Thursday, August 20, 2009


When given the choice our family chooses to camp most of the time. We prefer state parks where we have scenes like this. The raccoons especially liked the ice cream that spilled on the table and the ice cream carton that we were waiting to throw on the campfire.

This was Allona's alarm clock and Vova's congregation!! I don't think I got the whole group. This was in a private RV campground. Most of the time our pop-up looks pretty out of place in the middle of nice motorhomes.


When we looked at the map going from Mitchell, SD to Emmett, ID the route was over 200 miles shorter going through Yellowstone. We have never been there. So we chose the shorter route. : )

One of the first sights was this moose. This was as close as my family wanted me to get and the best my telephoto would work.

Another sight was Yellowstone lake. Here are our children goofing off in front of it and then a scenic shoreline view.

A pond of lilypads.

The Yellowstone tour bus.

Daisies at the roadside.
We went right by Old Faithful so we stopped.

Around the "mud pots" the mud has strange colors from the minerals in the water.

Another hot spring called blue star because of the colors in the water.
"Is Old Faithful ever going to blow?"



Going from church to church and home to home and visiting with different people every week. Travelling miles and miles and miles and miles . . . It looks like an extended sightseeing tour by the looks of our blog. I've posted some of the sights on the blog but it's more.
It's trying to convey a "binocular" glimpse of Ukraine to people who have never been there. It's trying to convey a sense of the concern for people who need God and a bit of an idea of what missionaries do.
It's trying to say what God would direct us to say and to reflect on a weak, limited human level His glory.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wall Drug

We stretched our legs in Wall, South Dakota, stopping at Wall Drug.
This is what I liked best. An almost real-looking jackalope.


A project that Dave helped on in Ottawa, Kansas was fixing up this church sign.

For Mom

We didn't pick them but we thought of you when we saw them and got the picture for you.

Strange Buggy

We saw this big grocery cart on a trailer in Iowa. It has a car-sized engine down below. The driver sits in the purse/child basket up high.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Travel Thanksgiving

I would guess that we've hit the 20,000 mile point on deputation. To date, we've had no serious vehicle problems. Dave has done some general maintenance.
The only emergencies have been replacing tires.

Friday, August 7, 2009


In Indiana we went to Greenbriar Holiness Church where Vova was attracted by the pastor's cool motorcycle.

And to my parents where we celebrated Daddy's 82nd birthday.

We tried to help out a little around their place, too.


The elderly women in the conservative Ukrainian churches love to sing a song about Lake Genesaret and how it reflected Jesus' image. The song says I want to be like that lake on a clear day and clearly reflect Jesus. That's what I thought of when I saw this lake.
And here's another bit of natural beauty at the side.


We went to three churches in Missouri, this time through. Our children had time for learning activities . . .!

At Granby, Vova had a chance to try on a volunteer fireman's uniform.

Allona and Vova both enjoyed fishing in the privately stocked pond.

Even Dave took a short spin.

New Mexico

From California we travelled to Torreon, New Mexico. These beautiful rocks were in the desert in that neck of the woods. It's Vova sitting on top.

I really like quirky, different things. So do most of my children. That's why when I saw someone putting on this pair of socks I couldn't resist the photo.

This slender fellow made my family jump. He was collected dead on the road especially for those who hadn't seen a rattlesnake.

We rested one afternoon.

Then we worked the next day getting ready for Keep Youth Camp. Allona and Vova emptied the shed, checking for traces of little squeaky rodents.
Vova helped Nathanael fix the fence and gather firewood and . . .

One of the youth activities is to see who can climb this mountain across the valley. We are looking at it from 7,100 feet or so. Darwin McCasland holds the record, making it in 15 minutes.