Well – I’m a novice at blogging but it does appear that I have something up and running… especially if you are reading this! You will likely see this page change as I figure out exactly what I am doing.
So, we are one week and counting until Mariya and Aleksei arrive from Ukraine. I still exhale loudly when I say or, in this case, type the countdown standings. Most people ask “are you excited?” or “are you nervous?” or “are you freaking out?” and, as a friend pointed out to me, the answer is “yes… all of the above!” It is very hard to wrap my head around my feelings. It is something to know that in a week we will step into parental shoes with two little people who have a history and memories (all of which we have no privy to)… and we will be the only show in town. No one to call if they are homesick. No one to call if they get hurt. No one to ask if they like carrots. Just us. And that… that is something!
However, we are mentally ready – at least as ready as we’ll ever be. We’re still finalizing some details… rooms, clothing, etc. We’ve lined up a number of resources to help us out with the language barrier and I’ve been working on my Russian – trying to get some useful phrases under my belt… “are you hungry?” “are you thirsty?” and since we are going from one child back to three children, I figured “are you ready?” and “let’s go!” might be good.
And, since we have a lot of things planned, we have also discussed safety options… one of which being the desire not to lose any children. And with the language barrier, getting separated could be a big deal. So, thanks to some input from friends at work and my stained glass posse… I’ve come up with a brilliant safety feature – necklaces engraved with our contact information. And what makes this even more brilliant than it might seem at first is that I can get these quickly and inexpensively. Where, you ask? The pet store!! I’m going to get 3 tags… put them on a colorful cord… and give one to each child. And for option #2 in the “don’t lose any children” effort… we are getting some temporary tattoos that we can put our info on. So, I think we are covered.
So now we just count down the days. Our weekend is full with a church retreat at our lake house… so before we know it, we’ll be down to 3 days. And then… well, we’ll be wherever we are.