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You know this Ukrainian Christmas Carol

You know this Ukrainian Christmas Carol

This is a neat article about the Ukrainian roots of The Carol of the Bells. The claymation video at the end I especially like! We love the rich cultural heritage and long history of Ukraine. Read the entire article here.



Ukraine’s on the Rise—at least the prices are!

Ukraine’s on the Rise—at least the prices are!

Just to give you a feel for how much inflation Ukraine has experienced, here are the differences in price (in grievnas–Ukrainian currency) from last Nov to this Nov.



Fall on Your Face

Fall on Your Face

Casey and Sophie having fun with dead tree parts…



On my Nerves

On my Nerves

This made me laugh me today…and I needed to. I have pain shooting from my back to my foot. Never experienced this before! Also, Chili dog likes to join me when I’m doing my back stretches.



Odessa Orphans

Odessa Orphans

Michelle is our hero. The girls and I visited her in Odessa, Ukraine, and got to help her for a few days with her ministry to orphans. We joined in with her daily camp activities, and spent the rest of the time wrapping birthday gifts and preparing crafts for the kids. A donor in the States sent a huge pile of soccer cleats for the kids, so we helped them all find the right fit. Until now, they had always played barefoot, so getting their own pair […]



Finishing Unwell

Finishing Unwell

After a year of planning, a week of decorating, and a day of serving, I got sick and couldn’t finish the KTS Women’s Conference. Ironically the theme was “Finishing the Race”…er… Fortunately, it was a team effort, and others carried the baton to the finish line for a win.



Lviv-a Loca-motive

Lviv-a Loca-motive

We traveled with my folks by train to L’viv, a city in Western Ukraine that is one of our favorite destinations. The city is known for good coffee and handmade chocolate, and while we were visiting they hosted a historic Grand Prix. We all enjoyed a weekend of strolling along the cobblestone avenues lined with antique cars, leading up to the grand finale “race” with a top speed of 25 mph.  



The Rest of Ukraine

The Rest of Ukraine

We were all invited to spend a weekend at my friend’s family farm in a small village. This part of Ukraine is well off the beaten path, and it was a fascinating exposure to Ukrainian life outside the big city. Here, there is a well-known aphorism, “there’s Kiev and then there’s the rest of Ukraine.”  



Return Trip

Return Trip

This summer my parents made their fourth trek to Ukraine to visit us. (So far they have come each summer that we haven’t returned to the States.) They have seen most of Kiev’s sights by now, so we know they aren’t coming back for the tourist attractions. This time they brought quilts for our girls that my mom and two aunts worked together to make. Casey and Sophie chose the patterns and fabrics when we were with them last summer, and the finished quilts were fantastic! […]



Our Magic Tree House

Our Magic Tree House

For Sophie’s 7th birthday, Jason and I pretended to be Jack and Annie—characters from her favorite book series, The Magic Tree House. We took Sophie and her friends on adventures based on several of the stories: We went to a prehistoric dinosaur-land and popped balloon dinosaur eggs. We went to ancient Egypt and made mummies out of the mommies. We went to the Far East and played Ninja. We went to Africa for a safari snack. We went to ancient Greece and participated in the Olympics. You […]



I Know…

I Know…

This makes me nervous. When I found this on the kitchen counter, it made me wonder if I was being blackmailed by a six-year-old. If so, for what? Was it the extra M&Ms I sneaked after the kids went to bed? Maybe it was the leftover birthday cupcake that I was sure no one would want…it hardly even looked like a fish anymore… As it turns out, the anonymous threat was really just a demonstration of Sophie’s ability to spell with a silent K. Phew. […]



Bake Someone Happy

Bake Someone Happy

I have never thought of myself as the Betty Crocker type. And when I pictured life on the mission field, I thought I’d be doing something really meaningful and valuable. Certainly not baking. Or making coffee. (Imagine my eyes rolling.) But the longer I’m here, the more I realize that one of the best ways to make people feel loved–something that transcends cultural differences and language barriers–is hospitality. And what’s even more surprising to me is that I’m really starting to enjoy it. At church, […]