Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear readers,

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful time with family and friends. I am thankful for your support and encouragement on this blog. Your comments and ideas make this a worthwhile endeavor.

I'm also very thankful for having this opportunity to experience Ukraine. Last Thanksgiving the possibility of moving overseas seemed so remote. Denis had been through round after round of interviews with Russian companies, none of which wanted to hire an American (although they seemed content to put him through the interview process just for their own amusement). After another loooong dark Alaskan winter we seized this chance to come to Ukraine and never looked back. We are very thankful for the hospitality of all the friends we have made here and look forward to spending more time with them. We are also very thankful to our friends and family stateside, who are always in our hearts.

Wherever you are and whoever you're with, enjoy this day and take a moment to count your blessings!


  1. Katherine, I've been SO busy with George (can we say overwhelmed...yet again...) that I've been absent from your blog. I just read this today, over a week late. I/we still miss you guys a lot. Thanks for your nice words of thanks here! Love ya's...

  2. Privet Kath and Denis. What an experience you are having! Remember Solenne? She is getting married in France in late March..Skip and I all go to Aire Sur A'dour on the Bay of Biscay near Toulouse. I was there about ten years ago when I took Jordan to Beziers to go to second grade. Alex and his lady love Erin will be married July 28. Alex has finished EMT training, medical imaging classes and paramedic studies and has been admitted to pre-med program at Lewis Clark College in Idaho. Erin will continue her nursing studies there as well. Abby is doing her Masters in Bio-Medical Engineering at Cornel University about four hours from me here in New York. Austin who had a very serious auto accident about a year and a half ago is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Cal. He is an RA there and his crushed spine injury is pretty stable and he is managing the pain without drugs. Very tough guy! Jordan is Junior at the Denver University in Computer Engineering and French..doing great and has job with DU doing computer stuff for them. Jacob is a sophomore at Oregon State in Environmental Engineering and French...doing great also. Sam will graduate from Central Catholic and also will go to college...hasn't decided for sure where yet but he wants to study stage production and French. Mike's boys Tucker and Taylor are excellent students. Tucker is a freshman at Gresham and runs cross country and plays baseball. Taylor is seventh grader, loves math and science..plays the trumpet and plays baseball.
    That is the grand kid report!
    Frank is doing OK...has some respiratory infection at the moment. I think you keep up with him through email so you probably know as much as I do. Skip is great as am I.
    Love your writings....there is a wonderful Ukrainian restaurant here in NYC.... hope we can go there sometime together. Besides all their wonderful entrees, they have the best bread which they bake fresh everyday. Love you. More later. Peace. Barbara