The couple has been married for seven and a half years and their family will soon be going from two to four. The Russells are expecting their first baby, Elayna Grace, Aug. 10. Their foster daughter, Bianca Paige, is 14 years old. Bianca has been visiting with them in Manila but will soon be living with them permanently. All in a matter of months they will become parents of a new baby and a teenager.
"Bianca was in our youth group at Hardy and we fell in love with her," Mrs. Russell said. "We are excited about having two daughters."
Mr. Russell was in construction work before being called into the ministry four years ago. Mrs. Russell's father, Dr. Jeff Bradley, is a minister in Georgia. Her mother, Toni Palermo, lives in New Orleans. Like others, she is recovering from losing everything during Hurricane Katrina. Mrs. Russell is one of five children. Her grandparents and other relatives still live in Hardy. Mr. Russell is the younger of two boys. His parents, Jimmy and Marti Russell, also live in Hardy.
Russell served as student pastor at First Baptist Church in Hardy and First Baptist Church at Calico Rock before moving to Manila. He graduated in December with a Christian Ministries Degree. His major is theology and minor in psychology.
The church offices located in the former Stahr house, adjacent to the church, were moved to the New Life Center and the Russells moved into the house in April.
Mrs. Russell is a nail technician and used one of the rooms to open her shop, "Nails by Nancy." She is currently filling in as church secretary and will be there through July. She does nails by appointment in the afternoons and plans to open full time after a maternity leave. She has been doing nails for seven years.
Natives of Hardy, he enjoys hunting and fishing and she was a horse rider. She competed in barrel racing at local rodeos. They both enjoy working with the young people of the church.
Mrs. Russell enjoys cooking and is sharing some of her favorite recipes.
Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie
25 Kraft caramels
2 Tbsp. milk
1 cup chopped pecans
1 graham cracker crust (6 oz.)
1 pkg. (8 squares) semi-sweet baking chocolate
8 oz. Cool Whip French Vanilla Whipped Topping (thawed, divided)
Place caramels in medium microwavable bowl. Add milk. Microwave on high 2-1/2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute. Stir in pecans. Pour into crust.
Microwave chocolate in medium microwavable bowl on high 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring after each minute. Add 2 cups of the whipped topping and whisk until well blended. Spread evenly over caramel layer in crust. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Let stand at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Top with remaining whipped topping.
1/4 cup butter
1 Tbsp. flour
2 cups whipping cream
2 egg yolks
1-1/2 parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Nutmeg to taste
Melt butter. Add flour and stir until dissolved. Add cream, egg yolks, cheese and nutmeg. Stir constantly until sauce thickens. Can add mushrooms.
Italian Spring Vegetable Soup
4 Tbsp. butter
2 medium onions, chopped
4 small stalks of celery and leaves, chopped
12 cups chicken broth
2 large unpeeled zucchini, thinly sliced
10 oz. frozen peas
10 oz. frozen broccoli flowerets
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach
1 cup ditali (pasta)
1 tsp. fresh basil
Salt and pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese grated
Heat butter and saute onion and celery until soft. Add onions and celery to broth and bring to boil. Add vegetables and pasta. Cook until vegetables are barely tender. Add salt, pepper and basil. Top with cheese.