He said, "What does he look like?"
Thanks to Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer for hosting such a fun giveaway!!! I have loved participating and still can not believe that 202 people left comments!!! Thank you to the 202 commenters!!! You totally made my day! I wish I could send each of you a treat from Russia, but hope that you will continue reading about our fun adventures in Russia...and leaving comments!!!
So, we have picked 4 winners!!! I am feeling very generous and am in a fabulous mood, since I lost 2 pounds at camp!!! YEAH!!!
Congratulations to the following 4 winners:
Keith randomly chose #7-Peach from Without Fear. Peach will be receiving a bright pink journal/calendar with lots of fun information in Russian (with some translation).
Kristie chose the person who left the longest comment (I love comments and long comments are the best!), which was Lori Leigh-a fellow Okie!!! Lori Leigh has won a book called, "The Golden Ring" which displays beautiful pictures of the area which we live and lots of historical information.
Gideon, considering his family allegiance a top priority, picked Cody Doss, the eldest of the 5 Sullivan cousins. Gideon will be responsible for carefully selecting a fun bag of treats for Cody (and you too, Leslie!!!)
ME selected Jessica, a fellow MK (Missionary Kid). Jessica has a great blog, I Made It: From Print To Plate, so ME wants to send her a cookbook called, "The Secrets of Russian Cooking" in English and Russian.
The Russian mail is much slower than our trusted United States Postal Service, so be looking for your fun packages to come in about one month---sorry!!! Also, in Russia (from what we understand), you can not send printed materials in the same package as other non-printed items. It is also much easier to send printed materials through the post and customs. Therefore, we have tried to select things that would be meaningful to each of you based on your personl blog profiles (for those of you who have blogs) and will not be able to include additional treats...once again, sorry!!! I was so excited to participate in the Bloggy Giveaway, I did not think through my prizes very well.
We just returned from camp, as predicted, we are totally dirty, stinky and exhausted! We had a great time at our first ever Russian Family Camp!!! The kids loved beginning outdoors all day and having so many playmates! Keith’s session were well received and Kristie was able to lead a game without a translator. The weather was nice, the rain minimal and the food and fellowship fabulous!!! We are glad to be home in our own beds and potty!!!
I love blogging & meeting other bloggers!!! I am so excited about this fun way to make new friends and win prizes!!! Rocks in My Dryer is hosting this totally fun event and there are over 370 participants---which means 370 new friends and 370 possibilities of winning really great things!!! This is my first ever time to participate in a fun Blog event this this.
It is easy to play, just leave a comment and the winner will be selected from the comments. If you are not a blogger, you should leave an email address and then join the fun and create a blog!!!
The prize...a fun bag of goodies from Russia! I will arrange a special bag of treats & souvenirs from Yaroslavl, Russia & mail them directly to you!!!
I hope you win, but more importantly, I hope you enjoy reading about our lives and adventures in Russia. I look forward to reading your comments~~~I hope someone leaves a comment!!!
How fun & fabulous---I already have 3 comments!!!
UPDATE: I can not believe that in less than one hour 17 people have left comments!!! I am so excited!!!
ME & Her Chocolate Egg
Gideon getting some scooter practice in our apartment corridor.
We are having a great summer! Tomorrow, we are off to Church Camp~Family Session for 3 days! This will be our first time to spend the night at a Russian Camp & we are really looking forward to the opportunity to strengthen relationships with those in our Church. Please pray for the many details involved & that God would richly bless our time as a family & with those who attend. Keith will be leading a morning session & I have been asked to lead games. Please pray that we would do an excellent job, we (especially me) would communicate clearly & that the sessions would be well received, informative (Keith's) & fun (mine). Please pray for great weather (the forecast calls for rain) & that we would all be safe, healthy & have a blast!
I have entered Driver's Ed 101~Standard Transmission Version. I have driven several times, under Keith's supervision. The first time was to Gideon's school & involved no accidents, tickets, screaming or police. It did involve restarting the car several times, especially in a particular tricky intersection. Since then, my confidence has increased, but I think my skills are still rather lacking. Today, I decided that I must start driving regularly with Keith, because he will be gone a week in September (which is a whole other prayer request to come later) and I will need to drive the kids to school or take them on the bus, which is takes 3 times longer. So, today, we need to go get groceries at the mall, a 5 minute drive from our house. I thought...no problem!!! I confirmed a few points before taking off (Do you put the clutch in when you start? Does it need to be in gear when you start? Scary, I know nothing about driving a stick shift!!!) & hit the road. I began to sweat when a car pulled right behind me at the light & when it turned green I killed it, because I was so nervous about rolling back & hitting the other car & we were not even on a hill!!! 3 green lights later (no kidding---fortunately we were both laughing & the other cars just went around us), I managed to make it through the light (Me said, "Good driving!!!"; Keith said, "About time!"; and sweet Gideon just laughed!) & on to the grocery store we went! The entire time we were shopping, I was thinking about the light at the top of the hill, between the mall & our house that I managed drive right through last time. PTL, I drove slow enough that it turned green before I needed to stop & we made it home with no problems!!!
Our friends and soon-to-be travel companions at Blog-A-Dot (which means grace in Russian---you guys are so creative) tagged us to share 8 interesting things about us (The question actually was in the singular, but since this blog is about the 4 Sullivans and I could barely think of 2 things to write about me personally, that will hopefully not be considered boring and will even possibly qualify as somewhat entertaining and even interesting, if your life is extremely boring...I have included all 4 Sullivans!)
Mary Elizabeth~~~was born an average sized, beautiful little girl and some how managed to achieve Sumo Wrestler status with her "off the growth chart weight" by the time she was 3 months old...and to think we were concerned about the fact she had not returned to her birth weight by her 2 week check-up! She also has fabulous hair. We rarely brush it, never curl it and it always wins her so many compliments.
Gideon~~~has been on more than 22 round trip plane adventures (including 14 different countries) before the age of 4. He is the only person in his class that speaks English, he loves "Army Guys" AKA anyone wearing camouflage and hopes to one day be a "Speaker Guy" so he can wear a "speaker coat" and tie.
Kristie~~~has a Bachelor of Science in Leisure...who knew that was even possible! She also gained over 65 pounds when she was pregnant with ME. The day before ME was born she ate 3 bowls of queso and all the necessary chips, a full meal and a sopapilla!!! She can now proudly report that after much sweat and determination, she has returned to her pre-pregnancy birth weight!
Keith~~~over 15 years ago, after his childhood dreams of becoming a famous Rock-Star disappeared with his long locks of hair, began preparing to become a missionary to Russia.
We now want to tag Chris & Jill Willeke and Tom & Jennifer Craig...the only 2 people we know who read our blog (at least occasionally) and regularly post on their blogs.