Birthday in Russia…

4 Dec

Flashback to my birthday a year ago:

“Our visit was at 3 p.m. again on Thursday.  Colin is getting used to us little by little.  He does seem to sometimes feign crying when a caregiver comes in to get supplies.  It seems like he sees crying as a way to get their attention, which is interesting since some children in orphanages learn to stay quiet because crying will not get their caregivers’ attention.  I IMG_1034guess it depends on the orphanage, caregivers and child; every situation is different.  Colin does not like for us to put him down during our visits.  This has not changed from our first trip.  He wants to be held as much as possible, IMG_1035probably because it is not something he gets enough of in his everyday life.  We are happy to accommodate him because we have missed him so much for the past 5 months.”   

The picture below is of me with my free candy bar and birthday card from the staff at the ultra-70s-style hotel where we stayed in our region.  They were in the process of renovating while we were there but it still seemed to be stuck in the 1970s (according to American standards/style).  Alan and I celebrated my birthday at a coffee shop last year and a frosty walk through downtown Krasnoyarsk.

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2 Responses to “Birthday in Russia…”

  1. LL December 4, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    What a difference a year makes, huh? You are home with your son!

    Happy Birthday!

    And thanks for the FB message. This Christmas season is even more special!

  2. Hannah December 7, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    I had my birthday in Russia too. We actually lived in one of the orphanage houses and I got to share a birthday cake with the kids. It was the first taste of cake for a lot of them.

    It’s fun to see what Collin looked like a year ago. He looks like such a little man now.

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