Week of Rest & Prayer – Western Ukraine

Last week we took our family back to Western Ukraine.  We felt the Lord draw us to a time of focused prayer and re-focus.   Our family, along with Sveta from Mariupul stayed a week in the Carpathian Mountains.  God spoke to our hearts and was exactly what our spirits needed for the journey ahead.

We closed the Cafe for the week – it caused a little stir in the town and folks were happy to hear it was not closed for good!

Thankful for a week with the family (minus Broderic in Canada working on the farm).

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View from our hotel in Ivano Frankivsk – Western Ukraine. It’s a great little city 3hrs south of Lviv. Many little shops and cafes. We could feed our entire family for under $20, full course meal – I had to study the receipts a few times out of shock.

Noah is drawn to anything with swords.

Noah is drawn to anything with swords.

No sweeter possession on earth than this bundle of uniqueness we call Claire.

No sweeter possession on earth than this bundle of uniqueness we call Claire.

An 'in use' Abacus - I think a calculator would take up less counter space BUT not as cool.

An ‘in use’ Abacus – I think a calculator would take up less counter space BUT not as cool.

We got quite lost at one point - but roads less traveled can be the most surprising.  Check out this beauty in the middle of nowhere.

We got quite lost at one point – but roads less traveled can be the most surprising. Check out this beauty in the middle of nowhere.

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I like this photo. It captures the sense of awakening as the sun stretches across valleys and mountains – He was faithful every morning to warm my heart with His presence and truth from His word.

We were surrounded not by people, but bell-clanging cows munching on grass 24/7.

We were surrounded not by people, but bell-clanging cows munching on grass 24/7.

At the market in Verhovyna.  I couldn't believe the size of these Red Peppers!

At the market in Verhovyna. I couldn’t believe the size of these Red Peppers!

The pristine rivers were ice cold - and surprisingly loud - we could hear them roaring especially at night from our cottage.

The pristine rivers were ice cold – and surprisingly loud – we could hear them roaring especially at night from our cottage.

Deb and the crew heading out for an 18km hike toward an old Polish lookout/base.  They didn't quite make it due to weather, but did an amazing job.

Deb and the crew heading out for an 18km hike toward an old Polish lookout/base. They didn’t quite make it due to weather, but did an amazing job.

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