Monday, October 12, 2009


Today is my anniversary! I moved to St. Petersburg five years ago. Well, give or take a few days. It was definitely around this time. But who's counting?

If you had asked me for my "5-year plan," I wouldn't have been able to predict all the things that have happened to me! I have now been visiting Russia for over half my life, and lived here for some of that time.


Almost everyone I communicate with on a daily basis was unknown to me five years ago. Or if I met them at camp in the early years, I probably hadn't ever sat down with them and had a heart-to-heart in Russian. I remember wondering who my friends would be. Now I know...

Of course it is hard to go back to the mindset of being a newcomer. We forget. But I have memories of some very specific instances; of learning different things; of failing and trying again; of being shown mercy. God has surrounded me with mercy again and again.

But we never learn to predict the future, no matter how "experienced, " we are. That is up to God. It's better that way.

I am thankful.


  1. congratulations!!

  2. V...................October 13, 2009 at 6:24 AM

    More pictures, please.

  3. Congratulations! That means that we both have lived in Russia since the year 2004 :) (now we are not only sisters in faith, but sisters also in years spent in Russia...) Don't you think, just like I do, that this country was very, very different five years ago? By the way, I love reading your blog. It is very inspirational. Keep up the good work and good luck in your studies!

  4. Thanks. :)

    Josefina, I guess we are living parallel lives!

  5. Congratulations ^^ But,may I ask you,why do you live here? You like our culture or our language,maybe?) Sorry,I don't know all the details)

  6. Hi Dasha, I came to Russia to be a missionary. I like the culture and language, but they weren't the first reason. :) You can read a little bit about my history here:

    By the way, you write well in English. ;)


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