Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Still Here! :)

Yes, we are still here, still in the capital city of Eliisa's country and still in the rain, but still hanging in there and still alive!  :)  I'm sorry I did not update the blog yesterday.  I had put Eliisa to bed, and THREE hours later, she was still not sleeping!  I was a little weary to say the least! 
Yesterday, we ventured on the metro to finally meet up with the Colemans.  They were delayed even longer than we were delayed with their interpol clearance, and so the Lord worked it out that we could see each other in "real" life!  We are so thankful for all they did for us!  It was wonderful to meet them, their daughter, Ashley's mom, and their newly adopted son!  Ashley had fixed a wonderful lunch, and we just talked and kept Eliisa entertained for a while.  It was so nice to be able to fellowship and pass the time more quickly.  I think Eliisa also enjoyed being able to get out of the "house."  And although it had rained on and off during the day, both coming and going, we did not get rained on!  What a blessing.

We were not able to go to our second embassy appointment today because Eliisa's passport has not made it here yet.  It is supposed to be on the overnight train right now, and should be arriving in this city tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.  Please pray that there will be no problems, or we could be delayed again. I am so thankful that it was issued today and that it is on the train here!  So, tomorrow, we will have the medical appointment first (it's required in order to obtain the visa), and then at 2 p.m. we will have our embassy appointment.  We may run into the Colemans again for both of those appointments as they are also finishing up tomorrow and Lord-willing traveling home on Saturday.  So, this morning, I planned to get out and do something on our last day of having nothing to do.  It was raining, but not constantly, so I decided to take the Metro with Eliisa and visit a beautiful park.  It took me a while to orient myself once we got off the Metro and it was raining pretty heavy, but we were able to find the park, enjoy playing on the playground, and just walking through the park and enjoying the beauty while the sun peaked through the clouds.  Eliisa really enjoyed the playground, but she has obviously hardly experienced a playground in her life.  She had no idea what she was supposed to do on the slide.  But then once she did it a couple of times, she couldn't get enough of it.  I am glad that I brought the stroller for this adventure, because it would have been way too much walking for her.  We stopped and picked up a late lunch and then headed back to our room in the seminary to skype with Abe and the girls.  Eliisa is definitely seeking any attention she can get, even if it is negative attention. She has a tantrum every time I am on the phone.  It is really amazing how quickly she figured that out.  :)  Lord-willing, things will settle down as we get home and get into a routine as a family!  I took a few pictures of the last couple of days for you to experience these last few days with us.  I will try to update you all with a quick update tomorrow.  Lord-willing, we will be leaving the apartment around 3 a.m. on Friday morning (which is really still Thursday in the U.S.) to get to the airport for our flight to Amsterdam (just for you Leanne!:)), and then from there back to Atlanta.  I am praying that we will be able to get window seats for our transatlantic flight so that it will be a little easier on the people around us.  :) 


  1. With all her sisters, she should have plenty of entertainment, which should allow you time to get something done. It is amazing how quickly they catch on.

  2. Praying for your journey home! This too shall pass :D

    Elk Grove, CA

  3. Love seeing her out in the real world enjoying what she should be.

  4. She is so cute! What a lucky girl.

  5. She is such a doll and I'm so glad you are so close to going home!