Friday, December 9, 2011

The End of One Journey and the Beginning of Another

Day Four:
Embassay visit. We were able to get in and out of the embassay in about an hour. All we had to do was pay the cashier, listen to instructions from one of the officers (who is American), and answer a couple questions (is this your child? Will you take your child to the doctor?). That was it. We received all her paperwork and were on our way to the Russian Consulate. We made it with about 10 minutes to spare before they locked the doors for business that day.

We were also given a private tour by our wonderful facilitator Boris. He showed us all the historical sites and stopped for us to take a couple pictures out the car window. We also made a stop at Red Square and had our pictures made there with Louba. (their on the phone and I'll update later).

We found a McDonalds at the mall about a 10 minute walk from our hotel. Thinking Louba might like McDonalds. She's eaten nothing on this trip besides some bananas, apples, and cereal bars. All she wants to drink in juice. I hope that once we're home things will balance out and she'll start eating again. No luck on the Mickey D's.

Day Five: We had nothing to do today. We stayed in the room part of the day, and finally ventured out to the mall for a late lunch/early supper at, of all places, TGIFridays. If it's an American restaurant here, it tastes just like it does at home.

Louba has been a joy (except at bedtime). She yells at everyone and wants them to talk to her. She talks non-stop.

Day six: I woke up about 2:00 this morning and haven't been able to go back to sleep (it's 7 now). We're waiting to go have breakfast and then on to the airport for our flight home. Finally, after almost 13 months, we'll be home with our girl.

Thanks to everyone who has helped us on this journey. Everything from prayers, to lunch, to a couple new tires have helped get us here. We can never repay all of you for all of your selfless generosity over the past year. We look forward to what the coming years hold for our family of five!!!

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