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December 19th, 2009 by ron

#1.  Winter is definitely here to stay.  Ron insisted on buying me a new winter hat to keep my head warm!  As you can see, the snow is deep and very cold.

#2.  Ron and I took a walk to Center.  It was cold and snowy but so beautiful!

#3.  There are “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” on every corner.  Ron doesn’t like them at all but I can take them or leave them.

#4.  We visited a school for the deaf in Novi Sad on Thursday.  This little girl is quite an artist and painted us a picture of the Fortress in Novi Sad.

#5.  The temperatures have really dropped.  The temp. gauge in the car read -14.5 degrees centigrade and it got down to 15 below.  It stayed below zero all day.

#6.  We went to the city of Sabac on Friday to present a multi-cultivator to a refugee man from Croatia.  He has a bad heart and isn’t able to do hard manual labor.  They live on a small farm and this piece of equipment will allow him to do much more and provide for his family.  It has a tiller attachment as well.  We were at the implement store where we purchased the multi-cultivator with funds from Humanitarian Services.  Rijko will share this with his community of refugees.  It will bless all of their lives.

#7.  We were invited to Rijka’s home where he signed the papers stating that he will share this tractor and that he won’t ever sell it.  His wife Branka looks on.  They were so thankful for the donation.

#8.  Branka was busy preparing for a celebration the next day.  It is called St. Nikola Day and is something like Thanksgiving we have decided.  They prepare all kinds of food and their family and friends come to enjoy the meal with them.  This huge bread that she is holding is really a tradition.  The priest will come and bless the bread (for a fee) and they can’t celebrate without the bread.  They call the day a Slava.  She did a beautiful job of making the bread and baked it in a wood burning stove.  We think we have it rough!!!

#9.  Rijka, Branka, Ron and I and the new multi-cultivator!

#10.  At Rijka and Branka’s house.  It was every bit as cold as it looks!

#11.  We were able to present another family with a cement mixer.  The man, Predrag, is a brick mason.  He will also share the mixer with the other members of the community and will be able to help support his family with the mixer.  His wife, Dusanka, also helps him lay brick.  This is home to the husband and wife, two daughters and a son, and the grandma.  She was darling, always smiling!  She gave Ron, Nikola and I each a pair of wool socks that she had knotted.  They sure are warm!

#12.  Dusanka also made Slava Bread.  It was really pretty even before it was baked and the symbols on top have meaning.

#13.  It gets dark here around 3:30 and the cement mixer was delivered after dark so what do you do?  You stand outside in the dark and take a picture.  They were sure happy and appreciative of the donation.  Thanks to all of you who donate to Humanitarian.  It really does go to a good cause!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses  
  • Jana writes:
    December 26th, 20091:09 amat

    Holy Cow! It looks cold! I love your cute hat. =) It looks like you need it. I hope you guy’s have had a great Christmas. We love you guy’s and keep you in our prayers always.

  • Cindy Larkin writes:
    December 26th, 20097:49 amat

    Ucle Ron & Aunt Net, I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas day! Probably one you will never forget. Love you guys. ~Cindy


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