Six Months of War and Ukrainian Independence Day

Memories are weird. Sometimes they come out of nowhere, hitting hard and fast.  Yesterday I was out running errands and looking out the window of my taxi, like I normally do. The houses are interesting here, and the grape vines that most homes seem to have are almost ripe. We got to this one sectionContinue reading “Six Months of War and Ukrainian Independence Day”

Ukrainian Decal Stickers

My dad organized this awesome fundraiser for us! These Stand With Ukraine decal stickers are beautiful and full of symbolism. But if you’re not familiar with Ukrainian culture and history, it’s a little harder to understand. So I’ve broken it down, letter by letter. U: Wheat Fields Starting with the letter U we can seeContinue reading “Ukrainian Decal Stickers”

Bittersweet Pascha

Today, Orthodox Christians around the globe celebrate Pascha, or Easter. Actually the services started yesterday, vigils held at midnight. Lent is over, fasting is broken, and Christ is Risen! This is always, always Good News. And yet there is a pervasive, bittersweet sorrow among Ukrainians who celebrate today. It has been 60 days of war.Continue reading “Bittersweet Pascha”

Why I Love Ukraine

I could write a book about the many reasons I love Ukraine, the country that stole my heart 5 years ago and is breaking it now. I could go on and on about the culture, the food, the landscape, the history, the architecture, the churches and the art. But the biggest reason I fell inContinue reading “Why I Love Ukraine”

One Week of War

Originally written on March 3rd, 2022. Pictures are from the first 2 weeks. I have not brushed my hair in a week. For some reason in the early morning chaos of last Thursday, I looked at my hairbrush for a split second and thought: “that’s not really necessary, I can get another one wherever we’reContinue reading “One Week of War”

House of Hope

My heart is full. Tonight, my grandparents took me to a fundraiser dinner for Hope House International, and it was the best night I’ve had in a long time. Let me tell you about Hope House. This amazing ministry seeks out Ukrainian families who want to adopt and then builds a home for them soContinue reading “House of Hope”

Once Again…

Ya’ll knew this announcement would be coming sooner or later. I’ve always constantly been looking forward to my next mission trip. That’s right, I’m stepping out in faith and heading back to my beloved Ukraine this summer! While the official dates have not been set in stone, I know that it will be around theContinue reading “Once Again…”

An Opportunity to Give

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This is one of my favorite times of the year. Everyone just seems to be in better spirits: it’s the end of the semester, Christmas is coming, you get to see family, eat good food, listen to good music, etc. etc. It’s the time of year where we are thankful to beContinue reading “An Opportunity to Give”