Both Lydia and Nora did great yesterday considering the marathon trip from Moscow. We are very thankful that Nora’s vomiting stopped 20 minutes before boarding the plane after we gave her a small black “coal” tablet a very compassionate stranger gave us. We don’t recommend taking a three year old and four year old on a 10 hour flight across the Atlantic unless you really have to, but overall it went well. We arrived in St. Louis tired, but so happy and thankful to be greeted by family and other loved ones. Thank you everyone who came to the airport to celebrate our arrival.
Today we woke up in Newton with two little people in the house! We all had a great day. The girls are adjusting better than we could have imagined at this point, especially Lydia. Before during our visits, she rarely made eye contact, smiled, or lifted her head and very seldom spoke. She is now talking regularly, fully engaged and beaming with her pretty smile. She investigated the house and yard thoroughly, finding all sorts of goodies that friends and family had given us. I believe both girls are well on their way to fully embracing their status as no longer orphans…but daughters. Unknown to Lydia and Nora, we had promised this to them many months ago, following the example of another adoptive Father (John 14:18).