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 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 July 10th, 2015

Valerie Cantrell was baptized yesterday at Camp Elama, north of St. Petersburg, Russia. Sergei Tovstopyat and I performed the baptism, and we had a ‘cloud of witnesses’. Valerie has been asking to be baptized for a while. After talking with her about what it means, we all felt the time was right. She has committed […]

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Michael on August 26th, 2014

There is a gate on the lane leading to the little cabin where we stay in Finland. One of Valerie’s chores, assigned a couple of days ago, is to open the gate when we come and go. She enjoys it, and she’s almost a perfect counterweight for the counterweight . . . . She actually […]

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Michael on April 29th, 2014

We just returned from a nice visit to Finland. A friend has a small log cabin that we can visit just about any time we want. (Thank you, Juhani!) We’ve been going there for quite a few years now. The weather was great – cool and sunny – though the leaves aren’t out yet. The […]

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Michael on March 15th, 2014

I’ve just returned from a very quick trip to Estonia. Since I’m going to the States at the end of this month I needed to leave my car in Estonia (it has Estonian plates and shouldn’t be in Russia while I’m away). While there, I’ll have some body work done on the car; here in […]

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Michael on October 19th, 2013

Valerie is taking piano lessons:   This is the piano that Valerie’s great-grandfather Orest learned on over 80 years ago. Valerie’s teacher, Olga, is very good and, even though she’s just beginning, it’s been quite fun to watch Valerie, learning to read, write and play music. She’s recently been asking to play my mandolin, too.

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Michael on December 28th, 2012

The past two days have seen very significant milestones in our lives, and the transitions have been smooth and joyful as we move from one phase to the next. Now is a time of rejoicing and looking to the future. We thank the Lord for His guidance and love as we turn the page on […]

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Michael on December 26th, 2012

Valerie has been going to her first dance classes this fall. Here’s a look at what she’s learned —

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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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