Sunday, January 25, 2009

First full day in Moscow

Hello all,

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.



Sabrina said...

Can't wait to hear about Daniel! We are still praying for you all. Have a great day!
Ford, Sabrina & Abbi

Becky and Keith said...

Hi all!! Can't wait to hear how today went! Please tell Katya that the Mixon's said "Hi!". You are in great, great hands with her. She is so incredibly knowledgeable and sweet. She's very good about giving you the space you need with your referral and helping you when you need it. Hope you had a great day!

Becky and Keith

Carolynn and Steve said...

Hoping that everything today went super well...Keeping you guys in our prayers for a good meeting with MOE!