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Thanksgiving in January!

You may have heard of ‘Christmas in July’ before, but I guarantee you that you have never heard of ‘Thanksgiving in January’ before! I have some very good friends in Texas who sent me a ‘Christmas’ present/care package just after Thanksgiving, and we were sure that it had gotten lost in the mail. Almost 2 … Continue reading

There is a Friend Who Sticks Closer than a Brother

I have been learning some valuable lessons here in Kiev. I am truly blessed by the friends I have here, and will miss them in a few months when I return to Texas. God puts people in our lives at various times for various reasons, and we need to always be on the lookout for … Continue reading

Pride Goeth Before the Pull-Up Bar Falls

Today was an amazing day. Church in the morning and evening, with youth group in between. We had the largest youth group that we’ve had in months (in fact, all year) and had a wonderful time of fellowship the whole afternoon. And there were brownies! Sometime before people began to arrive at the college for … Continue reading

I Wanted Borsch!

It’s time for a weekly recap. Monday I’ve been back in Kiev for a whole school week now. I flew in on Monday afternoon, landing around 5pm local time. There was a concert I wanted to go to at 7pm. Traffic was bad, but we had just enough time to drop off my bags at … Continue reading

Firstborn of All Creation

(I used up my allotted blogging time this evening finishing up my Greek homework, so I decided to save some time and just post my Greek homework. Unfortunately, I did my homework in Russian, and therefore I have to take extra time to translate it back to English. c’est la vie.) Colossians 1:15-16 15 ὅς … Continue reading

Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept

Genesis 29:11 (Today’s reading: Genesis 28-29) I don’t understand this verse. Granted, my experience with kissing is extremely limited, but I just don’t understand why Jacob cried. I understand verse 10. Notice that for 9 verses already Jacob has been standing around talking with the shepherds, but it’s only when he sees the pretty girl … Continue reading

“Yes, and he shall be blessed.”

(Today’s reading: Genesis 26-27) 33 Then Isaac trembled violently, and said, “Who was he then that hunted game and brought it to me, so that I ate of all of it before you came, and blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.” New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. 1995 (Ge 27:33). LaHabra, CA: The … Continue reading

Creatures of Habit

Between my 6.5 hour flight from Detroit to Amsterdam and my 7 hour layover at Schiphol Airport, I read a 400 page book: The Power of Habit From a worldly standpoint, it’s fascinating. The human wisdom involved in the study of the human brain is pretty amazing. I have been interested in this subject for … Continue reading


Surprise! “Are you serious?” Those were the first words that my dad said when he saw me walk through the front door at 8am Monday morning, December 31st. He had no idea that I was coming for a surprise visit. In fact, none of my family had known that I was coming, except for my … Continue reading