For the third year in a row we headed to the Black Sea to attend a Christian Seminar held in the town of Ordzhonikidze.
Yesterday my best friend in the whole world turned thirty, and we enjoyed a wonderful celebration together. For the third year in a row we bought Katie a new dress, then went out for a photo shoot. After pictures we enjoyed a private dinner together with our dear friends, then brownies, ice cream and presents back at the Hindmans’ house with all the kids.
As we wrote about last year, the 21st of January is Epiphany according to the Orthodox calendar. Katie, Jordan, Cody, and I once again attended the event this year, which took place not far from our house.
In honor of our anniversary, we decided to travel to a little city a couple of hours outside of Kharkov called Svyatogorsk that we had been hearing about for a while.
Today, after our English classes with the kids, we were invited to join a special celebration honoring those who served during World War II.
January 19th is the Ukrainian Orthodox holiday called Epiphany. It’s a day to bottle holy water, and to baptize yourself in large, freezing cold amounts of it.
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to officiate the wedding for the kid formerly known as “Little Sasha.” He’s has long since outgrown that description, but to a select few of us he’ll probably never quite get rid of the name.