We have had an awesome time in Texas!

For the past two weeks, we’ve been spending time with David’s mom and her family in San Antonio, TX. We had a great time. Someone even rented a car for us while we were there! We got to hang out with David’s mom, sisters, one of his aunts, his cousin, and many others. David also had the opportunity to play, sing, and preach at a church. We took a lot of pictures and even a video! If you would like to listen to the sermon, click here. If you would like to listen to a song that he sang there, you can click on the video below:

With our great-aunt Lou
With our great-aunt Lou
David and Katya at a bakery
David and Katya at a bakery
Someone rented us a car while we were there!!!
Someone rented us a car while we were there!!!
Katya hanging out with Hannah and Steffi's dog
Katya hanging out with Hannah and Steffi’s dog
The San Antonio River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk
David reading to his little sisters
David reading to his little sisters
Cooking hot dogs is serious business...
Cooking hot dogs is serious business…
The hotdogs we cooked
The hotdogs we cooked
Katya's first chilidog!
Katya’s first chilidog!
David driving
David driving
We went out for sushi with David's big sister and her family!
We went out for sushi with David’s big sister and her family!
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Our Texas family
Pastor David and his wife from CC Southside
Pastor David and his wife from CC Southside
David doing worship at CC South Side San Antonio
David doing worship at CC South Side San Antonio
A real Texas birdhouse
A real Texas birdhouse

We had a great Christmas!

We have had a great Christmas up here in Minnesota. We are visiting David’s dad and stepmom in St. Paul, and we’ve had an amazing time just hanging out with family. Here are some pictures from our time here:

David and his dad singing Christmas carols
David and his dad singing Christmas carols
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Going to church at First Evangelical Free Church
David's dad and stepmom
David’s dad and stepmom
David with his nephew, Charlie
David with his nephew, Charlie
Katya eating donuts for the first time
Katya eating donuts for the first time

Pictures from our going away party…

We just had an amazing going away party with friends. It’s was so much like just a big family get-together… We will miss them all so much! Here are some pictures of it!

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We had an awesome time! Everyone went around the room and told funny stories about how they met us or different cool experiences with us. It was a really blessed, encouraging time. There were about 30 people there all together, and we all had so many different memories to share… We thank God for such good friends!

Moving tomorrow!

Tomorrow, my friends are coming over to help me and Katya move all of our stuff from one side of L’viv to the other. This whole process of packing up and moving over to Katya’s parents’ apartment has been a big reminder of when I just moved into this apartment.

It’s an odd feeling. Katya is away at a conference, I’m packing up, the apartment is getting and feeling emptier and emptier, and I’m having those butterflies, that queasiness that comes with moving to a new place.

There’s something, though, that I’m praying the Lord will help me keep in mind:

Leaving one thing is always coming to something else.

All of this is in preparation for our trip to America this winter. I cannot wait to step through the doors of my old church with my wife on my arm and show all of my friends the gem I found in Ukraine. I cannot wait to go over to my dad’s house and my mom’s house with my wife and spend Christmas / New Years with them. I cannot wait to travel from church to church to church to church telling of the good work that God has done through Katya and me here in L’viv, Ukraine.

We cannot wait to see all of you.

That’s the vision. That’s the excitement. That’s what makes the pain of moving worth it.

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P.S. – If you would like to see my blog posts from when I just moved in, click here. If you would like to see pictures, click here.