Cherkassy, Ukraine

The next few posts will have nothing to do with our mission in Budapest… but everything to do with our family!

A bank in Cherkassy

A bank in Cherkassy

Our son, Clinton, told us a few months ago that he and Tanya were getting married – maybe in May 2013.  We knew this was a possibility, since he and Tanya have been traveling companions since August 2011.  Clinton loves to travel.  Of course, when he met her, he told her upfront that he was LDS.  She had some experiences with the “Mormon Missionaries” before she met him but was a bit more interested after she met Clinton.  She and her mother joined the Church in April 2012.

Russian Orthodox Church. Notice Motherland Statue in far right distance.

Russian Orthodox Church. Notice Motherland Statue in far right distance.

The date was settled:  August 1, 2013.  We got permission to leave our mission area from our Mission President and once we had a final date, we got permission from the Area Presidency – in 20 minutes!  We are allowed to leave our mission area for a “life-changing event” and having our 41 year old never married son get married was certainly a life changing event!

The Motherland Statue overlooks a beautiful park on the bank of the Dniper River.  There used to be a castle or fortress where the statue is now.

The Motherland Statue overlooks a beautiful park on the bank of the Dniper River. There used to be a castle or fortress where the statue is now.

Elder Felsted and I flew into the Zhulyany Kiev Airport on Monday, July 29, 2013.  Tanya had arranged a taxi to pick up Clinton at the Boryspil International Airport when he arrived Tuesday, July 30th.  We met up with Clinton there and drove down to Cherkassy – 180 km or a 3 hour drive.  That gave us some time with Clinton to see what has been going on with his businesses, farm, travels, etc.

At the apartment

At the apartment

Tanya met us at an apartment where Clinton stays when he is in Cherkassy.  There was room for us to stay there, too!  We went out to lunch at a little mall across from darling blue bank in the first picture.  Yummy!  Then Tanya went off to do some last minute things – including a wedding dress fitting.  Clinton took us for a little walk around the town and later we went to Tanya’s apartment for a dinner that she and her mother made for us.  Authentic Ukrainian food!  Some yummy potato dish that Clinton loves, chicken, salad and sauces.

The next day, we and Tanya and Clinton walked to her dress lady for a final fitting and we waited out in a park strip that is in the center of the street for that.  Then we walked a short distance to an authentic Russian restaurant for lunch.

Next door to the Russian restaurant.  We ate under the awnings on the left.

Loved this building next door to the Russian restaurant. We ate under the awnings – on the left.

We had very lovely salads for lunch.  The waitress let me take her picture…

Loved her outfit and the skirt had the same trim.

Loved her outfit and the skirt had the same trim.

Afterwards, Tanya had more things to do so Clinton showed us some other sights.  This beautiful Russian Orthodox Church was closed but we walked around the outside grounds.  It has some beautiful mosaics.

IMG_2143This next night, Tanya’s mother, Lena, fed us AGAIN!  This is after she worked hard all day!  Another very nice Ukrainian meal of borscht, fish, salad…

The traditional picture when someone comes to visit!

The traditional picture when someone comes to visit!

We did not stay too late!  Big events were happening the NEXT DAY…

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2 thoughts on “Cherkassy, Ukraine

  1. What wonderful news! It was so interesting to read of your time with Tanya, Clinton and Lena. Mother and daughter now members of the Church now too!
    I look forward to a follow-up note!

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