Yesterday we helped out at our mission agency’s home office, hanging Christmas lights and putting up the tree. We have the annual Board meeting next week.
We took the girls with us, and they actually helped! It was enjoyable.
So that was part of their socialization and service, as they had to interact with our wonderful mission director and secretary.
These two kids are also an answer to prayer. I’d been praying a long time that the girls would have a special time in the US, and our neighbors who live in the mission housing behind us are missionaries to India, and their kids are wonderful. They love playing together every day!
Guess where we are now?
Oh, this was also another awesome element of homemade, relational learning yesterday: Making vareniki with babushka!
One thing in my prayer notebook (by Gina Garland) is praying that our kids will have meaningful relationships with their grandparents (something of that nature), and it’s been neat watching Vitaliy’s mom teach them to knit, cook, etc.
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We made these friends 3 and a half years ago when we were here. Their church met on Sunday afternoons in a church next door to our house. We’ve enjoyed renewing our friendship!
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We had such a Little House on the Prairie day.
(We just started reading one of the LHOTP books we’ve not read yet.)
So we noticed a man and woman raking leaves in our enormous, tree-filled yard. So we soon went out to join then. I thought it a nice second half to our school-life day.
It’s a big job. Really big.
And we’ve done this the last two times we were here, too. We like having physical work to do at times.
So, as they pound the leaves down in the truck bed to haul them off, I imagine them as Laura in the prairie sun stamping down the hay Pa throws in the wagon.
Then I think, yes, Little House meets Ukraine … and India … (our next door neighbors who share this yard are from India).
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I’m polishing off my second round of nachos and cheese.
Yesterday, the females and children of the fam went to a Greek bake sale, and among other things, I got this yummy desert and had a nice time with the family.
I’m also yumming down on a Ukrainian salad that Vitaliy’s mom made today:
And I was so touched last night– our ladies missionary society at Grace gave each missionary a 40 dollar gift card to LifeWay (well, we could choose between this gift card or a manicure/pedicure, and did I even think for one second about that choice?).
So last night I walked around the store for a bit, canvassing what delicious way to spend this money, and I saw the wonderfullest thing I’ve been wanting!
A shepherdess mom figurine.
That is NOT the official name of this statue or anything, but that’s what I think of it as, and I put it has the header of my ShepherdessMom blog, which was my original desire. It’s my motif for motherhood right now.
That “Love” word I picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby.
Been busy, ya’ll. Busy and blessed!
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we did a little photo shoot sunday with a professional gal in our church …
The spinning wheel was in our attic. the clay jars are from our house here, too– the previous owners cooked in the clay/brick stove a lot! What Vitaliy is holding– that’s the jar, then the special tool you use to get the jar in and out of the hot cave-like oven.
Coloring is so pretty outside!
I wanted to get individual shots with the girls because, you know, we’re always in a group:
And Vitaliy with Andre
The Ukrainian outfits are Vitaliy’s brilliant idea
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