Our Blessed Life

Monday, August 15, 2011

What We've Been up To

This is how our visits have been going...

I think Anton has picked up Jeff's default silly-face

We've been playing outside a lot with the kids... the first few visits, this really helped break the ice with us, as there was lots of physical things to do.... running, see saw, monkey bars... but after a few visits, this was not only completely exhausting, but also hindering us in a few ways...

The kids are pretty much free to roam about as they please, so they move rapidly from one thing to another... it's been difficult to get them to sit down and draw with us, or look at pictures... they have just wanted to run, be chased, be carried around, and to dig in our bag for any treats or toys.  Basically, a free-for-all.  Also, since they have no sense of parental authority or protection with us, it's not even within their nature to stay close to us if something else has distracted them, and they are slow to come when we call.  Actually, Anton is better at staying with us, and coming when Papa calls (he's pretty attached to Papa), but Lena is a wild bird and happy to stay with me, or happy to run off - and ignores our calls.

So having our visits outdoors has made it difficult to establish any boundaries.  However, the nannies want the kids outside for "fresh air" so we've really been hoping for rain.

Just Hangin Out

Then we got it!  Today it was finally sprinkling pretty good on our walk to the orphanage, and the kids were not outside with their groupa when we arrived.  So we ended up spending our short morning visit indoors - success!

Things were much more calm and focused.  Lena actually finished coloring an entire picture, and Anton sat with me and drew a picture with me, pointing and talking about what we were drawing.  Lena loved sitting on Jeff's lap looking at his drawing, and looking through our picture book, and Anton was interested in the pictures as well.

We still have a long way to go, and lots to learn and overcome, but all-in-all, this morning's visit was the best one yet.

Looking at Pictures from their New Home
(Look closely, Jess)


  • At 4:15 AM, Blogger Nan and Dan said…

    so happy for some rain :)
    hope the papework is moving right along and you have a date soon!!

  • At 7:35 AM, Blogger Jarröt said…

    Is that Alik Anton sees!? Hope he remembered him. Love knowing the Lord is in control of the weather, life, hearts, and our lives. He brings rain when it is needed, and withheld it before He brought it with just as much intentionality, purpose, and desire. Thanks Father for allowing Sheff to sit down with these little ones inside and thanks for knowing when to bring rain and when not to! More rain if possible, or more focus from the Children(this might be more miraculous than praying for rain!).

  • At 8:34 AM, Blogger Katrina said…

    So glad you got a little break inside. I get exhausted chasing after one 3 year old at the wide open park I can't imagine trying to chase down two.

    Carlene's soon to be momma :)

  • At 10:37 AM, Blogger Micah said…

    :D I'm not Jess but I love the picture book :D

  • At 11:50 AM, Blogger Jessica said…

    I recognize those folks in the picture! lol I MISSSS YOUUUU!!! Ok, I got that out. I feel better now. lol Update more and tell us about the judge!


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