Today, the caretakers told us we could take the babies outside! The sun was out and although cold, it was a beautiful day. The caretakers pulled out the "snowsuits!" It was very nice to be able to be somewhere other than the playroom. We were also able to see other children outside walking and playing! We rarely ever see any other children here at the orphanage. These children looked to be between 2 and 3 years old and were soooooo precious. Derick seemed to get a little emotional when telling me that the children reached out for his hand with excited, happy eyes, saying "Papa! Papa!"
I had no electricity last night or this morning. I haven't washed my hair for three days now. Today ... I just hit a wall. It's hard to explain. Other than my time with Noah, today I felt emotionally and physically exhausted. I began to think about the two weeks prior to my trip and how I hit the ground running to prepare to leave ... I boarded the plane exhausted ... flew half-way around the world ... landed and hit the ground running again. Each day has been full ... not one day of rest. All of it has caught up with me.
Crystal left today and all of that laughter has quietened. That leaves me sad.
To top everything off, Larissa and Pasha met me after the afternoon bonding and said we had a big problem. It seems the apartment building turned on the heating system ... water radiators ... and a faucet to a radiator was open in the living room of my apartment. Some of the apartment flooded and so did the two underneath it as a result. The owner told Larissa I (the AMERICAN!) had turned the faucet on and that I should be responsible for all the damage. By the time I arrived there, the owner and her husband were still there ... they were angry ... I assured them I never touched a faucet on the radiator, but they didn't believe me. Long story short ... I'm still in the apartment. It is possible I may have to move to a different apartment but I'm not sure yet.
Once everyone left, I broke down. I think I just need a good, long cry tonight and a good night's sleep. Tomorrow's a new day!
Before I sign off tonight ... I want to say thank you to those who send me "comments." This can be done by clicking on "comments" at the end of each posting. Reading this communication truly "makes my day," brings me so much joy, and gives me encouragement and added strength. I plan to eventually take this blog and bind it into a book for Noah ... the "comments" will be an added plus! One day, he can look back and read the sweet words written by dear friends and see how much he was already loved!