Here is a picture of our daily 'wipe-down'...
Ok.. so being the Mother of 2 girls already... I normally have about anything you could/would need to fix girls up pretty! You never know when a elastic is going to break... or a bow fall out, etc... However, I never dreamed I'd be needing to fix one girls hair in Kaz... much less 2... so I have nothing that I would have brought if I'd have known!!! (yeah... I'm laughing Lord! hee hee!)... Anyway, I found several elastic bands in the bottom of my make-up bag.. and I brought them, my brush, and a mirror I bought here with me today. The girls were THRILLED to sit and let me play with their hair. It was a FUN time. I first put one piggy in each girls hair... however, they wanted me to do it again... and signed "more"... so I took that one out and attempted to give them 2 piggys... SO CUTE! Here are some pictures of playing with their hair!
and.. here's Faith with piggys.... SO CUTE! Grace's hair is thicker and cut differently.. so I could hardly get it to work in hers but, we tried! They loved looking at themselves in the mirror, and we ever nicely shared the mirror. (There is only one!)
Do you notice how awful Faith looks? I noticed immediately (as mentioned above) that she wasn't just right... and as soon as she was in my arms... I realized she was BURNING up. She was running a fever. I tried to get her to allow me to love on her, but as you would suspect... she was grumpy and not used to extra attention when feeling sick.. (yes... breaks my heart..) I just held her and whispered to her how much I loved her.. and prayed a silent prayer for the Lord to hold her safe... and I fought back tears.
While still working on the 'hair'.. the picture below happened... yes, that's the DR! Symbat had the camera and snapped a picture as she stormed in... it was purely by accident.. however, it's ok that we have a picture to show you... :(
She had just entered the room and STORMED in and began yet again gripping and yelling at Symbat and us.. the girls even got quiet. Symbat them translated that she was very upset because we had fed the girls (even when told not to).. and as a result of us breaking the rules... Violetta (Faith) is sick... and she even said they had to take her to the hospital last night... that she was so sick and had an awful stomach ache... all from the 'biscuits' we fed them. Symbat repeatedly told her we had NOT broken any rules and we had not fed them one bite of anything! She called us liars... and said that the girls said we had.. and now Violetta (Faith) was SICK!
What is completely amazing is the part of yesterday that I left out... both girls stomachs were growling like you've never heard or felt during our visit yesterday... it was so so so sad.. literally made me cry tears. I wanted to feed them some little something SO badly it broke my heart... and we didn't... but, are accused of it. INSANE!
I know that LOTS of you who have also adopted from Kazak.. said that you dealt with the same kinds of attitudes, etc.. thank you SO much for sharing.... It's made us feel so much better.. knowing we're not alone, and this is somewhat typically treatment. URG... still makes me mad and so sad that I can't stop the tears. I have such a burden for those babies.. and the other 10 in F and G's group.. my heart is breaking..
The DR. then left... and the entire rest of our visit was strained and stressful... I know it's because the 3 adults were stressed and upset.. and that is so sad.. but, there was nothing we could do... Symbat was trying to be upbeat and positive and telling us that Svetlana would take care of this, etc.. but, it's so hard not to be so affected by it....
The girls felt our stress.. and it was so obvious.. plus Faith felt bad... it was so obvious.
Here is a pic that Symbat took of Phil after the Dr had left... I'd say this expression describes his feelings.... Makes you want to FIGHT for your kids... I can't even explain how helpless we feel... and it's so MADDENING!!!
That Dr. better watch out... NOBODY messes with Papa's girls... :)
Below: The girls are combing my hair with their little combs we brought them. They were so thrilled to get to 'comb' my hair. Papa was laughing at me.. cause I kept saying.. "GENTLE... SOFT" as my hair was coming out by the roots... soooo....
I quickly thought... humm.. POOR PAPA.. he needs some lovin' too! The girls were all grins and RUSHED to "fix Papa" too!! Notice his face... hee hee hee!!
Below is just a sweet picture of Faith.. she felt so badly.. PLEASE pray for her... and for Grace. I can't hardly stand knowing they are there and sick... :( They don't know any better.. they've grown up there and that's all they know... that's the only thing keeping me from breaking them out of there right now....
About every 10 minutes of so... Grace just throws herself into Phil or I right in the middle of playing... It's like she can't seem to get enough love from us... :( and we can't seem to get enough either.
This is yet another attempt at a family picture... as you can see it didn't work out with everyone smiling at the camera. Faith was fussy.. (however, neither have EVER cried)... and Grace was just being Grace! :)
And.. Thank you Sweet Jesus for the bunk beds for our baby girls! There was a comment on yesterdays post that says, "You bunk beds have been purchased!" Love, Jesus!!
The tears keep coming... and we are SO SO SO thankful for the Lord's amazing provisions during this miraculous journey!!
We serve a God who is gives ABUNDANTLY and EXCEEDINGLY more than you can EVER hope or imagine... be obedient to him... and you will NEVER regret it!