The Pitman's Journey To Russia

Our journey to adopt three beautiful children from Vladivostok, Russia

Friday, August 1, 2008

Day 5

Day 5. Our last day with the kids. We consider ourselves very blessed to have the opportunity to bring these children into our family and give them a loving home. They are wonderful kids and it was really hard to leave today. We went to the notary office this morning and signed the official paperwork to adopt them. We then went back to the hotel to drop Lana off and headed to the toy store. We bought a ton of toys for the oldest boy’s orphanage. The kids there are really good kids so hopefully this brightened their really rainy day today. We must be getting the rain that is hitting you guys at home too. It was kind of a bummer that it rained because we couldn’t go outside to play with him. Svetlana, the director of the orphanage, insisted we eat lunch which was soup (of course), some kind of rice with some meat, pickles with onions and tea. Again, Eric loved it all. He is going to hate going back home to Becky’s cooking (or lack of!!). They put us in a room upstairs with him. He colored a little then we got out our computer to show him some pictures of the other kids, our house and the family. He was talking about the pictures but of course we couldn’t understand him. He did know his brother & sister right away though. He was very interested in playing with the computer and loved to see the typing on Word. Overall the visit was very good and hopefully in the time between trips he will become more acceptable of the idea of going home with us. We then headed to the baby home. The kids were very excited to see us. The director there told us that in the morning the little girl asked if her parents were coming today and if we were still going to adopt her. It is amazing at such a young age how much she understands already. The lady from the social service office came to the baby home and met with us to ask some questions. Of course the biggest was why we would want three children! She is going to stand up for us in court for the two little ones saying it is OK for us to adopt them. The girl was very quite today. We are not sure if she was tired, not feeling well or just had a sense of what was going on. She clung to Becky most of the visit (which of course I loved!) and when it was time for them to go back to their group she would not let Becky go. Hopefully they will explain to her that we will be coming back soon. We ate at the hotel tonight and their was a 60th birthday party going on in the restaurant. They had entertainers (singers & belly dancers). Very interesting!


B Heimlich's said...

It's so exciting to read about your days on the road to your new family. We are so happy for you!

Bryan, Gretchen, Maci & Lynzi

Jennifer said...

I am so happy everything went well. I have enjoyed your daily updates. I can't wait to talk with you and hear more.



Jennifer said...

I am so happy everything went well. I have enjoyed your daily updates. I can't wait to talk with you and hear more.



Cindy said...

Every morning when I get into the office first thing, I just have loved reading your posts about the kids and Vlad. I know it will tug very hard at your heart being separated from them now. You'll be in my prayers until you can be reunited with them. Have a safe trip home! Godspeed.


Joel and Clarion said...

The last day is the most difficult, of course. It's hard to believe that the week comes to an end so quickly. Blessings on the remainder of your stay and your travels home! Call us when you get back.

Kirpy and Sheila said...

We really enjoyed reading your blog. It seems like the kids have warmed up to you nicely. Congrats on a successful first trip.

Hopefully we will see you again at the Vlad Motor Inn during trip 2

Kirpy & Sheila

Tony and Dawn said...

Ahhh, the last day! That was very difficult for us, but we knew we would be back. FYI - you can write letters to the kids. If you don't have anyone that can translate for you, drop me a note. The little ones can't read, but I'm sure the caretaker will read for them. Even if it is just a short note with pictures they will appreciate it. You send them to CHI and Lana will deliver on her next trip to the orphanage.

Timothy said...

Thanks for keeping us updated. It makes it so exciting. We can't wait to meet the kids. Isn't it cool how you're already becoming a family. God is good. Blessings to you guys.
Love, The McCarty's

Timothy said...

Thanks for keeping us updated. Makes us somehow feel like we're connected to your process. It's so cool how you've already become a family. God is so good.
Blessings to you guys. Hope to see you soon.
Love, The McCarty's

kym said...

Eric & Becky...Congratulations on your new blessings from Russia. Have a safe trip home and we can't wait to see pictures.
The 3 banqueteers
Holiday Inn
Cheri, Eileen, and Kim

Carey and Norman said...

So glad your time in Vlad went so well. It sounds like your visits with all three children went great. You were also able to see much of Vlad which I am glad to hear.

I know how hard it is to return home and wait, but you will have those precious children home in your arms very soon. We will pray for a quick reunion and hopefully a court date prior to Christmas!

Heather Picker said...

I was so glad to talk with you last night, I read the entire blog site. How awesome, it floods back our own personal memories. I hope to get together soon and tell you all about our experience and let you meet Ronin and year and 1/2 later. He is awesome as I am sure your babies are too. It so neat to see God's plan weave around. Good Luck