It has been a great day! We are still greeted with reticence, but Emma has continually warmed up more and more to our visits and allows the nurse to leave and has played with us well. Today she was with us in our late afternoon visit for well over a hour unattended by her nurse.
We had a great chance to talk to her nurse (Babushka) with our interpreter today. She is very happy about our willingness to adopt Anastasia. She says that most people want a perfectly healthy child, and she is so glad that she will have a chance for a much better life. I believe that her heart is being genuinely touched by our pursuit of Emma. This nurse has been with Emma since she arrived at the orphanage as a newborn. We were able to thank her and tell her that we would always share with Emma one day about her care and affection for her.
We had much laughter today as Pappa tossed Emma in the air and spun her around. She loves to be tickled too. She is letting us in. She loves puzzles, the flash cards I brought, the etch-a-sketch, and anything that is interactive.
Aiden continues to be a joy and is making the adjustment into our hearts very very easy.
Thank you for your continued prayers! We are so blessed.
We leave tomorrow at 12:30PM on a short trip to Kiev to pick up Anastasia’s referral. Sadly when our facilitator went on Friday to pick it up, they changed their minds and said that they would not give it to him on our behalf, but that we would have to pick it in person. So off we go (in a shuttle van, not the train) to Kiev. We will meet with our new adoption friends, Mary and Chris Malone after our appointment. (They just arrived on Saturday to begin their process). We will take the van home the same day.
Please pray that our time at SDA goes smoothly. The bumps in the road with the adoption laws here regarding Anastasia’s referral have delayed our time here about 10 days. We are hoping for a court day by Feb 26th. PLEASE PRAY for things to be expedited.