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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

pictures speak a thousand words












My Kyrgyz family

Most of you know or have seen and or watched my blog and my facebook over the last few years. So most all of you know that my Facebook status reads " My heart is in Kyrgyzstan." Yes my daughter is here. Yes I started off this process wanting to adopt a child and bring her into my family. But Kyrgyzstan is so much deeper for me then that. Ever since trip two my life has forever irrevocably been changed. My heart lies in Kyrgyzstan with the people I have come to know AND LOVE. They are not just friends, they are not just acquantences. Many of these people are a part of my daily life. I have met them in various palces around the United States,  I have supported them, I laughed with them and I have cried with them. They are my extended Kyrgyz family. One I even refer to as my Kyrgyz son. He may or may not ever know that is how I support him, but that does not matter. SO to be back amongst my Kyrgyz family and meet many more friends who I am sure will be lifelong is such an amazing experience. And while yes, I miss home, I miss my boys, I miss my dogs and I miss my U.S. family more then anything. I can not hide the fact that I am happy to be here and I would not have changed the decision to stay for the world. There is so much hope and happiness to give. This goes just beyond me.

So what did I do these two days? WOW! Wednesday I had a relaxing afternoon at the guesthouse. Jenish picked me up and we were off to Tokmok, but not before dropping a load of vitamins with Kyle at Hope academy. We also brought one of Jenish's students to Tokmok. in exchange... Borsok!!! I have not had a single borsok since stepping onto Kyrgyz ground. So this was just a yummy treat.

We spent some time just talking when we got to T with John, Julie, Emma, Bekkah, Josiah and Andy (newcomer to the group from Canada). Then off to Dayspring where I had an emotional reunion with all my friends and their children. Acel, Talant, Melody, Davinna, AND of course Aigols and her children Aizada and Sebira. Aigola and I may not speak the same language but we always are able to communicate, even without Acela translating. Aigola and Acel made Plov for what seemed like a million people. Anya and Sergey then arrived with Vladik and Artur, Kumashai and Aizulu. These children are all so dear to my heart. And After three years I just could not stop hugging them all.

My favorite story of the night though is our business transaction. As many know Suzanne B from Florida and I partnered to buy some jewerly that Anya and the |"big family" made. Well I had promised my tulip friend from California that I would bring her some wares from Anya for her little girl. Anya pulled me aside and I looked thropugh the products and picked out all my favorite... Tallied the total... Then the real fun started. The rest saw what we were doing and were curious. One of the girls bought a beautiful beaded necklace. But Andy decided this was the perfect time to make a great video of the children and use the opportunity to buy some jewelry for his wife. Anya saw the perfect business opportunity. Andy picked his choice and then asked.. "how much?" well. Anya the business woman asked "well.. how much do you love your wife?... Do you love her for 600 com? " Why "yes" says Andy.... Oh.... Anya comes back " Then you would love her for 1000 com?" Well Andy says.. " Yes, and I will give 1000 com if all the children at the table say hello to Lisa." Of course they all abliged. But someone suggested the fee should be doubled!!! ANd Andy the true sport agreed but only if The crowd all said " Hello to Lisa in Canada! " And they all waved and said individual hellos. Anya and the kids sold that one piece of jewelry for $40. But the story and the video is now priceless and recorded forever.

Thursday was busy. Well sort of. Again the morning started late.. The crack of 10:15am. We had brunch of BLT sandwhiches. Then off to the Bazaar. At the bazaar I bought bananas, apples, and some soccer balls for the kids at a local small private orphanage. For less then $20. Bekkah and I went to see her University, then whisked off to Lynn and Ruby's where afternoon plans were being made. Ruby showed us her newly developed sponsorship forms. |(watch out guys I will be tackling this when all the adoption stuff is over). Then we went off to Veneras where we met a family who has been supported by LAmb for many years. I remembered the one little girl from previous trips, Although she is not a little girl anymore. We spent time making the children laugh, taking their photographs, and getting information about them. Then we prayed a very humble prayer. Venera led the prayer and thanked us for coming and for loving her family.

From there we were off for some physical labor. Painting. I painted all afternoon. First the bottom rail of the outside porch at the orphanage, then I was reassigned to the indoor project. I think because I was sitting on the ground!!! But the indoor project became a chance to connect with the team members. Andy, Josiah, Blair and I along with (gonna get her name wrong) Zachara had a blast singing and painting. We shared some great laughs. The room did NOT get finished but the time spent was priceless. On the walk back for dinner Josiah and Andy had a bit of a freeerunning lesson and those pictures are just worth a thousand words in and of themselves.

I will post a separate post for photos!!! The night wasn't over... Dinner of delicious soup at Lynn and Ruby's then off to look at a new project just in the works. The night still was not over...... We went back to the apartment where Bekkah, Josiah and I played a bit of name that tune on Josiah's new boom box and skyped with Kolya, my mom and PAtrick... And before retiring I am writing this all so I do not forget a drop of it.

So much more to tell.... And I did not even share about my dinner and night with Christy, Kyle and Jenish the night before.... Another time. I must get to bed.  \goodnight all. Tomorrow we are off early.. Bazaar, Teen Challenge, Bishkek, and back to my Guest house to make arrangents for coming home....

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bonding period over




Officially bonding period was over on Sunday. But we got one more visit on Monday morning. This was our Paka visit. The families all had the psychologist and translator explain that we are leaving.  This was hard on the kids and on each of us. The boys cried, one got mad. Wild girl looked at the translator and me and said " But I want to be with you". This from the little girl who the psychologists wanted to move to the disabled orphanage because she " does not talk" and "will never be normal".
I have seen such an improvement this last two weeks in this little girl. She is more open, more focused. There are more moments of smiles, more moments of bonding. Sunday and Monday were full of hugs. Very tight bonding type hugs.
Hold on little girl... Momma will be back soon and then you will become a princess worth waiting for!