"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ukraine, We Weep and Pray With You Today

Ukraine is in mourning today.

We weep and pray with them. Our hearts are broken. For those mourning in Ukraine. And yes, for those mourning in Russia who are losing loved ones in this completely and utterly senseless war that the leaders of Russia have instigated against Ukraine.

We have children from both countries who love and respect each other in this family. Would that the world as a whole would understand how to do that too!

We wait for Jesus who has promised true and lasting peace on the earth. Until then, we will continue to pray and weep and do all that we can to help the refugees from the war in Ukraine.

You too can assist them through organizations such as Jeremiah's Hope, Life To Orphans and MCC. The needs are huge, and urgent. It is estimated that there are over  600,000 displaced persons at this point in the tough, winter weather. Some estimate that there are as many as 900,000. These are all families who have fled their homes and businesses--often with nothing but a suitcase, hastily grabbed which may or may not contain enough necessities to get them through just a few days.

We weep with Ukraine. We pray for them. We donate whatever we can. Every single dollar helps, and because the economy in Ukraine is so tough right now, every single USD goes farther than you would see it go here in the USA. I do not know about currency from other countries, but I would assume the situation could be similar.

Will you stand with Ukraine? Will you put yourself in the shoes of these people who want nothing more than peace, and help pray for them, donate relief supplies, and spread the word about the needs? If so, thank you from the bottom of our family's heart.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

My Brother's Afghan

Katya finds great joy in rocking and relaxing, wrapped in the afghan crocheted so long ago for my brother by my Grandma. My brother died at 13 from complications from a brain tumor at the base of his brain. The afghan is treasured by me because I remember him being wrapped in it in his wheelchair.  I found it interesting that Katya quickly zeroed in on it and enjoys using it on a regular basis.

This special afghan makes a great way to hide from the photographer too!

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Music Lesson Report

Katya has been happily taking piano again after a 7 month hiatus due to her teacher's schedule. She surprised no one really when she went back for the first lesson and demonstrated that she had retained what she had been taught so many months before without any serious losses of information.

We love having the weekly reports coming in again. Here is the one for this week.

Hi Hope Anne,  Had another great lesson with Katya today. She is so fun, absolutely enthralled while waiting for her lesson, happy and jumping and waving her hands :  ) 

She really enjoys following the lettered notes on the staff with one hand while playing with the other, very deliberate.  I worked with her this time on requiring the set number of beats written, which she picked up on and followed.  To transfer to using the correct fingers for each key, we wrote the corresponding note on her fingernails for the five tone scale.  I had her do four counts on each one ascending and descending, both to have her focus and also  to strengthen each finger because she is inclined to use her pointer.  

   I will be using the Sing and Play series now that she has a good understanding.  We started on page 27 of Book 1 which she really enjoyed and mastered.  You could have her go over that through the week and anything else before it she might enjoy.  She also wrote all the key names on the piano keyboard in the Write and Listen book that you could see. I think on page 19.  She had no trouble and did the whole thing.
   We have moved on to reading chords on the music, When the Saints, labeling them 
C- Green,  G Blue and F Purple ( she really likes that one ) I put the colors on the keys as a reminder of how to play a mini C, G and F.  She catches right on and at the end voluntarily played with both hands,  He's Got the Whole World while we sang.  :  )  
This makes our hearts smile. We are so happy that Katya is being able to progress musically since she enjoys music soo much. Ironically, she does not tend to practice much in between lessons. Her school days are long, and by the time she gets home she is tired and wants to veg out and be allowed to have some peace and quiet. We are also busy making supper and then it's bedtime before another long day.  So sadly, practice is something that does not happen much at all but in spite of that, Katya continues to make good progress, again proving how amazing her brain is. I'm sure were she practicing every day or even regularly several days a week her progress would be even faster.
We are very proud of her.