Category Archives: Words & Thoughts

a little fun

Mark saw this holder for guest slippers (a giant slipper!) at a friend’s house and has wanted some ever since.  Now that we have a small group meeting regularly at our house, he decided it was time to have them at … Continue reading

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knows them personally

Occasionally it’s good to share thoughts from other folks, so here are the thoughts of someone we know who lives and works in Beirut.  Her husband teaches at a seminary like Mark does, and she works with refugees on a … Continue reading

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warm fellowship

We are part of a team of people serving in our church’s ministry for those with disabilities. It is a great group of people and we feel privileged to serve alongside them.  Because we are such a diverse group, it … Continue reading

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feeling stretched

It is amazing how the feeling of being stretched in too many different directions can sometimes make simple tasks seem too hard.  I hope Donna doesn’t mind me talking about this, but it just was too good of an example … Continue reading

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interesting read from another source

I wanted to post something else here today, but lacking the photo I want for it, I’ll postpone a while longer :-).  But I did read this blog post this morning (http://takingroute.net/2015/10/09/living-overseas-drained-extrovert/) and thought, ‘Yeah, that’s true for me, too.’  I’m … Continue reading

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far more than vitamins

I took up a new practice a couple of years ago and have, in recent times, become a bit of an advocate on the topic.  I (Donna) had been periodically reading a blog and at one point, the writer there … Continue reading

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kind mercy

 Mark picked these up this morning – it’s official.  We are very thankful!  We have renewed temporary residence permits even though there should not have been time to process them before they expired.  Ordinarily the process takes a month to … Continue reading

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soon these won’t be necessary

If you want to make a foreigner here deflate before your very eyes, just say this one word:  “Documents.”  That one word conjures up a whole range of experiences, processes, memories of time spent in lines and offices related to … Continue reading

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Fall is here

 Mark is on his way to Lviv this morning, going there to teach for a week.  This is the view out of our living room window as a fine drizzle envelopes the city this morning.  Just four days ago we … Continue reading

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It’s transition time

If transition were a place, I’m sure we’d have near permanent residency there!  Please don’t hear that as complaining.  It’s just a stopping-and-taking-a-breath moment and acknowledging that transition is a bit of a whirlwind where the familiar, tied-down things of … Continue reading

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Beach house-ness!

This is Mark with nephews David and Zack, talking about some special something with that Lego there…  Actually, this is just a tiny taste of the richness we are experiencing with Mark’s extended family as we take this week away … Continue reading

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camp is happening now!

We are in the U.S. at the moment, but our church’s annual camp for those with disabilities is happening in Ukraine right now! Sasha just wrote to say that it’s close to 100F this year and without air conditioning, it’s even … Continue reading

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without bombs, gas chambers, or concentration camps

Just about the time the United States is celebrating Thanksgiving in a warm atmosphere of family and delicious food, Ukraine commemorates a tragedy little known in the west, also related to food.  It is called the Holodomor, which doesn’t translate … Continue reading

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Tuesday, April 22nd

Praise the Lord with us that he has thus far kept Ukraine intact and progressing forward toward a healthier way of governing.  Please pray urgently for his continued mercy.  Even today terrible reports are coming in from the east.

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playing catch-up, 6

May was big in our family, for many reasons.  Mary was cast as Anne in the school play, The Diary of Anne Frank.  It was an amazing experience and the kids did a great job.   Anna traveled to Kenya for … Continue reading

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