As we anxiously waited for our facilitator to pick us up, many thoughts ran through our minds. It was exciting to imagine how things would unfold in the next hour or two. As we drove toward the small village town where Anastasia and Pavel's Internat is, the road was lined with the most beautiful, lush trees. It really felt like we were traveling to another world.... a remote and special place where we would soon meet our children. It seemed like we traveled this road for a long time but little by little we began to see signs of civilization... we knew the Internat was just up the road. John asked our facilitator to tell us as soon as he saw the Internat... which he did... and of course our hearts began to beat excitedly.
From the road, we were only 30 feet away from the building, but the entrance was clear around the other side. We felt--- so close.... yet so far.
As soon as the building was in sight, so were kids..... everywhere. Kids sitting on the front steps. Kids were scattered in the surrounding fields, sitting in groups, running around. We thought there was a chance we would spot A and P, but we were led inside quickly and they left to get the director. We sat with her for a while as she "drilled" us with questions. Within 10 minutes, we were informed that she liked us just as she began to tell us about Anastasia and Paul.
"Nastya is a sweet girl... always singing... always happy. Very smart, such a wonderful girl. Pasha is a good boy. Does well in school. They know each other and love each other very much. They are calm and they are two of my favorites. Why can't the SDA refer the children who are trouble makers-- LOL?"
It was wonderful to hear her praise-- and it made us all the more anxious to meet the kids. We were led into another room where the inspector went over their social history. None of that really mattered to us.... we just wanted to get to the point where we could meet A and P.
When it was time they told us that they were going to get the kids, Rachel and Caleb got the cameras ready.
It happened all so fast.
A and P walked in together--- looking so sweet and shy. They are beautiful! Both had on little hats, Nastya's long braids pulled to the front over her shoulders. Both have a cute little way of shyly smiling.
Formal introductions were followed with hugs. No questions asked... we already feel like they are ours! We played with punching balls and overloaded them with candy. Pasha does not care for seputchkas, but he enjoyed the fruit snacks and shared them with all of us. Both of the kids are interactive, respectful, patient, and have such an innocent quality about them. They may be 9 and 11 but they are so much younger in many ways. It will be a joy to introduce them to family life!
The inspector talked to them about being adopted and both are thrilled---- especially knowing that many siblings await them at home. We are hoping to have court at the end of next week--- so please pray that our paperwork is finalized in order for this to happen.
Praise be be to God--- Anastasia and Pavel are everything we imagined and so much more!