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Sunday, December 28, 2008

For my Bethlehem Classmates

Dear Fellow Classmates who attended Bethlehem Elementary in Fort Wayne. This was the closest rendition to "O come All Ye Faithful' that even came close to what we experienced...and if your memory is as mine isn't even close! What do you think of when you hear this song at Christmas time? If you are like me..and you sang under the direction of Oscar Albers-you envision us getting into our black gowns and white surplices and lining up in the choir room up there on the 2nd floor- then marching down the stairs and into the tunnel and getting our candles lit just before we entered the sanctuary for the Candlelight Concert. Oh what an awesome feeling that was- I think the adult choir was singing in the choir loft as we marched down the side aisles singing our hearts out. I could almost feel the angels and the presence of God. What a privilege we had to sing under Mr. Albers. He has so blessed me throughout my life with an appreciation for music. I still sing my 2nd alto parts to most Christmas carols!
But then there was the one Candle Light concert that stands out in my memory above all others.
We 2nd altos got to lead out in this song with a hearty Ding Dong Ding Ding Dong and then the sapraons came in with the melody...who remembers what the song was?I can sing the melody but the words escape me. We also had a very quiet Lullaby that we sang in that concert. Well...Mr. Albers raised his baton to lead us in the quiet lullaby...and when he brought the baton down...Bonnie Lepper BELTED out...Ding dong ding ding dong...All us in the 2nd altos so cracked up that I doubt that we sang any of the song and we endured the GLARES of Mr. Albers until we got it back together.
Yes, Mr. Albers, gifted us with his time and talents and I'm sure that the Lutheran teachers in those days worked for very little pay. Thank you Lord for his service to us. I hope I get to sing in his choir in heaven!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Today started off later for me- I got up at 7:30- came out to the living area of our apartment and found Kelly sleeping in a chair and Matthew asleep on the floor. They have both gotten up at 5:30 when Jon called and then decided to nap out there. Kelly was so groggy that I insisted that she go back to bed. I fed Matthew breakfast then went to the computer where all my friends had responded to my pathetic plea for e-mails-and read with delight their responses. Matthew played quietly behind me with his toys- or so I thought......

Kelly got up about 10 and we spent the morning doing...???? I don't know what.

After lunch we headed over to the Kremlin

and bought tickets to the Cathedrals inside and to the Armory which is like a museum.
Since Kelly and I both taught World History- she at the high school level-me at middle school- we were enthralled with all the historical things about Russia and the fabulous display of everything from chariots to suits of armour- coronation gowns- table settings of gold silver, diamonds and rubies and the actual thrones of people like Ivan the Terrible and Catherine the Great. We had an audio tour which IN ENGLISH walked us through different displays of the museum. It was just a delight for both of us. The only down side was that Matthew wet thorough all his clothes, the snuggly and all of Kelly's clothes! WE got out of there at 3:48 and had to be back at our apartment by 4-the time at which Matthew's passport was to be delivered.On the way out we caught the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier-the goose step of the Russian soldiers is so very Russian! We really high tailed it back-which made us arrive only 5 min. late but VERY hot and sweaty! It was a really fun afternoon though.
Tonight we had another gourmet dinner-

soup, salad, bread and dipping sauce!

And now, close to bedtime-we take our 2 Tylenol PM to counteract our chocolate- then have hot chocolate and chocolate croissants! They are quite a high light of Russia that Kelly found for us at the local deli-
It is QUITE the building and they are QUITE the treat!
So...tomorrow we pack up- take another trip to Red Square and St. Basil's and get ready for our departure on Friday!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

There are Some Things I Just Don't Like!!!

Matthew eats almost anything...but this one was a definite no...can you believe it...a mini OREO! He also didn't like graham crackers or Cheerios but today he made the leap to try both of those again and liked them. I started off by soaking the graham crackers in water (his Grand Dad Hasz would like that! especially if they had grape jam and THEN dipped them in water...yuck!!!) but eventually he took the hard graham cracker and ate it! But the Oreo last night...he spit it out and managed to spread it on his face, the table, and anything else in sight...just to get it out of his mouth!
We later had a better experience just playing with an empty egg carton and the Noah's ark figures. He plays well alone but loves being played with also.
Two days and counting!!! Kelly got her passport back today...we should get Matthew's tomorrow-then have a day to wait until we leave here on Friday.We are both very anxious to get back home to Texas to hubands and children!