Last night we lost power. No big deal. But the floor in our bedroom was warm. No, scratch that, HOT. As in I moved our things off the floor because I wondered if there was a fire below us. So I call our landlady at 10:30pm and said "Hey...we lost power, not a big deal-we really don't need it right now. But...is it normal for the floor in the bedroom to be warm?" So she sent over our driver (her exhusband) who checked. Get this...the electricity was only out in half the building....our half, of course. And there was some kind of water leak or something involving the central heat in the basement (we're on the bottom floor) which was on, which it isn't supposed to be, and there was scorching hot water filling up the basement! It was so humid in the bedroom. So we lit candles and hunkered down in the living room, which has a comfy pull out sofa, opened all the windows and went to bed. I just had to laugh. What a strange time we're having!
We visited Amelia today. She's really starting to open up and show us her personality. We were asked not to wander too far from the group today. They said the director doesn't like it. But it's hard because the toys we bring for her cause a little disruption with the other kids. And we're trying to get to know her, but it's hard when you're being watched! The caregivers are all very nice to us and love our pictures. We also had a visitor...a Ukrainian who wanted to practice her English. They don't get a lot of international adoptions from America in this region, so she doesn't have opportunities to converse.
We keep getting asked some very similar questions. Mainly "Why do you want to adopt a girl and not another boy?" I'm wondering if they're really trying to get a feel for who we really are and our true intentions. I try to reassure them that we simply want a daughter and that the issues Amelia have are treatable or manageable in the US. We have lots of programs for special needs children and she'll fit right in wherever she ends up going.
Because of the sensitivity of the orphanage I won't be posting pictures of her until after the court date. I want to be very careful with this director, making sure the rules are followed and she is happy until the day we leave. Continue to pray we can gain favor with her and that she would have peace about us adopting Amelia.