So today we were back to the regular routine visiting Lil Sis in the morning and Big Sis in the afternoon.
Yesterday, I downloaded two Russian children’s songs on our iPod. I’d heard some of the children singing when we arrived at Big Sis’ orphanage and thought the songs may help the girls on our last trip home. So I tried one of the songs on Lil Sis this morning and discovered we have quite the music lover! She started swaying back and forth and doing hand motions immediately. We weren’t ready for her response and wish we would have had the camera ready for her.
Big Sis had a rough start to our visit today. It was the first time we saw her cry. We’ve concluded she was overwhelmed by all her peers telling her we had arrived and she didn’t know how to handle the attention. I let Amanda comfort her and she slowly calmed down. This of course happens on the day a social worker is visiting to see how we are doing with her who will be at court. Needless to say, we were rather self-conscious during our visit with her. It was difficult to connect as we had several different ladies in and out of the room while we were visiting with her.
We ventured out more in Kaliningrad this evening and found a really great toy store! Amanda keeps telling me I can’t buy the girls Transformers or Star Wars figures so we settled on Play-Doh. I think it will be really good for Big Sis. I’ll sign off and see if Amanda wants to add anything.
Additions by Amanda – Yesterday and today’s posts were by Brett! I didn’t want him to miss out on sharing ;)! He summarized our visits really well. Lil Sis dancing and Big Sis crying were definitely the moments that touched my heart the most today. I just can’t get enough of these girls. It was Wednesday night when I was trying to go to sleep and yesterday while we were away that I realized how much the physical ache is back and how hard it is going to be to leave them again. In my mind I know that it will be just a month or more and then, God willing, we will have them in our home for many years, but my heart and emotions just can’t hardly handle another separation.
We will see both girls tomorrow (Saturday) and Big Sis on Sunday…then court on Monday. We will be meeting to prep for court tomorrow too. Gotta go…internet time is running out! Love to you all from Russia!