*This post was updated with photos and additional info after adoption
Hip, hip, hooray, we are in our apartment! And it is simply glorious. We have done three loads of laundry, which basically means that we have washed every article of clothing we brought. Steve got dial-up working, so we can email and post from home. We went grocery shopping and cooked pasta for dinner! Pasta! Boiled on our very own stove! Yes, we are basically living the dream right now.
We went grocery shopping with our interpreter and got all of the essentials - yogurt, Nesquick cereal, milk, carbonated milk (yes, this sounds totally nasty to me as well, but Steve insisted that we try it), wine, vodka, and beer (when in Kazakhstan!), $5 boxes of mac and cheese (still a bargain in my book), a frozen pizza!, pasta, sauce, hot dogs, and laundry detergent. I thought I already had purchased laundry detergent and was very proud of my self-sufficiency, but it turns out that I was washing our clothes in the hotel sink in fabric softener. Sigh. Oh well, they obviously got clean enough for our standards!
We'll have to take photos around the apartment and give you a virtual tour sometime in the next couple of days.
The big hit yesterday with Sestra was my travel hairbrush. We all got our hair brushed (toddler-style) several times, including the doll. They use combs in the baby house (when you only have a half inch of hair, you don't really need a brush) and so I think that the brush was really novel to her. Plus it pops in and out and has a mirror on the other side! Basically, it's an all-in-one toddler entertainment center.
Still waiting for a pre-court date, hopefully we'll hear something Monday.
Prayer request: We are feeling a ton better, thanks so much for your prayers and encouragement. The joy of being in our own place has really done our hearts good. We sure appreciate your continued prayers for our health, energy, and the ability to simply enjoy the present because there is so very much to love about the here and now.