|Here are the proud ship builders and puzzle men extraordinaire! So glad we got the sails on the ship done|
before we had to leave. It looks quite spectacular in person!
Just as a final note...we spent a lot of time today on english, using our flash cards and introducing the books that we will take home for them to work in. We explained that the language will come more easily once they are home.
While we played Uno and War, we all said the number and/or color on the card we were putting down so we could review those basic words. It was neat to see how quickly Nastia was beginning to recall the numbers with the repetition whereas at the beginning, she was having to count up to get to the number she needed.
We have read scriptures together each day, too, and I am amazed at Ruslan's ability to read english. I couldn't hope to dream of doing the equivalent in russian!
Yesterday, Ruslan's aunt was at the orphanage. Just as we were leaving, the director introduced Ruslan to her and asked if he remembered her. He didn't seem to and Marsh asked him quietly about it on our way out. He responded, "I don't know her. Like she [the director] said, I guess I was young." Well, a relative just showing up out of the blue is a bit unnerving to say the least.
Today we learned that she was there about her own children who had been removed from her custody. It just happened to be that we were there, in that room with Ruslan and Nastia at that moment. Apparently, her husband (Ruslan's mom's brother) was an alcholic and abusive, causing the children to be removed from their home. What we like about this is that there may be some information she can share with us as a relative. There is absolutely no concern that she has come for our children.
LAST BIT...get this!
We just learned this evening that we DO need to return to the orphanage region to sign papers in front of a notary.
It is Wednesday evening. Tomorrow, we will leave at 4am to drive to the train station 2 hours away to catch an "express" train that will land us in Kiev at 1pm. Our SDA appointment is at 3pm. We will stay the night in Kiev, pick up the referral in the afternoon, hop another overnight train to our region and sign papers Saturday morning. We will get to spend a couple of bonus hours with the kids, then take another overnight train back to Kiev and hop a plane home at 2 pm.
I don't know how much real "hopping" there will be after doing all that, but it's nice to use the word anyway. :)