Explosions Rock Kyiv as Ukraine Braces for Broad Russian Attack

Explosions echoed across the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Monday as Ukrainian officials warned of a large-scale Russian missile attack aimed at targets nationwide.

The missiles approached Kyiv at about 5 am local time and air defenses appeared to work, Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said in a statement as the first missiles entered the air space above the capital. He didn’t offer additional details.

Air raid sirens were warning of more strikes throughout Ukraine. The attacks followed a weekend of explosions deep behind Russian lines, including one at an oil depot in Russian-occupied Crimea on Saturday. The spokeswoman for Ukraine’s southern command, Natalia Humeniuk, said the depot fire is part of preparations for “the broad, full-scale offensive that everyone expects” Ukraine to launch soon.

The flurry of attacks signals intensified fighting by both forces in a conflict that has for months been marked by grinding advances in small towns and deadly shelling along the front line and across the border between the two countries. Both sides have said they are preparing for a counteroffensive that would likely renew attempts to gain territory.

The explosions in Kyiv on Monday were a few hours after Russia attacked Pavlograd in central Ukraine, sparking a massive fire that lit up the night sky. As images of the blasts circulated on social media, the city government urged residents to find shelter and not “roam around the city.”

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A Peek Into This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly post giving you a peek into this past week and what’s happening at our house.

Kierstyn turned 3 last week!! And she brings so much joy to our lives!

It was a big year for Kierstyn: she became a big sister to Micah, she officially became a big sister to David at his adoption, she finished preschool and started PreK, she passed a few levels in swimming lessons, she got potty-trained, she got to go on a trip to PA with just Micah and Mom & Dad, and she learned how to start the laundry.

Sweet girl, you are such a gift to our lives. Your antics keep us laughing, your smiles and little voice bring so much delight to us, and the way you always want to work with me and watch out for your little brothers is such a help!

Your first three years have had many unexpected twists and turns — from saying goodbye to C, welcoming David, and then becoming a big sister to Micah. And you’ve shown so much character at such a young age. Your compassionate spirit for those who are vulnerable is fierce and I can’t help but wonder what God is preparing you for in the future with the story He is writing in your young life.

You bring incredible joy to our lives and to all the teens and adults and other kids who know you. You call everyone your “best friend” or “sister” or “brother” and I hope you never lose that big heart… and that ultimately the love you have for others comes from knowing how lavishly you are loved by your Heavenly Father.

We love you, Kierstyn Michaela Paine!

Jesse gave her a fitness set for her birthday. See her demonstrating it here.

I got to interview Laura Tremaine for an upcoming podcast episode on friendship. I can’t wait for you to hear it!

I flew to FamilyLife in Orlando to record interviews for an upcoming radio show.

It was my first time using a Mamava pod at the airport and I’m a huge fan now. (Check out their free app if you are a nursing or breastfeeding mom!)

Kierstyn and I are loving our almost-daily tea time and preschool time!

Kathrynne and I went to a fundraiser for the local nonprofit that I’m currently the board chair of.

It was such a beautiful evening and beautiful event!

And then we went camping on Friday night and Saturday night with some families from our community group. We rented an RV instead of sleeping in tents and that made it such a fun experience!

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10 Tasty Potluck Ideas And Recipes For Your Next Party

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Best Potluck Recipes

Are you hosting a dinner and looking for potluck ideas and recipes?

Potlucks are when everyone who is invited brings a dish to share, and you can host a potluck breakfast, brunch, dinner and more.

Sometimes there is a theme for the potluck, or you can bring whatever you want. The idea of ​​a potluck is for everyone to get involved in the cooking and planning part of the meal.

I love potlucks – they are such a fun way to get together and eat with friends and family. One of my favorite things about them is that you can try delicious recipes that you may not have tried. Then you can even share the recipes with your guests.

Another great thing is that potlucks make it much easier on the host. You don’t have to spend the entire day in the kitchen cooking, and you save money because you haven’t bought all of the food.

Potlucks are great any time of the year too. It’s an easy way to host a holiday party, picnic, graduation party, BBQ, birthday party, board game night, and so on.

Or, you can always host a potluck simply because you want to get together with your friends and family.

No matter the reason, there are so many delicious and easy potluck ideas and recipes, and I’m excited to share some with you today.

Here are some of the potluck recipes I’m most excited to try:

  • Pull-Apart Sliders – This recipe has a buttery, garlicky topping, and you can easily make these vegetarian sliders. These would be great for a birthday party or game night.
  • Three Cheese Pasta Salad – If you are looking for an easy recipe that’s great for BBQs, block parties, picnics, this pasta salad looks great. It’s very simple, and you can put the recipe together in less than 20 minutes.
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip – Because I love spicy food, this is one of my favorite dips to eat. This recipe calls for canned chicken, which makes this recipe take less than 10 minutes to put together before you bake. And it only takes five ingredients.
  • Strawberry Shortcake Fluff Salad – If you are looking for a potluck dessert that everyone will love, this strawberry shortcake fluff salad is it, and it definitely isn’t a salad – haha! This salad has marshmallows, pound cake, whipped topping, and fresh strawberries.

Because we split our time between a sailboat and a tiny house, we don’t often host potlucks, but I love being invited to them.

With this list of potluck ideas and recipes you will be ready the next time you’re invited to one!

Today’s article contains ten of the tastiest, crowd-pleasing potluck ideas and recipes. Enjoy!

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