April 26, 2009


We are coming home soon and this will be our new home

We are so excited we are buying this beautiful home in Old Town Fair Oaks.
We decided we needed more space for all the grandkids so we began searching on the internet for a new home. We found this home and instantly fell in love with it. It really is our dream home. We sent Brad and Karrissa (our daughter and son-in-law) to look at it and Brad reported back to us,

"it is sick"
(which basically means he loved it)

he continued..
"you guys have to have that house"
The rest, as they say,.................

Is history!
Brad and Karrissa have been busy finalizing all the paperwork for us and meeting with inspectors. Escrow should close by the end of May. We will be staying with Brad and Karrissa for a week or so and then the whole family will be going to Santa Cruz for 10 days. We are looking forward to so much.
Holding loved ones in our arms again
a new home
California Sunshine
The Ocean
The Redwoods
Driving a Car again (Bruce is looking forward to a nice long drive)
attending Church that is spoken in English
singing hymns in English
However the list of things I will miss about Ukraine is equally as long.
We have had some people ask about the details of our return to America.

We leave Donetsk for Kiev on Sunday May 3rd and fly to America on Monday, May 4th. We arrive in Sacramento on Delta Airlines on Monday Night at 9:47 pm.

It will be very late when we arrive and clear customs so we know that we won't see you at the airport but hope you can join us at Church on May 10th. Bruce and I have been asked to speak about our mission experience on Sunday May 10th.

The Sacrament meeting will begin at 9am.

The building is located at 7950 Hazel Ave ORANGEVALE , CA 95662987-1849 (Office)987-7479 (Foyer) Map and driving directionsI know I will say this again, but we just want to thank all of our friends and family who have supported us on this mission. Your love and prayers have been felt and so appreciated. We are happy to be coming home but sad to say good-bye to so many we have come to know and love here in Ukraine.

6 messages from friends and family:

Jane Anne said...

I'm so happy for you! Enjoy your family and new home.

Jane Anne said...

btw, I LOVE your new house...It looks wonderful.

dixiewhitehead said...

I love your house. Very beautiful with a great yard. It looks like the angle of the picture doesn't even do it justice. It's a really big house! I am so excited for you and your family.

Thank you for the love that you have spread around and shared with so many people in Ukraine. You have meant a lot to my son, even though he hasn't seen you much. You made him feel so special, like you did every missionary.

I'll bet Olga would like to go home with you in your pocket. What a difference you have made in her life. She seems like such a lovely, honorable daughter of God. Her grandchildren will thank you for helping to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ into her life. I can't wait to meet her someday.

Take care and get everything done you need to do this week. Don't worry about blogging if you don't have time. Travel safely...you'll be in our prayers, Melinda. Much love from our family to yours. And...have an awesome Mother's Day!

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

Yay! We are so excited for you. I wish we lived closer, it would be fun to hear you guys speak in church on the 10th! Enjoy everything about your homecoming :)
Big Hugs!!!

Bruce and Jeri said...

Congratulations on a successful mission. I will miss seeing your blog from Ukraine. Best wishes in your new home. It looks beautiful. Thank you for everything you did for the mission. Jeri (Sister Howard's mom)

LisAway said...

Wow! That house is AMAZING! And what a garden! How exciting for you both.

I understand about singing hymns and hearing talks/lessons in English. Every time I go home for a visit I can't help but cry through every hymn we sing. And the talks. :) How lovely that each can hear it in their own tongue. You've had a good experience being among Ukranians who were hearing it in THEIR tongue, it's your turn again!

Saints in Ukraine (put music on pause)

My music

click on the photo to see the captions

Armenia Trip

Our last Zone Conference

Some of the faces we will miss

Our trip to Mariupol

March Zone Conference in Donetsk(click on photo to view a larger version)

Missionaries helping the International Relief Development unload a container from America

Health Fair click on the photo to see what is coming up

To listen to this talk you will need to put the music on pause first

Sometimes we forget what divine gifts we have been given. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Look at the fun equipment we got to deliver to this internat for Special Needs children

Europe East Area District Meeting


OUR APARTMENT (this is not an average missionary apartment)




Click on photo to see more photos of the Open House at the Kalininsky blg