Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"Gotcha" Day!

Tuesday around 3:00pm here, we arrived at Tokmok Orphanage and woke up our little girl from her nap. They asked her if she was ready to go to America and she said "Dah"! That's yes of course. We drove back to Bishkek, and then to Kazahkstan border. Everything went smoothly at the border. The only question that was asked was , "A boy named Anna?" They thought she was a boy. Her hair has grown a couple of inches, she just needs hairbows! The trip from the border on to Almaty was 5 hours. Adam drove slowly because Anna was quite car sick....yes, she initiated me into motherhood, again, from the top and the bottom. Oh well, that's what moms are for. We arrived at our apartment in Almaty at 11:30pm. We all had baths, ate a midnight snack and then went to bed. We slept very well.

Today we went shopping......Anna loves shopping; she will definitely be a girly-girl. I'll have to get her Aunt Mary and Cousin Shelley to take her shopping. The prices here are outrageous.......a dollar doesn't go very far here. We also went to the SOS Medical Clinic. Anna doesn't like people in white coats. She took one look at a nurse in a white coat and had a melt down. You know, the orphanage workers all wear white coats......that could have been the reason for the crying. She tells Chinara she doesn't want to go back!

Tomorrow, Thursday, we pick up her visa from the embassy here in Almaty and then wait for 5:45 Friday morning to fly home!!!!

The boys are doing great. I hear the band concert went well.....way to go John Mark! Luke had fun with Mrs. Donna while Mawmaw and Pawpaw and JM were at the band concert.

We love you all,
Melody, Jerry, and Anna


smileysk8 said...

Congrats on your new addition! God is good!

Jackie said...

CONGRATS on gotcha day!!!

Margaret & Tom said...

Wonderful News! I am so happy you had a safe drive to Almaty! Congratulations!

Mala said...

YAY!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you all! PICTURES, PICTURES!!!!!

Hilary Marquis said...

YES!!! All our prayers have been answered :) I am so happy for all of you. Give her an extra hug from us. Now we need pictures please!

Spiky Sandy said...

Melody, Jerry & Anna - You made me cry with the wonderful news that Anna is safe in your care. Be so very safe and I'll continue to pray for your safe return!!


Monica Nash said...

I have been worried and praying and then stressing for you! I am so glad to finally get the good news...I even called Mom from work to check the blog, the school has it blocked. Can't wait to see pictures and get you all home.

Maria said...

Oh how wonderful that she is yours and with you!! Can't wait to see new pix! Have a safe trip back home!

Marnie said...

I can't wait for you to get her home. It is time for you to be able to relax and enjoy. Jyly can't wait to see more pictures of Anna too. Congratulations!

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