No need for expensive gyms or even my Wii Fit here in Samara. I have a personal trainer all my own–otherwise known as: four flights of stairs, a 20-minute walk to the nearest bus/tram stop, a few cases of misdirection and even more walking, and quite a bit of shivering now that the thermometer suddenly dropped to 35F. Yes, that’s the high today. BRRRRRR!!!! My regime is called “Buns and nerves of steel.” LOL!
So…don’t be quick (Cathi…Kasey…Sue) toward envy of any kind. This life is not easy. Getting from here to there and back again takes up at least a third of every day. The reward is always waiting, however, when I reach my destination: smiling faces, hot tea, some kind of tasty food, and the joy of being with the people I love.
Yesterday I had a MOST delightful experience at boarding school #113 (picture to follow…I promise!) One of the CrossRoads instructors, Lena V., is the deputy director (aka vice principal) there. This school is for special needs kids – mostly with physical disabilities or impairments of some kind. I had such fun yesterday answering their questions about life in California…handing out CA quarters…and listening to THEIR presentation about Samara…for me…in English. Adorable. Memorable. And…because they begged…I hope to return with Kasey and show them some American-style love.
I’m at Alla’s house today…happily using her computer. Tanya will be here soon for lunch and to help us communicate. Also…some big schedule changes are in the works because we planned one of our big meetings on Election Day. Oops.
Tomorrow is my first Bible study – here at Alla’s place. Thanks for all your prayers. I so want this to be God’s time.