Today made me sad because after our visit Schuyler and I walked to the market to buy diapers and brought them back to the orphanage because he was running low. When we walked in, there was my baby, sitting in the playpen alone and rocking back and forth because he was so bored. There was nothing in the playpen to play with, so out of boredom he was just rocking. We haven't seen him do this much, only a couple of times, and he never really does it with us because there is always something to entertain him. But this is a learned behavior of course, just like the rolling from side to side that some kids to to help put themselves to sleep, and it is so sad to watch. It was all I could do to leave him there this afternoon, and it made me all the more grateful that our 10 day wait is almost over and that soon he will be out of there forever. There will be no lack of stimulation at home, that is for sure. There will be no lack of kisses or hugs or "I love you's" and there will always be a mommy and a daddy to put him to bed. Soon, very soon.
So as for the rest of this past week, it has been wonderful! One of our highlights was our trip to Yalta this past Sunday. It was arranged for us by wonderful Amanda who puts together the hosting program in Raleigh each year for some of the older kids from orphanages in this area. She and Marina, who has also come to the US to help with the program, were going to take Radion and Kolya and some other children to the zoo in Yalta. Radion and Kolya are the older brothers who were in danger of aging out if they did not find a family FAST, and thankfully my friend Dana through Sacred Selections took my info on them and found them a Mom and Dad in only a couple of days!!! We are so thankful to God for providing these wonderful boys with a family, and Schuyler and I were so happy to be able to meet them last Sunday. We were also there and got to watch as they saw pictures of their new family for the first time. Such a moment!! Radion was definitely on the verge of tears. He knows how much this will mean for him and his brother and for their future. They will be raised in a Christian home and have parents who LOVE them, unconditionally. It is such a gift!! Below are some pictures from that trip.......
|Radion and Kolya|
Yalta is right on the Black Sea and is a beautiful town with gorgeous views of the water. It was great to be able to walk down there, take in the sights, and have some lunch after we visited the zoo. I will post more pictures I have of our trip there and of the boys when I have a chance, I have so many!!
Another wonderful thing we got to do this week was go see the Singing Men of Texas-- a choir of, yes, men from Texas :) They are a Christian group and they traveled here to Crimea to spread the Word of the gospel through song and preaching. This was orchestrated by Michael Gott, and I had the privilege of meeting his wife and talking with her before the performance. She asked that we pray that the message be received by these people and that their hearts be moved to want to live in service to the Lord.
It was wonderful to be here in Ukraine yet in the presence of so many southerners!! I was overjoyed to hear all the "ya'lls" and the southern twangs. It was just like home!! And a few of the songs they sang were familiar too, like How Great is Our God. Brought me to tears, it really did. All I could think of throughout the whole performance that night was how so many people had told me while we were waiting to travel for our children that God's timing was perfect, and we would go when we were meant to. Well I knew that was true, but sitting there that night was the evidence to me that it REALLY was true. If I had not been delayed and come when I did, I would have not been sitting there at that moment, listening to these Christians raise their voice in song to our Father. And it was so uplifting to me, it was just what I needed. Here in this strange country, on this adoption journey, I NEEDED that affirmation. I needed to hear these songs of praise to our Lord who had instigated me along on this journey in the first place. It was comforting to say the least, and I am so grateful to Natalya for inviting Schuyler and I along that night. It was indeed a blessing to say the least.
|Kaye Bacon from Texas, me, Schuyler and Natalya at the performance|
|They sang in English and put the words up in Russian|
However the end result was worth it! The beach and the sea were beautiful and we got to spend a fun afternoon with friends. We are so thankful to them for including us in their plans and allowing us to see so much more of Crimea than we would have otherwise. I will have some great things to tell our children about their homeland when they get older! I have pictures of our beach trip too, but they aren't loaded onto the computer yet, and this computer keeps turning off on me because of a loose cord anyway :( So I am going to end my post here, and add on a few pics of our cutie for good measure from this week's visits.
Still thankful that all is going well for us here, and with Tim and the kids at home. I miss them terribly, but this trip will be over before we know it, so I am trying to relish my time here too! More to come soon! Keep us in your prayers.
|He LOVES the Rattle app on the Ipad!!|
|This one is a little blurry but that is because he was actively turning the pages and rubbing the fur on the teddy pg :)|