Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Father Knows Best

I had a total "Father" moment when we talked to Zina on Saturday. I asked her what is was she did in her spare time. She said she likes to embroider, go to church, hang with her girlfriends, and walk the streets. I immediately started worrying, but let it go and we moved on with the conversation. But for those who know me, I couldn't let it rest. So, a few minutes later I asked her to clarify for me what she meant. I was worried that she doddles along unprotected through the city streets alone. She sensed my concerned and laughed. She said that she never leaves the orphanage grounds and she walks on the sidewalk along the street(s) of the internat. She likes to get outside when she can and she is with her friends when they walk. She explained that there are only a few girls in her class and they go together. She said Rimma accompanies them, but she doesn't count, because she is her sister now. How sweet! I breathed a sigh of relief and told her that "I was only being a concerned Daddy worrying about his little girls". She liked that.

Zina told us that she is receiving our morning text messages (Heidi and I send her one every morning when we get up). Lidya helped us with our problem of putting more money on Zina's account. Thanks, Lidya! We aren't receiving Zina's texts yet, even after we resolved the money posting issue. So this morning, we text-ed her the instructions in Russian that we took off the phone's website. Hopefully, we will start getting them soon. We will share them with you once that happens.

The girls said that they got their Easter cards that we sent last week. A record, 8 days! They really like getting mail now. Can you imagine being in an orphanage your whole life and just now getting mail, clothes, and love from a family you prayed for the whole time! If our friends and family would like to send them a letter or a card, just send it to us and we will include it in our regular mailings.
Our offer on the new house was accepted today, so we will be moving in a month. It's got more bedrooms and is bigger. We did this for the big family we want, Rimma and Zina included. Well, that's all for now. See you next time.


Debbie said...

I love your posts. It's great to hear that Zina has parents who care about her enough to ask about her "walking the streets." :-)

Congrats on the new house!

Mayme said...

Congrats on the house!! Mayme

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