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.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dr. Seuss can doctor up your life, too!

Theodor Seuss Geisel - commonly known as Dr. Seuss - is a great example of perseverance. He started his career as a cartoonist, transitioned into advertising and eventually became a children’s book author. For three decades, it was advertising that paid the bills. It was really his 13th book, The Cat in the Hat, that put him on the map. And it came 20 years after his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, published in 1937 (which, by the way, was initially rejected by anywhere from 20 to almost 30 publishers!).

The man who had to really work his way into the real publishing is now one of the most beloved children's authors of all times! So definitely he's got something in his sleeve for us, adults, to learn from!

Here are the 30 amazing quotes that will brighten your day and maybe even your life :).

By the way, my favorite is, Why fit in if you were born to stand out?

Via Mamiverse.

See also Seussville for some fun and educational games and activities for your kids.           

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom!..

Your arms were always open when I needed a hug.
Your heart understood when I needed a friend.
Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson.
Your strength and love has guided me
and gave me wings to fly.

~ Sarah Malin

Today is my Mother's birthday. She would have turned 54... Three and a half years ago she was called Home, to be with her Creator, her Father, her Lover, her Savior, her Lord. 

My mother's name was Lidiya. She was one of the kindest, sweetest people I know. She was a tender daughter, a caring sister, a loving mother, a faithful friend. Above everything else she was a genuine Christian, a precious daughter of the Most High. Being brought up in a Christian home, my Mom accepted the Lord early in her life and committed herself to Him fully. Wherever she was, whatever she did, whoever she met, Mom's light was shining bright, embracing people's lives with warmth and tenderness. I will never forget how she opened her heart and her house to homeless strangers she ran into on the streets, to feed them, to provide them with a warm bath and a set of clean clothes. Being a single parent (our father left the family when my youngest sister was just a few months), Mom worked hard to provide for her three young daughters, yet her heart and hands were generous enough to spare some food for people she barely knew. 

Mom had so much love in her heart that people were drawn to her naturally. A Sunday school teacher for teens, Mom always had dozens of kids in her house every Sunday after church. Kids ate, played, napped, helped around the house, and bathed in Mom's sweet attention. My sisters and I must have been the most popular kids in the church because of our Mom :). Later, when she taught the younger kids, there were kids whose parents didn't want to have anything to do with church, yet they would bring their children to Mom's class and stay there themselves. Only God knows how many lives have been touched and changed through our Mom.

I am not bragging. I wish I were a better writer to describe how amazing and wonderful our Mother was!.. She deserves much more praise than I can possibly offer.

My heart is aching that Mom is not with us anymore. She was indeed the sun around me and the wind under my wings. Nothing and nobody can take her place in my life and in the lives of my wonderful sisters. We will always miss her. We also will always cherish the lessons she has taught us with her own life. Perhaps, she wasn't the best housewife, or the strongest player, or the greatest leader. Yet she was the best person to be around. She was the best mother and friend. She loved her God with all her heart and with all her might, till the last breath. She loved her children, her parents, her sister, her grandchildren - born and unborn. She loved her friends, and even her enemies.

If I could be a half of the person my Mother was, I would consider it a real blessing.

We love you, Mom!.... Happy Birthday!...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Following Jesus

The sermon at church today was on John 19:31-42. The pastor talked a lot about following Jesus through and through, and about getting our faith out of the closet and into the open. He also presented this mini-movie by Igniter Media.

Interesting how the circumstances and peer pressure can affect our walk with Christ... In some case even to the point of "un-following" Him, if only outwardly...

Time for reality check. How faithful is my walk with my Lord? How faithful is yours?..

Monday, January 23, 2012

True Religion?

About a year ago we heard about the Krasnodon Orphanage in Ukraine. The orphanage is for handicapped children whose parents didn't have means or desire to raise their kids home. There is a total of 130 children, 70 of which are bed-ridden. Since the orphanage is located on the outskirts of town with no public transportation nearby, it gets very little attention from the government or the public. In the past couple of years a number of volunteers from local Ukrainian churches have been helping the children in any small ways they can.

My husband's family is originally from that region of Ukraine, so our hearts were burdened for the children. With help of friends, church members, and some parents from our son's school - Mission Hills Christian - we were able to send several large boxes with diapers, toys, used clothing and shoes, toiletries, and stationery. The shipment arrived just in time for Christmas. It was truly a blessing to the orphans.

Marina, who volunteers at the orphanage and is our main contact there, has sent us some pictures of the kids. Please pray as you look at these faces to see if you would like to join forces with us in helping these little ones...



In February we are hoping to send another shipment of goods to bless these orphans. Here is the list of things they need the most:

1. Diapers, size 5 and up!
2. Bedding (single/twin sizes, used is ok)
3. Clothes and shoes - used (for kids from 3 to 16 years)
4. Cleaning supplies and toiletries
5. Absorbent/waterproof bed pads

We also encourage donating whatever "stuff" you have laying around that your kids don't use or enjoy anymore: toys, crayons, coloring books, stationery, etc.

If your kids want to draw a card or send a personal note to the kids from the orphanage, I would love to help you translate the words in Russian/Ukrainian!

I will be collecting donations through February 3, both in Mission Hills School and in Mission Hills Church. I am also willing and able to meet you anywhere in the Orange County, CA to pick up whatever you might have. Those attending MHCC or having kids in MHCS may leave your donations with Linda Armstrong in the church/school office (make sure to tell her it's a donation for the orphanage to be picked up by Oksana Antonenko).

For those outside of the area who wish to bless those children, feel free to email Marina who coordinates this orphanage along with several others at marishka_75 (at)

"The King will say, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’      Matthew 25:33-40

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:27