Growing Up

These past few weeks, the kids have been home doing their school here. With covid, the kids went back to school in September, however their school stopped for 2 weeks when a few cases popped up in their classes. Even though I have many commitments to work on here in Kyiv, I had to put it all aside because all day long I would be with Kai helping him get through assignments after assignment. Jay would need me to come and just help him focus and not start listening to K-Pop and watching Mr. Beast videos, and Cassie would be pretty much all on her own (but I would miss seeing her so I would pop in there too if I had time).

I have been realizing how precious these times are, though I also have felt a bit overwhelmed because my commitments are getting pushed to the side. This morning they went back to school and I felt sad. I went into each of their rooms and just took a picture of their beds, their tables etc. Each one of them has such a precious personality.

Kai’s Bed Age 8

Kai loves his stuffies! He has dogs, elephants, bears, and everything else you can imagine! He loves them and has ALL of them in his bed at night!

Jay’s bedside table Age 10

Jay fills up the table beside his bed with everything you can imagine. Of course, legos still take a high priority, next to his books, brush, alarm clock, Bible, and let’s not forget his pocket knife. This table represents so much about his energy and love of life!

Cassie’s bedside bookshelf – Age 12

Books, pretty lights, fun stripes, plants and probably a hidden chocolate bar in there, Cassie loves to spend time in this little cozy corner. She is really becoming a young woman that tries so hard to be patient with younger brothers, but definitely needs some alone time!


I keep seeing more and more of the amazing imagination that God has given Cassie. She loves to read…and I mean really read…she reads and reads and reads! Some of my favorites we have read together are Anne of Green Gables (all of the books), Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Garden, The Little Princess, and more.

Lately she has also started to really enjoy musicals, which I think is really cool because it combines story and music. She listens to a lot of different ones, but Hamilton has definitely been her favourite. I just wish that she would sing along and let me listen.

Borrowing my clothes

When I (Ang) was little and I had nothing to wear I would sometimes go down the hall in the opposite direction of my room. I would enter into the sacred space of my parents room 🙂 I would go to my Mom’s closet, open the bi-fold door and peruse the options in front of me. It was so nice when I was finally around the same size. Well, this morning I was hit with the fact that Cassie has grown up so much. She wore my coat to school today because she likes it better than her own. How is my sweet daughter already 11 going on 20?!

Great friends at school

Cassie has made some wonderful friends at school this year in Winnipeg. Some of those friends are Teren, Elyse, Norah, Savannah, and many more that I (mom) can’t remember. But of course she still remembers her wonderful friends at her school in Kyiv. What a blessing to have friends all over the world!

Cassie Grade 5

Cassie’s teacher has been just the right fit for Cassie this year! She has inspirational quotes all over her classroom just like Cassie does around her own room. She also has lots of reading assignments which is one of Cassie’s favorite things to do. 

Cassie and her fort

So the other day Cassie tells me she has made a fort. It was a little corner in her room where the dresser is pulled out a bit from the wall and a blanket covers the entrance. I thought this would be fun for just one day, but she has been sleeping and reading in this tiny little corner for weeks! What a crazy girl!