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Definitely not a mix up at the hospital. Hope is one of us. The picture of Emma was taken a few months ago and when Hope pulled that face I new right away they were cut from the same cloth. We have some exciting times ahead of us.


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And Then Came Hope

Hope was delivered on November 5, 2007 at 9:31 PM (GMT +4) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

After an active labor of 2 hours and 45 minutes and 2 pushes Hope Elizabeth Russell entered the world covered in cheese. She was officially 3 days early, but didn’t seem like it. She weighed in at 8lbs 6oz and is 22 inches long from head to toe. That is 3.9kg and 59cm for all of you metric fans out there. Kristin and Hope came home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon and have been relaxing from the trauma inflicted upon them by the staff and patients of the infamous Al Corniche Hospital. I will post a link when she writes the story.

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Future Indie Rocker

I realized today that I am raising my girls up right. When we got in the car to go to school, WeSing was in the CD player. When I canged the music Cailin made two requests that demonstrated that musical taste just might be genetic. Her first request was They Might Be Giants, and when I said not today she then said Spoon!

Thats my girl.

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A Good Friday

Today was a good day for us here in Abu Dhabi. Kristin gave a good talk on prayer and fasting at church today. She was very nervous, but did a good job delivering her message.

We also had the worldwide leadership training after church today, delayed by a month. We watched the broadcast on the DVD player with all of the teachers in the ward there. I picked up many things, but only two really stuck in my mind. The first is something that President Packer said: A good teacher is an active learner. I try to be an active learner in my life, in things spritual and things design. And in the classroom setting a point was raised by one of the class members (Sister Beck from the Young Womens general presidency) that it is not the questions that you ask as a teacher that are the important ones, but the questions you generate from your class. A good teacher will inspire questions from their students. I was also struck by the energy of Elder Holland in his teaching of the class. And what a class it was. Members of the Quorum of the Seventy, members of the Primary, Relief Society, Young Mens and Young Womens general presidencies and new converts. It was a good and worthwhile meeting to attend.

And to top it all off our home teacher stopped by this evening as well. His son is 22 months old and can already recognize colors, the alphabet and numbers. And Madelyn and Cailin did their very first solo baking project. They made some sugar cookies that I have to say turned out very good, and very delicious.

What a nice day.

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