A Lesson in Optimism from My Ukrainian Mother-In-Law

My mother-in-law bought clothes for my daughter. That may not seem significant, but let me explain why it is.

She lives in Ukraine and came to help us in the transition to becoming new parents.

I’m sure you’ve heard that Ukraine is in turmoil. They’ve ousted an administration for reneging on a promise, had territory taken by Putin’s Russia, and are in the midst of a civil war in the eastern, Russian-speaking districts (see a great timeline of events here).


The current Ukrainian exchange rate: 22 hryvnias for 1 U.S. dollar.