Dear Ukraine :: A Letter from an American Mom

Dear Ukraine,
I’m so sorry. I’m sitting here in comfort watching your people live through an invasion by a tyrant. I know that your mothers are suffering incomprehensible losses right now. Many of your fathers are fighting against real evil. Your children are fleeing the only homes they’ve ever known with little more than the clothes on their backs. All of your people are groaning.
I hope you know that I am groaning for you, too. I know that I can’t do much. Your pain is half a world away from me and I am someone of little influence. However, I am raising my kids to love you. They will know the beauty of your yellow wheat fields against the bright blue sky. When we hear “Carol of the Bells” at Christmastime, we’ll remember your beautiful contributions to the world. Your name will not be far from our lips in prayer. Your pain is not going unnoticed by us, and neither is your joy. My little people may never set foot in your country, but they WILL know who you are. I promise.
An American Mom
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Ashley lives in Leeds but is originally from the small, one-redlight town of Grant in North Alabama. She attended Auburn University where she met her husband, Ryan, and married him a couple of months after getting her Bachelors degree in 2011. Although she studied PreMed/Microbiology, she has never actually worked in the field. Instead, she has had many random jobs from seamstress to private English tutor to while helping her husband through seminary. Now she has her dream job of being a stay-at-home-mom to her two daughters; E is 4 and M is 2. Although her original dream of living overseas full-time isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, she is still involved in the internationals’ ministry at her church. When Ashley is not busy with her girls or church, she can be found cooking, scouring the internet for good deals, listening to music or podcasts, reading, or drinking coffee while doing any of the above.


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