Kaliningrad, Russia

We are in Kaliningrad, Russia. It is a great feeling to be here even though we are missing a night of sleep and very weary from our travels. I have to say we had our first real Russian experience at the airport in Kaliningrad. They had us exit the plane down stairs and then boarded us all on three buses. This took some time to load all of the passengers on the buses. Then, we literally rode on the bus for less than 50 yards…it was a 30 second ride through a gate. We just chuckled to ourselves and realized that we have a lot to learn about this country and how it works! Our Interpreter and Driver met us at the airport and 20 minutes later we were at our hotel. We feel a little overwhelmed with information and the importance of tomorrow. After checking in our hotel, our CHI Kaliningrad Rep came to our hotel room with our Interpreter (they are both named Natasha) and they briefed us on what will happen tomorrow. We continue to pray that God will give us peace, strength and joy as we meet the girls. It is hard to believe the day we have prayed and dreamed about is one night’s sleep away. It sounds like the girls were together but now they are in separate orphanages. It will be a busy, busy day. Well, dinner just arrived and then we are off to showers and bed. We are praying for a really good night’s sleep.



24 thoughts on “Kaliningrad, Russia

  1. Talked about you and prayed for you this morning in church. Everyone is so excited for you and your blessings!!! Take care!!

  2. Hoping you can get a good nights sleep before the big day arrives tomorrow. I know the excitement must be overwhelming. Good luck with the girls & hopefully they will get to be together again very soon.

  3. Praying for your peaceful night’s sleep. Praying God sends you the words to say, and puts a veil of peace over you and your little girls. Can’t wait to hear what tomorrow brings!
    Sending you lots of love.

  4. I’M so glad I checked your blog. I didn’t know if you would find internet. I hoped you could sleep but he got you through the long flight. Two orphanages will give you a fuller view of their system. So many at our church are praying for you. Vicki Hamer was their and expressed her thoughts too. Cling to each other and to whom your t strength comes.

  5. Thinking of you and praying for you both. I pray that even if you’re too excited to sleep that you’ll feel refreshed and energized each and every day. Take care of each other. Hugs.

  6. Wow!!, what a experience thus far, Hopefully, you will get a good nights sleep and have sweet dreams, of seeing your two chosen girls, tomorrow. Be strong, and calm. Love You Mom

  7. We will be praying for you tomorrow! It’s going to be an amazing day for all of you! Thankful your travels have been good thus far. Thanks for the updates!

  8. Glad to hear that your big day is soon, praying for you all. Thanks for the posts. Mike & Vickie Knepper

  9. Real Russian SNOW….as seen on TV!?

    We’re so excited you are in the SAME city as your girls! And actually meeting them tomorrow!

    What is the time difference between Kaliningrad and Illinois? Tomorrow is a big day! We will pray for a good night’s sleep for you both. Looking forward to reading about your Russian

    Blessings on you all,
    The Copes

  10. Brett and Amanda,

    Hope you Both got a good nights sleep and ready for the excitement and challenges that today will bring! Lots of prayer and good thoughts going your way! Thanks for keeping us updated!

  11. Amanda and Brett, I would not let Brett go to bed tonight without reconnecting me to the “world”…internet. Only because I could not wait another second to check in with you. There is not a momemt that goes by that you aren’t in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you feel God leading you every step of the way throughout this trip. Can’t imagine it possible, but He loves you even more than we do! Isn’t it awesome that Our Father (or Daddy) in heaven loves it when we climb in His lap and say,”I need Your help, Dad.” Remember you are far away, but in so many ways you are NOT alone! Love, Jenee & family

  12. I have tears in my eyes as I read your updates, I just can’t imagine how you must be feeling! I am anxiously awaiting your next post and will continue to pray for you guys and those two precious girls. Love you!

  13. Excited and anxious for you! Wishing you the best in your experience and praying for God’s protection and guidance.

  14. You guys are in our thoughts, in our conversations, on our FRIDGE & mostly in our PRAYERS! Our kiddos are excited for you to! Sleep when you can friends & enjoy The Creator xoxo

  15. I can ONLY imagine! You guys are in our thoughts, in our conversations, on our FRIDGE, & mostly in our PRAYERS! Our kiddos are excited for you too! Sleep when you can and enjoy the Creator, friends. xoxo

  16. Covering all thoughts of you four in our prayers, guidance, protection, and strengthened faith – stay strong. MISS YOU!!!!

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