It is pretty funny the stairs empties into our kitchen so while he was sitting at the table interviewing Mark and I, the kids started coming down one by one from upstairs. It took us half an hour to make introductions as they slowly trickled through. Then they were all standing in the kitchen eating- something they do a lot of around here. The dogs were running around, and Brett's puppy decided to try and lay on the the social worker's feet. Welcome to our house!
Lena thought she was so funny, she said she told him, we beat her and we drank a lot. I could see her smirk, and then she said "seriously" which is such a big word for her. Then she broke into laughter. She has a great sense of humor and is getting more comfortable with teasing. She is still not bonded to us the way the others are, and have been from the beginning. Out of all the issues that they can come with this is the hardest one for me to deal with. She hugs but it is more of a duty sort of hug. The girls (and the boys most of the time) never go to bed without hugging us goodnight and they don't leave the house without doing so. Lena will often leave without hugging us. She rarely chooses to sit by us or allows me to hug on her for long. In church she positions herself in the seat that is always the last one away from us. I will make a motion for her to come sit by us and she shakes her head no. Last week was my birthday and the kids all came home and the girls gave me mushy cards that they made or bought. Lena really didn't even acknowlege it, which is so unusual for our adopted children and the children of our friends who have adopted to not be thoughtful of birthdays. She is not naturally thoughtful and that is a huge contrast to the other girls. We are trying to teach her and set an example but so far the progress has been slow.
This week they went with the youth group from our friend's church to help clean windows and homes for the elderly. They also went to serve them dinner. We believe that children should learn early to have servants hearts and that life is not all about them. Some of ours are still learning how to do that because that is not a natural bent for many teens. We are still praying that they make a profession of faith so far the girls have not done so. All in God's timing.
Alesa, Julia and her best friend that have been adopted from the same orphanage are great artists so they are going to be doing some pencil sketches that we are going to put on notecards tied with ribbon and sell them or ask for donations for them that we can post on e-bay or around town. I will get them run off in sets of six. We are trying to come up with a great title, we thought orphans helping an orphan, but the girls are no longer orphans so that won't work. If anyone has any ideas let me know. We want it to be about them also wanting to bring her home because they have been in her shoes. We are also doing a puzzle of Karina it is a 500 piece puzzle of her and we will be asking a $10.00 donation to buy a piece of the puzzle we will write the name of the people on the back and then when she gets home she can see the names of all the people who helped bring her home. If we filled in all 500 pieces that will be 5,000 dollars towards our adoption. We will also have a website that will show the puzzle pieces as they are being filled in.
We are collecting up all our gold jewerly to take in and see how much we can get for it. We are having a garage sale in the summer when we have a little more time. We have to do things right now that are not so time consuming. Maybe some of you can use some of these fundraising ideas. I got some of them from others who are adopting.
God is calling us to go back to Ukraine so we are placing our faith that he will provide for this girl who belongs first and foremost to him. We just feel privileged to have a hand in it. Praising God everyday for calling us to adopt.