Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ten Things!

One of our good friends has a blog that she writes 10 things she's thankful for every Tuesday. I love going there and reading it and I felt inspired by her to do the same this week. We have had so much going on the last few weeks, and it seems like every day we're getting busier. Time is flying by, but we are enjoying every minute of it! Ok, enough chit-chat and onto how God has blessed our lives recently:
  1. I am so thankful for the last few months we have had with Legacy and the new friendships we have started that will continue even after we leave. There are many who have gone above and beyond to encourage us and find ways to continue encouraging us while we're on the field.
  2. I am thankful for family. It was so good to have time with a few of them this weekend (and yes, even the ones we've adopted!). I'm also thankful for having family on both sides who are so supportive of our moving to Ukraine! And I'm really thankful to be going to the field with my sister and her family as well.
  3. I'm thankful for our nephews (this includes our teammates boys). Canaan, who is almost two, pretended to talk on the phone for the first time this last week... and of all people, he pretended to talk to me! :) For being so far away, this really fills my heart with joy! We were also able to enjoy Malachi and Silas who were here over the weekend. We're thankful to be going with all of them to (as Malachi would say) the "U-train!"
  4. I am thankful for the beautiful house we've been blessed with while we've been here in Fort Worth. It has especially been perfect for all the company we've had!
  5. I am thankful that we have all our support we need to go now. What a huge blessing from the sacrifices of so many.
  6. I am thankful for being able to bargain shop in these last few weeks before we leave. I'm not sure how many "deals" we'll come across in Ukraine... and since I only know how to count to 8 in Russian, it might be awhile before I could even recognize them!
  7. I am thankful for a wonderful husband who is letting me pack almost whatever I want so I will be comfortable in Ukraine. He's a wonderful support to me and I'm so thankful for all he does!
  8. I am thankful for both our liaison team and prayer team that has just been formed at Legacy. These people are going to be a huge blessing for us while we're on the field!
  9. I am thankful for the time we'll have in Lubbock with friends and family the next couple weeks.
  10. I am thankful this new work we're about to embark on is not up to us.... We are truly thankful to simply be servants of a mighty God who will use our feeble efforts to accomplish His will in Kharkov. It is a great task ahead of us, but we have an even GREATER God who is behind us, beside us, in us, and working before us.
Wow, this list could go on and on. But, those are some of the top few that came to my mind. I'm also posting some pictures of the last few weeks we've had with friends and family. Keep us in your prayers as this Wednesday will be three weeks until we move to Ukraine. We still have visas we're waiting on and we're trying to find temporary housing right now.


Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife said...

Hey! I love that you did this! It is an awesome list. I will be excited to read it anytime you are able to put on up! It will be a great way to see how God is blessing your life in Ukraine!

Love y'all!

Anonymous said...

We are so thankful for you! And thankful that God brought you into our lives to share in your ministry.
Love you, Jim and Nancy

Mihills Family Blog said...

We are thankful for you and David and also Corey and Emily and the time we've had to get to know you. You have all blessed our lives and we look forward to the years ahead!


Russell and Debbie

Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife said...

Hey! How about ten MORE things with a special letter? :) And you're right...preachers do DO that a lot! I hadn't really thought about it until you mentioned it!

Just wanted to let you know that after consulting with my two best helpers for letters of the alphabet, you have the letter "E" if you were interested in joining in on the meme! Have fun with it ~ come let me know when it's up!

the2sneeds said...

Dear Olivia, I have been told that you remember me ... Linda Sneed. And so I am writing to say that I am so excited and jealous of you being there in Ukraine. As you may know, Denny & I taught at UBI (Ukrainian Bible Institute in Donetsk, Ukraine) for 5 years 1998-2003. Those were such happy memories, I honestly did not want to come back to the States. But we did. However, in 2007, we moved to Scotland, to Glenrothes. We would love to receive your newsletters if you send them out by email. However, please put our email address in BCC. Thanks. Anxious to hear all about your time there. Linda Sneed

Raders said...

We are so excited for you guys. We wish we had spent more time with you. Maybe we still will, just in a different setting.

Here's Leah's blog -

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