Teresa scores some chocolates
One of the other little guys in Steven's groupa--we were told in December that he is deaf
One really cool thing was that Friday evening 5 of us Reece's Rainbow families got together at the Ukrainian buffet near the Kreschatik Metro station. Wow! Amy and Adam, JoAnn and husband, Ruben, Lyndi and Bill, Gillian and her daughter, and Teresa and I. I would love to spend hours with these people hearing their stories. Really cool, wonderful folks. And yes, Andrea, pictures were taken of us together. (And yes, you know you will have to wait for mine until we get home. Smile.) Ordering pizza at this place was amazingly--almost boringly--simple this time around :) :) :)
So far no one has taken me up on learning to ride the Metro. But I was able to share a couple maps of the City with interested parties.
Saturday my tummy was feeling a bit unsettled and I was just feeling down in the dumps all the way around. But we'd missed two days of visiting Steven while awaiting a phone call so decided we'd better try to see him though it was a weekend. I hadn't been keeping track of the time so it was probably about 4:40 when we left our apartment (rather than 4:00 like it should have been)and about an hour later by the time we'd walked to the Metro, rode way across town and walked about 5 blocks to the orphanage gate. I knew it would be a very short visit because the kids eat at 6:00. I was right but I'm still glad we showed up. Steven was glad to see us. It gave us a chance to hug him and kiss him and rub his back plus pat a bunch of other little boys who are so needy for touch and attention. I've gotten to see Ruslan several times and he is such a cutie bug. Much quieter than Steven. Usually smiling. Come on guys--he needs a family!! There's one little boy who has the most meltingly-gorgeous brown eyes. He came and sat on Teresa's lap. I couldn't quite snap a picture quickly enough but I am trying hard. The workers here seem kind and caring but they are just not the same as a momma, a poppa, brothers and sisters.
I felt much better emotionally and physically after getting out and about in the fresh air and the sunshine.
Today we went to church. We have met such special people there, too--Alex, Jon, Natasha, Lloyd, Terry--I will miss them. You know, I want to get home so badly and yet the thought of never returning to Ukraine breaks my heart.
As I was typing this we had a minor catastrophe--the TV, computer, washer, fridge, hot pot all suddenly flipped off plus room lights in the living room and bedroom. At first I thought we'd just lost power altogether like we did momentarily yesterday but no, we still had lights in the bathroom and kitchen. So then I knew we must have flipped a breaker. OK, when we were in another apartment, we had something like this happen and Kevin just went out to the breaker box above the hallway door and clicked switches until the power came back on. So I finally got up the courage to take a chair out in the hallway and give it a try. Nope, no dice. Of course, I have a phone number for the apt people here in Kiev but also a note beside their name that says 'doesn't speak English' so wasn't sure how calling them would help at all. So I called the booking agent who lives in another Ukr city -- first on the apt phone where I kept getting some recording no matter which numbers I did or did not dial. So next I tried on the cell phone where I explained the situation and was told the problem would be repaired in the morning. Poor Teresa was in tears. She has been pretty much surviving on TV and computer. Just a few minutes ago a wonderful lady called telling me about another power box in the wardrobe by the living room door. Yes sirree, I started poking and probing all available buttons and now we are back in business. I am so glad God even cares about this kind of stuff.
We were able to talk to Kevin and the kiddos a couple hours ago on the phone. Please continue to pray for Kevin--he has been sick in bed with strep throat. Poor guy, he is such a faithful provider for our family that he never misses work-- even when he feels rotten-- but this time the doctor put him on bed rest. I guess he was flat in bed all day Friday and a good part of Saturday. He's been on antibiotics over 48 hours and shouldn't be contagious so he was going to try to go to church I think--except now James is getting a sore throat. My mom is also being treated for another kind of strep infection. Yikes! Please pray for health for them and also that Teresa, Steven and I won't get sick when we get home. And thank you Scheri for all you have done to keep the house running while Daddy has been sick. I know you are tired, Sweetie. I am very proud of you and am praying for you.