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S: Life's Gifts - Fifteen Years Together - 1995 - 2010 - Arrangement by Benjamin Hill

BC: Looking forward to many more years...

FC: Life's Gifts | 1995 - 2010 | Fifteen Years Together | Arrangement by Benjamin Hill

1: My Dearest Natalia, I hope you enjoy looking through the following pages and experience the same memories I felt when selecting these photos. I am always at a loss as to what to get you as a present. I went through all of the normal gifts years ago and I only have left to buy a house, a summer home, a car, and a few surprise vacations to complete the list. When I see something that says to me, “Natalia would love this,” I will buy it at any time of the year. I don’t need a holiday to remind me that we have a wonderful relationship. Speaking of holidays, there is also no shortage of holidays that present themselves as an opportunity to express my feelings. For most men, having a calendar with New Year’s Day, Orthodox Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, Natalia’s Name Day, Christmas, your birthday , three children’s birthdays, and three wedding anniversaries would be too much for them to handle. Lucky for you, I can’t wait to get home every day and celebrate life with you and the kids. When I found out you could make your own photo album, I wanted to get one for you. I spent many hours consolidating our digital archive of photos and selecting a few from each year of each person to create this book. As the years went by and the size of our family grew along with our capacity to store photos, more and more photos per year appear in this book. Please always remember that I love you, and, when you see me on my computer with my back to the door, it just may be that I’m thinking of you and trying to make something unique for you to enjoy. With All My Love, Ben

2: Spending Time at Texaco Austin, October 1995 | Our First Christmas Together Corpus Christi, December 1995 | South Padre Island Texas, December 1995

3: Exchange Students' Party Austin, February 1996 | A New Life Beginning in Ukraine Kiev, August 1996 | Our Wedding Kiev, November 22, 1996

4: Marine Corps Ball Kiev, November 1997 | Halloween with the Marines Kiev, October 1997 | Renewal of Vows Texas, March 22, 1998 | Our First Vacation Kiev, November 1997

5: Natalia & Goddaughter Maria Kiev October 27, 1998 | Natalia & Minu Yagotin, April 6, 1998 | Natalia's Graduation Kiev, June 28, 1998

6: Natalia, Zina, & Sasha Kiev, November 7, 1998 | Marine Corps Ball Kiev, November 1999 | Marine Corps Ball Kiev, November 1998 | Sneak Attack Waco, December 3, 1999

7: Ben, Natalia, Zina, & Alosha Kiev, January 1, 2000 | Marine Corps Ball Kiev, November 2000 | New Year's Eve Kiev, December 2000 | Christian's Birth Kiev, January 7, 2001

8: Christian's Dedication Ceremony Corpus Christi, March 25, 2001 | Christian's Baptism Kiev, February 2001 | Trip to Corpus Christi March 2001 | Natalia's Birthday Kiev, May 15, 2001

9: Natalia on the Beach Crete, August 2001 | Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Louis Crishock, & Christian Kiev, July 4, 2001 | Halloween Kiev, October 2001 | Christian Kiev, August 2001

10: Christian at Luna Park Kiev, August 30, 2002 | Ben's Birthday Kiev, June 30, 2002 | Barmaley Face Kiev, June 25, 2002 | Christian & Natalia with Santa Kiev, December 2001

11: Caroline's Birth Kiev, March 1, 2003 | Christmas Kiev, December 25, 2002 | Christian Corpus Christi November 14, 2002 | Halloween at Tony's Kiev, October 2001

12: Christian & Caroline Kiev, March 20, 2003 | Christian Kiev, April 13, 2003 | Caroline Kiev, May 28, 2003 | Christian Kiev, May 28, 2003

13: Christian Kiev, July 14, 2003 | Caroline Kiev, July 14, 2003 | Christian & Caroline Kiev, June 23, 2003 | Ben & Christian Corpus Christi, May 31, 2003

14: Caroline Kiev, September 18, 2003 | Ben, Caroline, and Christian Kiev, September 7, 2003 | Christian & Grandma Debbie Kiev, August 3, 2003 | Grandma Debbie's Birthday Kiev, August 11, 2003

15: Caroline Kiev, September 18, 2003 | Caroline Kiev, October 2, 2003 | Natalia & Caroline Corpus Christi October 26, 2003 | Christian After Helping Granddaddy Clean Corpus Christi October 30, 2003

16: Caroline Corpus Christi October 26, 2003 | Christian's Birthday Corpus Christi January 7, 2004 | Christian Corpus Christi December 11, 2003 | Christian Corpus Christi December 11, 2003

17: Ben's Sonogram Kiev, February 18, 2003 | Caroline's Birthday Corpus Christi, March 1, 2004 | Caroline's First Steps Corpus Christi January 26, 2004 | Christian & Caroline Corpus Christi February 16, 2004

18: Christmas Corpus Christi December 25, 2004 | Caroline, Christian, & Ben Corpus Christi, December 16, 2004 | Christian's Birthday Corpus Christi, January 7, 2005 | Caroline's Birthday Corpus Christi, March 1, 2005

19: Sasha, Ben, Christian, & Caroline Corpus Christi, June 28, 2005 | Ben "Hollywood" Hill Corpus Christi, July 11, 2005 | Natalia's Birthday Corpus Christi, May 15, 2005 | Easter Sunday Corpus Christi, March 27, 2005

20: Ben's Graduation Corpus Christi, August 6, 2005 | Zina, Caroline, Ben, & Christian Corpus Christi, July 30, 2005 | Zina & Ben Corpus Christi, August 9, 2005 | Ben, Zina, & Caroline Corpus Christi, August 5, 2005

21: Ben, Caroline, & Christian Corpus Christi, December 25, 2005 | Halloween Corpus Christi, October 31, 2005 | Ben's First Birthday Kiev, September 21, 2005 | Grandma Debbie's Birthday Corpus Christi, August 11, 2005

22: Christian Playing T-Ball Corpus Christi, March 21, 2006 | Cowgirls & Cowboys Corpus Christi, January 22, 2006 | Caroline, Ben, & Christian Salko, July 24, 2006 | Caroline's Birthday Corpus Christi, March 1, 2006

23: Christmas Corpus Christi December 25, 2006 | New Year's Eve Houston, December 31, 2006

24: Visiting Grandma's House Corpus Christi, May 8, 2007 | Christian's Birthday Houston, January 7, 2007 | Christian, Caroline, & Ben Kiev, June 12, 2007 | Easter Sunday Houston, April 8, 2007

25: Ben, Caroline, Christian, Zina, & Nadya Yagotin, August 11, 2007 | Caroline, Christian, Sasha, & Ben Crimea July 2007 | Biker Ben Crimea July 2007 | Natalia Crimea June 24, 2007

26: Christian's First Dance Competition Corpus Christi, November 2007 | Christian's First Day of School Kiev, September 1, 2007 | Caroline's First Dance Competition Kiev November 2007 | Pirogova Architecture Museum Kiev, September 16, 2007

27: Caroline & Ben on Orthodox Christmas Eve Kiev, January 6, 2008 | Christmas Kiev, December 25, 2007 | BOHA Photo Shoot Kiev, December 21, 2007

28: Dance Club Christmas Party Kiev, January 12, 2008 | Hill Kids on Ice Kiev February 2008 | Caroline the Goat Kiev March 5, 2008 | Caroline's Birthday Kiev March 5, 2008

29: Natalia & Sasha Los Angeles April 19, 2008 | Kids Playing at Kiev Polytechnical Institute Kiev April 13, 2008 | Christian's Abstract Art Crimea, June 29 & 30, 2008 | Anastasia, Christian, Elena, Davyd, & Caroline Kiev, May 1, 2008

30: Halloween Kiev, October 31, 2008 | Dnipro Boat Party Kiev, September 4, 2008 | First Day of School Kiev September 1, 2008 | Natalia Kiev, October 17, 2008

31: New Year's at El Gaucho Kiev, January 1, 2009 | Christmas Kiev December 25, 2008 | Caroline's Svyato Kiev December 28, 2008 | Natalia Kiev January 1, 2009

32: Family on the Porch Corpus Christi, February 2009 | Christian, Natalia, Ben, & Caroline Corpus Christi, February 2009 | Family on Vacation Crimea, August 7, 2009 | Castles in Western Ukraine Uzhgorod, May 1, 2009

33: Natalia Sunbathing Crimea August 13, 2009 | Christmas Kiev December 25, 2009 | Four Shades of Tan Crimea August 20, 2009 | Christmas Dinner Kiev December 26, 2009

34: Orthodox Christmas Kiev, January 7, 2010 | Ben's First Dance Competition Kiev, January 24, 2010 | Ben's First Dance Competition Kiev January 24, 2010 | Caroline & Natalia Kiev, February 16, 2010

35: Easter Sunday Kiev April 4, 2010 | Christian's in Traditional Ukrainian Costume Kiev March 5, 2010 | Natalia's Birthday Kiev May 15, 2010 | Caroline Dancing Kiev May 2010

36: Walking in the Garden Crimea, June 7, 2010 | Swimming in the Black Sea Crimea, June 20, 2010 | Ben Flexing Crimea June 20, 2010 | Brothers at the Lighthouse Crimea June 27, 2010

37: Brothers Relaxing Crimea July 19, 2010 | Cheers at Aqua Park Crimea, July 18, 2010 | Kids Relaxing Crimea July 13, 2010 | Ben's Birthday at the Office Kiev, June 30, 2010

38: Christian Crimea July 25, 2010 | Caroline Crimea July 25, 2010 | Going to the Beach Crimea July 19, 2010 | Banana Boat Ride Crimea, July 24, 2010

39: Masoch Cafe L'viv, August 2010 | Kids Making Pizzas Kiev, August 21, 2010 | Swimming in the Mountains Morshyn, August 2010 | Ben's Birthday Kiev, September 25, 2010

40: I don't know what the future holds. The odds that we would ever have met are astronomical. Where we met, how we met, and what we've done to stay together are a testament to the fact that we can create our own future together. The sky is the limit, and the only future I can imagine is with you at my side. Merry Christmas Ben 2010 | University of Texas at Austin | Nueces Place Apartments | Dusk at Pirogova Architecture Museum | St. Sophia Cathedral

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