Michael on September 1st, 2013

In November of 2000, I (Mike) moved to Russia to help establish a Russian Charity named MIR.  A little over a year later I married Olga.  In 2011, we welcomed a three year old Russian girl named Valerie into our home. Over the years, God has led us and blessed us in many ways. We […]

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Michael on December 13th, 2012

Here are a few quick pictures from our life — First, this is the view out my window today. The weather has been hovering around freezing, so HUGE icicles are forming from the roofs. These are well over 6 feet long (2 meters). One has to be very careful when walking on sidewalks. These icicles […]

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Michael on January 20th, 2011

I didn’t take these pictures, but I wish I had.

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Michael on January 8th, 2011

This is a pretty standard view of our city streets these days — One of my joys in being part of an international family is introducing Olga (and now Valerie) to my home culture; today (sleepy) Valerie had her first bacon and egg breakfast. This is probably the first time she’s eaten bacon, and she […]

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Michael on January 2nd, 2011

We celebrated Christmas on New Year’s Day because Valerie wasn’t with us on the 25th. She’d never celebrated Christmas like this (or maybe ever), and I don’t think she’s ever opened a Christmas gift. It was great fun to watch her learn what it is to open a Christmas gift. There was a sled waiting […]

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Michael on December 30th, 2010

Well, I said yesterday that I wouldn’t post pictures of Valerie every day, but some folks have asked to see more. We’ll celebrate Christmas on New Year’s Day, since Valerie wasn’t with us on the 25th. We have a tree with presents under it waiting for Saturday morning! We start with a video of Valerie […]

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Michael on November 23rd, 2010

Earlier this month Olga and I went to Estonia. Our good friend Anya Kazak went with us. Anya has never been out of Russia, so this was a thrilling event for her. She loves medieval history and Tallinn was a joy. It’s a very well-preserved medieval town. We really like it there. Olga and Anya […]

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Michael on November 9th, 2010

Here are some great pictures of our home town —

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Michael on October 25th, 2010

From De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis The Alexander Railway Bridge was opened on August 30, 1880. In the end of 19th century, it was the longest bridge in Europe, 1436 meters (just under a mile long). It was also the last large bridge in Russia built from imported iron. Newspapers compared it to the Suez […]

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Michael on October 23rd, 2010

Here are some fun pictures of Russia that I’ve collected over the years. You can see more fun/odd pictures from here, here, and here.

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