It's 5:30 in the morning and the house is silent. I love moments like these...kinda like the calm before the storm. :) Soon my little ones will stumble out of their room, one at a time, with bedhead in full force, and the day will begin. So before that happens I thought I'd talk a bit about what the next couple of weeks will look like for our fam.
Tomorrow I leave for Ukraine! I wrote that on FB and had lots of people asking if this was the BIG MOVE, and wondering how they missed the news. Ha! Let's just say right now that when it's time for the BIG MOVE there's no way you'll miss the announcement. This is a mini trip to take care of some business. Hopefully this is the last time Jed and I will head to Ukraine without our kiddos.
So, I'm leaving for Ukraine tomorrow, Jed will join me in about a week, we'll be there together for a week or so, then I'll come back home and Jed will stay for a few more days.
One goal of this trip is to meet with the staff of Mission to Ukraine to talk more about how they see us fitting into their vision on a daily basis. We'll talk with the different department heads about their needs and make a sort of game plan for our time volunteering there. We'll discuss how we can best be of help to them as an organization.
Another goal is to get an idea of housing opportunities. My friend Olya and I have an appointment with a realtor on Monday the 13th. House Hunters International! :) Our hope is to see what types of places we can afford (we'll be renting) and what part of the city we'd like to live in. Then we are hoping the realtor will agree to be on the lookout for an available place for us as the BIG MOVE draws closer.
The third goal of this trip is God-connections. I'll be meeting with a few missionaries in Kiev and Zhitomir, and several Ukrainians who are also serving orphans with special needs. It's our hope to make as many connections as possible. You just never know who God wants to connect for His kingdom work! We figure the more like-minded people we meet the better. We are super excited to see what God has in mind for those meetings. When Jed comes we get to meet with a few of the Ukrainian Vineyard pastors who just had a conference this past weekend. We are reeeeeeally excited to hear about what God is doing in the Vineyard there and how we can join in and support.
That's the scoop! We'll be updating from Ukraine as much as we can on here and on our Wide Awake Facebook page. I'm so excited to see old friends and make new ones! Yay for tomorrow!!
The kids and I had the best day at the coast on Friday, so I'd thought I'd share. It was such a beautiful day!! Shorts at the coast in May? Unheard of!