Thanks to my sister, Lana, for recording our Pop’s thoughts on Prayer, Fasting, and Reading the Bible. She posted them again on facebook this last week and I wanted to share them with all of you and to archive them here. I hope they show up for you.
Pop calls John, Jacob and Jack and John. You have to appreciate his familiarity with the Disciple John. Our Pop wasn’t perfect by all means but he knew what was important and his righteousness came from Jesus.
Today is Tuesday but my Tuesdays with Moisi posts will have to be put on the back burner because I do not have the proper time to research and find the photos I need to continue. It will take a while before I can resume.
The photo above was taken in May at the last home our parents owned before they left to Russia as missionaries in 1997. This home was in Yorba Linda, California. The town where President Nixon’s Library is. I’ll make a guess and say Pop was barbecuing for a family get together to celebrate his and our sister Kathy’s birthdays in May.
Springs demands are keeping us busy at our country bungalow. It took me over 4 hours to mow our property on the riding lawn mower yesterday. Dear did the weed whacking for the same amount of time. We purchased a back support for me to wear while I mow since our ground is uneven and there is quite a bit of bouncing about as I move across the acreage. After that kind of work we are a wee bit brain dead and just fit for vegging for a while.
Our Canadian friends enjoyed their Victoria Day weekend and now we have our Memorial Day weekend coming up here in the U.S.A. Do you have any plans?
Came across these verses in my readings this morning and thought they were a good reminder for our times.
So, flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. (2 Timothy 2: 22-26, ESV)
Our brother Steve recorded Pop sharing about some of his first jobs in Iran and in the USA. This was recorded in 2011.
My mom is cracking me up when she stops the conversation because she smells oil getting hot in Steve and Kelly’s kitchen.
Psalm 103 was our Pop’s favorite Psalm.
In 1983 my parents followed a dream that our Pop had to build his own home in a country setting. On April 9, 1983 after our last Easter in La Mirada, they moved to Wildomar. They had purchased some land in the town of Wildomar. They lived in a travel trailer on the property while they built their new home. Our pop built a sort of lean to off the trailer to serve as an outdoor kitchen of sorts. Any of us who were able to drive out to help in any way we could with the building process. They lived in Wildomar until 1987. Our youngest brother and sister were still living with our folks and they found this move a tough one being 60 miles southeast of their previous home. Both Leonard and Lana ended up living with family closer to their colleges and employment opportunities, especially during the building process.
The house building progress in late August or early September.
We even enjoyed a very rustic Thanksgiving 1983 in the house before it was completed.
These two photos are current photos of the property that my sister and niece took while in the area a few months ago.
Easter in Wildomar in 1984.
The Easter Egg hunt in 1984.
Vera, did you and Nick make this hot tub happen for mom and pop?
Christmas 1985. I was pregnant with Katie at this Christmas and she surprised us all coming early 2 days after Christmas. Two grandchildren were added to Moisi and Nadia while they lived in Wildomar bringing the total to 12 at this time.
There were many fun adventures for cousins on this property. Our boys were 2 and 4 when Moisi built this home and they were 6 and 8 when our folks sold this property and moved to Yorba Linda, Katie was 2. In 1984 we moved from Huntington Beach to Ventura which was 145 miles from Wildomar so trips were few and far between from 1985 until 1987. Katie was born in Ventura and she was not a good car traveler which made the drive to Wildomar more of a challenge. It was easier for us to get to Yorba Linda for visits when our folks moved back to Orange County in 1987.
Moisi and Nadia made friends in a local church during these years.
Many changes in our family dynamics would unfold during the Yorba Linda years from 1987 until 1997 and beyond.
As more photos become available from our folks’ time in Wildomar I will add them to the post.
Our family moved to La Mirada from Montebello in 1971. We had 5 weddings while we lived here. Our sister Vera was already married. Our brother Fred got married in 1972. Kathy and I got married in 1974. Tim got married in 1978. Steve got married in 1981. Our parents owned this home until 1983. Moisi and Nadia became Babushka and Dzedushka in this home with 10 grandchildren being born between 1974 and 1981. More grandchildren were added while they lived in Wildomar and Yorba Linda, their next two moves after La Mirada.
My parents were able to add some new furniture to their home.
We had one of our first big celebrations in our new home in May of 1971 for our sister Kathy’s birthday.
This was the first car I purchased on a payment plan. It was so nice to finally have a car that ran well.
Our little maternal babushka lived with us for a short time before she passed away in 1980.
Our first Christmas in our new home with our mom’s side of the family. Aunt Nina and my mom preparing food in the kitchen.
Two of our four cousins on mom’s side of the family with our little grandmother and our Pop and Uncle Paul at the head of the table.
Our little babushka, mom and me at a Southern California beach in 1972.
The first six grandchildren in the backyard in La Mirada with Moisi and our sister Kathy. This was 1979.
Judging from the ages of these cousins, this probably was the last Christmas on Arroyo Drive in 1982.
More photos will be added to this post when I can scan them onto my latest computer.
For Father’s day in 1987 we gathered at a park in Southern California for food and a baseball game. We ordered t-shirts for everyone, red for all the kids, blue for all the adults. The baseball game was kids vs. adults. It was a fun gathering. I’m guessing the kids won the baseball game. Our Katie was the youngest of Moisi and Nadia’s grandchildren at this time. Moisi is next to her in this photo. We included Dear’s family for this gathering so Jenna and Annie are in the line-up along with all of Moisi’s grandchildren to date. We lined the kids up according to age.
(Jenna), Danielle, Debbee, John, David, Michelle, Joshua, (Annie), Michael, Daniel, Melissa, Stephen, Timothy, Katie and our Patriarch, Moisi. More grandchildren were born after this gathering. Timothy has 3 more brothers, Levi, Caleb and Joseph. After our brother Tim’s first wife passed away he married Letty who has two sons, Derek and Anthony. Our brother Leonard was married in 2004 (?) and has two children, Hope and Andrew. Nineteen grandchildren in all. I won’t mention the great grandchildren here.
July of 1988
April of 2013 ~children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Several family members are missing in this photo.
September of 2013 at Nadia’s, our mom’s, funeral~grandchildren and spouses and 3 great-grandchildren.
January 2017~Grandchildren and spouses and two great-grandchildren.
July 2018 at Moisi’s funeral. Grandchildren with spouses and five great-grandchildren. As usual several are missing.
This is a photo taken of the paternal side of our family in 1957 or 1958 by my best guess since our younger brother Tim is not in the photo. The quality of the copy of this photo is not good. This is the Molokan side of our family. Our Babushka and Dzedushka are seated flanked by 5 of their grandchildren and holding their youngest grandchild at this time. Our sister Kathy is the only one who is still alive from this row. Two of the children seated in front of our grandparents were our Uncle Jim’s/James’ step-children from his first marriage. We have no idea where they are or if they are still alive. That marriage did not last. Seven of the grandchildren seated are still alive. I’m the third one in from the right just below and to the right of my grandfather. Our sister Vera is just below and to the left of our grandmother. In front of Vera is our brother Fred. Our sister Kathy is on the far left seated on the bench with our grandparents. Moisi’s brother Mike did not immigrate from Russia with the rest of the family. After the family escaped into Persia/Iran and were there for some time rumors were spread about things being better in Russia and our uncle Mike decided to go back to Russia. He was arrested and sent to Siberia for many years and miraculously survived the harsh conditions there. Our Aunt Anna is the last surviving daughter of Babushka and Dzedushka. She will be 94 this April. She’s the one with the flower on. Moisi is the third one in from the right standing in the back row. Nadia is the third one in from the right below Moisi.
This is the Molokan church we all attended before we and a couple of our uncles’ families moved to Kern Avenue Molokan church. I do not have any photos of the Kern Avenue building.
We shopped at Russian Kosher Markets like this one for our required Kosher meat. This market is Shubin’s market. I remember shopping at Klubniken’s market but I don’t have a photo from Klubniken’s. Molokans kept some of the dietary laws that Orthodox Jews would keep and they also observe some of the Jewish holy days.
This photo above is from the 2nd Convention of the Russian Baptists in Los Angeles in 1939 years before the maternal side of our family immigrated to the U.S. and years before we joined the Russian Baptist church. In the late 50’s and early 60’s Bethany Baptist added a Russian Grammar School at it’s building that we and other Molokan children attended. I did not like going to Russian School on Saturdays!
These are photos taken from the 75th Anniversary of the Baptist church that our family became a part of in the early 70’s. Bethany Baptist Church, 2960 East Eighth Street in Los Angeles, California.
In 1985 Bethany Baptist celebrated their 75th anniversary. Moisi and Nadia are in the second row on the left side. After Dear and I were married we were members of other churches and did not attend the Russian Baptist church except for special services or funerals.
These Tuesday With Moisi posts will remain fluid as I add or correct information and find more photos.