понедельник, 2 февраля 2015 г.

My tribute to my dear friend

Dear friends!

I learned my my dear friend J L Thomas is now with the Lord. This letter is my tribute to this outstanding man of God.

I met J L Thomas during one of Josh McDowell mission trips in Moscow Russia over two decades ago when I worked as a translator. I was a new believer, a student and a young lady raised by three generations of divorced women. By God’s providence I ended up working for the team J L was in. Right from the first day we met, we became friends. J L shared his testimony, how he was struggling after the death of his dear wife and how God spoke to him through the message on the radio. He responded to Josh McDowell’s call to bring the Gospel to Russia. And his depression left him.

J L was God’s servant. I believe Our Heavenly Father placed him in my life to strengthen my faith and show me the life of a godly man. As he shared about his extended family I could not but be amazed at the hand of God on his life. When I visited him in the United States in 1996 and met his son and daughters, I saw their love and respect they have for him.

J L encouraged and challenged me by his example of following God, living for His Kingdom. He adopted me as his Russian daughter and took the place of my absent father, rejoiced with me when I graduated, counseled me on the marriage partner, disapproving of one young man and giving his stamp of approval on my husband-to-be. He visited me to see our fist born son. We have been keeping in touch. I have always felt loved and cared for by J L and Carlene. This love is supernatural and it comes from God. I am deeply thankful for their love and friendship, prayers and influence on my life.

JL Thomas was a loving, thoughtful, loyal and generous person with a great sense of humor. I am saying: Good-bye! I will see you again in Heaven!

Maria Doricheva

St.Petersburg, Russia

28 January 2015

воскресенье, 1 февраля 2015 г.

Thailand adventure

Hello, friends!

We're back from our trip to Thailand. It took about 21 hours one way and it was a great experience. The theme for the conference was investing your life. If I want to live for the Kingdom of God, how I can do this intentionally... I am thankful for the many new people I met and got to know. My life is more rich after the trip.

It was our second time in Thailand. I knew I would meet some special people and I wanted to make cards to give as gifts. So I repeated some of my favorite designs from the past.

Quick cards potpourri

I enter this potpourri of cards into the Simon Says Anything Goes challenge.

My dear husband took care of our daughter so I could go on a one day excursion with the boys. They did not want to go at first, as they enjoyed their friends and a great outdoor pool. So in faith I took them. How could the boys not enjoy riding an elephant and going by a boat? Even if it takes 3 hours to get there. Here're some pictures.

Thailand adventure

After visiting Chungkai War Cemetery and JEATH museum we had a fun motor boat ride to the famous bride on the River Qwai, built by the war prisoners during Japan invasion.

IMG_4931 Yegor and Fedia had fun throwing bread crumbs to the fish at the river restaurant.

IMG_5018 On the way to the famous bridge.

IMG_5017 Fedia missed our first elephant ride, now he has grown enough to go.

Thank you for visiting!


воскресенье, 28 декабря 2014 г.

Slowing down

Hello, dear friends!

I grew to appreciate Pinterest more recently, as I find lots of useful information there. At first I thought it was mostly inspiring pictures... But recently I discovered Spiritual lessons for kids, encouragement for mothers. A few months ago I found a great exercise routine which changed my life a lot. I enjoy working out for 40 minutes and my body gets rid of stress.

After the 25th of December life is slowing down. As I have mentioned before, we started homeschooling our oldest children since last August. My oldest son, Yegor (6th grade), has passed his 2 last exams, this totals 5 yearly exams: Biology, Geography, English, Social Studies and Math. He mostly studied on his own with a bit of my help and encouragement, except for the math, he needed his father's help to prepare thoroughly. Timothy (2d grade) has passed 3 yearly exams: Science, Math and PE. He did very well for his age and temperament.

During Christmas season I want to give lots of cards, but my time is very limited, so this year I made lost of small cards with the Bible verses from Isaiah I quoted in my previous blogpost. I love these promises of the birth of Jesus, the names He would be called. During Christmas it is good to revisit them and I reminded myself I should not assume everyone knows them. So I printed them out and made these cute little cards. I gave them all away today after the church service.

This is all our family skiing at the near-by pine forest. I am so thankful for the beautiful weather, fresh air and sparkling snow. December feels much better compared to November.

Thank you for visiting!


четверг, 25 декабря 2014 г.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear friends! С Рождеством, дорогие друзья!

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14).

"Итак Сам Господь даст вам знамение: се, Дева во чреве приимет и родит Сына, и нарекут имя Ему: Еммануил" Исайя 7:14.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

"Ибо младенец родился нам - Сын дан нам; владычество на раменах Его, и нарекут имя Ему: Чудный, Советник, Бог крепкий, Отец вечности, Князь мира" Исайя 9:6.


понедельник, 22 декабря 2014 г.

Secret Santa swap

Hello, friends! In November I took part in a Secret Santa Swap organized by the Hero Arts Flickr Group. For the swap each person sent a hand-made Christmas card, a Christmas ATC and a gift to the person we were playing Secret Santa to.

This is my SS package for Heather. It was a double challenge. First, I have never made an ATC (Artist's Trading Card) before. Second, I needed to make a card for an outstanding cardmaker and not fall on my face. If you visit her blog Stamping and Stitching you will see what I mean.

Looking for a smaller sentiment to fit the tiny size of the ATC, I discovered I already have two sentiments "Joy" in one stamp set but in different scale (Holiday Sayings by Hero Arts). This fit the bill perfectly! I stamped Tiny Star Background with water on the sentiment flag.

Secret Santa surprise for Heather

Here's a peek into the process. I took a large piece of watercolor paper and tested various colors, color combos, inks, embossing on top of watercolor backgrounds (Winter Trees by Hero Arts). I used perfect pearls mixed with water and distress inks to color the dear family (Winter diary by Scrapberry's). For the background I also tried first and second generations of stamping. So I had lots of options for my card and the pieces which did not turn out I could use later on for grid cards.

Thank you for visiting! Maria

пятница, 28 ноября 2014 г.


Hello, friends!

Thank you for all the congratulations on my win in the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge. I am looking forward to receiving my prize package in December.

November can be a very depressive month in St. Petersburg, as the sunset is as early as 4 pm, so we have short windows of day light in winter. This is something I need to adjust to.

I have learned how to make an Artist's Trading Card (ATC). I will reveal my Secret Santa card and an ATC, I made for the Hero Arts Flicker Group exchange, in 2 weeks.

My friend Zhenya Goncharova from Moscow bakes cakes for a living and when you visit Moscow you can order her cakes and pastries on-line. She liked my cards and came up with an idea to sell them together with her baked goods. So I made lost of birthday greeting cards and cards for all occasions and we'll see how it goes... It was another project to use up left over pieces from other projects. You can see that I love the Big Post Card stamp from Hero Arts. It makes a cute and quick background for my cards.

Thank you for visiting!

пятница, 7 ноября 2014 г.

A birthday scrapbook

Hello, friends!

Scrapbooking turns out to be a useful skill when you need a quick birthday gift. I had my hands full I needed to do while my husband was away on a business trip. So my oldest son Yegor came to rescue. We needed some good pictures of the birthday girl and we had none. So we came up with an idea to use the pictures that were publicly available on the Instagram. Yegor is studying programming so he knew how to download the pictures. He also whent to the nearest printshop and had them printed and trimmed to square shape. What a helper! I had a pink & yellow baby scrapbook kit I did not quite like and was going to give away. But as it was a quality product I decided I should simply alter the pink cover.

So I sat down and worked from 8 pm and was done by 1 am. It turned out beautifully and made a great gift to special friends. The following day we had so much fun at the birthday party with lots of guests and a hand-made pinata fish.

The 6X6 paper pads work great for this kind of albums as I even did not have to trim the backgrounds. They fitted exactly the size of the album pages. The letters on the cover were cut out of a pp from Travel Girl pad by October afternoon, I also used papers from Oxford Lane and Cambridge Court by My Mind's eye. This is the back of the album.

And a scrappy birthday card.

My 5 y.o. son loves to make cards. So he is welcome to use the leftover scraps.

Thank you for visiting! Maria
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