Today was a wonderful visit. Something changed because Silas is much more comfortable with us now. He let us hold him and play with him. I would say that “Mama lubit Ilya. Davi?” (Mama loves Ilya, right?) and he would grunt in agreement. When we held out our arms for him to come to us, he would actually come. And when we gave him a raisinet, he ate it and was only too happy to have another one. It was fabulous. We are excited to visit tomorrow and continue our attachment with Silas. We also brought the clothes with us for Silas to try on and they fit perfectly. In fact, just like Calvin, Silas really liked his shoes. He kept pointing to them and touching the top of them, affectionately. So cute. I took lots of pictures, but Sveta has our memory card to print pictures for the court on Thursday. I should have them for you tomorrow.
It was busy this afternoon. Tyler went to the store twice and I began making a big feast for tonight. We had the Elders and Sister missionaries over for dinner. I made chicken nuggets (I soaked the chicken in milk for a few hours before preparing them and it made the chicken so tender, definitely doing that again), macaroni and cheese, peas, and that same apple bread pudding.
Sister Owens, Jill, Sister "Ukraine" Talakh
Elder Bressler, Tyler, Elder Lyons
We had a wonderful time talking about Russia, Ukraine, and even Taiwan. After dessert, the Elders left and the Sister missionaries stayed a while longer. They ended up asking to serve us by doing our dishes. We finally relented. They insisted on hearing about how Tyler and I got together and about our adoption stories, so we had to share it all with them...it was a great night. If the 30 days are waived and we are here longer, then we will have them all over again next week. I can't wait. I love spending time with the missionaries.
Sister "Ukraine" Talakh and Sister Owens