Scenes from Dasha’s birthday

Dasha’s birthday was in April, and friends and family gathered at her parents’ foster-care home after the Orthodox Easter service for a delightful afternoon centered around…what else?…FOOD!

Sasha prepares the grill for shashleek. Oh, the burning wood smelled so good — all fruit tree branches!

Vlad, Vadim and Jamie.

Toma and Sophia (one of the six foster-care children living at the Genesis House.)

Lena and Vova

Jim, Jamie, Dasha, Babushka, Lena


Young boxer Anton (brother of Sophia)

Melanie (late arrival, hence the dark sky…)

It doesn’t get much better than that!



  1. riverrat says:

    Birthday BBQs are the best! It’s normal for adults to be amazed that the “kids” are getting older but what made me laugh is that Greg, at the ripe old age of 19, was shocked that his sister turned 17:-)

  2. riverrat: hahaha.

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