A year ago I was getting ready to leave for the land that stole my heart. Today I am getting ready for a Father/Daughter dance I've been a part of coordinating (that I'm really excited about). Last year my heart was bursting with excitement; this year my heart is breaking with longing. It's odd to be excited about the dance and yet so sad about Ukraine at the same time. So as a way to brighten my mood and let y'all laugh at me I give you the things I miss...
Airports- I know right, but there is something about the adventure and exhaustion of being in them and finally arriving at the destination
Ukrainian food- Oh my goodness, stuffed dumplings (w/ potatoes or cherries, yum), campfire in a cup (aka Uzvar- ошав), the juices, more of this below
Chocolate- the best I have ever had!! I couldn't tell you what kinds I had but they were amazing.
The Chocolate Cappuccino- Ukraine has made me a possible coffee drinker, but nothing I've had can compare with the ones there.
Ice cream- I can't even describe it except oh so good!
(see a trend in the last three ;))
Ukrainian bread- Okay I like bread but this had to be my favourite
The worship- Some songs I knew (in English) some I only learned a few words (in Ukrainian) but all had the same meaning. Bringing God the glory and praising Him
More than all the fun and craziness, I miss the people! I miss getting to know new friends and meeting up with old ones. I miss learning to reach out and be a friend over the barrier of language. I miss the smiles, the tears, the games, the laughter. I miss being Jesus to the children and experiencing Him through them. The other counselors were amazing and I'll miss working with them. I know they are having a great time and I'm praying for them!
PostScript: Since I'm a little behind in posting this I'll say, the Father/Daughter dance turned out fantastic! Definitely a lasting memory.