Today is Monday the 26th. Today we go to the Ministry of Education and receive our referral. Then, off we go to the orphanage. To say we have butterflys in our stomachs is an understatement.
Yesterday Katia took us around Moscow for some sightseeing. Red Square was first on the list. Followed by some churches, Moscow State University, some parks and many sights as we drove about town. We stopped at a small gifts shop that CSS always brings their families to for shopping. Katia assured us that the prices were very reasonable and that the items in the shop were authentic. We purchased several items not only for gifts for loved ones back home but items to keep for Daniel so he can remain connected to his Russian heritage.
Stacye and Andy arrived yesterday afternoon. They were zapped of energy and crashed early last night. Mary and I stayed up packing some of the gifts and rearranging stuff in the luggage. We crashed at about 9:00 but were both up through the night. It's tough sleeping here. Because of the low level clouds and fog and the lights of the city, it never really gets dark. More like the light level you would find at say 6:00am in the morning.
We're heading out. We'll send updates this evening. It will be a long day for us. We may not get back to the apartment until after 7:00 this evening.