Monday, October 15, 2007

Our first visit to the Orphanage

Monday evening here in Oskemen, Kazakhstan. What a day...first we had some documents notarized, then to a government agency, and then finally to the orphanage to meet the director and were introduced to three boys.

Then we went back in the afternoon to visit one on one with Daniel. He is five and has lots of energy and seems very active, polite, and courteous. Tho' we were not speaking Russian, nor was he understanding English, we were able to communicate - thanks in big part to our translator, Ilena. We played frisbee and climbed up and down the playground equipment. Daniel was very proud of his ability to climb up and around and over and jump...wore us out just watching him....LOL LOL.

We also sat down and looked at book that had some pictures. It was amazing how he came up with a story for each one....the bear in the cage, the people left at the dock by the big boat, and the like. Starting on Tuesday, we will be visiting with him twice a day...10-12 in the AM, and then 4-5 in the afternoon. This is our schedule for each day, except Sunday...that is only one morning visit.

We are very excited to have found Daniel and look forward to the days and weeks ahead to see him and bond more and more everyday.

Thanks for all your posts and prayers.

Becky and Steve.....pinching ourselves that in Kaz' we can.

11 comments:

Greg & Robin St. George said...

Awesome! Can't wait to see pics. Congratulations on finding your little boy...

Robin and Greg St. George

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you guys have had quite a day!!!! I'm excited for you!!!!!! Love, Peggy

Anonymous said...

How exciting! Have a wonderful time getting to know Daniel. Can't wait to hear more about him, he sounds great.
Casey

Anonymous said...

Cool, I'm going to have a new cousin.

Nick,

Anonymous said...

I'm very happy that you and Daniel found each other. Love,Ethel

"Rossy" said...

I cant wait to meet Daniel, he sounds like my kind of cousin. I hope you all have tons of fun together. This is awesome!!!!

Love, Michael

Anonymous said...

We are all very excited for you. Keep us posted! Love Mark, Deb & Matthew

Tom Ferrari said...

Steve & Becky (and Daniel!)
What an amazing adventure you're on! It's hard to believe that this is really finally happening. Irma and I are so excited for you and proud of you, too! Enjoy every moment - we look forward to seeing the three of you "back in the USA!"
Tom & Irma (and Leia & Nick, too!)

Jacque said...

How Exciting! We love getting the news each day and are so happy that you have found Daniel. Can you really believe it?!

Janet & Jim said...

Hi - I am so HAPPY for you both. This is GREAT NEWS !!! You found him so quickly. May God continue to Bless each and every day for you. I hope things continue on a smooth and rewarding road. Can't wait to hear more !!!!
Janet & Jim

Anonymous said...

I'm not much of a blogger (we sent faxes now and then out of Russia ~15 years ago), and earlier this week I tried to leave a message (unsuccessful), but I'll try again. You are definitely in the home stretch of an exciting adventure and we are excited for all three of you. The hard part of the adoption is over and then you get the job of being parents! Blessings to all of you.......Mark & Ann Kern