Monday, July 2, 2012

We are so greatful

The more I think about our trip to Ukraine, the more I realized how blessed we were to get a chance to visit my family and even more lucky to see my grandparents.

 AJ was lucky to turn four in Ukraine and have a chance to celebrate at least one of his birthdays with his other Ukrainian side of the family.

For AJ's birthday we got a cake from the store and it was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. I don't know whether it is a Ukrainian taste in me or something else, but I know Ukrainians would think it was good, I am not so sure about Americans.

This is all of us, in our tiny Ukrainian kitchen. They do all the cooking and eating there, and with all of us, we had to take turns.

For AJ's birthday we got a chance to take him and Quinn to a kid train station. AJ had so much fun learning about how the trains worked and how cars got attached by huge magnets.

This was our ride in the green Ukrainian forest.

After the ride kids played on the train playground.

As I look through these pictures and see my grandma I am grateful to my Heavenly Father, that he gave me a chance to see her again. Shortly after we left Ukraine we found out that her cancer came back and now it is destroying her spine.

Grandma went through a very painful radiation treatment where she had to pay on her stomach, wish made nerves shoot down her leg. She also had chemo treatment and now we are hoping, praying and fasting that that would help with the pain.

On these pictures she walked, her leg was hurting, but now she can barely walk and most of the time she sleeps because all the pain meds she in on.

My grandpa is on the other hand is in Ok health for his age. He is pretty active guy even now.

Boys got a chance to play with him.

Here is the only picture of Quinn with grandma.

My lovely Babushka Olya. This is how I will always remember you, sweet and kind to everyone around you.
We always got along great during my many stays with my grandparents in Bratchkivka.

Here is grandma teaching AJ how to play "gadilo".

I am so glad I got two of those boys with grandma, we had to jump through a lot of hoops to get them together with grandma.

In your busy lives, if you get a minute, remember my grandma Olya in your prayers. I know Heavenly Father hears them and every time I ask people to pray for her she has a better day.

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