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Know & Tell Friday   9 comments

My New Friday Meme...

Question 1
I have been blogging for a year this month, so my question is what made you start your blog? 

Today is my 1 year bloggy anniversary! I started my blog because I was curious about what my sister Ellen and brother Steve were up to and trying to figure out what the whole blogging thing was all about.  Now I am hooked!

Question 2
Do you speak another language? If so, why or how did you learn it?

Yes, Russian and some Spanish.  Russian because I grew up in a Russian home.  I am first generation Russian.  I took Spanish in high school.

Question 3
Morning person, or night owl (or somewhere in between)? 

Depends.  During the week I am a morning person. On the weekends I tend to be a night owl.

Question 4
Do you exercise on a regular basis?

Yes and now with the time change I will be even more motivated.  I like to walk outside and would rather do that when it is light outside.  My husband and I are discovering that we really enjoy hiking but we usually work out at the gym on the weekends.

Bonus Questions
Question 5
If money were not an object what is one thing you would like to do for another person?

Send my husband to flight school and buy him an airplane.

Question 6
What is one of your favorite attributes of our Lord God?

Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.  That he would feel that for me a sinner saved by grace is beyond understanding!

Question 7
Have you ever thought about adoption or foster care? 

Actually, no.  I do enjoy being an aunt though to all my many many nieces and nephews since we do not have any kids of our own.

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Posted March 6, 2008 by Lana G! in Fun, Know & Tell Friday, Life

Know & Tell Friday   5 comments


1. Do you read or study best in silence or in a place with background noise? Why? Usually silence, but I can also read with classical music in the background – no words!  I lose my concentration otherwise.

2. If you were to write a book about your life, what would it be called? Above the Clouds – Talks with Jesus at 40,000 feet.

3. (This question is a deep one…I know it should be a bonus, but I already have a few bonus questions chosen for this week) Why do you think divorce is so prevalent? Because people go into it with the notion of if it doesn’t work I can just leave mentality. They forget the for better for worse part of the contract.

4. What’s the best way to resist peer pressure? To work on biblical self esteem. To be sure of who you are in Christ.  To bathe yourself in truth so that you can discern what is right.  Take a minute and visualize what your decision’s outcome might be – can you live with that?

5. What is the most serious illness or injury you ever faced?  Supraventricular tachycardia    


What is supraventricular tachycardia?

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is an abnormal fast heart rhythm that starts in the upper chambers, or the atria, of the heart. (“Supraventricular” means above the ventricles, “tachy” means fast, and “cardia” means heart.)

Basically, I had an electrical problem in my heart.  I had a procedure done called Ablation Therapy and I am fine now.

Non-surgical ablation, used for many types of arrhythmias, is performed in a special lab called the electrophysiology (EP) laboratory. During this non-surgical procedure a catheter is inserted into a specific area of the heart. A special machine directs energy through the catheter to small areas of the heart muscle that causes the abnormal heart rhythm. This energy “disconnects” the pathway of the abnormal rhythm. It can also be used to disconnect the electrical pathway between the upper chambers (atria) and the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart.

Source: Webmd

Bonus Questions
6. When was the last time you felt like you had a laugh with God? Every single day of my life!  We laugh a lot – mostly at me!

7. What do you say to someone who is going through a tragic or hard time?  What I say is wordless.  What I say is all in action: a hug, hand them a tissue, let them talk, rant, rave whatever and say as little as possible.  Just basically be there to listen. Sometimes it’s okay not to have words.

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Posted February 22, 2008 by Lana G! in Blog, Challenge, Heart, Know & Tell Friday

Know & Tell Friday   9 comments

Question 1
Did you eat candy this Valentine’s Day? No, just a Starbuck’s chocolate cupcake! 🙂

Question 2
What is something you do to relax? Read and do Sudoku Puzzles

Question 3
(From Poole’s book) What is the best approach for resolving conflict? The quicker you act to resolve the conflict the better.  If you don’t take care of it right away, a snowball effect takes place and the original conflict could turn out to be an avalanche. Don’t let it get to that point.

Question 4
(Poole’s book again) How would you define “freedom”? (this could probably be a bonus question) Knowing the difference between right and wrong; knowing that I can choose right or wrong;  choosing right over wrong because it enriches and protects my freedom.

Question 5
(Poole’s book) On a scale of 1-10, how happy do you usually feel? Explain. Nine or Ten – I like being happy!

Bonus Questions
Question 6
If you could choose one “SIN” that you would never have to struggle with for the rest of your life what would it be? Pride.  I hate having to admit failure or an inadequacy.  Yet, if I don’t ask for help or accept criticism, that only gets me into more trouble!  It all starts with pride. Yick!

Question 7
What is one thing that breaks your heart?  Child abuse, neglect, etc.  When I hear about bad things done to innocent children, it just breaks my heart.

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Posted February 14, 2008 by Lana G! in Know & Tell Friday

Know & Tell Friday   9 comments


Questions for this week:

1. Who do you wish you could meet?
Joseph from the Old Testament as well as Ruth!  Both have intrigued me and I would like to ask them a few questions!

2. Best food comes from which country? Russia of course!  (I’m Russian!)

3. If you are familiar with the movie/musical “Grease”, what girl character would you be (let’s apply this lightly…I know some of the behaviors of the girls was not too nice).  I think it would have been fun to play the “Beauty School Drop Out” or Principal McGee – Hmmm a real toss up!

4. Would you be more likely to toilet paper someone’s house, or would you be the one that has their house toilet papered? Being that I have been involved on both sides of these adventures, I would rather paper someone’s house!  The clean up is just not very fun!

5. Do you like small talk, or deep conversations? Both but mostly deep conversations.

Bonus Questions
6. Who do you most want to encourage this year? My nieces!  I want them to be able to look at my life and be able to say that I love Jesus and they want to love him just as much as I do.  I want them to learn from my mistakes and to enjoy a rich Christian heritage.

7. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?  They would say to hold your tongue!  Don’t be so quick to respond.  Wait and think of an appropriate response in a nice tone!  (I get a little snappy when someone irritates me – especially sales people on the phone!)

Yes they would be right!

I am trying really hard on this one!  I react and respond too often without stopping and thinking about the better or best response.

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Posted January 31, 2008 by Lana G! in Blog, Know & Tell Friday, Questions

Know & Tell Friday   5 comments

Question 1
What is your favorite fairy tale?  

I had to look up the word to make sure I could use my answer! fairy tale
-noun 1. a story, usually for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures.

The Harry Potter series.

Question 2
If you could be guaranteed a spot on the reality show “Survivor”, would you go?

Absolutely Not.  Now if it was Amazing Race – ABSOLUTELY!

Question 3
Meanest thing you ever did to a sibling???

Faked an injury to get my twin brother in trouble – I am so sorry but you know I love you tons NEW DADDY!

Question 4
Best Fashion Era… 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or now…

The Sixties for sure! Groovy baby!

Question 5
Have you ever skipped to the end of a book before you finished reading the book?

Yes.  Especially if it is boring me to tears!

Bonus Questions (I found these questions through a website, and boy are these challenging…)
Question 6
What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

Trust Him completely in upcoming life altering decisions!

Question 7
What is one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

Praise HIM daily.  I have to tell you that my camera has helped me to do this.  I look for picture opportunities and I find that his creation sings with Praise to HIM!


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Posted January 25, 2008 by Lana G! in Faith, Flowers, Fun, Know & Tell Friday, Photo, Photography