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Monday, March 19, 2012

We have Calvin!

Before I share today, I must blog about yesterday. We went to church and Dima translated for us in Sacrament meeting. I was asked to sing a song and I felt impressed to sing I FEEL MY SAVIOR'S LOVE. Ming and Fidel came to church and during the second hour, Tyler taught Ming about prayer. It was a great meeting and Tyler said that Ming has had a change of heart since we last saw her. She now believes in God and feels good when she prays. Very exciting! Then Tyler was able to explain the importance of authority for baptism to Oleg, who is investigating the church.

After church, Andre drove us to the Foutz's and I helped Sister Foutz with some computer stuff while Tyler took a nap and Elder Foutz made us a delicious dinner of chicken alfredo, green beans, salad, bread, and a pineapple upside-down cake that Sister Foutz had made. We had a great time with them and they gave us some paper products to help us with the boys in our hotel.

Fast forward to today - gotcha day for Calvin! We drove those horrible three hours on an extremely bumpy road to Vyksa. The director was very happy to see us. She is SUCH a nice lady.

She said that Calvin is doing well and very excited to see us. When he walked in, he smiled and gave me a hug and kiss and I immediately said "Mama lyubit Calvin" and he joined in with me on the second word. There is no doubt that this boy remembers us and the time we've had together.

Sveta asked him some questions for us, including "Who are these people?" - "Mama and Papa" & "Where are you going?" - he said "Home." Isn't that the sweetest thing??? We had a good talk with him and he truly seems to understand that we are adopting him and that we are his parents. He didn't seem sad about leaving, more excited than anything. But he was somber when we got in the car and drove away. He loves his director.

Sorry that it's sideways...I don't know how to fix it on my iPad. Pictures on the drive back to Nizhny Novgorod:

Halfway through the drive, we gave Calvin some juice which proved to be s big mistake. Ten minutes before we arrived at the hotel, Calvin threw up all over himself. I brought him inside and promptly stripped off his wet clothes and gave him his first shower. Then I put him in some Jammie's that we brought for him and bundled him up in a blanket and turned on some Russian cartoons.

Look at that smile! He is so cute! And he loves to color, too.

My impressions of Calvin, thus far, are that he is very happy to be with us. He loves our attention and wants our approval of everything he does from coloring to throwing a ball. It is very easy to love him. He is such a good boy.

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Last Mom said...

Congrats!!! What a cutie!

Trent and Meg said...

Yea!!!! :D Really--what a cutie!! :D

Diana said...

Yeah!! Hope the rest of the journey goes well!

Carina said...

That just brings tears to my eyes...just knowing how long you have waited for him and how full your heart must be to finally have him with you--it's amazing! Praying that all goes well with the rest of your time there!

Sarah C said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! I am sooooo happy for you!!! I am glad he remembered you and he was excited to go home with you. He is very blessed to be joining your family. He is super cute. I love his smile.

Anonymous said...

There is so much joy in my heart. I cried through the whole post. I can only imagine the happiness you all feel. Love you~Tish

NicaBC said...

Jill, you don't know me from Adam and I have no idea how I stumbled across your blog a couple of years ago, but I have been following you since your last adoption. I'm not usually one to comment on the blogs I read, but you and your family have been on my mind a lot lately and therefore in my prayers. I knew I had to let you know it's morning when I couldn't sleep and couldn't wait to check blogger for your most recent post about gotcha day for Silas. I am a licensed clinical social worker so your adoptions really touch me. I got a little freaked out that I dreamed about you the other night...I ran into you at an airport and was so excited to meet you...something was different about you and then it struck me, you had lost your weight and looked amazing! I hope someday it comes true!

Best wishes to you and your beautiful family! Hugs and prayers for a safe return home!

Danica Copp