Quiet Days

After a gentle rain overnight we awoke to a beautiful sunny day in Simferopol.  The Lord has blessed us with beautiful weather beyond belief.  It is in the mid-40º’s each day and very comfortable with no trace of snow or ice.

These are quiet, slow days after very busy first days.  We are enjoying the time to rest and explore the city.  We have felt such a push to be here for so many months that there is incredible peace in finally being where the Lord would have us be.  We are at a sticky spot in the adoption process due to separation issues but in the midst of that there is a prevailing peace that God is in control and working behind the curtain.  We knew that this was going to be patience building so came determined to make the most of each day regardless of the circumstances.  We are living comfortably and rather inexpensively so we are doing well.  We wait upon the Lord to reveal His will in His time.

Some folks have asked about food so with little to report otherwise it is a good time to share what we’ve found.  Others of you who have walked ahead of us, please leave comments, we’d love to hear your findings and favorites!!

On Monday, our first day in Kiev, our facilitator introduced us to a huge Cafeteria with a buffet.  It was fabulous!!  She handled all the questions, ordering, etc. on that visit so we got acquainted with the food selection and how it worked.  It is a beautiful restaurant with an endless selection of food and point and smile is all that is required to order.  Perfect!!   We ate there alone the following evening and with new friends on Wednesday, the last night.  The food is fabulous!!

~ Our Favorite Cafeteria on the Circle in Kiev ~ We agree with the Bollinger girls - We need this in Louisville!! We love this place!!

We were amazed at the many and various ways they prepare boneless chicken breast fillets.  Everyone we tried was delicious!  They offer a combination of steamed vegetables or vegetables in white rice along with many soups, and other side dishes. The last night we broke down and tried a dessert ~ the name escapes me ~ but with a filling of ricotta type cheese, it was delicious as well. The prices were exceptionally reasonable with both of us eating for $10-$12 per meal.

~ Dinner, a Pork Chop this evening, with the Delicious Dessert ~

Ukrainians seemed to enjoy this restaurant as much as we did as it was always packed even in the late afternoon.  And with good reason; great prices, a fabulous selection and delicious food!!  We look forward to our return to Kiev and will definitely request that our lodging be within walking distance of this restaurant.

Last night our facilitator in Simferopol showed us two restaurants here in the center of the city that offer a smaller but very similar buffet of traditional Ukrainian foods.  We hope to try them in the coming days so that report coming soon.

We have enjoyed a real oatmeal (in the green box) made with equal parts water and milk and a pinch of salt along with a muffin or special bread for breakfast.  We’ve kept fruit, readily available and excellent quality, stocked for snacks, and done various things in the apartment for lunch.  Eggs are sold individually, fill a bag just like produce, or in packages of 10 (not 12 as is custom in America) and the brown ones we’ve gotten are definitely fresh from a  farm.  With real ham and the best cheese we’ve ever tasted, omelettes are a regular staple for dinner on nights we’ve eaten at home.

Last night we were delighted to locate a rotisserie chicken and with mixed vegetables just like we buy at home, but better quality, and mashed potatoes we had an easy meal.  The chicken was only $3.00 so that made an economical delicious meal we often enjoy at home.

The market we shop most often in Simferopol is the large 24 hour market in the center of town, about a 15 minute walk from our apartment.  They have the most amazing selection of baked goods in open bins.  Disposable gloves hang at each bin along with bags labeled for each item.  It is a good exercise in studying the Cyrillic alphabet to compare the label on the bag to the one above the item to be sure we have it all matched up.  We have learned how much we take for granted the blessing of the ability to read!!  The variety of breads, muffins, small pizzas, etc. is incredible in this market and all we have tried have been excellent.

~ There are Many Aisles of Breads Beautifully Displayed in These Open Bins ~

We thank you for your kind comments and prayers.  This is a journey of faith ~ learning to rely on the Lord every minute.  What an awesome place to be.  It brings the song we sing with children, He has the Whole World in His Hands to life in a very real way as well as the incredible effectiveness of God confusing the languages of the people in the story of The Tower of Babel.  We are experiencing both in living color and so thankful to be here, right in the Center of God’s will for our lives at this moment.

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8 Responses to Quiet Days

  1. Kelly & Tori says:

    I wrote in previous blog posts that the one area I really connected with Ukraine, among all others, was the food. I absolutely loved the food. Tori did not enjoy the food much, but I sure did.

    Enjoy the peaceful days, as you may consider them the rest before the battle. I am praying that all is smooth, but unfortunately know that it could get rocky. So get strong, now, just in case.


  2. Cindy Meiners says:

    Hi Marie, I love hearing about the food. I loved about everything I ate when we were there! I loved going to the market! Have you been able to contact our friend Gertrude in Simferopol? I’m sure she would love to have tea with you and visit. Please give her our love if you happen to see her. The peace you feel sounds like the center of God’s will. There is no better place to be! Love you. Cindy

  3. Christa Graham says:

    So happy to hear things are going well. You sound great. I’m enjoying reading about the peace you are enjoying. It truly is all about resting in God and His strength. It truly makes all the difference in the world.

    We continue to follow your story and pray for your family as it’s forming anew.

    God Bless,
    Christa in NC

  4. Lynn Loecher says:

    So I have had a REAL busy day and missed our talk today, but as I am reading your post about the food I have come to love and hope one day to get to have again I am eat a cold frozen dinner. But I am smelling the food of the places we come so to enjoy. Glad your post was tonight when my dinner is so tasty hehehe and not Tue night.
    Praying things are going well and moving along at least at a fast snails pace.
    Love to all

  5. Was that big buffet Puzata Hata? If so, that was our girls favorite place to eat. They wanted it when we got to America and didn’t understand why it wasn’t here!

    Love you guys and we are praying. We are asking others to do the same!!

    “Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever…” ~ Psalm 112:4-9

  6. colleen says:

    There is a good pizza place in the center of town. I remember the 24 hour supermarket. There is also a McDonalds near the train station. We ate at out hotel alot of the time. I think it was called Hotel Ukraine, the food was really good there.

  7. colleen says:

    Hope all goes well with your adoption. Separation is always a tricky thing for judges to decide.

  8. Aimee Garrett says:

    Hi Marie & Barney’
    I am getting caught up on your blog. Been very sick with Sinus infection and bronchitis since I returned home, and trying to get back into real life. Matt is back in Izmail, picking up the kids tomorrow. He only has his phone for internet and email right now, driving from Taruntina at the moment, he will have computer and skype as soon as he gets back to the apartment. Do you want to send him or me your Ukraine phone number, so we can talk and hopefully offer some support. I am praying! Love you guys, Aimee Oh Matt can be reached at cardboard@tmo.blackberry.net or Ukraine phone # 0997061890.

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