Yearly Archives: 2009

No Bake Cookies – so much fun!

Making cookies at Saramoldiva from Victoria Charbonneau on Vimeo. The week before I left for the UAE because of my eye emergency, our team here took Tim and Walter (here from Virginia visiting their sponsored children) to Saramoldiva Orphanage to do an activity with the youngest children. After I came back from the UAE, our … Continue reading »

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An unexpected trip!

Dear Family and Friends, This is an unusual post. The stories I usually share are about people here in Kazakhstan. However, during the last couple of weeks my life was turned upside. I know there is a bigger plan in all that happened even if I don’t understand it all. On the 18th of October … Continue reading »

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Two different visits to the camp where the Ulan children spend most of the summer.

Dear Friends and Family, For a couple of reasons it has been five weeks since I’ve posted a new blog. First, I wanted to keep Saulet in the front of everyone for a bit – and I now have potentially good news to share! A friend of mine in Portland, Oregon has made some initial … Continue reading »

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Who will help Saulet?

I want to introduce Saulet to you. In this picture he is sitting with his little sister and Mother in their humble home. He is a shy young man and very self conscious of his burns. Saulet dreams of going to university and he loves sports. He endured a great deal of teasing and taunting … Continue reading »

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Peter and Zarina’s Wedding

This is the new thing to do in Kazakhstan – ride around town in a limousine. Several fancy, white cars with friends led the procession while music blared and horns beeped! Peter’s mother greeted the new couple outside the gate of the home where the reception was held. She did a traditional blessing of giving … Continue reading »

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Letters more precious than ….

Children who received letters from their sponsors. Can you see the joy in their faces. Children who are still waiting for letters from their sponsors. Kiikzhan and Sara before handing out letters to the children from their sponsors. Sara, who has been here for almost 6 years, also had a letter for each child explaining … Continue reading »

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A visit to see children of Savva

Friday (14 August) Sara, Ken, Kiikzhan and I headed to a camp where the kids from Savva (Савва) have spent most of their summer. Our main purpose was to celebrate with the children who had birthdays in July and August. I enjoyed being able to see these precious children again. In the picture above are … Continue reading »

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Time in Vanovka

I am back in Taraz after an amazing time in the village of Vanovka. It was two weeks full of many contradictions. I will not say it was all easy and joyful, but even in the hard things there were great lessons learned and a time I will treasure for always. I hope to go … Continue reading »

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Through Their Eyes

Make a Smilebox slideshow I love Kristin Andreaseen’s “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color to Draw My Love.” She produced a great music video with a class of second graders at Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton, MA. It’s on YouTube, if you’d like to listen (hopefully the link below works). You can also buy it … Continue reading »

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Safflower – Flores Carthami – Carthamus Tinctorium L.

I have been wondering for weeks what this flower was and the answer came from someone right in the home where I’m living. Talgat frequently goes to the mountains to collect herbs and roots to make tea and such. Today I thought to show him my blog and ask him what the plant in the … Continue reading »

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