Kiara is absolutely darling! The girls are enjoying dressing her up in the clothing we brought. She looks so incredibly adorable that it is difficult to not post any pictures of her. We have given her 2 baths this week and she absolutely loves to splash in the tub. She gets so mad at me when I take her out. She will love the pool next summer. We took her out for lunch this week and out for a snack today. Feeding her is a challenge. She is used to eating totally pureed foods. We have tried some healthier pureed foods but she is not crazy about what we are offering. Please pray that we can figure out how to feed her and that she learns to eat food with texture. We still have about one more week of having her from 9 to 6. Hopefully by next Friday she will be legally ours and not need to go back to the orphanage at night. It is so different from all of our other adoptions. It is so hard having her go back each day. It feels like she should remain with us, perhaps because she should!
During all of the recent rain it was so interesting to watch the snails come out and go down the street and climb the walls. They are such interesting creatures. God is so incredibly amazing!
We have gotten to know a lovely newly wed Christian couple who were brought up Muslim and who now love Jesus as their Savior. They are incredibly sweet and they took us to church with them twice. They speak great English. They own a byrek shop that we frequently stop at on the way to the orphanage. Byrek is a thin dough that has been dipped into a lot of oil. It is then filled with cheese or tomato and onion and then baked in the oven. Conner and sometimes Emily will purchase one or more for breakfast for only 30 lek each. This is only $.25 in US money. They sell about 170 to 180 a day. They are such hard workers up early to make the byrek. Lauren even got to go over yesterday to watch them make them. A truly hands on education.
The unemployment rate is high and many of the men sit at the coffee bars drinking coffee, smoking and playing dominoes. They keep score and the games appear to be competitive. It is sad to see so many able bodied men just sitting for hour after hour at the same spot day in and day out. Such a different culture.
Each morning when I walk I see the man who bring milk from his farm in big plastic containers. The people from the town walk to his car and pick up their morning milk. They bring empty soda bottles, water bottles or any other recycled bottles that they can find. It is so interesting to watch them put the milk into the bottles with a funnel.
Each morning when I walk I also see the school children heading off to school. The children are always accompanied by either a parent or a grandparent. Their parent or grandparent always carry the children’s backpacks. This is a cultural unspoken rule and it is just what they do.
Due to al the walking I have reached the weight that I was before we were married. This is the first time I have ever done this in 26 years. It feels good to be lighter. :) Although if I keep eating gelato I will gain the weight back! Tim lost over 50 pounds. I am so proud of him!
Last Saturday Lauren, Conner, Megan and Emily were able to go to Macedonia to walk where Paul walked and to shop! They had a wonderful time visiting another country. We are all looking forward to taking some day trip field trips once Kiara is ours with the court decree and new birth certificate.
Termites! We have termites in our apartment. We have not met them yet. Thankfully! But we hear them eating up a storm! They are so noisy at night. Glad they seem to only be living in the kitchen table and that we have not met them. Please pray it stays that way!
Fresh meat is available in little corner stores all over town. In fact Tim and I saw a live tied up goat being dragged through the town to be served as someones dinner. It is not uncommon to see whole skinned animals hanging up for sale. The girls and I really are having a difficult time eating meat. In fact we all think we could become vegetarians after this trip. Auntie Kim and Kaya would be proud!
We all love Italian gelato! We have been enjoying eating it every few days. We are the only crazy people to buy it from the local gelato store….it is fall here (although they act like it is winter) and no one wants frozen gelato except us! The main worker at the shop practically knows us by name. In fact we passed him in the alley today and Wyatt said, “Hey that is the ice cream guy!”
Wyatt and Hudson are a huge hit here. Total strangers think nothing of staring at them, pointing at them or coming up and pinching their cheeks. They love that they are Asian. They are a real novelty here. The boys have been tolerating the attention pretty well.
Keys, keys, keys. There seem to be keys everywhere. Keys to get in and out of our gate. Keys to lock the front door and keys to lock the bathroom doors.
Devotions from afar. I am thankful that Tim is choosing to lead us spiritually despite the distance. We have been able to study the scriptures together Tim and Kayla at 7 am and us here at 1 pm. I am grateful to have a husband who not only chooses to lead us spiritually but he also chooses to apply the word by being obedient and adopting yet one more child. We only have one life to live and we are choosing to live a radically set apart life. A life that demands an explanation. To God alone be the glory.
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