27 November 2008

We Did It!

It's almost midnight here in Russia, and about 8 minutes ago, we finished cleaning up from our Thanksgiving dinner.  (we didn't start eating until about 7:20pm, in case you're wondering--for some reason everyone over here had to work today!)

Isaiah excited about Thanksgiving
Thomas and I had been planning and anticipating this day for several weeks.  We originally planned to invite about 18 people, but in God's providence, we had 7, which turned out well for our seating, but left us with tons of leftovers.  But after all, what would Thanksgiving be without leftovers?

Our menu

Turkey--quite the find!  (I promise that is turkey, it's just a boneless fillet and then a big leg underneath)
Sweet potato casserole--another first for us over here
BBQ Green Beans
Baked Corn
Black-eyed peas (not a big hit with the Russians)
Mashed Potatoes
Yeast rolls
Salad with homemade Italian dressing
Apple pie for dessert

My wonderful husband took care of the sweet potatoes, baked corn and black-eyed peas.  We cooked as much as was possible at the beginning of the week, which made for a fairly stress-free day!

We took this opportunity to invite one set of our neighbors, Irina and Jena, a mother and daughter who have recently moved to St. Petersburg.  We have been praying about ways to begin building a relationship with these ladies, and we think God definitely used this meal!  Please pray with us as we seek to take advantage of this beginning.  Irina (the mom) even offered for Jena to come and play with Isaiah while I went to the store and such!

Not the best picture, but it gives you an idea of our evening--of course, Isaiah knew the camera was out, always the ham!

We also hosted our pastor, a lady from church who hosts a weekly Bible study that we attend, Thomas' former language teacher, our friends Luda and Deanna.  We ate, talked, sang, laughed really hard, enjoyed Isaiah's flirtations and all in all had a marvelous time.  In fact we were having such a great time that I don't even have that many pictures of the actual meal to share.

Visiting with Baba Galina, Thomas' former teacher

Finishing the day with Aunt Luda

Now I'm ready for a nap, or just plain ready for bed!


G N Barkman said...

Was it the people you invited who didn't come?

In the bonds of Christ,
Pastor B

CristyLynn said...

Another good guess, although, I was actually disappointed about the guests who couldn't come. Feel free to guess again!
Thanks for reading!

mom slawson said...

All your food looks so good and everyone sure was enjoying it. I'm so proud of you all and this wonderful ministry. The video chat with all of us was a lot of fun.!!

CristyLynn said...

The food was yummy! Did you see my slow cooker?!