Today, when we walked up the sidewalk, Vanya saw us from a far and came running with his arms outstretched! That memory will forever be ingrained in my brain (and hopefully one that will remain there for the days when the envitale honeymoon period ends). He seems to be a thougtful boy, who easily shares with others, but also has an attitude of “I can do it by myself”!
Today, the rain stopped (for a short bit) and we could be outside. It’s a good thing, because there was a different medical staff person there who wouldn’t let us inside – like we were contaminated or something! She kicked us out when she saw us with kids having their a.m. snack time. The other staff members were apologetic, but we were respectul. We had a great time playing with all the kids (and of course there are some others that have my heart already) and then had some special alone time with Vanya.
Vanya and some of the kids
We had brought some granola cereal (the small Kellog’s boxes) and he loved it! Especially the raisins. We played some games – which is our primary way to connect for now.
Playing Manopoly Deal – in Russian!
He keeps talking to us like we should understand him, which is hilarious. We got to see a little of “summer school” and saw what he is doing. He clearly likes math, which won’t be too much of a problem since at least the numbers are the same in English and Ukrainian. However, he’s not as fond of writing, and since he will have to learn a new alphabet, we will most likely have challenges ahead. He’s had two years of school, but they don’t start school until 7 here. But, education is taken seriously here – there is an almost 99% literacy rate – one of the highest in the world (according to a source I read recently). Finally, it was time to say good-by. We won’t be able to visit tomorrow since our facilitator(Sasha) will be getting some paperwork ready (government re-opens tomorrow), and then we will all have to go to the notary. We are soooo grateful for such an awesome facilitator, and for Chris and Mary Malone from Eli’s Project (www.eliproject.com) They have such a heart for adoption and have taken such good care of us.
We got the official e-mail that states that the SDA will be shutting down July 11th and that if any familes are currently in Ukraine, that they should contact the emabassy with contact into. Of course that made me initailly anxious, but, then I remembered who was really in control and that He has already told me that we will bring our son home.
Vanya showing us how he can climb trees, just like Ayden and Annalise
Vanya taking a picture of Kristin in front of the Pavalion.