December 29, 2009

Our Winter Baby

Arden ventured out today to play in the snow with her older siblings. She will be 5 months in a few days.

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December 22, 2009

"Christmas" What Is It Really?

I thought this short film was worth watching. I hope you like it and I hope it makes you think. May us as parents not let our little ones miss out on really knowing and celebrating this truly beautiful holiday. The Christ has come!

That's Christmas! from St Helen’s Church on Vimeo.




HT: Justin Taylor


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December 20, 2009

Snow, Snow and More Snow









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November 5, 2009

Smiles







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November 4, 2009

Halloween Masks

This Halloween we didn't see many ghost and goblin masks here in Chernigov, but people were wearing another kind of mask. The H1N1 flu virus was reported to have reached Ukraine about a week ago. Authorities have blamed the virus for numerous deaths in Western Ukraine. The goverment has issued a quarantine for the entire country. All schools, universities, outdoor markets and public gatherings have been canceled for the next 3 weeks. We have been asked to shorten or cancel our church meetings and we are not able to visit any of the orphanages during this time. Many people are in a real state of panic here. I have heard of some that refuse to leave their homes and how some stores won't even let you in to shop if you are not wearing a mask. Please pray that people here would look to Christ during this time of fear and sickness and find eternal life.






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November 2, 2009

More High Fashion

These McNamee girls know how to dress!



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High Fashion


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Coffee & Chan

This morning Koren and I had a wonderful time just hanging out together. The kids were gone and we sat back and drank coffee, talked and rested. One thing that made the morning so good was a Bible study that we watched given by Francis Chan. A good friend of mine turned me on to Francis Chan about a month ago and I have loved studying the Word with Chan through his podcasts ever since. The reason I like listening to Chan is that he always brings it all back to loving Christ and how if that love is real it will translate into loving people. Francis Chan is the teaching pastor at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, CA. I have posted the message that we listened to this morning. Enjoy!















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October 29, 2009

Hey Dad

" To point me to Christ when no one else will." We have no greater calling dads. This is a great little video. JESUS HELP ME!
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October 16, 2009

2 & 1/2 Months




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October 13, 2009

It's Official

I have been married to the most wonderful woman in the world for NINE years! This is a little late in coming. Our anniversary was actually last week, but we have been a little busy since getting back to Chernigov.
To share with you in a few words how thankful I am for my wife Koren... she is a better mother then I could have ever asked for to our children. Koren is a gift from God in my life, constantly showing me so much love and grace as we live this life together. I am so grateful to God for this beautiful woman that I have been given. I love being married to you Koren!!!!!!!







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August 14, 2009

Gavin & Arden



I Love You Betty

We made cookies tonight, but not just any cookies. Gluten free chocolate chip cookies! We have a little girl with Celiac disease and this made her day. They actually taste really good! We will be bringing a bunch of these back with us to Ukraine. Emma will make sure of it!

Good Night



August 12, 2009

Emma & Arden

This is one happy big sister!

Arden doesn't seem to have any complaints either!


August 11, 2009

Uncle Curtis...

Today Uncle Curtis had some fun with the kids. They had fun too!






April 22, 2009

Sping Cleaning

I love a good bonfire! I get it from my Mom and growing up in Maine. There's also no better way to clean up your yard in the spring. Once that fire's lit all I want to do is feed it and make it grow! All that stuff I thought about keeping (the just in case I might need it someday stuff) has no chance once I see those flames.



April 19, 2009

Easter Sunday

Today is Easter here in Ukraine. (We are on the Orthodox calender here.) It was a wonderful day celebrating Christ's resurrection with the church. Here are some pictures from the service today and the picnic we had afterward. I also threw in a few of the kids. They had a lot of fun with balloons today!