Most of family at Tom's birthday

Most of family at Tom's birthday
Family is everything to me.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Jesus says, "Please don't forget Me." I'm with you all the time and some days you don't even recognize the fact that I've got your back! When you go through tough times, I hear from you. 

When you're scared and I lonely, I know it! Hey, but in the good times... in the happy times, in the just plain old nice and easy days.

 Don't forget to say THANK YOU. I didn't forget you that day on Calvary. Really, I didn't. You were on my mind and my heart all the way.

 So, Please don't forget Me. Love me with all of your heart, your soul and your mind. I will never never leave you and I will never no never forsake you.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

In The Name Of The Lord

So what are you doing to prepare for this Holy 

Week? Or does it even matter it all. It 

matters to me. This week is what our 

faith is based on. 

Our Savior who came 

from heaven with a divine plan... knew 

what He was up against this week, yet 

He didn't run.. He didn't leave. He stayed.

 He waited. 

Today marks the day that He 

came into Jerusalem on a donkey ( the 

way that tradition says that kings would 

ride into a city). People waited for hours.

 Laid their clothing in the streets with 

palm branches to make way for the king

. They were looking for a king, a leader,a 

Messiah to deliver them. Would this be 

the man? Behold the man, the Lord 


Think about it this week. Ponder and

 meditate on what He did for YOU. What

 He did for all mankind. The choice is left

with us. Whom will you choose? Blessed 

is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

 Hosanna to God in the highest!!!!!! 

Happy Palm Sunday.

From a song by Sandi Patti "In The Name Of The Lord."

Crowds have lined the narrow street
To see this man from Galilee
Just a carpenter some say, leading fools astray
Yet many kneel to give Him praise

And in His eyes, they glimpse the power
That sees the heart of all men
And He knows His Father's mind
He speaks His Father's words
For He comes in the name of the Lord

There is strength in the name of the Lord
There is power in the name of the Lord
There is hope in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord

Monday, September 21, 2015

Don't Give Up----Your Prayers Are Being Heard

Did you ever do this... ??? You pray and pray and pray and ask for mercy and grace. You pray for changed hearts. Anything ----any sign at all. And then it happens a little glimmer.. a little ray of hope, 

Just like Elijah when he prayed for rain in the midst of a 3 1/2 year drought.. and I Kings 18 reads "So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” 

So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’” Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain."

 Well, maybe there's a little cloud as small as a man's hand, but it's something, ya know?? Then the darkness, then the black clouds and wind.. and then the rain!! 

What you prayed for with all your heart, starts to barely break through.  Are you shocked and surprised and say.. oh it's just a little cloud almost in disbelief?? Or is this the beginning of God's answer little by little. 

It assures me to NOT give up To keep Asking, Seeking, and Knocking.  Matthew 7:7,8  reads, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

God's not done.. He doesn't quit.  He doesn't give up. Thank God!!      I need to keep praying and get in my War Room and pound the heavens even more.  Don't give up loved one. Watch the heavens for that little cloud.!!  And put on your whole armour.  It's a spirtual battle we're fighting.  

Saturday, September 12, 2015


            The day was beautiful.. a lovely early September day... then while watching Fox Morning News, it began for me.  What?   Oh no....they said a plane crashed into one of the World Trade Center buildings!   Was it pilot error?  Was it just a fluke?   Was it a small plane?    No.. it was a passenger jet!  Oh no!!  The poor people... how many would die and how many would be injured..     Then right before our eyes.... another plane.........the other World Trade Center building!  This was no pilot error! 

This was a terrorist attack against the United States.. How?  Why?  

    And then, there we were glued to the television in amazement and wonder... watching people running for their lives.. then again. The news breaks out with another plane crashing into the Pentagon....
then another one in the hills of Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh (possibly headed for the White House). 
 Oh dear God in heaven... what's happening?  Will more come?  Will more people die?

    We call our loved ones in those areas...   Myself...... I called my 5th child, Jonathan, who lives in Washington, DC.   I called my sister, Patty, who lives in Virginia outside Washington near Dulles Airport.  Is everyone all right? 

     My dear friends, I know we all have stories to tell of that fateful day... where we were.... what we were doing... who we knew that lived near the areas... and then there were those who received phone calls to say their last 'good byes' from the airplanes or business offices in the towers...Phone calls or visits from the police or fire departments telling them that their  loved ones bodies had been recovered and yes...they had died.   For days and weeks and yes even months later, families still waited word.  In fact, just this past week or so, a couple of men were located in a local hospital with amnesia who were victims of 9/11.  Their families were rejoicing... but the victims didn't remember who they were.

     There's coming a day, dear ones, when we will all face this time in our lives.  It may not be a terrorist attack or
explosion of such magnitude.. but someone dear to us will depart this earth for their final destination.

    You, too, will feel the pain and hurt and despair that they feel at the loss of this loved one.   Some of us have lost parents or children or sisters and brothers and other family members or friends.  It's so hard, isn't it?  But an old hymn says it well.. "What a day that will be.. when my Jesus I shall see.. when  I look upon His face... the One who saved me by His grace.. When He takes me by the hand.. and leads me to the Promised Land.. what a day.. wonderful day that will be."  

The Bible says that our life is but a vapor...disappears in a moment... time will be no more.. and eternity awaits us.   Are you ready?Are your loved ones and friends ready?   Have you talked to that neighbor near to you who doesn't know this Saviour.  None of us is promised tomorrow... Proverbs 27:1 "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth..."  

     So.. take this 911 Memorial time as an opportunity to share Jesus Christ with those who know not our precious Saviour..Don't let them go into eternity without Him .. knowing that you didn't share His love.. It only takes a minute.. and it lasts forever and forever!!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Just thinking as I'm looking at this beautiful sunshiny day.. Boy do I love Spring!! 

Then I think about the Lord and all this beautiful creation that He just spoke into existence.  In the beginning was the Word and  the Word was with God and the Word was God. His spoken Word... all for us.

I've been rehashing things in my mind concerning attitudes and such why we do what we do.

As a pastor's wife for over 39 years now, it always amazes me about people and the 'whys' and 'why nots' of our motivation to serve Jesus. I fail Him miserably every day and have to confess to Him of my thoughts and attitudes--- (so thankful He forgives me). But, my heart breaks as I see not only myself but others that just go on day by day with concerns of this world. 

Do we really think about the Lord through it all?? Is He our first and utmost reason behind what we do? Do we really do all we can for His honor and glory and for each other? 
I just wish we could get just 'one' dose of HIS glory for us to jumpstart our love and motivation to serve Him more fully. O to be like Him.

Help me Lord to honor and glorify YOU--- to think of others more than myself----to really put things into perspective and put my priorities in order.

 After all, only one life will soon be past----only what's done for Christ will last. 

Are you doing all you can for Him?? I hope so. I know I need to re-prioritize things myself. To God be the glory!!
Have a GREAT SON-shiny day!!  And take time to smell the roses!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015


My life is rich in wonderful Ukrainian culture and heritage.

Along with  the pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) I also enjoy cooking and baking those scrumptious Ukrainian foods and delicacies. 

My favorite time of year for baking is Easter.  Here's pictures from this year's baking adventure. 

These rolls are sometimes to referred to as Kolachy.   They can be made with a variety of fillings.  Our favorites are a nut filling, apricot and poppyseed. 
These are some of the rolls filled and ready to be baked.

All baked and ready to be tasted!!

The paska baked with a few different designs.  The most popular is the braided ones. 

For recipes check here---

Have a wonderful, blessed Easter celebrating our Saviour's Resurrection

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Georgia's Million Dollar Meatloaf (Named by my hubby)

2-3# ground chuck

2 eggs
1/4 # crushed saltine crackers (1 sleeve)
Water to moisten
1/4 green pepper
1 medium onion
2 large stalks  celery with leaves
5 baby carrots
1 t. coarse black pepper
1 and tsp. garlic salt
4-6 dashes hot pepper sauce

Combine ground beef, eggs, crushed crackers in bowl and add just enough water to slightly moisten the crackers. In a food processor or chopper, combine the onion, pepper, celery and carrot and pulse until fine. Add this and remaining ingredients together and mix well.  Add a few shakes of hot sauce into the mixture. It will  look a little dry but during the cooking process, the juices of the vegetables will add to this.  Form into loaf or place in large loaf pan. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for at least an hour or until nicely browned. Then turn oven down to 300 and cover lightly with foil and bake another 1 and 1/2 hours until done.  For a little more "zip" sprinkle top with additional hot sauce.