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Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone…

Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone…

It was a gray day, and Kerri’s absence made it grayer. With another day before she would return from the women’s conference, the girls eagerly joined me in a project, to make homemade applesauce. No one’s heard of applesauce in Ukraine, but for us it brings with it the aroma of the holidays. In the middle of peeling an apple, Casey shrieked and ran to the window. It was snowing for the first time this year, which obviously meant that we needed an additional treat–hot […]



Bend it Like Sophie

Bend it Like Sophie

Asians have Tiger-moms, Texans have Pageant-moms, and Eastern Europeans have Olympic-moms. We took Sophie to a local rhythmic gymnastics class for 4-year-olds last year, thinking it would be a great outlet for her boundless energy. But we soon discovered that gymnastics here is not about healthy recreation, it’s about winning. As a five-year-old now, Sophie’s trainer expects 15 hours of practice a week. We are not quite that committed and can’t maintain that kind of schedule, so we’re undoubtedly looked down on by the Olympic-moms, […]



I Love to Admit

I Love to Admit

One of my favorite parts of teaching happens before classes even begin in the fall–admissions interviews. The students are usually very nervous, anxious to give us the right answers. I, on the other hand, bask in the stories that they all tell of how God has been moving in their lives and how with our help they’ll be more prepared to follow God’s calling.  Every time we get new students it reaffirms our purpose for being here. This year we had record enrollment again, which […]