"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD." Isaiah 55:8
When I found out I was pregnant again, I trusted this pregnancy and this child to God, knowing perfectly well that although as parents we should do our best, God is ultimately in control of our lives and His will is "good and perfect" (Romans 12:2).
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
|I am with my husband Illya and my Mom the evening before Bogdan was born.|
On August 25, 2001 we received God's amazing gift to us - our first-born, our precious baby boy! He was a gift from God, so we called him Bogdan, which is Ukrainian literally means "God-given".
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
|Proud Daddy and Peaceful Child|
Bogdan, our God-given, has changed our lives forever! We exchanged our self-absorbed life as a care-free couple for a restless life as parents! But all those sleepless nights and tiresome days were nothing compared to the love, and warmth, and gentleness, and sweetness our little one had brought us.
|Bogdan with a sleep-deprived momma :)|
We were very blessed to have my Mom with us for the first two months of Bogdan's life. He was the luckiest one of our kids - my Mom went to be with the Lord just a month after our second child was born, so our two younger ones have never seen her. But she is sure watching them from above, smiling at them and waiting to meet them in the unspeakable wonderful Heavenly Home.
|My fabulous, amazing, sweet, loving Mom with her first Grandchild.|
Yesterday we celebrated Bogdan's 6th birthday. How blessed are we to have such a miracle in our lives!
|Birthday mornings are always fun!|
Bogdan was sleepy but super excited. Well, he's been waiting to turn six for a long time! :) Why? I don't know, but for some reason being a six-year-old was a huge milestone for him. When he entered a living room, he saw some mighty great gifts: a dream-come-true bunk bed, a super fun volcano experiment kit, Lego Star Wars Wii game and a World Map puzzle. Wouldn't YOU be excited? ;)
To celebrate our son's big day, Illya took a day off and even abandoned his OSNOVA work (wow, that doesn't happen often, and I was the one most excited:)) and we headed to LEGOLAND as a family. The best day of this summer ever!..
|LEGOLAND was the best thing ever!..|
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOGDAN!
WE LOVE YOU, SON!