Wednesday, September 28, 2011

You know you live in Ukraine...

I posted this in October 2009 on my previous blog.  Enjoy!

How you know you live in Ukraine

1. You rejoice when you have hot water

2 Actually, anytime you have water is good

3.The same rejoicing happens when the electricity works, or comes back on after being off!

4. Hot tea with honey cures EVERYTHING

5. You have been yelled at by the babushka for not wearing enough clothes

6. Or not having a hat on your head

7. Thirty minute walks are considered normal commuting time

8. Six flights of stairs is really not that bad

9.You sweat to death on a bus because someone closed a window in the middle of summer

10. Drafts will kill you,


12. Being packed like sardines on a marshrutka van is normal

13. Dried fish – it is stalking you, everywhere you go

14. You are more concerned about dirt on your shoes than your top and bottom matching

15. Fireworks, a nightly occurrence

16. People don’t seem to understand this concept of punctuality

17. There is an art to walking in mud.

18.  Drinking hot tea out of a thin plastic cup is completely normal.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


If you want to comment, and finding that you can't, I'm trying to figure that out.  I changed it to so that anyone can comment, but I'm finding that there are still problems.  I'm hoping to get that worked out, so hang on!

Edited to add: I believe the comment problem is resolved, so please add your comments! Thank you!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Feeling welcome

Being missionaries, not having a home in the states, and having to travel alot, sometimes we don't feel like we belong where we are.  We are going to a church, not our home church, and not a supporting church, but we are welcome there and we have a sense of belonging.  We have family members who we can stay with who make us feel welcome, and we feel like we belong.  We visit churches, whether they are partners or not, who truly make us feel welcome.

Then we have our adopted country.  That is where we have an apartment that we can call our own. We feel God has called us there. Our team welcomes us, and our national partners welcome us, but do we really feel like we belong?  In a country where language and culture is different from what we are used to?  We have a sense of belonging, but it is not "home."

Two things I've learned in thinking about this.  One is that I want people to feel welcome, either in my presence, or in my home, for however long they need or like.  I don't want anyone to feel unwelcome, that they are a burden to me.  I want to treat them how I would like to be treated as a guest, or even better, as a member of a close knit family of which they are a part! 

The second thing that I have to remember is that this is not my true home.  As a Christian, I will never really belong , as my true home is in heaven.

John 14:1-4
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions;] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This is definitely me! The toast test


You hold yourself accountable for your actions. In the end, you have to live with yourself.
You need your alone time to introspect and recharge. Being around other people can be draining for you.

You are a slow and critical thinker. You think through every step carefully.
You are efficient and precise. You like to get down to business.

What spice am I?

I am basil

You are quite popular and loved by most people.
You have a mild temperament, but your style is definitely distinctive.
You are sweet, attractive, and you often smell good.  

Thoughts of the day

*Having the stomach flu really stinks.  Especially when it comes with a sore throat and cold symptoms
*Using Quicken instead of my checkbook register is SO much easier!  I finally gave up using the checkbook register - I ran out of pages anyway.  Just entering transactions into the cash account and letting it do the figuring, well, it's just too easy!  I make so many math mistakes, even using a calculator.

*I'm having mashed potatoes for lunch.  They don't make my stomach feel worse.  I had them for supper last night too.

*Hoping I can make it through the day, having our last training session for partnership development at 3:30.  I may have to take some "taking care of the call of nature" breaks throughout the day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thought for today

Something from my reading today:

I want to be faithful
all the way to the finish line
in doing and being
whatever God has called me
to do and to be.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I didn't need a nap today!

Sometimes I wake up and feel like I need more sleep.  ALOT more sleep.

Thankfully, today wasn't one of those days.

I did my morning routine, took my husband to help his brother on a project, kept laundry going, did some housework, took a shower, did some school planning.  After lunch, I took the young lady for a driving lesson (she did very well! ) and then did some shopping over in L-land.  I forgot it was Saturday of a holiday weekend, so it was busy, though not really that bad.  I hit every yellow or red light on the way over and back, so we just had fun with it instead of complaining about it.

By the time we got back it was almost 5.  I relaxed for a little bit, folded the laundry, and ordered pizza for supper!

I had my 2 mile walk, now it is time to relax a little more!  

Friday, September 2, 2011

 Last night, when I couldn't sleep, I got up, grabbed my Kindle, and headed for the living room.  I'm currently reading "So Long, Insecurity" by Beth Moore. 

I'll have to write a little summary about the book, but a Bible verse quoted in the book encouraged me.
Isaiah 41:9-10  " I  have chosen you and have not rejected you.  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mud or muddled?

Sometimes I can't seem to figure out what I'm doing wrong or how to make things right.

I feel like my name is mud.

The muddled thoughts in my head do not seem to clear up with fish oil pills. Or 8 glasses of water a day. Or making my bed.

Sometimes a 3 mile walk helps.

A night where I can't fall asleep does not.

It's so GOOD that I have faith and trust in the Lord Jesus. He adopted me and chose me!

"...just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:4-6