Friday, October 31, 2008

Golden Oldies Night

We celebrated another Elderly Outreach on Wednesday. It's a neat thing to watch the church function together in serving the needs of the elderly. Some cook, some clean, some drive, some entertain, but all love. We had a great night. We served a meal of chicken, potatoes and beet salad. Notice in the picture Danny is mixing the potatoes with a drill and mixer attachment. Hey, its Ukraine! It might not be grammas way of doin it, but it's not grammas kitchen and you gotta do what works. The entertainment for the night was musical. Mostly they sang songs and a few played instruments. My daughter Josie even played a song on the piano and sang with her friend Anya. Thanks for all your prayers and financial contributions to make this a monthly outreach a blessing to those who come.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Visit From My Mom!

Last week, my mom came to visit us in Ukraine! We were all so thrilled to spend time with her and have her see firsthand the place God has called us to. The trip was only 6 days, but it was so worth it! We had a great time showing her around town and Kiev and introducing her to the awesome people in our lives. She had plenty of play time with the grandkids and even climbed up into their treehouse one day! I enjoyed some great talks with my mom, just catching up on all that God is doing in our lives and in hers. Thank you, Mom, for making the trip out to see us! It meant so much to us! We love you!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Time in Kiev, New Friends, and Cleaning up...

Last week, Micah and I got away to Kiev for a night. With NO KIDS! We did have a few errands to take care of, but after that, we took it easy and tried to enjoy the city. It seems that whenever we are in Kiev, we are either running lots of errands, stuck in traffic or trying to handle four hyper kids in the van. So, it was so nice to have no agenda and no distractions and be able to focus on each other. We ate at a wonderful Chinese restaurant, had lots of yummy coffee drinks, strolled the city streets and did a bit of shopping. We also visited the Lavra Monastery. It was such a nice get-away for us and we look forward to the next one!!!

We have enjoyed getting to know the Crowe family, who moved to Ukraine a few months ago. We traveled out to their place for dinner and fellowship. The kids were very excited to see their new friends and we were happy to catch up with Bruce, Deb and Cassie!

We had our annual fall church clean-up day. It mostly consists of raking the leaves into piles and hauling them away. The kids got in on the action and were actually very good helpers. The best part of raking is jumping into the leaves, but they were a bit too wet for that this time.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Fall Day with the Silva's

We were finally able to get out to Billa Tserkva to visit the Silva family. The weather was gorgeous and we all enjoyed walking through the park and basking in the beauty of fall here in Ukraine. Greg took much better pictures than us, but here are a few that we took...

After the time in the park, we were delighted to have undeniably the best hotdogs and buns we have tasted here in Ukraine! Thanks so much guys for treating us so well and for the great afternoon! You are such a blessing to us!