We've spent a little more time on the computer with iTranslate the last couple of days so we can communicate with Andrey. Sometimes it's clear what he is saying and other times.....well, we don't understand. He probably doesn't understand us either! We did understand when he said to tell his siblings at home that he loves them!
I met Andrey's English teacher today. What a sweet woman! She truly has a heart for these kids. She told me which ones do well in class and which ones don't. Andrey being the later of the two. He's trying now!
Our first 11 days I was so focused on Andrey that I didn't really look around. Today I was sitting in the shade on a bench not to far from where Mark and Andrey were. A little girl about 4 or 5 came out of the orphanage holding a big girl's hand. She reminded me of Millie with braids in her hair, blowing on a little whistle, walking across the courtyard. When a bigger boy came and teased her, she smacked him in the arm! Yep, my Millie would've done the same thing! It still troubled me. She didn't belong here. I wanted to scoop her up and hold her tight. Give her kisses and hugs and tell her what a dolly she is. I'm glad she has a bigger girl looking out for her, but it doesn't take the place of a mom or dad. I think of how much Millie blows me kisses on Skype and tells daddy and I she loves and misses us. I sure do miss my kids.
Tomorrow we will go later to the orphanage because Andrey and his class get to come into town and go to the river for a little outing. He will be back in the afternoon and we'll go see him after that.
Thank you for your continued prayers. They're what keeps us going!