I think I’ll try to get back into posting photos of our daily life here. I know lots of people (besides just the grandmas) are interested in our daily life, and posting weekly pics forces me to get on here and share even if I don’t feel like I have a heckuvalot to say. 🙂
The kids are adjusting pretty well to life back in Ukraine. Seth acts as though we never left. Ha! He easily picked back up with little friends from church. Ukrainian life with all the walking and more naturally active life suits him just fine. Hava, Addy, and Ezra are all doing fine. School hasn’t started yet, and we still haven’t nailed down exactly where they will go and which grade everyone will be in, so they’re still in our family/church bubble. Things may get a bit more dicey once we get closer to beginning school…we’ll see. I’m nervous about it, but what’s new? Today all is well, so I’ll just be content with that. Vladik is doing great. He was pretty emotional and regressed quite a bit in our first week here, but he seems to be coming back to his old self. I could do a whole post on that…maybe I will!
Bluebell is adjusting to Ukrainian life as well! It’s killing her to not be able to just run and run and run. But, we have LOADS of stray dogs in our neighborhood so she has to be on the leash at all times. We take her for several walks a day, but I know she misses her freedom. Soon! Bluebell will LOVE village life! We are so glad we brought her. I see the kids going to her for comfort and joy often throughout the day. What a blessing. I could do a whole post on that as well! Maybe I will! 😉
On Sunday night a bunch of our church family came out to the new property to check it out and to pray. It was awesome! We felt so loved, and it was massively encouraging to see so many people from church interested and engaged in what God is doing. It was a beautiful time.
A friend from church, Andriy, brought his camera along and took some cool pics while we were all out at the property. I love them!!! There are SO MANY super old things left at the house. Like serious antiques. It will be so fun to use them in decorating. EEK! I’m horrible at that kind of thing. I need Fixer-Uppers International!!! Seriously though, our house would be so super fun for someone who is good at that kind of thing. It’s like a museum!
We have a small team here this week from the UK Vineyard, and one friend from Ventura Vineyard. Oh man, we love those guys so much. They’re mostly here to help the Ukrainian Vineyard pastors, but a couple of the team members are Speech and Language Pathologists and they came just to support our interns at Romaniv. They have all been such an encouragement to us. They also makes us laugh a ton, so that’s a big bonus. We are so thankful for their love for Ukraine and her people, and their love for us. We don’t want them to leeeeeeeeave!!!! (I don’t have pics of them all, but you get the idea. They rock.) Thank you Jim, Jeremy, Josh, Sophie, and Ali! 🙂
And, of course we have our boys. Our sweeties. Our urgency to get them out grows more every day. It’s hard to trust God’s timing, but we really don’t want to push ahead on our own. We are certain to fall flat on our faces if we get ahead of ourselves. So, one foot in front of the other we say yes. And in the meantime we try to give them all the love we can while they wait.
what an amazingly beautiful family you have, and the boys too…. They seem so easy to love, you are doing an amazing thing. LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU ALL.
I have often thought the same thing about Fixer Upper! They need to do a Missionary edition!
Thanks for posting all those beautiful pictures! Your blogs are always so interesting.I enjoy reading them. Love you all and are praying for you. Anne