"Your going to Ukraine to be missionaries? Better bring some WARM clothes 'cause it's COOOOLD there." That's what we thought too. When I went shopping for a coat, didn't seem like I could find one that I thought would be warm enough. As I packed our few boxes for Ukraine, it included some nice, WARM sweaters. Cold, snowy winters? Bring it on! I must admit, I was a little shocked once winter came and found out that Maine was colder sometimes and definitely had Ukraine beat in the snow area. I was even more shocked at how hot the summers are! Praise the Lord He allowed it to be cool the week Sammy was born! To help beat the heat, and the crankiness, we turned the girls little sandbox (was more like a dessert) into a mini pool...their own personal oasis in our backyard. It has greatly helped the attitude in our house.
Nastia, one of the neighbor girls, comes over almost daily and joins the girls in their "pool". While the girls are playing, sometimes her mom will stand by the fence between our houses and talk. During the first few weeks, people kept coming over and whispering something to me. I finally think I've figured out what they were saying...think it was something like "They're Jehovah Witnesses. Don't talk to them." From what she and Nastia have said, I think that they may be Orthodox. She allows the JW's into her home at least for studies, which may be why people say she is one. This, to me, says that she's searching for something and whether JW or Orthodox, they still need Jesus. Pray for me that God will give me the words (in Russian) to say to her. My Russian vocabulary is still so limited and I usually have the distraction of kids that sometimes I can't think of what to say until it is too late. The mom's name is Sveta.