Ladies & Gentleman, We Have Snow…

8 Dec

We have had snow since we stepped off our Aeroflot plane on November 30th.  We seem to have more now than we did then.  It snowed quite a bit yesterday which made our bus ride to church and back more interesting.  The city has begun working on its ice sculpture display, which will include an ice slide.  The Christmas tree is supposed to be the largest in Europe when it is finished…we aren’t sure if the tree will be finished by the time we leave on 12/17.  Not much work has been done on it as of yet.

At lunch, I accidentally ordered two meats.  We were at a cafeteria style restaurant that we’ve enjoyed a few times and I thought I was ordering a side of spinach…fish just Heather in Snowhappened to be under the spinach.  No wonder the server looked at me like I was a dummy when I chose pork and the spinach laden fish instead of a vegetable side!  Here’s a photo of me out in the snow after lunch:

At 5 yesterday, we went to see the ballet performance of Swan Lake.  It was just a few steps away from our hotel. The performance would have been better if we weren’t sweating like we were in a sauna during the ballet! 

My (Heather’s) throat is not hurting like it was.  I do still have a lot of drainage and a little fluid build up in my ears (sense of fullness).  Overall, I am feeling better. Please continue to pray for us to have good health while we are here.  Colin still has a runny nose but seems to be over his cold.  He now has some kind of skin reaction on his legs according to his doctor.  She prescribed an ointment for his legs.  She thinks it might be a reaction to the snack we’ve been giving him (Cheerios) but we aren’t sure that is the problem.  He continues to have some little red bumps on his face and wrists/hands.  We emailed our international adoption doctor to get his opinion.  For now, our facilitator is buying the medicine for the caregivers to use on Colin until we get custody of him on Saturday. 

Today’s visit with Colin did not start out easy.  He hadn’t seen us since Friday and one of the little boys in his group (the Apple Group) left on Saturday so we wonder if that change has also concerned him a little.  We visited Colin around 9:45 or so.  He cried a lot at the beginning of the visit.  He wasn’t thrilled about the different room we were put in for our visit.  Bubble time seemed to interest him as did a snack.  He also was curious about Alan’s ukulele when Alan tried playing it for him for the first time.  Alan let Colin try the strings and look it over.  Towards the middle of our visit, Colin started settling in for a nap in my arms while Alan played quiet music.  He just didn’t want to play with the toys or even sit in my lap at that point so I just held him and rocked with him (boy! could I have used a rocker).  He went to sleep without his thumb but mid-nap started sucking his thumb.  At one point, his thumb fell out of his mouth but he continued to make sucking noises like it was still in his mouth!  He slept a long time.  His head slipped down into the crook of my arm during his nap and he snuggled in.  When he woke up, we had to take him back to the caregivers for potty time/diaper change which he was in need of though he was pouty about not being able to go back to sleep.

Please pray that God will prepare Colin’s heart for the big transition into our care….that he will safe with us and that we will have wisdom/know-how as his parents.

Thanks for stopping by,



8 Responses to “Ladies & Gentleman, We Have Snow…”

  1. Marcia December 8, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    We’ve had snow and lots of cold, here, too. It was 9 degrees when we left for church yesterday. But the sun was shining. And the snow hasn’t amounted to anything yet. Returning from my folks Thanksgiving weekend there was more snow. Bloomington Normal had at least 4 inches.

    Glad Alan has played the uke for Colin.

    Auntie advice for traveling with kids (and the day is coming soon!!!!) – they pick up on your stress. So I’ll be praying for you and Alan that you will be calm and confident and at peace – no matter the circumstances – all the way home!

  2. Elizabeth December 8, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    Heather, it looks so cold there! We will continue keeping you, Alan, and little Colin in our daily prayers – health, traveling mercies, and bonding.
    God Bless,

  3. Kathy B December 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    Everyone well here in TN. Alan’s big fur baby is doing great and getting lots of attention.
    Nothing like snow for the holidays. Sure wish we could see just a little.
    Heather, did you eat the fish hidden under the spinach? I am thinking Alan did! I am sure Colin is reacting to his little friend being gone. After bonding with you all this week, he will be ready to leave on Saturday. Alan’s uke can be soothing, just ask Mamaw. I sure wish he and the uke were here to soothe her. we miss you both and the holiday rush. Of course, we are all getting the greatest gift possible. Take care and continue to feel better. Love, Mom

  4. Julie E December 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    I like your meat story! I can totally imagine doing the same thing. Glad your throat is feeling better. Only a few more days till you pick up Colin! Hang in there!

  5. Stephanie December 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    Heather, I pray that Colin continues to adjust easily to you and Alan. Have faith, and everything will be fine.


  6. Jason Kovacs December 9, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    So glad to hear the news of your court date! Praying for you all as you wait it out in the cold there!

  7. Kris December 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    What a nice picture. I love snow, not the cold though. It’s great to hear that everyting is going well for you and that Colin gets better. Also, kids know that there is a big change coming and they are very scared, and so we hope he’ll adjust well to both of you. How old is he how? Post some more pictures if you can.

  8. Pam December 9, 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    When we first met our son he was covered in skin rashes and he had a runny nose. The skin rash and the runny nose cleared up within a day of us having him. Once we were able to get him in the clothes we had brought (which had been washed in baby detergent) and we had him out of the orphanage, it all seemed to clear up. Similarly, when we visited Abby they told us that what we were feeding her was making her sick (VERY bad diapers), but once we got home and had a normal diet, we didn’t have that problem anymore.

    Just know it will get better, Colin is fine, and YOU are his parents, so accept the orphanage workers comments with a smile, then do what you know is best. 🙂

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