Friday, July 17, 2015

June Highlights

Below are some of the highlights from our last month in Ukraine. There are a lot more I could add that I didn't, and there are a lot more memories and "last things" that I wish I captured on camera but didn't. At any rate, I hope you get a glimpse of the things that made our life so full and blessed.
 Family photo on Kuznechnaya street, where we lived our first year, after saying goodbye to our missionary friends. We will miss our friends there a lot.
Dessert afternoon with kids' neighbor friend, Jenya, and the Breivolds. Please pray for Jenya and his family to know the Lord.
 Just an ordinary afternoon after church. This picture represents my attempt to capture some of the "usual" moments that we would later be missing. Sadly, I didn't get enough of those moments captured, but I pray that our memories will retain these cherished times.
Gotta love that man. He has a great ability to keep his eyes focused ahead when discouragement is around and about our circumstances. I'd write more and really brag on him, but then, he'd be embarrassed :) So I won't. But I'll suffice to say I'm so thankful for the man he is and that God have him to me.
Sasha's pre-birthday celebration! We all should have been packing but I'm so glad we took the time to be together when we could.   
 2014-2015 Women's Bible Study group. These ladies are amazing, and I won't forget them. Lord, please bless and keep these dear sisters!
Levi's birthday party- the whole crew. Sweet memories to savor.
Levi enjoys a fun moment with Sasha R. at the student-staff retreat. It was a great time! More photos later from that.
Angela was a lifesaver during the graduation service! And the next day as well, when they helped us pack up and clean our house before we left, all due to their missing and delayed suitcases. Thank you so much, Pr. David and Angela!
 Pr. David Breidenbach, Pr. Ole Magnus Breivold, Andy, and Pr. Alexander Gross
Andy makes some remarks in the post-lunch reception.
Graduating class photo
The EEMN crew: L-R, Andy and I, Ole Magnus and Sasha, and Angela and Pr. David Breidenbach.
Andy and I with Anya, one of our students. She's a gem! Please pray for her and all of our students.
Last family photo in front of our home on Molodyozhnaya street. It's pretty accurate!
3 am, Kiev airport. Sasha has such a great way with entertaining our kids. Here we had our 30+ suitcases wagon-trained around the kids, while Sasha told them a story.
Kiev-Amsterdam. Why they put us in the back row? I'm not sure... it's not like we were loud or distracting or anything ;) We enjoyed our time together, even if we did nod off a little.

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