‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Blini, Pelemeni, and Borscht...Oh My!


Nast has an exhibition at her school tomorrow evening. She goes to a charter school, and part of the grading process is to participate in a school-wide exhibition. It's more like organized chaos, but still fun. Nastia is so darn excited about this, it's simply adorable. For the past few months everyone in her class has been studying a particular country and its culture. She chose Russia, of course. So tomorrow she gets to share all she's learned with parents& friends. One of the requirements is to make food item that represents the country you are studying. She has been struggling with what to make. I think it feels like a bigger deal to her because she is Russian and she wants to give her classmates a good impression of her homeland.
So for weeks she has been talking about blini,pelmeni and borscht. We've had cabbage blini and potato pelmini for dinner about ten times this month. Fine with me, I love the stuff. She thought of making borscht or even blini, but she finally settled on making cookies, since that is what most of her classmates are doing.

So, tonight we are baking 'pechenye domachni' which translates into something like 'home crackers'. Lol...sounds soooo appetizing.Lots of sugar, eggs, vanilla. We'll fatten up those 6th graders yet. Here is what they look like:

Today we also received something very special in the mail -- a dvd of her sister in Siberia. It was footage of her being interviewed by the searcher that found her for us. Nast watched the whole thing absolutely transfixed.

'Mama, she have my hair...' she murmured as she watched it.

And then 'Ooh, mama, me think she have my eyes, too!'

Imagining seeing your sister after a decade? Imagine hearing her voice for the first time? It was like God dropped an answer to prayer in her lap. I was as transfixed watching her watch the video, as she was watching her sister.

You could tell alot more about her sister from this dvd than from all the photos we received back in December. First, she is utterly adorable. She has dimples, those signature Siberian eyes (they turn up at the outside corners) and the sweetest most gentle voice. And she plays piano!

We head over to Siberia in late April to meet her for the first time. I don't know how I'll keep it together til then...waiting to see them embrace for the first time in ten years. I just cant wait to see them walking side by side. They have missed so much, being apart. Time to make up for that. Hoping against hope I can adopt her. Please pray.

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