Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Good Day

We had a much needed fun day today, which lifted our spirits after yesterday's emotional roller coaster!

This morning Mark went to a small store across the street from our apartment and got some groceries for breakfast. Having some home-cooked food was so nice. I was impressed hearing about him using Russian to find the items we needed. Go baby!

After breakfast we relaxed in our apartment and then met another adoptive family for lunch at Puzata Hata, a Ukrainian cafeteria-style restaurant recommended to us by several friends. We appreciated the ability to see the food before selecting it, the English menu descriptions, and the opportunity to (finally!) try some classic Ukrainian dishes, such as borsch (soup), vareniki (potato and meat filled dumplings), and rolls with meat in the middle.  We plan on going back again soon to try some new tasty Ukrainian treats. Here's the outside of the restaurant:
In the afternoon we met with a couple from the US who has lived in Ukraine for the past 11 years.  The wife is a sweetheart and the husband is a pediatrician who does medical outreach. Talking about some of the medical conditions that we saw in our appointment yesterday was quiet helpful, and we are now equipped with a lot of great information.

We ended the day meeting our facilitators for coffee. We discussed yesterday's appointment and what to expect during our next trip to the SDA. We left feeling encouraged and optimistic for our next go on Tuesday. 

We've been blessed with many opportunities to spend time with other believers. We appreciate everyone who has taken the time to talk with us (in English!) and make our time in Ukraine more enjoyable.  


  1. I remember Puzata Hata!! When you guys go back to Puzata Hata try the cherry varenikis they are so good. Go Mr.Jackson using your Russian to find the items NICE!!! Like a boss!! Mrs. Jackson your next right lol???
    We all ready missing you two!
    This week BSF was pretty different with out you Mr.Jackson..haha

  2. That's cool that you guys got to enjoy a nice meal!! Ha ha that's cool with the Russian Mr. Jackson!!! Yes as Rachel said the cherry varenikis are so good!! We even made them homemade and they are so good!! I"ll pray that the appointment goes well!! I hope the rest of the trip goes fine. BSF went fine but we missed you Mr. Jackson!! Ha ha do you guys ever have a Russian speaking contest?
    We miss you guys and can't wait to see you!!!

  3. I'm sorry your appointment didn't go so well, but I am keeping you both in my thoughts and hope the next appointment is better. Very impressed with the Russian, Mark, I'm going to need to hear some of that in person. :-)

    Love and hugs to you both!

  4. I love varenyky! So delicious! Yum. :)