitcases exploded when we got home! Now we need to bring order to what was an orderly apartment when we walked in. We’ll […]

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Michael on March 31st, 2016

Quick Link: Stoneworks Newsletter Our time in the USA is coming to a close. It’s been wonderful to spend the last several months with family and friends on this side of the ocean. Valerie has made closer relationships, Olga and I have been encouraged in many ways. We’re very thankful for having so much time […]

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Michael on March 10th, 2016

Valerie has a weekly piano lesson. Her teacher is in St. Petersburg, Russia while we sit in Athens, Georgia. It’s actually a pretty good arrangement. We use Skype for the call, so Valerie and the teacher can see and hear each other. It works well. We do this because, interestingly, the Russian names for notes […]

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