Friday, February 27, 2009

Dr. J is six!!!

Jaden celebrated his sixth birthday yesterday. He had been anticipating the big day for months, crossing off days on the calendar leading up to it. It was a nice party with a few good friends, a little bowling and baseball on the wii, lots of spiderman goodies and a cool batman cake. We were blessed to have mimi here to celebrate with us!

We are so proud of Jaden! He is adapting so well to life here in Ukraine. His teacher at kindergarden commented this week on how well he is doing on his classwork and we are amazed at how he is picking up Ukrainian. He is such a sweet and sensitive little man. What a joy you are to us, Jaden! Happy birthday, Dr. J!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

My mom visits Ukraine again

We had the blessed opportunity to have my mom out here again in Ukraine. Winter is probably not the best time to come to Ukraine. Its cold and dreary and things tend to slow down during this season. But the Lord opened a door for her to come and really blessed the time we have spent with her. She came out mostly to visit and not necessarily for ministry, but it looked as though God had other plans. He opened doors to be involved in some orphanage trips, women's bible studies, an elderly dinner night and a children's puppet show. Our kids have had a blast tubing with "mimi" and just enjoying her around the house. We have been blessed with the extra help. My mom has the gift of servanthood...and might I add cleaning. Our house has never looked so good. Thanks mom! Here are some pics, more info and details to come in our monthly newsletter.

Who needs a sled when you can purchase a used inner tub from a tire mechanic for half the price. Plus its multi-functional...winter tubing, summer swimming!

A grandma overjoyed at the broach she received. These gifts were made by the women's ministry at Calvary Chapel North Phoenix.

My mom pictured with Alyona, Natasha and Anya. Natasha accepted the Lord as her savior last year and was baptized. Her daughters have been praying for her for a long time.