What's done is done, the stuff is all packed (two suitcases, two backpacks, and one purse!) Yipppeee! I am so proud of myself. I may be smelly by the end of the week, but I WILL NOT feel like a pack mule. Half of my suitcase is dedicated solely to orphanage aid, so think of all the space I'll have for souvenirs!
Hopefully, you can keep up with us via the blog (we will have use of our Blackberry internationally via email) and we will update Chad's facebook as often as possible. We are unsure about how reliable Internet is going to be in Pskov. Please no phone calls or text messages- Russia is the #1 most expensive place (no I'm not making this up) to receive calls and texts.
But PROMISE you will pray for a safe journey across the ocean (happy place, happy place, happy place) and a wonderful time with Baby S. Please pray that developmentally, both physically and mentally, he is where he should be. Pray that he has JOY in his tiny little heart; That living in an institution (despite how clean and nice it looks) has not broken his spirit. Even though I know without a shadow of a doubt, the ladies working there are doing the best they can with the resources they have, they are still NOT a substitute for a family. Pray that he knows we are his Mama and Papa and he knows our faces. Pray that tonight (on his SECOND BIRTHDAY!)that he dreams of our faces. Pray that he knows we are going to love him for the rest of our lives. Pray that on Friday when we leave him that he will not be confused; that he knows if we had one wish it would be that we could take him home with us IMMEDIATELY. Is it too much to ask that when we hand over our completed "Court Dossier" that they say- awe shucks, stay another week and lets do Court right away? Probably so, but miracles happen, right?
We appreciate all your prayers, warm wishes, and friendship. We are so blessed.