Monday, December 21, 2009
With the arrival of almost 1 foot of snow has come much joy and delight. This joy and delight can not be rivaled by the joy and delight experienced upon the arrival of our 50 pound package from our home church Covenant and the purchase of a fresh pine smelling christmas tree! If all goes as planned pictures will be posted of us lugging our package home!!
Merry Christmas to all!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Since coming to Ukraine I have become an avid visiter to AllRecipes.com. It's a great website for finding a recipe for anything your little heart desires to cook up! Yesterday I found The Cookie Countdown!! They send you a different cookie recipe every day until Christmas, what a great idea!! So I of course signed up and started off our Cookie Countdown yesterday with a yummy but not so pretty Pumpkin Roll and today Pecan Sandies (made with walnuts since pecans are a special imported delicacy saved for those oh so special pecan pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas). One of my favorite parts of the Cookie Countdown is that you can't peak at what is coming tomorrow! I of course would like to know what the rest of the week holds, but I can't find out until the e-mail arrives in my in box!! I was at first concerned with the thought that I would feel tied into making the cookie recipes I was sent. But I have decided that since I do not have all ingredients readily available to me I can take liberties with the Countdown and switch out recipes I want to make with ones like Peanut Butter Cookies. (Just can't bear at this point to use up my precious peanut butter in a cookie batter!)
Any Christmas favorites you think I should try?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
So today I made history for myself, I purchased my first official piece of maternity clothing!!! I know kind of ridiculous to be buying clothing I won't be able to wear for another couple of months, but oh well, I just couldn't resist. A beautiful pair of wool H&M Maternity pants with belt loops and pockets in the back, nicely lined... I didn't even try them on. Ok so that would have been way ridiculous! I am still wearing my favorite jeans and fitting nicely into all my normal clothes, I'm only 14 weeks you see. But the deal maker with these pants was they were only $1.35. Now who in their right mind can pass that up? I mean even a non-bargain shopper (unlike myself) could not pass that up!
So, I am the proud owner of a pair of pants that I may come to hate in the next months since they may be the only ones I can wear after a little while! I'm so excited it will be wonderful!
Dreaming of a big tummy,
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wish us luck!!
p.s. any suggestions for other good books to read and discuss?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Discussion during one of the sessions.
Reading the participants' evaluation cards after it was all over and planning for next year!
Country Line Dancing. 10 points if you can pick out the Texan in the picture...
Ukrainian Dancing. Garrett's a fast learner!!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Friends of ours took us to the forest on Wednesday to pick raspberries! We met them at the bus stop at 7 AM and then rode a local train to a forest 30 minutes outside of Kiev. We walked into the forest and were literally surrounded by wild raspberry bushes! Not only did we get to pick raspberries, we also saw this HUGE ant hill! Who could have known so much fun was so close at hand!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Train station in Kherson
A replica of Catherine the Great's throne in the Kherson Orthodox Church
This is the Church building in Kherson. They're almost finished with the roof
Friday, June 12, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
As I see it, it probably really is good for the soul to be a tourist, even if it’s only once in a while. Not good for the soul in a refreshing or enlivening way, though, but rather in a grim, steely-eyed, let’s-look-honestly-at-the-facts-and-find-some-way-to-deal-with-them way. My personal experience has not been that traveling around the country is broadening or relaxing, or that radical changes in place and context have a salutary effect, but rather that intranational tourism is radically constricting, and humbling in the hardest way—hostile to my fantasy of being a real individual, of living somehow outside and above it all. (Coming up is the part that my companions find especially unhappy and repellent, a sure way to spoil the fun of vacation travel:) To be a mass tourist, for me, is to become a pure late-date American: alien, ignorant, greedy for something you cannot ever have, disappointed in a way you can never admit. It is to spoil, by way of sheer ontology, the very unspoiledness you are there to experience. It is to impose yourself on places that in all noneconomic ways would be better, realer, without you. It is, in lines and gridlock and transaction after transaction, to confront a dimension of yourself that is as inescapable as it is painful: As a tourist, you become economically significant but existentially loathsome, an insect on a dead thing.
(From: Andrew Sullivan)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Russian built Tu-95 "Bear" is a strategic long-range bomber. Big, cool, and 15,000 lbs of thrust in each engine
Anastra "Antrasal" Reconnaissance Aircraft built in 1917-18 in Odessa
They even had a re-enactment with the Soviet soldiers defeating the Fascists!
Be-12 Anti-sub amphibious Soviet Aircraft. Very cool and built in Ukraine
Everyone who went with the engines of an IL-18 behind us
Outside the entrance to the museum
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Also, here's a shout out to Laura Libassi's mom! Thanks for reading our blog!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
If you look closely you can see a little friend peaking up out of the side drain of my kitchen sink!
I was thinking about starting some tomato and pepper plants next week; how nice to have one I can transplant!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
We have a balcony that connects our kitchen to our living room. The kids have sufficiently broken in our "track", running circles through our kitchen and living room. It was like a little piece of home to have lots of kids running around being loud and having fun!
As always it is delightful to sing praise to God in English and to understand God's word being preached! We thank God for the fellowship of our team members!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I say 'springing' because I've also heard that Kiev gets snow in April too. We'll see!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
The grave of a 2700 year old person was discovered in the Yanghai tombs in China. There are apparently 2500 tombs dating from 3200-2000 years BP. The grave included bridles, archery equipment, a harp, a leather basket, and a wooden bowl with some vegetative material. Very cool!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Yesterday was a national holiday in Ukraine: International Women's day! Since most people had off school and work today, we trounced around the city with some friends and visited this cool mansion built by V. Horodetsky in 1903. It's called the 'House of Chimera's'. Pretty cool!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
This morning Kristen and I went into the center of the city and rode on the Funicular! It goes from St. Michael's Church (old part of town) down towards the river. It was fun and we thought you might like to see some pictures. The first one is taken from the top looking out over the river and the second from the bottom after we exited.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This Sunday in Church we were struck once again by our need to learn Russian! Jon Eide, our team leader and unofficial translator was in the States for a short support raising trip. His absence left us quite frankly in the dark during the church service! We were able to discern the passage that was being preached from and every now and then a word or two that gave us some clue as to what was being said. It was an excellent exercise in listening to say the least! Please pray that we will not grow weary in learning Russian!
Thank God for the little break-throughs that brighten our days! The other morning I asked the lady who watches the door to our apartment building how she was doing. She responded, "Sophia." I thought, wow, I've never heard anyone reply in that way! Then I realized she was telling me her name! This led to a little conversation about my name and Garrett's name and some other things that I didn't quite understand. But now I know Sophia and I can smile and say what little I know to her whenever I see her!
We've started a project to get us out and exploring our city. We are visiting every metro stop, every church and most of the parks in Kiev. (just a side note!) Today in our exploration we found a little park that commemorated Gregory Gogandze a reporter who was murdered in the late 90's because he was reporting on corruption in the government. Please pray that we will grow in our love for Kiev and her people as we explore!
Please pray for protection of the unity of our team. Pray that the devil will not be allowed to get a foothold, that we will be unified in our vision to see Christ glorified in our work here and in our lives.
Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted. For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted. For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
"Whoa hold on there, Ya ne Mafia, Ya ne mafia!!"
Yeah that was about the extent of my defense.
Afterwards I sat down with a friend Andrei and he taught me some simple prayers in Russian that I can pray throughout the week. Looking forward to it!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Today we spent a good part of the day looking for wood glue and then gluing some pieces of our furniture back together after busting them yesterday. Hopefully, it will hold!
Along with video blogging our furniture setup process we also are going to start a project where we'll travel all throughout the city and visit Orthodox Churches, museums, parks, monuments, etc. throughout the next few months. The goal is to get to know the city very well and learn as much about it as we can. So, we'll keep ya posted and include interesting photos, facts, and experiences. Poka poka!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Mass beginning at Notre Dame
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Today we went to this furniture store and bought a table and bench for our kitchen and a bedroom set!! Tomorrow we'll get the kitchen table and the bedroom set in a week or two. I think Kristen is very excited!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The River From the Temple
1 The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was flowing from the south side.
3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits [a] and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. 6 He asked me, "Son of man, do you see this?"
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8 He said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, [b] where it enters the Sea. [c] When it empties into the Sea, [d] the water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Great Sea. [e] 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.
Pete said this is a picture of what we are going out into. We are wading out into Ukraine, and it is deep, and we won't be able to stand. We are diving into this new world. But, we are also diving into the river of God's love which is filled with life and leads to life. We are diving in...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
It's also been such a blessing to take part in the Persian Church here in Brussels. I've learned more about Christ and the Church than I ever thought I would. In a weird way I've found that our time here at pre-field training has helped to give me more focus for our life and ministry in Kiev. Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
It is impossible to reconcile with the New Testment the view which seems to be more or less accepted among the majority of church leaders, that while missionary work is an admirable thing to do, within reasonable limits, it is not something without which the church simply falls to the ground. We must say bluntly that when the Church ceases to be a mission, then she ceases to have any right to the titles by which she is adorned by the New Testament.
Just as we insist that a Church which has ceased to be a mission has lost the essential character of a Church, so we must also say that a mission which is not at the same time truly a Church is not a true expression of the divine apostolate. An unchurchly mission is as much a monstrosity as an unmissionary Church.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Kristen and I outside an old Belgian monastery which is still active
Some buildings surrounding the Markt (the main square in the city)
Belgian Waffle. Get in my belly!!
There are canals that run all throughout the city. cool huh!!
This is a place called 'the Burg' with the belfry tower in the background. For 8 EU you can go up into the tower. There was kind of a long line so we nixed that.