A Glorious Easter Day in Ukraine


My very favorite Easter hymn:

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

by Charles Wesley

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

There was misinformation communicated to us this weekend about what the COCH kids would be up to yesterday and today.  We were told the kids would be going to the circus on Saturday, so we decided to use it as a vacation day and live it up a little!  We found out last night that perhaps the kids had not gone to the circus yesterday.  We called Nathan (Ilya) this morning and asked him about it.  Since we were in the apartment with internet access, we were able to use Google translator which greatly enhances the quality of communication in our conversations with Ilya!  He confirmed that he had not been to the circus yesterday and that the circus was in fact today.  We asked him what time he would get back to the orphanage and he didn’t know.  We asked him to go ask an adult and find out.  He said okay, and hung up the phone.  Bruce called back a few minutes later and someone told us the kids would be back at 3:00.  So we did other things (including “home church”) and took off for the orphanage by about 1:30.

We also managed to squeeze in 20 more minutes of vacation and finally explored the Golden Gate area.  It is right next to our Metro station, but we always seem to be in a hurry, so it didn’t happen until today.  I would love to share my photos of that with you, but since I left my camera at the orphanage (argh!  especially on our last visit there!) I cannot do that today.  We called Ilya and asked him to look for it and he must have found it, because Igor called us back and said it was found and that he will bring it tomorrow.  I am very thankful.  Unfortunately, I panicked and was all worried about how and when we were going to get it back.  I should have trusted that all would be okay.  All my photos from today are on it and of course not imported to the computer yet.  We finally got our first family photo (thanks so much, Nellie!!) of the 7 of us (post-court) and I was crushed to realize on the way home that I didn’t have my camera with me.  I went to pull out my camera to take a quick photo of a nice vista, and my heart just sank.  So, no new photos today!

The kids had a good time playing at COCH again today.  It was a gorgeous day and we spent much of our time outside.  We arrived at about 3:00 thinking Ilya would arrive home from the circus soon after, and after waiting outside for a while, he came out.  We were rather surprised, since we hadn’t seen a bus full of kids pull up.  It turns out, he or his caregiver misunderstood our phone call and he missed the circus because he thought we were coming sooner!  What a fiasco.  At least we got a good 3 1/2 hour visit in today, including the family photo I desparately wanted.  I also got an outline of his foot for some new shoes and we used a willow twig to measure his skinny little waist for pants.  I have a great flexible tape measure that lives in my normal purse at home, but my very pared down international traveling purse does not have such a luxury inside!

We fly to Amsterdam tomorrow and spend the night – in two separate rooms!  They could not accomodate 6 people in one room, so it’s a girls’ only slumber party in our room and bachelor night in the other I guess!  Bruce said we’re going to pay for Wi-Fi so we can at least communicate to each other.  Funny, huh?  I miss Comfort Suites…

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