Monday, February 9, 2009

Day 20 - Apartment Tour*

*This post was updated with photos and additional info after adoption

We thought y'all would enjoy a little apartment tour today.

Here's the outside of our apartment. It doesn't look like much, I guess, but don't judge a book by its cover! We're on the second floor, so the climb isn't too bad at all.

Here's me walking home with the groceries. We're a quick walk from a grocery store and within walking distance of the City Mall and the internet café where we like to Skype with the boys, so the location is great!

It's hard to get photos of a small apartment, but we've done our best. Here's me in the living room modeling next to our drying laundry. The couch is a futon, so the boys will have a place to sleep when they come!

Here's a photo taken from the couch into the kitchen. It's a great kitchen, complete with fridge, electric kettle (man does the water heat up quickly here! Love that 220), stove, oven, and microwave. The little table that Steve's at slides out so that four can sit around it if we move it into the living room.

This is the most important room - the laundry room! Oh, yeah, and it also doubles as a bathroom. Most people don't have dryers here, but most of our clothing dries on the line overnight (it helps that we purchased quick-drying travel clothes)

The bedroom is a really decent size, and I have to say that the bed is more comfortable than the hotel bed! We have plenty of wardrobe space for our clothing and bags and a few shelves still empty to hold the souvenirs to come :)

Our last "room" is an enclosed patio. I think this is Steve's favorite room because it's the only one that isn't 75 degrees at all times.

And that's about it! It's nothing fancy, but it's clean and comfortable and just perfect for us.

Today was Sunday again, so we only had one baby house visit. We used our free time well - we did some more souvenir shopping (we're trying to find something from Kaz to give Sasha every year for her birthday, so we have a lot of shopping to do!), took naps, and then went out for dinner with our coordinator, her husband (also our driver) and our interpretor. We had a great time hanging out with the Karaganda crew - they are an amazing group of people.

Prayer request: Wow, it's time to pray in earnest for court! Our pre-court is tomorrow and we are sure crossing our fingers for a court date this week. After that - who knows? Please pray for court to go smoothly, that any paperwork snags or snafus could be resolved quickly (or, better yet, that there aren't any!), and that the judge is convinced of our love and ability to provide for our little girl.


Joby and Marla said...

My favorite part of the apartment was the tiles in the kitchen. Although sometimes they got a little too hot. It would have been nice to have them in the bathroom:)

Good Luck at pre-court!!!!

Trudi said...

You got a very nice apartment! Very Euro. Lots of prayers coming your way for pre-court and beyond.

The Fox Den said...

Talked to Sam yesterday and he is looking forward to their trip. What an incredible thing for you all!

Karen said...

I loved our little apartment in Uralsk—it felt like home. When I saw pictures of another family living in "our" apartment I was taken back for a moment. That was OUR place. Ha.

Good luck in pre-court—I was more intimidated that day then the actual court date.

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

yippee about pre-court.. and loved the pics of the apartment...


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