Ministry friends

We felt so privileged to be invited to share Thanksgiving Day with Cara and her friends. Actually Cara, Jim and I were the only Americans, but many of the guests had experienced Thanksgiving celebrations over the years. It was quite encouraging to hear each guest reflect what God has done in his/her life over the […]

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The Lord

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Classic movies

Thankful for this season and the movies that we traditionally watch. Of course, one of our unwritten rules is that we don’t watch Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving. But with the combination of a very late Thanksgiving Day this year AND the fact that we will be heading to the States in a few short […]

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Grandchildren

So thankful for the privilege of being a grandmother. I don’t think I ever realized what an amazing relationship it is. I was blessed with two grandmothers who definitely spoiled me… And my children enjoyed two grandmothers briefly, and still have my mother in their lives. I don’t take for granted the love that my […]

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Peaceful demonstrations

We spent some time this afternoon at European square in downtown Kyiv. Guesstimating over 100,000 participants protesting the government’s cancellation of trade talks with the European Union late last week. The agreement was hopefully going to be signed at the end of this week in Lithuania. For the most part, the demonstrations have been without […]

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Mom

How thankful I am that I still have my mom here on earth. And though we don’t get to see her NEARLY enough, we treasure the moments that we DO get with her. Today is her birthday. She’s in Ohio. We’re in Ukraine. Oh, how we’d love to be celebrating with her. But LAST year […]

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Kyiv demonstrations

Reminiscent of the Orange Revolution, Ukrainians are taking to the street to protest a decision made by the government. Our house guest joined the crowds after midnight last night and said the estimated numbers were close to 2000 participants at one point, but were closer to 1000 when he left. All were vowing to return […]

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Online shopping

Yes, I am thankful for online shopping…it greatly reduces my holiday stress to know that things are being delivered here, there, and everywhere. It is unfortunate that SOME companies that continue to send me e-mail notices will NOT let me actually order from Ukraine. In fact, I can’t even browse their online catalogs. So frustrating! […]

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The Harpers

We love Sid and Wendy Harper and their crazy family. They have been SUCH an encouragement to us since we met them during their adoption process…what an honor, really, to be on the inside as they began the bonding and teaching process even while the boys were still at the orphanage. Such a treat to […]

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Good morning girls…worldwide

Thankful for an online Bible study group. We’re currently involved in a 2-week study on Thanksgiving…focusing our hearts on gratitude. Following the plan created by Good Morning Girls, we are reading Scripture and writing out specific verses. This helps us to slow down and really look at what God is saying. We then post observations […]

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