Hello and welcome to the blog of one crazy mom!

Here I want to share about my life, my struggles and successes, the brighter pieces of my life's mosaics and the darker ones, too. They all are a part of the masterpiece God is working on, it just takes time to see a bigger picture.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Baby Matthew is one month old!

Time flies! It's hard to imagine that exactly one month ago, also on Sunday, our baby Matthew joined our family. It's been an interesting, exciting, challenging, fun, tiresome, wonderful month. Matthew has already been to Bogdan's school, McDonald's, Chuck E.Cheese's, grocery stores, Targer (and other mom's shopping trips) and  a good number of playgrounds. He has already endured Daryna's feedings (goldfish crackers and lollipops!) and Bogdan's story-telling. He will be the most durable of the three, I suspect :).

Here is a little video of the very first encounter between our kids. I just love the tenderness and excitement Bogdan and Daryna feel about their baby brother!..

Dan and Daryna meet Matt for the first time from Illya Antonenko on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Whatever Our Struggles Are...

February has been an interesting month for me. Challenging. I had my baby boy on the 13th - thank you, Father, for this wonderful gift! Then I had some issues with my mother-in-law just days after that. Than on the 25th it was my Mom's birthday but without her - she died out of brain tumor over two years ago. In between all the joy and sadness, another great thing happened - my husband initiated joining a Bible study group (which is huge since he usually minds all sorts of social gatherings). Then I had another conflict situation with my mother-in-law, and it sort of got out of hand. And it always puts me in a state of despair.

This time around, though, with God's help and many prayers and words of encouragement from faithful Christian friends, I made a decision to trust God to work in our family and do what is best for us all. The whole situation with my mother-in-law is obviously a part of the spiritual battle, for both her and our souls. Jesus HAS ALREADY WON the battle on the cross! He is our Lord and Saviour, so He WILL WIN this battle in our lives as well! I already see good things coming out of this situation. I feel God's work happening in and around me and my family. I see God changing my attitudes, my way of reacting to things; I feel Him strengthening me and helping me defeat the enemy's lies I've been believing in for so long. I know it's just the beginning, and the enemy's  hardest blows might still be ahead. I just want to remember to choose believing and trusting One God who can move the mountains of my past, present and the future, the mountains of my doubts and mistakes, the mountains of my sadness and insecurity. He is the author of salvation who rose and conquered the grave. And He will shine in my life and in my family!..