Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Little Encouragement: An Adoption Update

It's been about a year and a half since we started the preliminary work on our second adoption from Ethiopia. Our paperwork is in Ethiopia now, we are in the process of being approved as adoptive parents and being matched with an orphan. The beginning phases of the process take longer for us than most people due to our remote location. And now that our case is in Ethiopia there has been a slow down in the referral process. Adoption cases do continue to move along and we are hopeful that they will pick up again soon.

One of the Christian World Adoption staff members recently traveled to Ethiopia to coordinate with the Ethiopian staff members. He came back with small gifts for each of the waiting families and a letter of encouragement. It was nice surprise to find these in our mailbox this week.

It has been and will continue to be a long journey. By the grace of God we are not anxious about our current wait but we do look forward to meeting our little girl someday soon. 

"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, be patient! For it will surely take place. It will not be late by a single day." Habakkuk 2:3


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Alappaa! (It's Cold)

A group of junior high students in Elim, Alaska put this adorable music video together. Elim is about 150 miles southeast of Brevig and is the village where my brother John has taught for the past five years. The kids and their teacher Jon (a different John) did a great job putting this together.

And people really do use "Alappaa" around here . . . a lot . . .
it being the arctic and all.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Iditarod Craft Fair

Last week I was super excited to be a vendor at the Iditarod Craft Fair held at Old Saint Joe's Church in Nome. After years and years of dreaming about having a table and selling my fur wears, I finally did it. It was wonderful! I had an amazing few days hanging out at my table.

Being in one place all day long in a town that is over run with visitors has it's advantages. It's pretty likely that most everyone will wander through the craft fair and art displays at some point. It was wonderful to visit with people from around the region that I have met over the years. I got to reconnect with old friends and get to know some acquaintances better.  It was also very inspiring to be around other artists and crafty people. I came home with many new ideas and enthusiasm for creating new and interesting things.

Me and my load, waiting for the plane.


After paying for a plane ticket, a table at the sale, food for the week and excess baggage I'm fairly certain I didn't actually make any money. But I was very excited about the experience and hope to do it again next year.

The very best part of my trip was getting to spend time with my very good friend, Mollie, who recently moved to Nome in January to work at the hospital as a nurse. She spent three weeks with us in Brevig last October, enjoyed the area and decided to pursue work in Nome. I love that she is on this amazing adventure and that we're close together again after spending the past 12 years thousands of miles apart. It was wonderful to stay with her (sans family) and relive our college days together. She's doing great and loving life and work in Nome. I hope she stays forever. *^-^*

The craft fair took up a majority of my time in Nome so I didn't do very many of the numerous Iditarod-y activities around town. We did, however,watch a few mushers from the middle of the pack cross the finish line. A siren, loud enough to be heard all around town, goes off about 20 minutes before a musher arrives. This give people enough time to get geared up and ready at the finish line to cheer for the finishers. By the time the middle of the pack rolls around, not too many folks are rushing out there. It's a shame people's enthusiasm is dying by this point, the dogs and mushers have come so far and accomplished quite the feat. Each one of them deserves to be celebrated.

As I had mentioned earlier I was pretty inspired by other people's work at the craft fair. Saturday night, when all was said and done, I hit one of the shops that carries furs and dropped a bit of money to buy an otter and sheared beaver hide to make C.O. a new hat. His old one,"Big Red", was getting kind of shabby. I decided to make him this super DE-lux version. I came home on Sunday afternoon and had this hat finished for him by Sunday night. Inspiration does wonders for productivity!

I'll see you again next year Iditaroders, same time, same place.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Snow Blower

I snapped this photo of a large snow blower when I was passing through Nome last week.  This is an amazing machine.  It was grinding up hard chunks of ice and snow and sending them flying a couple hundred feet.  The blower actually takes so much power to run that there is one engine just for the blower and another engine to make the vehicle move.  If you look close at the photo you can see that both the front and rear wheels steer.  This allows it to "crab" or drive sideways.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Make Your Own Fun

We do not have a lot of entertainment options in the remote area that we live. You have to find ways to make our own fun.

This past weekend I stayed with my friend Roger in Nome. He knows how to have fun. He also lives out on the edge of town where the neighbors are far apart.  

This first photo shows his 40 lb anvil with a fuse sticking out from under it.

This video shows what happens when Roger lights the fuse.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Afternoon Commute

Some people complain about their daily commute; mine couldn't be better. I especially love the middle part.   :-)

Commute from AnnMarie Rudstrom on Vimeo.