Category Archives: Words & Thoughts

little things

One of the joys of a home assignment aka furlough is the little things. They are, in themselves, little – moments here, a conversation there – but the accumulation of them is sweet. Since 2010 we have mostly done shorter, … Continue reading

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laughing

So we’re again visiting a city we’ve been to three times already during this home assignment, and we are coming to look for and even delight in what surprises the Lord has in store for us. We gave a report … Continue reading

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is it over already?

Many years ago when we had four kids at home – a ten year span between the oldest and the youngest – people would talk about how much of an age gap there was between our youngest two daughters. The … Continue reading

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a different kind of work

Argh. The last post is dated April 13th. I apologize. So, since that last post, we flew through the last weeks of the semester at the seminary and for Abigail at Kyiv Christian Academy, attended three graduations (two of them … Continue reading

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Operation Glitch

“Operation Glitch is proceeding normally,” Mark said as I answered the phone in the grocery store. It was hard not to miss the heavy sigh that followed. I can only imagine this is what people must feel like when they … Continue reading

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returning

It’s been three years since we’ve posted here and every time I sit down to compose something, I see the last post and go immediately back in time to that day. January 3, 2016, we were getting ready to spend … Continue reading

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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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