I want to start off by saying, HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY, JOSSLYN!!! This will be the last birthday of your's that goes uncelebrated in an orphanage! Next year, when you turn 4, you can have the biggest princess party a girl could want! It will be big enough to make up for all the parties you missed the first 3 years you were in the orphanage. No more uncelebrated birthdays for you, little missy! Mama and Daddy can't wait to meet you for the first time tomorrow!!!
Since we had nothing to do, adoption wise, until 4:00pm today, we were able to see some of the sights in the city. This city is VERY old. Many of the building are hundreds of years old. Apparently, this city was were Russia began, MANY years ago. At least that is what we were told by our driver/tour guide, Eugene. But then again he later told us that the history books have all been re-written to say that the kings wanted them to say, so I'm not sure how accurate all of our information was. Especially since he later told us that the Ukrainians were really the ones who discovered America, back before Columbus and the explorers. Eugene DEFINITELY knows a ton about history. That man is a walking history book, no lie. But I am wondering if the part about the Ukrainians discovering America was part of the history that had been re-written. Who knows. Regardless, the city is super old and very historical. I learned alot today, but there is not way I could remember everything he said. He was spouting off historical information non-stop all day. Very interesting. I don't know how he knows all that he knows.
The Haglers spent the day with us on our own little personal tour. We started the day with going to the train station to pick up tickets. We leave at 6:58am to head to our region!! That is 11:00pm ya'll's time, so if you are awake then, say a little prayer that the baby will do well on the train and take a gooooood nap. Once we arrive in region the next several hours will be a whirlwind, so we really need him to be rested up and on his best behavior. We will be meeting with a social worker, orphanage director, the orphanage's doctor, and most importantly DANIL AND JOSSLYN!!! I don't think we will be able to meet Parker until Thursday morning because we won't get there in time. Regardless, this time tomorrow I will have met at least two of my new kiddos!! So exciting!!
This picture is inside the train station.
Josh, Eugene, Greg and Lindsay Hagler-waiting for tickets
Another picture of inside the train station
After the train station we went to a resturant the serves the food of the country. It was quite interesting and different. Overall, I like it. Kellen really liked the potato soup.
This picture is in the restaurant. It was very cool.
Furr and the seats on the whole nine yards.
A very cultural experience.
While waiting to pick up our referrals we went back to the little coffee shop we went to yesterday after our SDA appointment. The coffee here is different, but I have to admit, it is growing on me.
Double expresso with milk. Good stuff.
By our table there was a big window sill. Kellen sat there and played a little while.
Then, folks started noticing him.