I am not counting the 10 days down anymore because we really don't seem to be sure when they will end. Our 10 days are supposed to end on a Saturday but I just found out that they won't end until Monday because of the weekend. Then the offices may be closed on Monday which means I still can't have Lena. She and I were counting down the days until yesterday and then we decided we just don't want to do it any more. It seems so far away! Our prayer now is that this region still has the old passport system because that and $600 will get us out in a day. If they have the new system it could take another 10 days. Sveta seems to think they still have the old system so please pray for us that they do.
The other wonderful family that has been here with us is getting ready to leave on Tuesday. It has been nice having them here and I will miss them. We were always at the orphanage together visiting our daughters. I think it will be really hard on Lena when the other girl leaves as they are friends. The good news is they live only 3 hours from us so we plan on visiting.
Lena has waited so long and every day she is more anxious to go. We were pretending yesterday to look around to make sure no one was watching and then she was pretending to jump in the trunk of the car so she could leave. She is the most affectionate and loving child. She looks at me with such adoration, lays her head on my shoulder and with the most contented smile says, "mama". Sveta says she loves watching us together and it tickles her when she sees Lena doing this because she does it with such happiness and possession "look everyone, I have my mama and she loves me." She will just sit and touch my arms and face then give me a kiss and squeeze me. As for me, I just adore her back and want to hug the stuffing out of her.
It is good that Mark will finally be home today and I am sure Brett will like the relief. He told me this morning that he and Julia, our 13 year old, had their first "fight" since we have been gone. She wanted to open a can of chili (they are eating so healthy I am sure) and he told her to wait until dinner. When he went to the other room she opened the can. Big brother was not too happy when he returned. He was so incensed "mom, I looked right at her and told her no and she defied me anyway". Welcome to parenting 101! Wait until he has a two year old. hee hee! I figure this is just good training. He said he told her off about not listening and she slammed off to her room. Julia if you are reading this you need to mind Brett! He ended the conversation by saying they are all made up now. Which I wasn't surprised they both like peace and harmony and don't like anyone mad at them.
I am off to the orphanage which has become an endurance test in withstanding the heat, the biting flies and mosquitoes, and watching many precious children who will probably never have a home roam around and around a broken down asphalt lot. Then leaving Lena for another day. Please pray for me because this is very difficult to do every day and it usually takes a few hours after we leave to work out of the funk I get in thinking about those kids.