Our family has now spent six months in America, and judging by the silence on our blog, I’d say it has been a busy time, in some ways busier than our life in Ukraine. Here’s some of the highlights of our time Stateside:
Briana Nicole was born in early December. She is about the happiest and most content little baby you ever saw, and everyone loves her to pieces!
Check out that cute little baldie!
Justin and Emily’s Wedding
My brother, Justin, and his fiancee, Emily, were married in Charleston, SC on April 8. The whole Day family was able to make it for the wedding, which was the only time we were all together at one time. Thanks to Mom and Dad Day renting a beach house for the whole family, we were able to turn the trip into a vacation, and spent a fun week with family, exploring Charleston and braving the chilly April surf.
The whole gang. Back row, left to right: Katelin, Matthew, Mom, Justin, Emily, Dad, Julie, Laura, Joseph, Hannah, Clara. Front row, left to right: Hannah, Lydia, Melissa, Briana, Nathan, Marian, Joshua.
We spent the rest of our time visiting family and friends, connecting with our supporters, stocking up on stuff that is better purchased in the States, researching and buying curriculum (Yes, Melissa is 5 now, and has started kindergarten!), and taking care of various other items of Stateside business.
We are currently wrapping our our affairs here in Texas, and will be returning to Ukraine on April 28th.
There are several ministry items that I need to post updates on:
Carpathian Mountain Outreach
There are five young men coming for CMO this summer, one of which is my brother, Joseph. As soon as I return to Ukraine, I will be hitting the ground running to make preparations for CMO.
Last year’s CMO team.
A few months ago, we signed a licensing agreement that would allow our Bible First lessons to be printed and marketed by companies here in the States. This will get our products out to a wider audience, as well as free us from the responsibilities associated with the printing and shipping of our materials.
On the digital side of things, we have contracted with a development studio to help us build a website that will allow people to study our Bible First course online. We are really excited about this development, and hope to have it available for our students by the end of the year.
Just this past week, Joshua Steele sat down with our attorney to put together the first round of documents necessary for renewing our Ukrainian residency permits. The whole process will take about a month and a half.
Now that Briana has made her appearance, we decided it was time to update our prayer card. To download a copy, just click on the picture, and a full resolution image will appear that can be used for printing or websites.
Our Prayer Card
And here’s a version without the text:
The Day Family, April 2016
And lastly, here are some pictures from our time in Texas and Colorado.