Friday, December 28, 2012

Good News

We have some good news to share!  Doug and I received our temporary residence permits with the necessary stamps last week!  We could not get a "family reunion" visa for our daughter until we had our TRPs.  We then took a bus out of the country on Dec 26 to get Katie her visa, which we received a little earlier in the day than we expected.  We had a little more running around to do this time - we left her document photos on the desk back in Odessa, we had to buy Ukrainian health insurance for her, and we needed a document to prove that we have the means to support her.  This was all in addition to running to the bank to pay for the visa.

We also enjoyed a little time together, with delicious pizza at a highly recommended pizza place, and just relaxing and playing a game together in the evening.

We are also very thankful for God's protection on the roads.  While the snow was melting here in Odessa, there was snow still on the ground in Moldova.  Coming back this morning the roads were slick.  The bus driver helped get a car out of a ditch, and after we were in the taxi headed to our apartment here, there was a car flipped on the main road coming from downtown!

So while we still need to go through the temporary residence process with her, we can relax a bit about the whole thing and be more involved in ministry!

What a mighty God we serve!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Blog revival

I guess I'm not writing because no one is reading, and no one is reading because I'm not writing! :)

That's the way it goes, I guess.

Anyway, the past two months have been busy and gone by so quickly!

Some of the main events of the past two months:

Started the process of getting our temporary residence permit to stay here.  

Running to get documents, get them stamped, get them signed.  Many photographs and copies of everything.

Finally got our permit just a few days ago!

Keep home school going for our daughter.  Thankfully she can do many subjects independently.

Going to Biblical counseling training led by a team mate. I also provided the tea and cookies for it.

Then there is the everyday stuff - cleaning, laundry, cooking, shopping, taking transportation, time with God, time with family, dates with hubby, walking, correspondence, church , and dealing with the times without electricity, water, internet (thankfully these times are not everyday or all at the same time!)

I hope to get on a better schedule for posts!   If you have any ideas on what I could write about, something that would interest you, please share!

Monday, October 8, 2012

At Home in Odessa

Feels so good to be in one place and not have to travel for a while!

The weather was mostly nice for much of our traveling.  We had one rainy day in Bucharest when we were trying to do a little sight-seeing.  Even Chisinau and Odessa were unseasonably warm.  Today I think the weather is changing - it was near 70 F this morning, but then a lot of wind and clouds came in, and I believe it is near 50 F.

Time to get the fall and winter clothes out!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September travels

We have tickets to leave the US on Sept 16.  We're headed to Romania for a few days, hopefully to apply for visas to Ukraine.  We then have a conference in Bulgaria, which we are really looking forward to!  After the conference we return to Romania, and then hopefully back to Ukraine.  Once we get back to Ukraine, we'll be going through the residency permit process.  Hopefully that will go smoothly and we will not encounter visa or registration problems with having our 17-soon-to-be-18 daughter staying with us until she graduates next June.

Appreciate your prayers!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A short trip to the US

We made the decision this week to make a trip to the US.  We've been having difficulties with getting letters and permissions necessary in order to be able to get a visa.  Our 90 day visa free stay was running out.  We also ran into a problem with apartment documents - documents that are needed in order to get temporary residence after we get our visas.  Within the last several months it seemed that things were very uncertain.  So we got the permissions necessary to make a trip to the US.  If nothing else, we needed to get away just to get a clearer perspective from our Lord.

In the hours after finalizing our plans to make this trip, we found out our invitation letters were ready and would be available in 3 days!

We still have the apartment document issue unresolved, so we continue to pray about how soon to get visas in order to be able to return.

(edited to add)

So we are in Pennsylvania currently, staying with my family, enjoying a bit of a break and some beautiful weather.

We appreciate continued prayers for us!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Where I live Part II

The balcony office where Doug does his work for now.  There is also a window on the same wall as the corkboard.

 Part of the bathroom- this is the sink and tub room.  There is another little room alongside this one that has the toilet and the water heater.

 Our kitchen.  The stove is double the size, which we did not get by choice, as it was here when we moved in.  Then again I also don't have put my cookie sheets in the oven slant-wise like those with smaller ovens!
The other side of our kitchen. 

Living room seating area.

Living room shelves.  The TV is behind the closed doors.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Where I live - Part I

 Our crazy cat Simba sitting behind our recliner!  I think he is happy we are back.

Some of the plants on our window sill.  I'm really enjoying our budding African violet!

The play ground right outside our building.  It's quiet for now, but later it will be busy and noisy with kids playing.

Our dining area in our living room. 

 My clothes dryer!  Actually we have a Maytag but it is getting kind of weak, so I dry my clothes on the rack out on the enclosed balcony and send them through the electric dryer to fluff them up.

Our bedroom.  The rooms are fairly small, so it is hard to get a good photo.  There are also two dressers and a bookshelf on the other wall, and a door and window to the balcony office on the other side!

More to come in Part II...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Silly stuff

We're back in Ukraine.  This wooly head is going through jetlag.  I didn't sleep well the first night, but the last few nights I've been sleeping better, thanks to help from melatonin. 

When I feel like I can't think clearly, in the past week I've been calling it "plane brain."

The last night before leaving, we ate at a diner/restaurant, and asked for plain apple pie for dessert.  The waitress repeated my order, "One apple plain."

Wait, did she say an "apple plane?"   We had fun with that one.

Even those who weren't traveling by plane had an attack of plane brain. My parents and brother-in-law, on the way home from the airport, drove through The Big Apple. Then on the way back to PA, they saw a chinese restaurant where they might eat.  My father saw the name of the restaurant as "The Human Taste".

See, it's not just me.  And it's not just plane brain.  Some of it is just plane fun!


Thursday, March 22, 2012


I don't like waiting.

I'm trying to get over being impatient.  Trying to remember that I'm not on my own timetable.

We're waiting on documents from overseas so that we can apply for our visas.

It seems that this time around, there has been so many delays!

We are preparing to go.  Packing boxes to ship.  Packing some plastic containers for storage here.  Starting to pack suitcases, or planning what needs to go in them.

We're waiting on purchasing our plane tickets until we get our documents and are able to apply for our visas. 

Earlier on this extended furlough, when we felt we need to stay here in the US longer, we spent about $300 to get our tickets changed, and then later lost the other half of our round trip tickets. 

So we wait.

I remember that we're on God's timetable.  We are serving Him, so we can wait patiently.

I'm still learning. :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

To renew or not to renew

Boy, if I ever felt like a real wooly-head, it was today.

My drivers license was due for renewal this year.  I was sure it said 2012.  I looked at it more than once. Yep, 2012

So I make an appointment with the DMV.  Get all my documents to prove I am me and I live where I live.   GPS says it will take 15 minutes to get there.  I don't think they account for red lights, because it took me 25 minutes.

I wait my turn.  When I'm called to come up to the desk, I give the lady at the desk my paperwork.  Then I take the eye test.  When I got my license way back when, I didn't need glasses, but I have glasses now.  So I take the eye exam without glasses at first.  I couldn't make out the jibberish on line 5.  So I definitely need my glasses to drive.

The need for glasses becomes more apparent when she stops my eye exam and says, "Wait, what are we doing here?"

I reply, "Renewing my drivers license."

"Your license is good until 2017."

I had to check to make sure.  It does say 2017!

I think I am going to have someone else double check before I renew something else.  Like my passport.  It is good until 2017 also!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Head is feeling a little more wooly than normal...

Sinus pressure and headache.  Lovely...

Meanwhile, here is what else I've been doing lately -

Bible reading- I'm doing the one year Bible online and I am currently reading Exodus 37, Matthew 28, Psalm 34 and Proverbs 9

Bible reading with my daugher -we just finished reading the book of John, and are now reading in Romans, currently on chapter 2

Exercise - walking, I aim for 10 miles per week.

Drinking alot of water

Eating more veggies and fruit

Currently reading: Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Just finished reading: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose

Ministry-wise, my husband and I are trying to set up meetings to raise the last bit of our support.  We're making some progress, but it seems slow going.  We also try to get together with friends, family, ministry partners.

Marriage building - we are definitely trying to spend some quality and quantity time together, putting our date nights on the calendar, and making sure to keep them in the schedule.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Memories of those support raising years

When we started our effort in building a support team so that we could go to Ukraine, our kids were 6 and 3. 

The down side
I remember feeling very tired, and never getting a break.  We were homeschooling, and even though at that time it was just Kindergarten, I also had to keep a 3-year-old occupied.   Since it took 5 years for us to build our support team, by the end of those 5 years I had a 4th grader and and 1st grader.  The hardest part for me, was schooling from Monday to Friday, and having meetings most weekends.  It mean that having any kind of break from school, or just to have a "Sabbath" rest, was impossible.  I tried to do a 4 day school week, but it was kind of impossible.  We could be traveling home on a Monday, or leaving for a weekend meeting on a Friday.  On Wednesdays we were either helping with Awana if we were at our home church or sharing our ministry that evening at another church.  I probably stayed home from a meeting possibly once or twice over those years.  So we were very busy, and I was just trying to keep up.

The up side
The best part of that time was making new friendships, new relationships that continue to bless us.  Even though that time of our life was exhausting and frustrating at times, I do see the blessings of that time.  Our family also travelled together, spent alot of time together, stopping to see the sights and some amusement parks.  We also enjoyed extra time with my parents, my husband's parents, and our sisters and brothers families.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Everything seems to take a long time

We're still "stranded" in the US while we wait for our support to come in.  We feel like we are in limbo, feeling the call and the need to go back to the field, but not able to get back yet.  We are living with family, which in some ways is nice, but we'd like to be in our own place.  Even if that place is an ocean away, in a country that is semi frozen right now!
We're also waiting on invitations in order to apply for our visas.  Other team members have run into problems getting those, so we wait...and pray.
I'm going to be sharing some thoughts on what our prefield or deputation looked like BEFORE we went to the field in 2002.  I'll be sharing the good, the bad, and the not so pretty.  Please don't take my words as complaining, though I was probably complaining at the time.  I will be sharing my thoughts and feelings of what I remember what I was going through at the time.