I haven't posted since Wednesday! Yikes!
Thursday I took Nastia to the dentist to get a few minor things fixed. It all seemed very familiar to her. She did not need a shot to get things fixed, which relieved my mind greatly. The dentist said she has had a few small fillings before, and they are composite fillings, which are the good kind. That was another pleasant surprise. I babysat a 4 year old little boy Thursday afternoon, so it was even busier than usual. We went to Target after dinner to get a few things for our busy day on Friday. She tried on some very, very cute bling sandals and I could not resist not getting them for her. They were on clearance, too!
On Friday we left at 8:30 in the morning, drove to the mechanic, so I could finally get my sunglasses out of my broken down van, and then drove to the zoo in Viera. We met the Lewis family and had a great time! We enjoyed all of the animals, and then the kids got to enjoy the splash park. Nastia loved it! I think Deb (the mom of the Lewis') got a little more soaked than anticipated, but she enjoyed every moment of watching the joy in Nastia's face. I even watched Nastia walk over and sit next to Deb a few times. Keep in mind that Nastia has no idea that the Lewis' are trying to adopt her, and we cannot tell her their intentions.
After the zoo we grabbed a quick lunch through the drive-thru at McDonald's, and then drove to Melbourne Beach to meet up with the Florida coordinator from New Horizon's. She has been in Ukraine adopting a young girl she hosted, and just got back into town. It poured and poured, so we visited inside her RV, and then left and went to Sam's for some ice cream. After Sam's we said goodbye to the Lewis family, and me and my six kiddos drove to my friend, Jennifer's house to pick up my little guy, and enjoy some wonderful dinner. Jennifer is one of my very best friend's, and she drove to the zoo to pick up Ian and let him spend a cool day in her house with a good lunch and a good nap, too. At Jennifer's house, Nastia got to jump on a trampoline for the first time, pet a rabbit (she wasn't too crazy about that), watch the other kids catch lizards, and eat lots of fruit.
We didn't get home until 8:30, so it was time for a shower and off to bed.
Today we went shopping because it is Franklin's birthday. He is 7! Nastia let us know that they sing "Happy Birthday" in Latvia...in English. She helped us sing to Franklin! She has also learned the song for Elmo's World and joins us in singing it to Ian! Have I mentioned how much I adore this little girl??? When we went shopping she really enjoyed looking at the baby dolls and stuffed teddy bears.
We had a birthday party for Franklin tonight with a few friends. Nastia made Franklin's birthday cake and then I put the icing on and Franklin decorated it. She is a true, professional bowl-licker! She did not want to lick the bowl when she first got here, and now she can't wait to lick the bowl! She had a lot of chocolate on her hands...and on her face, too!
On Wednesday, our 12 year old cousin, Kiley, came over to teach Nastia how to make friendship bracelets, and she brought other crafts for her and Lauren to do, too. They had the best time! Nastia was so excited to see Kiley here for the party tonight!
Nastia and I had a very long conversation tonight on Google Translate. I learned a lot more about her. We both sat and cried as we talked about her going back home. I'm a little confused about some of the other things she said, and so I ask for prayer that we can find more answers soon. I cannot share any details, but we will be talking to a few people who may be able to get some answers for us. When it seemed that our conversation was over I asked her if there was anything else she wanted to tell me. She shook her head yes and typed, and then I put it into the translator and this is what I read, "I love you all." Awww....yes, more tears.
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