I admit I am not good at keeping up with the blog. I am sorry for that. I have so many pictures I would love to upload but they are on my camera and I don't have a way to get them on to my husbands computer so I have to rely on the pictures he takes with his cell phone. The whole process is more than my mind can handle right now!
Ember is doing good. She no longer cries when we come get her and she doesn't bat an eye when Thad takes her. Sometimes she retreats inside herself still but most of our visits are pleasant and we can get smiles and even a few laughs from her. Today we actually got to feed her both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast was some oatmeal type of food and lunch was both a chicken soup and also some ground beef mixed with either applesauce or potato gruel. Couldn't tell. She ate fairly well for me - with encouragement from her caretakers. When she refused more from me they grabbed the spoon and she ate more for them.
The orphanage is quite nice. The grounds are quite lovely and they have plenty of toys.
Our days are pretty much like this: get up and take long walk to catch the bus to the orphanage to get there by 9:00. Visit until around 11:00 and catch bus back to our stop and walk the long walk (uphill) back. Get lunch. Rest. Around 4:00 we repeat the process and try and visit from around 5:00 until 6:00 or a little after. Then dinner and bed. It is very tiring.
I have a specific prayer request. We have a court appt. for Friday afternoon. Our facilitators are waiting on paperwork to arrive from Kiev that are needed by court. If they arrive, we can have court, catch a weekend train to Kiev, go to the embassy Mon. morning and fly home Tues. This would mean so much because we could be home for our son's 8th grade graduation on Wed. If the paperwork doesn't come before Friday, we have to reschedule court and we will not be home Wed. Please pray for court on Friday.
Enjoy the pictures. Each visit Ember is dressed in different clothes so we see her in a variety of outfits each day. The others are of the orphanage and grounds.