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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just For Laughs

They say the laughter is the best medicine. Of course, the idea comes from the Bible, "A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones." (Proverbs 17:22)

Today I was going through some old emails and came across something that brightened my day. So I'd like to share it here with you.

Proverbs From the First Grade
A first grade teacher collected well-known proverbs. She gave each kid in the class the first half of the proverb, and asked them to fill in the rest. Here's what the kids came up with:

- Better to be safe than... punch a 5th grader.
- Strike while the... bug is close.
- It's always darkest before... daylight savings time.
- Never underestimate the power of... termites.
- You can lead a horse to water but... how?
- Don't bite the hand that... looks dirty.
- No news is... impossible.
- A miss is as good as a... Mr.
- You can't teach an old dog... math.
- If you lie down with dogs, you... will stink in the morning.
- Love all, trust... me.
- The pen is mightier than... the pigs.
- An idle mind is... the best way to relax.
- Where there is smoke, there's... pollution.
- Happy is the bride who... gets all the presents.
- A penny saved is... not much.
- Two is company, three's... The Musketeers.
- None are so blind as... Helen Keller.
- Children should be seen and not... spanked or grounded.
- If at first you don't succeed... get new batteries.
- You get out of something what you... see pictured on the box.
- When the blind lead the blind... get out of the way.
- There is no fool like... Aunt Edie.
- Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. Cry and... you have to blow your nose.

Have a joyful and blessed day!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Three Truths I Want My Daughter to Remember

Today we celebrated our sweet Daryna's third birthday. She is our only daughter, right in between two wonderful boys, Bogdan and Matthew. My pregnancy with Daryna was the bumpiest. I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I was constantly nauseous, exhausted, my emotions were a havoc. How did I even survive?! But oh boy, it was all well worth it!

Daryna (or as we lovingly call her, Darusya) is the most unusual little girl. She is {super} strong-willed yet gentle, though a little bully yet irresistibly sweet and charming. To me, she is the most gorgeous girl ever (she's my daughter, doh! :)). She constantly brings me joy, yet challenges me the most. I'm either crazy about her, or she drives me crazy! I love her with all my heart! (as I actually do all three of my kids, but today is her birthday, and this post is all about her!<3)

As Daryna is celebrating her third birthday, she might be too little to remember all things I'm telling her. So I've picked these three truths I want to instill in her heart today:

You are not a result of chance, or luck, or accident, or our wishes. You were knitted together and made "fearfully and wonderfully" by God the Creator Himself.
"Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him." Psalm 127:3
"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
Always and without conditions. You are loved by your Dad, you are loved by me. You will always be our little princess. But above all, you are loved by God. As a matter of fact, He loved you so much that He gave His own life to pay for any mistakes, bad choices and sin that you may ever have in your life. All you need to do is accept His love, His guidance and His gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

The other day you were afraid of "the bad guys" when you were falling asleep. Don't be afraid! Even though our house and our parental protection cannot guarantee complete safety, there is One who can. He "covers you with his feathers and shelters you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection".
"If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91:9-16
As you grow older, smarter, stronger, may so grow your love for God and trust in His name. He will always be your shelter, if you only let Him!.. 

I pray you grow to know and love your God more every day. Be blessed, our precious one!

Happy Birthday, Daryna!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Being My Husband's Cheerleader... :)

I am a huge {HUGE} fan of my husband's work on Christian Kindle publishing! I am the one who sees all the hard work behind the great publications that Illya's customers call "the gold standard" and "the cut above". I think my husband is a genius to come up with such great products. But above that, I know he is a perfectionist and workaholic, who commits many hours into making the Christian materials for Kindle the best possible. At first I was jealous - I felt like Illya's passion for Kindle and the books was robbing me off my time with him. But then I realized that it was not just Illya's hobby, but also his calling. So I am not jealous anymore. I am Illya's biggest fan and promoter. I am proud of his efforts to make the Word of God available for e-readers in the best form possible. And I am proud that he uses his knowledge and talents to engage in conversation with people who often are far from God but still wish to purchase Illya's books "just to try it out". Being as introverted as he is, I am glad that Illya has found his own way to share his faith and the Gospel!

Today I am {again} reprinting one of the post from Illya's blog about one of the Kindle Bibles that he was actually asked to make for Biblical Studies Press. Hopefully, this post would be useful to my readers as well.

The NET Bible is a modern English version, available online for free at, with 60,932 footnotes that help explain the translation.  It’s an entirely new way of looking at translation, that the translators themselves justify the words they choose and provide bibliographic, linguistic and textual support for those words.
This is a premium version for the Kindle with all of the 60,932 footnotes. The Greek text in the footnotes is displayed in addition to its Latin transliterations.  However, due to the Kindle limitations, the Hebrew text in the footnotes is represented only by its Latin transliterations.


  • Direct Verse Jump, a revolutionary new method to open the exact verse you need in seconds (see more information below)
  • two other ways to navigate between books and chapters: (i) using a hyperlinked table of contents;  and (ii) pressing the joystick right or left to move between books of the Bible or chapters of supplemental materials. Once you learn all of the three navigation methods, you will be able to open any verse in your Kindle NET Bible as fast as (or even faster than) in your paper copy.
  • correctly formatted (for example, see special poetry formatting in Songs of Solomon and Psalms, italics, small caps in LORD, etc.)
  • includes all translators’ notes (all you need is to click on the hyperlinked note numbers in the text and, when finished reading the note, to press “Back” to return to the Bible text)
  • as any Kindle book, the NET Bible is searchable; however, when you first install the file please wait for the Kindle to index the whole Bible! The file is very large (almost 14 megabytes!) and it takes a long time to index. For this reason, the DVJ navigation method will be available only after the book has been indexed.
Direct Verse Jump – a revolutionary navigation method using the search functionality:
In this version, all you need to do is type an abbreviated book name (see the table of contents for the complete list), then period, then chapter number, period again, and then verse number and finally press “find” twice (you need not wait for the Kindle to display the search results) and you will be looking at that particular verse in seconds. If you just need to open the first verse of any chapter then the verse number is not necessary. Do not forget periods and use only the abbreviations that are listed in the table of contents.
For example, if you wish to select chapter 3 of Genesis, you would:
  1. type the standard abbreviation for Genesis (see the table of contents for a complete list), then period, and finally number “3″ in other words: ge.3
  2. click “find” twice and you are there.
For John 3:16, you type jn.3.16 and double click “find”.
Note: that you should put the chapter number even for books that have only one chapter. For example, the Epistle from Jude verse 5 would translate to jud.1.5and a double click.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11: What We Learned

"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana

Video by Igniter Media.

"Meet Me In The Stairwell"

A friend of mine has forwarded me an email with this message. I am sure many other have received the same forward. I think it is beautiful. I think it is worth repeating. And it is definitely worth pausing and thinking about.

"You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001. Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say 'good-bye.' I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK... I am ready to go.'

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said. 'Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all knew Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor. Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well.

Seek Me now while I may be found.
Then, at any moment, you know you are 'ready to go.'

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.
                                                                                                                                         - God"

“Seek the Lord while He may be found; 
Call upon Him while He is near.”
                                                                                                  Isaiah 55:6

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Bible, God's Word

Today I am sharing my husband Illya's blog post from his OSNOVA page.

God has revealed Himself through His Word to His people.
One of God’s mercies is that He allows us access to the Word in our own language. At the time of hundreds of English translations “competing” for our attention and each extolling its virtues, we may not realize how huge this is.

I grew up in Ukraine during the waning years of the Soviet Union where the religion was despised and true believers were persecuted. Older believers would share stories that oftentimes during the heyday of Soviets’ “militant atheism” a whole church would have only one Bible that had been smuggled through the Iron Curtain. Each person was given this one copy of the Bible for one week to copy whatever he could by hand. Over time each person would have a handwritten incomplete copy of the Bible, which people would then exchange so that everybody could read through the God’s Word.
Given the risk of discovery and possible imprisonment (especially for the preachers, ministers, and anybody who dealt with church finances*), people memorized whole books of the Bible with chapter and verse numbers. First, if memorized, police could not find and confiscate the Bibles during searches. Second, if the Christian was arrested, God’s Word could not be taken away.
Once during 1990′s I heard a sermon by an old blind man in a village in the mountains in Ukraine. His entire sermon consisted of long quotations of God’s Word where he would identify each chapter and verse before he recited each passage from memory. One passage from the Bible explained another. He did not add anything to the passages. I felt goosebumps when I listened to him.
As an aside, every male church member was expected to be able to preach so that it would be difficult for the KGB spies and informants to identify the church leadership and even if the leadership was identified and imprisoned, the preaching of God’s Word would not stop.
This is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, the translation that “brought” God’s Word to English-speaking peoples. The KJV Bible was a miracle and a blessing. With this post, I wanted us to stop for a second and consider how blessed we are to be able to read God’s Word in the translation of our choosing in paperback, hardback, leatherback, on the Kindle, PDA, Nook, iPhone, with Logos Software, BibleWorks, etc.
* My wife’s late grandfather was sentenced to ten years of hard labor in Siberia for preaching Good News to the youth. When Stalin died in 1953 the grandfather was released after serving “only” three and a half years in the Gulag.  The release was under the “Beria’s” general amnesty that freed millions of common criminals, “politicals” and believers.