February 2, 2008
It is a wonderful thing to be able to see your kids on the other side of the world. It makes the roughest days tolerable. It is also a great comfort to have so many people supporting us and praying for us. Thank you all for everything that you have done to help us through this.
I will remember the feeling of being in a land where I understand so little and everything is so foreign to me so that I may help Lera when she arrives in her new world.
Today was a much better day for us. Yesterday, Lera was very upset and didn't want to even hold my hand. She wanted to play with her groupa and every time we went to play, the other children mobbed us. They are all wonderful. I brought bubbles to entertain them and did not count on how excited they got! I had to look up "sorry" very quickly to apologise to her caretakers for the stampede. I worried all day about playing today. She was a bit stand offish at first, but we started by insisting on staying inside with her for the first half of our visit. Randy brought our laptop and we had picked up a russian version of MULAN at the market. I don't think she had ever seen anything like that. We played two of the songs and she recognized the words that were being spoken so she became excited. We then brought out the camera and started taking pictures of the mural on the wall. I let her push the button and then we looked at the picture that she took. We did this for quite a while and then Randy loaded them into a slideshow for her. She loved pushing the buttons and the pictures of herself and of the "macheeena" in Kiev. That's cars to you and I. We then took her outside to play. She was actually smiling and happy and talking to us by the time we went outside to play. I got a kiss goodbye!
Randy was great all the while. I know he wanted to play with her as well but her let her warm up to me today. I know he will steal her back once we are home.