Iris and Rose Feedback
11/15/04 - 12-02-04
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Thu, 2 Dec 2004 18:31:18 -0800 (PST)
Auntie Celeste
Dear Solomon and Setsuko:
Although it's all been said before,let me join the chours by saying
that the new additions to your family are absolutely adorable.  Hope you
have a safe and happy trip back to the Bay Area.  This auntie is very
much looking forward to meeting her new nieces, Iris and Rose.  
Congratulations to you both.  And Solomon, I was delighted to learn of your
eponymous toilet - your reputation precedes you, obviously.  Now you are
immortalized in porcelain.  
Auntie Celeste, Fiona, Keanna and Tess

Thu, 2 Dec 2004 17:31:52 -0800 (PST)
Gary & John
As Jon and I stood shouder to shouder watching your pictures
unfold, we could not help but notice how happy your Daddy and Mommy
are. We will remind them of this day when you turn teenagers but for now,
warm yourselves in th glow of thier everlasting love and remember your
spiritual destiny is in the hands of very good people.
PS: We found humor in the fact that Dad could not resist the mention of
the monetary transaction and how it dented his enormous pocketbook.
Your Friends
Gary & Jon

Wed, 1 Dec 2004 11:45:23 -0800 (PST)
Amanda Hoelscher
Dear Iris and Rose-
I am the proud mom of 2 year old girl from Uralsk.  You guys look so
much like she did when we were in Uralsk.  I have sooo enjoyed seeing
your beautiful faces every day.  I know your parents are anxious to get
you home, but I'll miss seeing you grow and change every day in your
beautiful family....  may one of you torture your parents in the true
Uralsk girl tradition!!  You Uralsk girls are known for being quite strong
willed and beautiful... you for sure are beautiful, the truth about the
other will be known in time!!  Lots of love from Texas!!  Amanda

Wed, 1 Dec 2004 09:38:33 -0800 (PST)
Dave Rhyne
After seeing your beautiful children and noting their names I am
reminded of the beauty of our gardens through the year.  We grow both Iris
and Roses here in Sunshine Hollow.  Vicki and I both hope your children
blossom and bloom like a garden in Springtime.  Our Best Wishes
Dave And Vicki Rhyne

Tue, 30 Nov 2004 20:42:03 -0800 (PST)
Gideon Elson
Hi Uncle Sol and Aunty Setsuko,
My new cousins look cute, but please dress them up differently and keep
on thier name tags.We went to the 49er game. We got killed.  It was
probally the most embarising game in 49er history...but the garlic fries
were good.  When are you bringing the flowers home?

Mon, 29 Nov 2004 17:20:14 -0800 (PST)
Laurie and Ollie Feigenbaum
Dear Iris and Rose:  We can't wait to meet you either!  We
have been reading all about you, and looking at your pictures.  We can
see already just how special you are, and how happy you've made your Mom
and Dad!
Though we are not actually full family members-you'll get to know what
"extended family" means because there are a lot of us waiting to
welcome you. We've all known your Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandma and Mom and
Dad a long time, and we all know what a loving and welcoming family
they are, and now how lucky they are to have you and you to have them.
Hurry home!
Sending lots of love to you, Iris and Rose, Mom and Dad.
"Aunt " Laurie and "Uncle" Ollie

Sat, 27 Nov 2004 11:59:21 -0800 (PST)
Naomi Lauter
Dear Iris and Rose,
You are both adorable, and we can not wait to see you.  I love both of
your names and you know that your great Grandmother was Rose Ets-Hokin
and she was a fantastic women.  I have bought both of you Rose pins so
you will rememmber your great Grandmother.  Of course, you have to be a
little older to wear them.
Well we are your great Aunt and Uncle and look forward to holding you
for a cuddle and a kiss.
All our love, Aunt Naomi and Uncle Bob

Fri, 26 Nov 2004 11:18:07 -0800 (PST)
Sarah Lauter
Iris and Rose
It's been so wonderful watching you get to know your parents. I can see
from the pictures that you are becoming one big happy family. Your
extended family in San Francisco is so excited to meet you. We missed you
on Thanksgiving, but we are looking forward to sharing many holidays
with you. I love the pictures of you in your sweaters. I hope you enjoy
wearing them as much as I enjoyed making them.
Cousin Sarah

Thu, 25 Nov 2004 13:21:43 -0800 (PST)
Sam Lauter
Aliza and I think Setsuko is holding Iris and Solomon is
holding Rose.  And, unlike my big brother, Iris and Rose can call me
cousin, Uncle Sam, doofus, whatever they prefer.
Sam and Aliza

Thu, 25 Nov 2004 13:09:19 -0800 (PST)
Sam Lauter
They are gorgeous!  And you are gorgeous with them!  This is
the best Thanksgiving ever!  We can't wait to meet them.
Sam, Stephanie, Aliza and Jacob

Wed, 24 Nov 2004 18:49:19 -0800 (PST)
Kassie and Earl Raab
Rose and Iris,
We love you, sight unseen, and we'll love you more and more once we get
the hug and kiss you.  We can hardly wait to give you good squeezes in
San Francisco.
Love and kisses,
To our somewhat cousins,
Kasse and Earl

Tue, 23 Nov 2004 21:41:40 -0800 (PST)
Hey Solly,
A great big mazal tov!  As Steve says about having twins, "eat when
you can, sleep when you can, and go to the can when you can!"  good luck
and we look forward to meeting these two cuties soon.

Tue, 23 Nov 2004 17:49:52 -0800 (PST)
Michael Seigel
Iris & Rose
Have a great first Thanksgiving. This is a special one, since you both
have so much to be thankfull for. Looking forward to meeting you when
you return to San Francisco.

Tue, 23 Nov 2004 14:48:42 -0800 (PST)
Matt Kircher
Everyone looks great!!!  Can't wait to meet  Iris and Rose.
Happy thanks giving.

Mon, 22 Nov 2004 21:08:13 -0800 (PST)

Solomon and Setsuko,
Your twins are adorable!  Your hard work is paying off!  We just can't
wait to meet them!  Wishing you much continued joy and fun,
Rebecca, Joe, Violet, Gideon and Ruby

Mon, 22 Nov 2004 20:44:36 -0800 (PST)
Susan Cotten
Hi Miss Rose and Miss Iris-
I feel very blessed to have been one of the first people to see your
sweet faces.  Ok, I only saw one of your sweet faces for a while but am
honored to have been a part of the process.
I hope your Mom and Dad are enjoying Uralsk, it is such a wonderful
city that has a big chunk of my heart there.  I hope that they learn to
love it as well.
All my best-
Susan (your mom and dad's coordinator)

Mon, 22 Nov 2004 14:17:14 -0800 (PST)
Jeannie Stone
Iris and Rose,
We are all so looking forward to meeting you, Jeremiah and Jordana are
counting the days until you come home.
Tell your Mommy and Daddy we want to see more photos and to let us know
what's happening and how Kazakhstan is, we are dying to hear about
Give them a big kiss and send them our love!

Mon, 22 Nov 2004 00:23:15 -0800 (PST)
Katherine & Gabriel
Miss Iris & Miss Rose-
We have been waiting to meet you for so long now, and seeing these
first pictures of you, with your mom and dad is so exciting. We can't wait
to meet you and hug you, and kiss you, and kiss you, and kiss you and
hug you and kiss you and...
look you in the eyes, and watch you grow up into the gorgeous little
ladies we know you are going to become. Cause we see in it your little
baby smirk. I guess we feel like we know you already!
Aunt Katherine & Uncle Gabriel

Sat, 20 Nov 2004 12:58:12 -0800 (PST)
Dear Iris and Rose,
I can't wait 'til you join the Ets-Hokin family.  It's great that
you're going to be my cousins.  I can babysit you and we can have lots of
Your cousin,

Sat, 20 Nov 2004 12:20:34 -0800 (PST)
Dear Solomon and Setsuko,
I can't wait to see your babies.  i  am  glad  you are  getting  iris  
and  rose   i  can't wait to hold the babies.  i miss you solomon and
setsuko.  i love
babies a lot i wrote  and typed  this  my self  love jordana.

Fri, 19 Nov 2004 17:28:28 -0800 (PST)
Jonathan Lauter
They're gorgeous! I have only one request;that they call me
Uncle Jonathan. If that's okay? This is so exciting! Are you going to
visit Samarkand? I can't wait to meet them.
Much love,

Fri, 19 Nov 2004 15:30:47 -0800 (PST)
Shoshi Lauter
I'm so happy that i have two new cousins, Iris and Rose! I can't wait
to meet them next summer. In the pictures it seems like everyone is
having fun and Iris and Rose are adorable. See you next summer Solomon,
Setsuko, Rose and Iris!

Mon, 15 Nov 2004 19:12:25 -0800 (PST)
The Buffalo Kayes
David: you know Uncle Solomon and Aunt Setsuko are leaving
for Kazakhstan today.
Eliza:  i knew that daaaad.
David:  they left from San Francisco today
Elia:  how long does it take?
David:  well they're stopping in frankfurt and then going to
Kazakhstan.  i think its about 13 hours to Frankfurt and, i don't know, another 8
hours to Kazakhstan from there.
Eliza:  that's like 21 hours
David:  yeah, it takes a really, really long time to get there
Eliza:  yeah, but the babies are forever.
ain't it the truth dearest Solly and Setsuko!  We are so excited.  You
guys are amazing and Iris and Rose are the luckiest (apologies to ben
folds--but it is a great song).  We hope the journey is easy and, as
your personal physician, i must remind you not to forget the laxatives or
the plugger-uppers.  Our spirit and thoughts are with you all the way.  
lots of love, hugs, and kisses
David, Emily, Eliza, and Madeline
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