We had sunshine today…so we are back at the Internet Cafe (last night we didn’t walk here, just did a short update from the lobby with our almost dead laptop). We had a very busy day today. Visiting both girls takes up a lot of our day (which is wonderful), but today we also had to meet with the Chief Doctor of this region and sign papers to present for court today. It was a wonderful and overwhelming feeling to sign documents saying “YES, I want to adopt ____”! Tomorrow will be our last visit with the girls and we will also appear in the court. It sounds like we will not find out our court date tomorrow and that the earliest possible time for our 2nd trip and court hearing will be June because the judge has off the month of May. June seems like FOREVER to wait and come back to see our girls, but God has carried us this far…we trust Him to help us and the girls until we can return. Okay…enough about the details of our day to day…here is a little bit about the girls:
Big Sis: Last September, she was moved from lil’ sis’ orphanage and separated from her. The caretakers at lil sis’ orphanage have told us that big sis was quite the hostess and helper, especially to her younger sister. Also, when we show her pictures of lil sis, she definitely remembers her. It has been so fun to see her warm up to us. She loves our attention and today we really got her giggling and playing. Brett did airplane and lifting games with both of the girls and they loved it! We have had fun playing puzzles, coloring, reading books, playing toss and cuddling (more so today) with her. One of the highlights with big sis was yesterday when she came in the room, she ran to me and gave me a big hug! Also, the orphanage psychologist was gone earlier in the week and she didn’t know about us. Earlier yesterday, when she was meeting with big sis’, big sis’ said that her mommy and daddy had come to see her and that they would take her home! This was HUGE! No one had called us mommy and daddy and we had not communicated that to her at all! Yesterday and today we go to see her playroom, bed and eating area. Big sis’ is definitely more shy of the two girls and she takes some work to open up. She is delayed in speech overall and especially with us, but today we were really into playing and she started talking more on her own.
Lis Sis: We have had one less day with her, but she is also progressing in her comfort level to us. Some of her expressions just crack Brett and I up! Lil sis was more open from the beginning and quickly let us pick her up, etc. We were told by her caretakers that she likes sweets and that she can be a little stubborn! She has been very talkative and has even started repeating English words that we have told her. We have played outside with her two days (not yesterday with the snow). The first day they told us that we could help her get her ready to go outside. I proceeded to put her coat on and zip it all the way up. Then I put her hat on and scarf….but the doctor quickly came over and secured her hat more and wrapped her scarf tighter. They are VERY strict about having tons of layers on the kids and having them bundled up really well. I felt like a derelict mother! Anyway, lis sis loves the tricyle….that will definitely be on our list to get! Today she loved getting lifted by Brett and holding both of our hands as we walked around. She copies things that we do and seems excited to see us. Today we gave her a little toy rabbit and when it was time to go back in the orphanage, we went upstairs to help her get her 20 million layers of clothes off and she had a death grip on the rabbit….she was not letting it go! It was cute.
We thank God for answered prayers. I will admit this week has been rough, but yet very good. We have prayed for years that our children would have good caretakers and that they would be open to us…that has definitely been the case with our girls. We have a long and hard road ahead, but we continue to trust God will be our help.
Just being here has been an adventure. We continue to soak in the city of Kaliningrad. Our shoes (tennis shoes) give us away as Americans and all of the women wear 3 inch heals plus! One day on the way to big sis’ orphanage we saw a cow in a SMALL grassy median. He barely had enough space to turn around. Also, Kaliningrad is full of German influence. The city was part of Germany until after World War 2 so there are many buildings and architecture left.
Okay…gotta go! Tomorrow is our last day with the girls. Thank you again for your love and support! We love the comments!